We're looking for contributors

Salma Hayek Legion of Honor Induction Raises Eyebrows

Salma HayekThere hasn't been much buzz about Marthe Keller's induction into France's Legion of Honor. Or the induction of actresses Dominique Blanc and Anny Duperey. The selection of fellow 2012 Chevalier inductee Salma Hayek, however, has been a whole different matter.

In early 2003, the Mexican-born Hayek, 45, was nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award for her performance as Frida Kahlo in Julie Taymor's Frida. Her other film credits include Desperado, From Dusk Til Dawn, After the Sunset, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, and the animated hit Puss in Boots. She is now reportedly working on a biopic of Mexican superstar Maria Félix. But are Puss in Boots and an Oscar nod enough qualification for Legion of Honor "membership"?

Hayek's inclusion in this year's Legion of Honor roster (as a Chevalier, or Knight) has been criticized by some who have accused French president Nicolas Sarkozy of using the ceremony for political gain in an election year. Hayek's father-in-law, PPR founder François Pinault, will also be inducted as a Grand Officer. Hence, Hayek is this year's Legion of Honor Beauty; Pinault, the Legion of Honor Bosom Buddy Billionaire. Pinault is a close friend of Sarkozy, who, three years ago honored the judge who pronounced his divorce from Cecilia Attias.

Sarkozy isn't the only French president to have bestowed the Legion of Honor for popularity's sake. In 1998, Jacques Chirac honored the French soccer team after they won the World Cup.

Among those who have refused the Legion of Honor are Marie Curie, Pierre Curie, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Albert Camus.

If you enjoyed reading Salma Hayek Legion of Honor Induction Raises Eyebrows () and/or found it an informative post, please recommend it to your friends. See share buttons above or on the left.
Last modified: Salma Hayek Legion of Honor Induction Raises Eyebrows ()

Continue Reading: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Photo: Batman with a Weapon

Previous Post: Marthe Keller: France Legion of Honor 2012 Chevalier


"Salma Hayek Legion of Honor Induction Raises Eyebrows" © 2004-2014 Alt Film Guide and/or author(s). Text NOT to be reproduced without prior written consent.


Feel free to leave your comment about the Alt Film Guide article "Salma Hayek Legion of Honor Induction Raises Eyebrows" in the space below. Note: Different views and opinions are perfectly fine, but courtesy and respect are imperative. Abusive, bigoted, trollish, baseless (spreading rumors or misinformation), and inflammatory comments and/or remarks will be deleted, and such commenters may be banned.

You can use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>




MAURICE RICHARD Tops Genie Nominations
Directors Guild Awards 2006
Michelle Monaghan Best Actress: San Diego Film Critics Awards
SAG Awards 2010: Predictions Best Actor
SAG Awards 2010: Predictions - Best Supporting Actress
Rihanna Photo: Kids' Choice Awards
National Board of Review Awards 2010: HEREAFTER, GREENBERG In; 127 HOURS, BLACK SWAN Out
Producers Guild Documentary Nominees: Political Corruption, Greed, Paparazzi
Ed Asner Photo: Art Directors Guild Awards 2012
STORIES WE TELL, BLACKFISH 'Snubbed': Academy Documentary Branch Anti-Female?