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That's actually a moot point in this case.
Posted by: ShowGoer 11:07 am EDT 07/27/21
In reply to: Woody Allen will never receive this or any honor in this day and age. - TheOtherOne 11:05 pm EDT 07/26/21

Regardless of whether anyone does or doesn't want to deal with the hot potato of the one decades-old accusation, the bigger issue is that the awardee must be willing, able, and eager to attend in person. (That's why no one has ever been given the award posthumously, with the two exceptions being when The Eagles and Earth, Wind & Fire were given the awards as a group despite a band member having passed away in both cases).

Occasionally Allen has in fact stopped by something like the Kennedy Center Honors for other reasons – an Oscars after 9/11 to pay tribute to New York, an AFI tribute to his old friend Diane Keaton – but considering that Allen has never shown up for any awards show when he himself was hugely favored to win, let alone all the countless times he's been nominated – I'm sure they've never even considered him. (If you go back and look at articles speculating who would be named for KCH even a decade ago, pundits have always dismissed him for this reason alone.) It's why the legendarily reclusive Doris Day never received the honor either. (And it's why most believe that the 91-year-old Gene Hackman, who hasn't made a movie since 2004 and rarely gives interviews, hasn't received one. Jack Nicholson's lucky he got his 20 years ago, long before his retirement and disappearance from the scene.)

And frankly – for all we know, it's possible that this could become a factor for Minnelli as well. But seeing as she took to the stage in L.A. just last week to do a number with Michael Feinstein (saying "I haven't sung in three years!"), hopefully the Kennedy Center will get to her soon, when she's able, eager, and excited for the honor.
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