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Just when you thought that Jodie Foster's speech last year was perhaps the strangest Cecil B. DeMille acceptance speech, Diane Keaton sang to accept Woody Allen's prize this year. 

After a long stretch of the speech that was censored—it started with what Woody would say if he saw the speech—Keaton, in a very Annie Hall-esque outfit, sang the song "Make New Friends" to close out accepting the award on behalf of her friend, who rarely shows up at awards shows

Keaton began her speech by talking about roles for women in Allen films. "Woody's women can't be compartmentalized, right?" she said, of why so many actresses have appeared in Woody's films. "Absolutely nothing links these unforgettable characters from the fact that they came from the mind of Woody Allen. And there you have it," she said. "Woody's mind."

On Twitter, though, watchers were quick to point out that Allen's legacy is tarnished by allegations of sexual abuse, most recently detailed in a Vanity Fair profile of former partner. Mia Farrow. Jezebel founder Anna Holmes tweeted, in response to Keaton's comment that Allen is an anomaly: "'Woody Allen is an anomaly.' Yup. Most dads don't sexually abuse their daughters." Margaret Lyons of Vulture tweeted: "Is this seriously a speech about how great Woody Allen is at women-things? Pass." 

Farrow, for her part, decided to watch Girls

Meanwhile, Ronan Farrow, Farrow and Allen's son, tweeted: 

Where was Woody? According to Katie Couric, he was at the Carole King Broadway musical Beautiful


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