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Oops, our bad: 'Moonlight' really won in major mess-up

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:35:55 UT

[...] somehow Warren Beatty, Hollywood's ultimate smooth leading man, was at the center of it, and the accounting firm that is responsible for the integrity of Oscar voting apologized and was vowing a full investigation. The producers of "La La Land" were nearly done with their acceptance speeches for Best Picture, the Oscar broadcast's credits sequence about to roll, when a stir of whispers began on stage. The collective jaw of the crowd at the Dolby Theatre — and of America — remained dropped long after they became convinced it was no joke, but what academy historians later called an apparently unprecedented Oscar error. The statement came several hours after the chaotic ending, which featured Beatty returning to the mic to explain that he had opened the envelope and he was confused when it read "Emma Stone, La La Land." ABC News, tweeting about the ceremony broadcast on its network, said the envelope held by Beatty read, "Actress in a leading role." The result was a bizarre scene with the entire cast of both movies standing together on stage exchanging sympathetic awkward stares and hugs.

'Moonlight' wins best picture at botched Academy Awards

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:28:54 UT

Barry Jenkins' "Moonlight" — not, as it turned out, "La La Land" — won best picture at the Academy Awards in a historic Oscar upset and an unprecedented fiasco that saw one winner swapped for another while the "La La Land" producers were in mid-speech. Presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway apparently took the wrong envelope — the one for best actress winner Emma Stone — onto the stage for the final prize. When they read "La La Land" as the winner, representatives for ballot tabulators PwC — formerly Price Waterhouse Coopers — realized the mistake and raced onstage to try to stop the acceptance speeches. Presenters, winners and Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences huddled to discuss the debacle. "La La Land" still collected a leading six awards, including honors for cinematography, production design, score, the song "City of Stars" and best director. "All you people out there who feel like there isn't a mirror out there for you, the academy has your back, the ACLU has your back and for the next four years we will not leave you alone, we will not forget you," said Jenkins, whose film is, in three chapters, about a young black kid growing up poor and gay in impoverished Miami. The show kicked off with Justin Timberlake dancing down the Dolby Theatre aisles, singing his ebullient song, "Can't Stop the Feeling," from the animated film "Trolls." Shortly before he led a dazed, unsuspecting tour group into the theater, presenter Gael Garcia Bernal, the Mexican actor, declared: "As a migrant worker, as a Mexican, and as a human being, I am against any wall." Rich Moore, one of the three directors of Disney's best animated film winner "Zootopia," described the movie as about "tolerance being more powerful than fear of the other." Mel Gibson's World War II drama "Hacksaw Ridge" was, surprisingly, the evening's first double winner, taking awards for editing and sound mixing. Made in America took best documentary, making it — at 467 minutes — the longest Oscar winner ever, beating out the 1969 Best Foreign Language Film winner War and Peace (431 minutes). Edelman's documentary, while it received an Oscar-qualifying theatrical release, was seen by most on ESPN as a serial, prompting some to claim its place was at the Emmys, not the Oscars. The nominees follow the efforts by Academy of Motions Pictures Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs to diversify the membership of the largely white, older and male film academy.

A snafu for the ages tops Oscar's notable moments

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:20:37 UT

The moment we'll be discussing for years to come will be the Great Mistake of Oscars 2017, when "La La Land" was shockingly named the best picture winner, to be corrected only after the film's producers had made joyful speeches. In his monologue, Kimmel made pointed barbs about nemesis Matt Damon, and the age of best director nominee (and eventual winner) Damien Chazelle, 32, of "La La Land." [...] he saved his most pointed jokes for the actress President Donald Trump famously called "overrated" — the much-decorated Meryl Streep, nominated for the 20th time. Streep, who has been unstinting in her criticism of Trump, received a standing ovation. Former NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, 98, an inspiration for the film "Hidden Figures," was wheeled onstage to a thunderous ovation. Viola Davis gave one of the more emotional speeches of the night when she won best supporting actress for "Fences." If there was extra applause for the sound editing award, it was because Kevin O'Connell had won on his 21st try — after not being in contention since 2007. When "The Salesman" from Iran, directed by Asghar Farhadi, won best foreign-language film, Iranian astronaut Anousheh Ansari accepted the award on his behalf; Farhadi had stayed home to protest Trump's travel ban. Kimmel told the Dolby Theatre audience that the group was told they were going to stop at an exhibit of Oscar gowns and tuxedos. The lights went down in the theater, then came up as the group walked in to cheers from Hollywood's royalty. [...] Kimmel and producers delivered candy, popcorn, and later, cookies too, which came soaring down from the rafters in little bags. Casey Affleck won best actor for his searing performance in "Manchester By the Sea," and Emma Stone for her luminous work in "La La Land."

Here's what happened onstage during the Oscars' mistake

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:43:15 UT

If it were in the screenplay of a Hollywood drama — or maybe farce — directors would surely reject it. [...] let's set the scene anyway for the Academy Awards drama over what film did, and didn't, win the Oscar for best picture on Sunday night. The audience applauds, as the cast, crew and producers of "La La Land" take the stage to accept what many had anticipated, the coveted honor of best picture. There's commotion among the people standing behind him as a man wearing headphones appears and checks red envelopes being held by producers. PLATT: "Keep dreaming, because the dreams we dream today will provide the love, compassion and the humanity that will narrate the story of our lives tomorrow." The camera pans in so the words are visible: "Moonlight" has indeed won best picture. Host Jimmy Kimmel approaches the microphone and alludes to Steve Harvey, whose 2015 reading of the wrong Miss Universe winner instantly becomes the second most-embarrassing awards show flub. By now, the cast and crew of "Moonlight" is taking the stage, supplanting the folks from "La La Land," who were slipping away. The camera switches to people in the audience who look dumbfounded.

Foreign minister welcomes Iran Oscar for best foreign film

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:14:30 UT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's top diplomat has congratulated director Asghar Farhadi for winning the Oscar in the best foreign language category with his film "the Salesman." Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday the prize is a move against President Donald Trump's executive order barring U.S. entry to citizens from seven majority Muslim countries, including Iran.

Iran's Farhadi, absent at Oscars, pleads for empathy in win

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:39:37 UT

Farhadi's film, about a couple performing Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman," was barely even in the conversation a few months ago, overshadowed by Maren Ade's popular German comedy "Toni Erdmann," but became a rallying cry for immigrant rights after President Donald Trump's seven country travel ban. The ban not only led to Farhadi announcing that he would not attend the awards in protest of the ban, targeted toward predominantly Muslim countries, including Iran, but also to an unprecedented show of solidary between the six nominated directors in the foreign language category. Dividing the world into 'us' and 'enemies' categories creates fear," Ansari continued in Farhadi's statement, which concluded with a passionate defense of the power of film to create empathy "between us and others, an empathy that we need today.

Viola Davis wins supporting actress Oscar for 'Fences'

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:15:05 UT

Viola Davis wins supporting actress Oscar for 'Fences' On Sunday she won the best supporting actress Oscar for "Fences," a role she originated in a Broadway revival seven years ago for which she won a Tony Award. Two years ago, she became the first black woman to win for lead actress in a drama series, and she's the first black woman to win an Oscar, Emmy and Tony. Winning an Oscar for the first time in three nominations, an emotional Davis clutched her statue and saluted late playwright August Wilson, saying the "Fences" author "exhumed and exalted the ordinary people."

Emma Stone wins best-actress Oscar for 'La La Land'

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:08:05 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Emma Stone sang and danced her way to a best-actress Oscar for "La La Land," elevating the once struggling actress with roots in community theater to the heights of Hollywood. Stone's victory on Sunday night was the sixth Oscar earned by the musical set against a Los Angeles backdrop. Once there, she endured starts and stops before breaking through in 2010 with the teen comedy "Easy A." Except it was a mistake that lasted for about 2 ½ minutes until "Moonlight" was announced as the real winner.

The Oscars red carpet led by Ruth Negga and Emma Stone

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:55:55 UT

The Oscars red carpet led by Ruth Negga and Emma Stone [...] the red carpet goes to ... the women in red, for one, with equal accolades for shiny and shimmery gold worthy of the Oscars, this and all years. Long sleeves and belts played major roles Sunday in Los Angeles at the Dolby Theatre, along with a beautiful Janelle Monae, transformed in Elie Saab Haute Couture into a busy but fabulous fashion city of black tulle, birds, lace, feathers, sequins, crystal stones and a head piece that served as the perfect topper. There were some midnight blues, including Meryl Streep's sparkly Elie Saab with trousers, and a smattering of blah black. Among the night's trends were velvet, worn Old Hollywood style by Henson, Brie Larson and Michelle Williams, and metallics, including a fierce Charlize Theron, Emma Stone and Jessica Biel. Viola Davis rocked the color as she picked up a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in "Fences." The gown included a high lace collar and skimmed the ground, her makeup a perfect match on eyelids and lips. Auli'i Cravalho, at 16, killed her first Oscars performance, singing "How Far I'll go" from "Moana" in, yes, another standout red gown. Gold turned Champagne hewed on Nicole Kidman, in Armani Prive, and Felicity Jones, in princessy Dior Haute Couture. Theron was "Grecian Goddess meets Glamazon" in her pleated Dior Haute Couture that plunged at the neck and was set free to flow below the waist, Glassman said. Fashion and style expert Hal Rubenstein found Theron's huge Chopard drop earrings in connecting pear and heart shapes distracting, and the dress a little much. Jessica Biel was the definition of gold statuesque in a KaufmanFranco gown that hugged her body and included a metallic fringe-looking collar and liquidy train. Speaking of confections, but with a fierce bite, Monae made her usual fierce fashion statement in Elie Saab Haute Couture. Henson, a co-star with Monae in "Hidden Figures," earned praise from many for her deep navy blue Alberta Ferretti.

The Latest: 'Moonlight' wins best picture Academy Award

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:44:59 UT

The coming-of-age drama "Moonlight" is the winner of the best picture Academy Award. The film won after the end of the awards ceremony was plunged into chaos after "La La Land" was mistakenly announced as the best picture winner. "Moonlight" has provided some of the stiffest competition during Hollywood's awards season for the musical "La La Land," which was nominated for a history-tying 14 Academy Awards. Stone won for her portrayal of Mia, an aspiring actress forced to suffer the indignities of failed auditions and working as a barista at a studio cafe. Casey Affleck's portrayal of a grieving father in "Manchester by the Sea" has won him the best actor Academy Award. "Manchester by the Sea" has won the best original screenplay Academy Award , while "Moonlight" has won the adapted screenplay Oscar. The Netflix film focuses on the rescue workers who risk their lives to save Syrians affected by civil war. Director Orlando von Einsiedel urged Oscar attendees to stand up to demonstrate their support for a quick end to the Syrian civil war, which prompted a standing ovation. Von Einsiedel also read a statement from the group's founder in which he thanked the academy for the recognition and stating that the organization had saved 81,000 lives. Many of the group's members have been killed by Syrian President Bashar Assad's air forces. Department of Homeland Security correspondence reviewed by the AP showed that the 21-year-old was blocked because of "derogatory information" — a broad category that can include anything from terror connections to passport irregularities. On his 21st nomination, the 59-year-old sound re-recording engineer has won for sound mixing on "Hacksaw Ridge." [...] Sunday he had owned the record for most nominations without a win, having set that mark in 2008 with his 18th nomination and loss. Just like at the movies, movie stars at this year's Academy Awards are munching on candy and popcorn as they watch the show unfold. The Disney film tells the story of an earnest rabbit who is the first of her kind to become a police officer in a city in which predators and prey live together in a sometimes fragile peace. Iran's "The Salesman" has won the Academy Award for best foreign language film. "The Salesman" is a thriller about a married couple's attempts to find peace and justice in Tehran after the wife is attacked in her apartment. Davis said in her acceptance speech, "Here's to August Wilson who exhumed and exalted the ordinary people." Mathematician Katherine Johnson was brought out on stage to thunderous applause in an introduction by the actresses who portrayed Johnson and other female black mathematicians in the best picture nominee. "O.J." documentary director Ezra Edelman paid tribute to Simpson's late wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ron Goldman, whose brutal killings led to the so-called "Trial of the Century" against the former NFL great. Mahershala Ali is the winner of the Academy Award for best supporting actor for his "Moonlight" role. Ali paid tribute to his teachers and "Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins in his acceptance speech and thanked his wife, who gave birth to their daughter four days ago. The Oscars have started off on an upbeat note with Justin Timberlake dancing in the aisles of the Dolby Theatre and interacting with some of Hollywood's biggest stars. Host Jimmy Kimmel kept the mood light in his opening, telling Timberlake that if his former bandmates in 'N Sync were watching, they'd let him back into the band. In a sea of stunning Oscars fashion, Ruth Negga's long-sleeved custom Valentino gown is a scene-stealer and landed the actress on several best-dressed lists for the evening. While the men get less scrutiny, many online noted the ruffles on best actor nominee Ryan Gosling's tuxedo shirt, with some likening it[...]

List of winners for the 89th Academy Awards

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:19:23 UT

List of winners for the 89th Academy Awards List of winners for the 89th annual Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Foreign Language Film: "The Salesman," Iran. Sound Mixing: "Hacksaw Ridge," Kevin O'Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace. Sound Editing: "Arrival," Sylvain Bellemare. Animated Feature Film: "Zootopia," Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer.

'Moonlight' wins best picture after Oscars announce wrong winner

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:13:27 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — 'Moonlight' wins best picture after Oscars announce wrong winner.

'La La Land' wins best picture Oscar

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:08:31 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — 'La La Land' wins best picture Oscar.

Emma Stone wins best actress Oscar for 'La La Land'

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:57:33 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Emma Stone wins best actress Oscar for 'La La Land'

Casey Affleck wins best actor Oscar for 'Manchester by the Sea'

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:51:03 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Casey Affleck wins best actor Oscar for 'Manchester by the Sea'