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The full statements from PwC and the academy on Oscars flub

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 14:44:55 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The full text of Monday's statement from accounting firm PwC on the best picture debacle of Sunday's Oscars: PwC takes full responsibility for the series of mistakes and breaches of established protocols during last night's Oscars. PwC partner Brian Cullinan mistakenly handed the back-up envelope for Actress in a Leading Role instead of the envelope for Best Picture to presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.



Iranian hard-line newspapers criticize Farhadi's Oscar win

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 11:24:22 UT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Two Iranian hard-line newspapers have criticized Asghar Farhadi's best foreign film Oscar, claiming "politics" brought him the award.



Academy apologizes for Oscars best picture gaffe

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 11:18:59 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is apologizing to the cast and crews of the films "La La Land" and "Moonlight" for the mistaken announcement of the best picture winner during Sunday night's Oscars award ceremony. The Academy's apology comes after the accounting firm responsible for the integrity of the Academy Awards, PwC, said mistakes were made and its staffers did not move quickly enough to correct the biggest error in Oscars history. PwC wrote in its own statement that several mistakes were made and two of its partners assigned to the prestigious awards show did not act quickly enough when "La La Land" was mistakenly announced as the best picture winner. Three of the film's producers spoke before the actual winner, the coming-of-age drama "Moonlight," was announced. The firm, which has handled Oscar winner announcements for eight decades, apologized to Beatty, Dunaway, the cast and crew of "La La Land" and "Moonlight," the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and host Jimmy Kimmel. The only Oscars mistake that came close occurred in 1964, when Sammy Davis was given the wrong envelope for best music score winner but made a quick correction. After last year's awards were clouded by the #OscarsSoWhite protests, diversity ruled Sunday as actors Viola Davis ("Fences") and Mahershala Ali ("Moonlight") were among the people of color claiming trophies, while "Moonlight" focused on African-American characters. During the telecast, the accountants were stationed in the Dolby Theatre wings, one stage left and one stage right, to give presenters their category's envelope before they went on stage. Sayles, who has shot five Academy Awards from a backstage position just out of the sight of television cameras, said the result of the mix-up was a more subdued celebration from winners including "Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins.



Oscar winning 'Moonlight' shines on Miami's Liberty City

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 09:13:30 UT

"The best thing about this movie is they actually went into the projects and shot it, and they let kids from around Liberty City be in it," said Kamal Ani-Bello, a freshman at Miami Northwestern Senior High School who had a role as an extra in the film. "Moonlight" won the Academy Award Sunday night for best picture, best supporting actor and best adapted screenplay. Jenkins graduated from the same high school and had roots in a public housing project nicknamed "Pork & Beans" familiar to many students. Natalie Baldie, artistic director of the Performing and Visual Arts Center at Miami Northwestern, said she hopes the movie and its awards give students another perspective about getting out of Liberty City or going to college. Graham Winick, the city of Miami Beach's film coordinator and a past president of Film Florida, called the success of "Moonlight" a cultural high-water mark for Miami and Florida, comparable to hosting an international art fair like Art Basel Miami Beach or preserving the area's signature Art Deco architecture.



Jimmy Kimmel shares insights on best picture Oscar gaffe

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 05:22:47 UT

Jimmy Kimmel shares insights on best picture Oscar gaffe Presenters announced "La La Land" as the best picture winner at Sunday's Academy Awards, though "Moonlight" was the actual winner. Three "La La Land" producers gave acceptance speeches before the error was corrected and "Moonlight" received the award. "Eventually I figured out that Barry Jenkins, the director of 'Moonlight,' is standing behind me and Denzel wanted me to get him to the microphone to make a speech, which makes sense," Kimmel said.



Firm says several mistakes caused Oscars best picture gaffe

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 03:51:06 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The accounting firm responsible for the integrity of the Academy Awards said Monday that its staffers did not move quickly enough to correct the biggest error in Oscars history — the mistaken announcement of the best picture winner. PwC, formerly Price Waterhouse Coopers, wrote in a statement that several mistakes were made and two of its partners assigned to the prestigious awards show did not act quickly enough when "La La Land" was mistakenly announced as the best picture winner. Three of the film's producers spoke before the actual winner, the coming-of-age drama "Moonlight," was announced. The firm, which has handled Oscar winner announcements for eight decades, apologized to Beatty, Dunaway, the cast and crew of "La La Land" and "Moonlight," the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and host Jimmy Kimmel. The only Oscars mistake that came close occurred in 1964, when Sammy Davis was given the wrong envelope for best music score winner but made a quick correction. After last year's awards were clouded by the #OscarsSoWhite protests, diversity ruled Sunday as actors Viola Davis ("Fences") and Mahershala Ali ("Moonlight") were among the people of color claiming trophies, while "Moonlight" focused on African-American characters. During the telecast, the accountants were stationed in the Dolby Theatre wings, one stage left and one stage right, to give presenters their category's envelope before they went on stage. Sayles, who has shot five Academy Awards from a backstage position just out of the sight of television cameras, said the result of the mix-up was a more subdued celebration from winners including "Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins.



Miami's Liberty City neighborhood shares 'Moonlight' success

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 02:56:54 UT

MIAMI (AP) — Far from the sun and glamour of South Beach or the artists and hipsters of Wynwood, "Moonlight" presents a view of Miami that never shows up in a tourism video. "Moonlight" won the Academy Award Sunday night for best picture, best supporting actor and best adapted screenplay. Jenkins graduated from the same high school and had roots in a public housing project nicknamed "Pork & Beans" familiar to many students. Natalie Baldie, artistic director of the Performing and Visual Arts Center at Miami Northwestern, said she hopes the movie and its awards give students another perspective about getting out of Liberty City or going to college. Graham Winick, the city of Miami Beach's film coordinator and a past president of Film Florida, called the success of "Moonlight" a cultural high-water mark for Miami and Florida, comparable to hosting an international art fair like Art Basel Miami Beach or preserving the area's signature Art Deco architecture.



The Latest: Accounting firm takes blame for Oscars flub

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 02:43:03 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the fallout from the mistaken announcement of the best picture winner at Sunday's Academy Awards (all times local): The accounting firm responsible for correctly tallying Academy Award winners says its team didn't move quickly enough to correct the incorrect announcement of the best picture winner at Sunday's Oscars. PwC, formerly Price Waterhouse Coopers, says in a statement released Monday night that it accepts full responsibility for "the series of mistakes and breaches of established protocols."



Oscar envelopes explained: How presenters get winning names

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 01:49:03 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A look at how the Academy Awards' winners envelopes are handled before being opened live onstage: — The consulting firm PwC, formerly Price Waterhouse Coopers, tabulates the winners based on ballots cast by the academy's 6,687 voting members. Unlike the nominations, which rely on a branch-specific, preferential-voting system, winners are chosen by popular vote — except for best picture, which uses the preferential method, wherein voters rank their favorite films in order and accountants determine the highest-ranked choice that appears on the most ballots. — Two accountants are tasked with bringing the final results, inside sealed envelopes, to the Oscars ceremony.



Here's what happened onstage during the Oscars' mistake

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 23:36:11 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.



Box Office Top 20: 'Get Out' nets $33.4 million opening

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 23:30:31 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comedian Jordan Peele's directorial debut, "Get Out," did even better in its first weekend in theaters than initially projected. The micro budget thriller pulled in $33.4 million — about $3 million higher than what was estimated on Sunday by the studios. The "Lego Movie" spinoff earned $19.2 million in its third week in theaters. In fifth place, "Fifty Shades Darker" grossed $7.8 million, bumping the picture past the $100 million mark domestically. The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore: "The Lego Batman Movie," Warner Bros., $19,208,097, 4,057 locations, $4,735 average, $133,214,675, 3 weeks. "Fifty Shades Darker," Universal, $7,792,655, 3,216 locations, $2,423 average, $103,727,870, 3 weeks. Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.



Oscars flap eclipses 'Moonlight' win, but civility reigns

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 23:26:17 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 89th Academy Awards got off on the right foot, with a song and dance, but ended with the most stunning mistake ever to befall the esteemed awards show when the best picture Oscar was presented to the wrong movie. The moment at the conclusion of the Sunday-night show was so jaw-dropping, it eclipsed everything else in a ceremony that was packed to the brim with Donald Trump jabs, fun stunts, heartfelt positivity and a stunning upset by "Moonlight" over what had been a "La La" juggernaut throughout the awards season. Chazelle's candy-colored musical was widely presumed to be a shoo-in for the top prize after its record-tying 14 nominations and a relative sweep of the awards season. The academy usually throws awards at films that gaze lovingly at Hollywood, but Barry Jenkins' heartfelt coming-of-age drama seduced academy voters in the end — a subtle tide change perhaps informed by both a prickly political climate and an urgent imperative to honor more diverse films after two consecutive years of OscarsSoWhite. Diversity could be found in every corner of the awards this year, with supporting acting wins for "Moonlight's" Mahershala Ali and "Fences'" Viola Davis, although the best actor category proved to be a bit of an upset when Casey Affleck won for "Manchester by the Sea" over Denzel Washington of "Fences," who had picked up momentum in recent weeks. 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." The majority of speeches were moving and personal and generally in praise of art's ability to create empathy in the world, including Jenkins' in his win for adapted screenplay, who said, "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." Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, whose "The Salesman" won best foreign film, his second win in the category, did not attend the ceremony in protest of Trump's travel ban to seven predominantly Muslim nations.



Author, newspaper columnist Jay Cronley dies at 73

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 23:20:44 UT

The longtime Tulsa newspaper columnist died Sunday night at his home of an apparent heart attack, his daughter Samantha Noel told The Associated Press. Cronley's books included "Funny Farm," which was turned into a 1988 movie starring Chevy Chase, and "Quick Change," made into a movie starring Bill Murray in 1990. Cronley called Dreyfuss a great actor and praised the adaptation of his book onto the screen, saying: I loved every second of this movie. In a column last January reflecting on the films, Cronley admitted that he was hesitant to watch "Funny Farm," in which New Yorkers try the rural life. After his final Tulsa World column in March 2016, he continued a column for the newspaper in which he predicted the scores of college and professional football games under the pseudonym The Picker, which was supposed to provide anonymity.



Trump says Oscars focused hard on politics before 'sad' end

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 23:18:04 UT

The president said in an interview with Breitbart News on Monday that the Academy Awards "focused so hard on politics that they didn't get the act together at the end." The annual Oscars ceremony carried a political edge throughout the evening, with many winners, presenters and host Jimmy Kimmel taking digs at Trump. The 32.9 million viewers tuning into Sunday's Academy Awards represented a drop-off of more than a million from last year and Oscar's smallest audience since 2008.



Advocacy groups: Forget Oscars snafu, focus on 'Moonlight'

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 22:02:19 UT

[...] a day later, advocacy groups and others overjoyed by the Cinderella win of "Moonlight" were saying, let's forget the snafu and move on — because "Moonlight" made history in all the right kinds of ways. [...] there's no point in wondering whether the spectacular mess-up that led to "La La Land" first being announced best picture winner — incorrectly — would overshadow the "Moonlight" win, said Sarah Kate Ellis, president & CEO of GLAAD, the LGBT advocacy group. Oscar tabulators PwC, in their 83rd year providing the service to the academy, later apologized in a statement and were investigating why presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway had been given the wrong envelope — a duplicate envelope for the best actress category, which was won by Emma Stone for "La La Land." Director Damien Chazelle's buoyant musical had been widely considered a shoo-in for best picture after netting a record-tying 14 nominations and a slew of earlier awards this season. The film still won six Oscars, including best director for Chazelle, at 32 became the youngest ever to take the prize, and for score, song ("City of Stars") and actress to Stone. An Australian film producer's photo was mistakenly included in the "In Memoriam" tribute. "Moonlight" triumphed in a year when the academy was under pressure to honor more diverse films after two consecutive years of OscarsSoWhite, when no black actors were nominated. Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs had taken action to diversify the membership of the largely white, older and male film academy.