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  • How 'Moonlight' won the Oscar for best picture

    How 'Moonlight' won the Oscar for best picture

    When “La La Land” lost the costumes Oscar, it wasn’t a big deal. When it didn’t take either of the sound categories, that raised an eyebrow or two. Then, after it took its first Oscar for production design, it lost film editing. But that Oscar has gone to only one best picture winner this decade....

  • 'Moonlight' wins in unprecedented upset during a night of many firsts

    'Moonlight' wins in unprecedented upset during a night of many firsts

    In one of the most surprising upsets and shocking moments in Oscar history, the poetic coming-of-age drama “Moonlight” took home the top prize for best picture at the 89th Academy Awards, beating out the heavily favored “La La Land,” which was actually announced as the winner. The win for “Moonlight”...

  • Monday's TV Highlights: '24 Legacy' on Fox

    Monday's TV Highlights: '24 Legacy' on Fox

    SERIES The Voice The first round of vocalists performs for coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Alicia Keys in the season premiere of the singing competition. 8 p.m. NBC Supergirl Dean Cain reprises the role of Jeremiah Danvers, who is reunited with his daughters Kara and Alex...

  • Lionsgate wins big at Oscars but A24 conquers with 'Moonlight'

    Lionsgate wins big at Oscars but A24 conquers with 'Moonlight'

    The Oscars proved golden for Lionsgate, the Santa Monica-based mini-major whose “La La Land” took home six Academy Awards on Sunday, the most of any movie this year. But it was indie distributor A24 that stole the show with “Moonlight,” which scored three awards including a surprise win for best...

  • Damien Chazelle becomes youngest-ever winner of director Oscar for 'La La Land'

    Damien Chazelle becomes youngest-ever winner of director Oscar for 'La La Land'

    “This was a movie about love, and I was lucky enough to fall in love while making it.” Damien Chazelle concluded his acceptance speech for the directing Oscar by noting his girlfriend, Olivia Hamilton, sitting in the audience. “La La Land” is a bittersweet romantic musical starring Emma Stone and...

  • Oscar night puts Mel Gibson back in the spotlight

    Oscar night puts Mel Gibson back in the spotlight

    The road back into the good graces of Hollywood has been treacherous for Mel Gibson, but the Academy Awards ceremony Sunday seemed to smooth and accelerate the journey significantly. It’s been 10 years since a public fall from grace that included a DUI arrest during which Gibson lobbed anti-Semitic...

  • Casey Affleck wins lead actor Oscar for 'Manchester by the Sea'

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

    Casey Affleck won the lead acting Oscar for his aching, inward turn as a man resigned to grief in “Manchester by the Sea.” It is Affleck’s first Oscar. He was also nominated in the supporting actor category for the 2007 film “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.” Affleck...

  • 21st time's the charm as Kevin O'Connell snaps Oscars' longest winless streak

    21st time's the charm as Kevin O'Connell snaps Oscars' longest winless streak

    Kevin O'Connell  has the singular distinction of earning the most Academy Award nominations without a win, but on Sunday night, that streak ended. On his 21st nomination — 33 years after his first nomination, for James L. Brooks’ “Terms of Endearment” — O’Connor, along with his “Hacksaw Ridge”...

  • Mothers, ACLU ribbons and 'Hidden Fences' all made the red carpet memorable

    Before the Academy Awards were handed out on Sunday, the red carpet reflected everything from politics to diversity in film to who makes the perfect date for the awards show. 4:15 p.m.: Academy Award attendees on Sunday made activism a must-have red-carpet accessory. Those blue ribbons affixed...

  • Viola Davis wins supporting actress Oscar for 'Fences'

    Viola Davis wins supporting actress Oscar for 'Fences'

    Viola Davis was considered something of an Oscar shoo-in the moment it was announced she would be reprising her Tony Award-winning role in the film adaptation of “Fences.” Davis made good on that potential Sunday, winning the supporting actress Oscar for her portrayal of Rose Maxson, a devoted...

  • Mahershala Ali completes his breakout year, winning best supporting actor for 'Moonlight'

    Mahershala Ali completes his breakout year, winning best supporting actor for 'Moonlight'

    Capping a breakout year in which he starred on screens big and small, Mahershala Ali won the supporting actor Oscar for his role as the soulful, nurturing drug dealer Juan in the searing drama “Moonlight.” A familiar face since appearing in the TV series “Crossing Jordan” in 2001, Ali became a...

  • Race, justice and 'Unchained': L.A. Phil premieres new work by James Matheson

    Race, justice and 'Unchained': L.A. Phil premieres new work by James Matheson

    If there was a newsmaker in the Los Angeles Philharmonic concerts conducted by James Gaffigan and mostly occupied by standard repertoire, it was the world premiere of an L.A. Phil commission, “Unchained,” by James Matheson. On Saturday, before the second of three weekend performances, Matheson had...

  • From spa trips to crayons: What's inside the Oscar gift bag?

    From spa trips to crayons: What's inside the Oscar gift bag?

    During an Oscar season in which marching on Washington has been as fashionable as walking the red carpet, one might assume swag bags have become a thing of the past. That assumption would be incorrect. It is likely that many of the celebs heading to the Dolby Theatre Sunday will accessorize with...

  • Hollywood protests where fame and media meet: on the red carpet

    Hollywood protests where fame and media meet: on the red carpet

    Fame and media attention intersect most intensely on the red carpet, be it at Sunday’s Academy Awards  or premieres or film festivals in any given year. That makes the carpet a great place for Hollywood celebrities to broadcast their message du jour. Given the heated political climate, lots of...

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