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  • How a piece of paper crushed the Oscars

    How a piece of paper crushed the Oscars

    In the middle of the selfies and the on-screen tweets to President Trump and a thousand and one other whiz-bang technological tools to make the Oscars seem relevant to an audience with an ever-shortening attention span, the Academy Awards were betrayed this year by the simplest item you can imagine....

  • After all the crazy Oscar drama live onstage, one idea endures: the power of empathy

    After all the crazy Oscar drama live onstage, one idea endures: the power of empathy

    And the winner actually is … The final-act confusion over the best picture award that had movie moguls staggering out of the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood after Sunday’s Academy Awards was a fitting conclusion to a show that had been pulling off a more artful bait-and-switch all night. The expectation...

  • 'La La Land' producer on handing over the best picture Oscar — 'I just righted a wrong'

    'La La Land' producer on handing over the best picture Oscar — 'I just righted a wrong'

    “La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz may not have the Oscar for best picture, but he does now possess a distinction uniquely his own. “I got to accept the Academy Award for best picture and then, within five minutes, I got to present the Academy Award for best picture,” Horowitz told The Times...

  • Was Oscar's best picture disaster simply the result of poor envelope design?

    Was Oscar's best picture disaster simply the result of poor envelope design?

    One of the most epic mix-ups in the history of the Academy Awards could have been the result of a faulty envelope design as much as bad backstage distribution.  Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were there to present the last award of the night, the Oscar for best picture. However, instead of the...

  • Iran celebrates an Oscar win — and a chance to needle President Trump

    Iran celebrates an Oscar win — and a chance to needle President Trump

    Iranians delighted Monday in the Oscar victory by director Asghar Farhadi, who won his second foreign language film award but boycotted the ceremony in protest of President Trump’s immigration policies. Farhadi, who won for his drama “The Salesman,” had an Iranian American engineer — Anousheh Ansari...

  • Barefoot and breathless at the Vanity Fair Oscar bash

    Barefoot and breathless at the Vanity Fair Oscar bash

    One hour. That's all I had. So obviously I had to lose the shoes. Sixty precious and specifically designated minutes are allotted to each reporter covering Vanity Fair's storied Oscar party. Sixty minutes in which to spy on the Hollywood elite while not conducting interviews with the party guests...

  • 'Moonlight' gets the Oscar after a mix-up for the ages

    'Moonlight' gets the Oscar after a mix-up for the ages

    The Academy Awards are over, and “Moonlight” (we think) is your best picture winner.  Welcome to the Gold Standard, the newsletter from the Los Angeles Times that helps guide you through the ins and outs of the awards season. I’m Glenn Whipp, The Times’ awards columnist and your newsletter host....

  • Beyond Oscars' best picture chaos, 'Moonlight' and 'La La Land' disrupt the status quo

    Beyond Oscars' best picture chaos, 'Moonlight' and 'La La Land' disrupt the status quo

    No one who has paid attention to the Academy Awards over the past 89 years has ever seen anything like “Moonlight’s” shocking, exhilarating, stomach-churning come-from-behind Oscar win on Sunday night — a victory that stunned the Dolby Theatre audience and viewers watching around the world. In...

  • Tourists with selfie sticks and a surprise Hollywood ending make Jimmy Kimmel's Oscars unforgettable

    Tourists with selfie sticks and a surprise Hollywood ending make Jimmy Kimmel's Oscars unforgettable

    Of all the things we expected from the Oscars this year, making us feel better was not one of them. The last few major awards shows, after all, were not only about handing out trophies but a chance for honorees and presenters to voice their white-hot anger toward President Trump’s executive travel...

  • Politics speak at numerous volumes on Oscar night

    Politics speak at numerous volumes on Oscar night

    America has been divided for months by brutal political tactics and outspoken animus. But on Sunday, as it stepped onto its biggest stage, the entertainment industry took another approach in its war against President Trump. It decided to show rather than tell. The verbal ripostes at the Academy...

  • The best picture twist ending was embarrassing for the academy but may be good for the Oscars

    The best picture twist ending was embarrassing for the academy but may be good for the Oscars

    Not since a Chicago newspaper headlined “Dewey Defeats Truman” has there been a massive public screw-up on the order of what happened at the Oscars on Sunday night. But it’s an ill wind that blows nobody some good, and the huge embarrassment for Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway and the academy may turn...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • Academy Awards 2017: Complete list of Oscar winners and nominees

    Academy Awards 2017: Complete list of Oscar winners and nominees

    The 89th Academy Awards have come to an end, where “Moonlight” was awarded the best picture Oscar after it was erroneously awarded to “La La Land” in a moment of onstage confusion. “La La Land” ended up with six Oscars including director and lead actress (Emma Stone).Casey Affleck took home the...

  • A retro rewind and glamorous gowns for the ages at the Oscars

    A retro rewind and glamorous gowns for the ages at the Oscars

    The red carpet style at the 89th Academy Awards in Hollywood was such a total retro rewind Sunday night that even the boldest-dressed of the bunch (Janelle Monáe, we’re talking to you and your Elie Saab Haute Couture gown) wouldn’t have looked out of place at the 19th Academy Awards, thanks to...

  • Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who boycotted the Oscars in protest of Trump's travel ban, wins for foreign film

    Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who boycotted the Oscars in protest of Trump's travel ban, wins for foreign film

    Director Asghar Farhadi won the Academy Award for foreign-language film Sunday night for “The Salesman,” his psychological tale about a young couple weathering the effects of a violent assault. But Farhadi wasn’t present to accept the Oscar. The director, who hails from Iran, boycotted the ceremony...

  • 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...

  • Trump supporters rally against 'Hollywood elites' ahead of the Oscars

    Trump supporters rally against 'Hollywood elites' ahead of the Oscars

    A small group of President Trump supporters rallied Sunday in Hollywood in advance of the Academy Awards. The group held its demonstration outside the Metro station near the corner of Hollywood and Vine, not far from the Dolby Theatre, where the Oscars ceremony will be held.  About a dozen protesters...

  • 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...

  • How light artist James Turrell and an oval exoplanet inspired 'Arrival's' Oscar-nominated production design

    How light artist James Turrell and an oval exoplanet inspired 'Arrival's' Oscar-nominated production design

    It all started with a James Turrell art exhibit. The artist’s geometric light projections and sensory deprivation installations served as inspiration for director Denis Villeneuve and production designer Patrice Vermette, even before receiving the script for 2016’s “Arrival.”     Villeneuve’s cerebral ...

  • Why Natalie Portman won't be attending the Oscars

    Why Natalie Portman won't be attending the Oscars

    Walking the Oscars’ red carpet is a chore even under the best of circumstances. When you’re several months pregnant? Forget it. At least, that’s what Natalie Portman is saying. The Oscar nominee, lauded in the lead actress category for playing Jacqueline Kennedy in the biopic “Jackie” has announced...

  • Academy rescinds Oscar nomination for 'Benghazi' sound mixer

    Academy rescinds Oscar nomination for 'Benghazi' sound mixer

    Citing a violation of campaign regulations, the motion picture academy announced Saturday that it has rescinded the Oscar nomination for sound mixer Greg P. Russell from “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.” “The decision was prompted by the discovery that Russell had called his fellow members...

  • Is the death of movies for grown-ups greatly exaggerated? This year's best picture Oscar race says yes

    Is the death of movies for grown-ups greatly exaggerated? This year's best picture Oscar race says yes

    On Sunday night, nine mostly midbudget films with grown-up themes —  loss, war, discrimination, artistic struggle —  will compete for best picture at the 89th Academy Awards. That may sound like business as usual for an awards show that traditionally favors critically acclaimed dramas, but this...

  • Real talk, casual vibe at annual Oscar-week Sistahs Soiree

    Real talk, casual vibe at annual Oscar-week Sistahs Soiree

    “Can I wrap myself in this blanket, or is that tacky?” Viola Davis asked, pointing at a faux fur throw. “Girl, of course,” Alfre Woodard replied, encouraging Davis to break up the  just-so couch arrangement. At any other Oscar-week gathering it  might seem uncouth to  actually use the fancy blanket...

  • Oscars red carpet:`The gravy train is over' for TV stations and networks

    Oscars red carpet:`The gravy train is over' for TV stations and networks

    A spot on the Oscars’ red carpet now comes with a price. For the first time, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is charging a license fee to TV stations and networks that broadcast live shows with interviews of movie stars on the red carpet before Sunday’s 89th Academy Awards telecast....

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