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Backstage at the Oscars ceremony on Sunday, everyone has to wait in line for the bathroom. And there aren't too many of them: Just two, unisex, and they're shared by both stars and production staffers. With 20 minutes to go before showtime, a line had already formed, including Christopher Walken...

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  • Motion picture academy outlines new standards of conduct for the post-Weinstein era

    Motion picture academy outlines new standards of conduct for the post-Weinstein era

    As this year’s Oscar season heats up, along with the usual questions about who’s up and who’s down in the Academy Awards horse race, there are likely to be other, thornier questions lingering in the air at cocktail parties and on red carpets. Since its founding 90 years ago, the Academy of Motion...

  • #OscarsSoWhite might not be solved after all

    #OscarsSoWhite might not be solved after all

    Did the 2017 Oscars signal the beginning of a more diverse Hollywood? By many accounts, yes. “Moonlight” won best picture and the film academy rewarded more African American actors and filmmakers in more categories than it ever had in a single year. But just two months before 2018’s Oscar nominations...

  • Jimmy Kimmel's tourists and the danger of awards-show stunts

    Jimmy Kimmel's tourists and the danger of awards-show stunts

    Hollywood is often accused of existing in its own bubble that bears little resemblance to the world at large. So when it comes to the film industry’s biggest night, it’s no surprise that hosts of the Academy Awards often go to great lengths to prove it’s just like the rest of America. Jimmy Kimmel,...

  • Ten movies we could be talking about at the 2018 Oscars

    Ten movies we could be talking about at the 2018 Oscars

    Over a dinner interview in November, “Moonlight” writer-director Barry Jenkins had a question of his own for me. “How did you know?”  Jenkins wanted to learn why, back in March 2016,  I put “Moonlight” on my list of “10 movies we might be talking about at next year’s Oscars.”  I told him how much...

  • Motion picture academy president confirms two accountants will not return to the Oscars

    Motion picture academy president confirms two accountants will not return to the Oscars

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirmed Wednesday that the two PricewaterhouseCoopers accountants responsible for Sunday’s best picture fiasco won’t be handing out any more Oscar envelopes. The news came one day after Warren Beatty released a statement demanding that academy President...

  • PwC's Oscars flop may not do long-term damage to its reputation

    PwC's Oscars flop may not do long-term damage to its reputation

    It’s a dream job for those who normally toil in obscurity poring over rows of dry financial statements and complex tax returns. But for giant accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, its handling of the balloting process for the Academy Awards suddenly turned into a public-relations nightmare. One...

  • How did we get to the envelope gaffe? The great Oscar drama of 2017

    How did we get to the envelope gaffe? The great Oscar drama of 2017

    The envelope debacle that stole the spotlight from “Moonlight”  at the end of the 89th Academy Awards ceremony sparked enough fury and fervor to cement the incident among the great Hollywood dramas of all time. How did this happen? Who dropped the ball? What did the “La La Land” producers know...

  • The best picture show at the Oscars: the flub, the reactions, the blame

    The best picture show at the Oscars: the flub, the reactions, the blame

    The mood inside the Dolby Theatre was polite but distracted. “La La Land” was poised to take the best picture Oscar — after months of major awards, a coronation more than a piece of news. Nominees from the musical seated in the back of the theater swept to the front during a commercial break, poised...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

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