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  • 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...

  • 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”...

  • Best Picture gaffe: From 'La La Land' to 'Moonlight'

    Best Picture gaffe: From 'La La Land' to 'Moonlight'

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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