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  • 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....

  • '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....

  • '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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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