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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...

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  • The Oscars' most quotable moments: 'You guys won best picture. This is not a joke'

    The Oscars' most quotable moments: 'You guys won best picture. This is not a joke'

    “There’s a mistake. ‘Moonlight,’ you guys won best picture. This is not a joke.’ — “La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz, ushering the “Moonlight” team to the stage “I knew I would screw this show up, I really did.” — Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel “You know, there’s one place that all the people with...

  • 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”...

  • 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...

  • Meryl Streep ​is over drama of her Oscar dress, addresses Karl Lagerfeld’s slam

    Meryl Streep ​is over drama of her Oscar dress, addresses Karl Lagerfeld’s slam

    On the occasion of her record-breaking 20th Oscar nomination, Meryl Streep ​is over drama. Days after Karl Lagerfeld​ told Women's Wear Daily that Streep would wear only a dress made by a fashion line that paid her to do so, the actress has fired back at the Chanel designer in a ​impassioned​ statement....

  • 'Moonlight' is the big winner at the Film Independent Spirit Awards

    'Moonlight' is the big winner at the Film Independent Spirit Awards

    As she took the Spirit Awards stage to present an acting ensemble prize to “Moonlight,” “Scandal” star Kerry Washington ‎was struck by a moment of spontaneous emotion.‎ “Oh dear Lord, I love this movie,” she said. She wasn’t alone at the Spirits. Barry Jenkins’ tale of gay becoming won six awards,...

  • 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...

  • An MMA Oscars party where Putin pal Steven Seagal, not Meryl Streep, is the guest of honor

    An MMA Oscars party where Putin pal Steven Seagal, not Meryl Streep, is the guest of honor

    In an Oscar season saturated with repetitive red carpet affairs, one black-tie event stood out from the rest in the lead-up to Sunday’s ceremony — the only awards party where Steven Seagal was the guest of honor and mixed martial arts fighters brawled in the center of a ballroom between courses...

  • 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...

  • Meet the Oscar-nominated sound editor who helped 'Arrival' sound like no other alien movie

    Meet the Oscar-nominated sound editor who helped 'Arrival' sound like no other alien movie

    In a typical sci-fi movie about extraterrestrials, there are certain kinds of sounds you’d expect to hear: electronic bleeps and bloops, whooshing spaceships, the slithering of slimy aliens, some pew-pew-pew laser blasts.  But as anyone who’s seen it will tell you, “Arrival” is not a typical sci-fi...

  • August Wilson is in good company among posthumous Oscar nominees and winners

    August Wilson is in good company among posthumous Oscar nominees and winners

    If he wins the Oscar for adapted screenplay for “Fences,” the late playwright August Wilson will join an impressive group of posthumous winners and nominees. Wilson won a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize for his 1983 play, which he later adapted into a screenplay. But it took more than 20 years...

  • Times film critics Kenneth Turan and Justin Chang discuss the Oscars

    Times film critics Kenneth Turan and Justin Chang discuss the Oscars

    The Times’ film critics, Kenneth Turan and Justin Chang, sat down to discuss their picks, preferences and plans for the 89th Academy Awards. KENNETH TURAN: Oscars are upon us, and that has been a big deal in my life for as long as I can remember. Did you watch as a kid, were your parents fans as...

  • 'Kiki' is no 'Paris Is Burning' — and that's a good thing

    'Kiki' is no 'Paris Is Burning' — and that's a good thing

    “Kiki,” a new documentary in the spirit of the seminal 1990 film “Paris Is Burning,” takes its audience into New York City’s underground ballroom scene.  But your granny’s waltz or cousin’s Argentine tango won’t be found here. This is a space for “butch queens,” “femme queens” and “sex sirens,”...

  • Here's who's going to win all 24 Oscar categories

    Here's who's going to win all 24 Oscar categories

    After six months of campaigning and cajoling and trying to get “City of Stars” out of our heads, the Oscars are finally here. You ready for Sunday’s ceremony? 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 leading...

  • Marlee Matlin remains a champion for disabled actors, 30 years after winning her Oscar

    Marlee Matlin remains a champion for disabled actors, 30 years after winning her Oscar

    When Marlee Matlin was a teenager, she didn’t care about the Academy Awards. She never watched the ceremony, opting for Miss America or reading Tiger Beat magazine.  But after being cast in a stage production of “Children of a Lesser God” at 19 and winning the lead actress Oscar for that same...

  • 11 of the most political moments in Oscar history

    11 of the most political moments in Oscar history

    January’s Screen Actors Guild Awards turned out to be one of the most politically charged in memory, with multiple winners taking the opportunity to challenge President Trump’s policies. Since then, the atmosphere has become even more politically charged, and Hollywood is unlikely to stay out of...

  • Once again, the Oscars land in a divided country. But things feel different too

    Once again, the Oscars land in a divided country. But things feel different too

    The idea of a polarized country watching the Oscars is not new‎. For nearly half a century, there have been regular occurrences of the show dropping into the middle of serious national strife. Every year, come hell or high water, the Oscars arrive at a late-winter-early-spring moment. And in some...

  • From 'Moonlight' to 'Manchester,' a critic marks his hypothetical Oscar ballot

    From 'Moonlight' to 'Manchester,' a critic marks his hypothetical Oscar ballot

    Who will win? Who should win? I feign no expertise when it comes to the former, but if I had a ballot in this year’s Oscar race, here’s how I would fill out the following categories. (There are 24 categories total, but interest and laziness compel me to focus on just 11.) BEST PICTURE: “Moonlight”...

  • Oscar noms show rise in indie movies as studios pull back on adult dramas

    Oscar noms show rise in indie movies as studios pull back on adult dramas

    Oscar-winning producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman knew their movie “Lion” was a gamble when they took the script to Cannes in 2014. The first 30 minutes of dialogue was in Bengali and Hindi, the kind of thing that studios normally shy away from, and they had no cast attached.   “People were...

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