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Oscar Ratings Plunge to Record Low

They were down 20% from last year

(Newser) - Viewership for the Academy Awards plunged 20% from last year to a record-low 26.5 million, the first time on record the Oscars reached fewer than 30 million people, the AP reports. The Oscars are often the most-watched TV show after the Super Bowl. Not this time: the opening ceremonies... More »

Someone Tried to Steal Frances McDormand's Oscar

Police say suspect is in custody, and the actress has her statuette back

(Newser) - Someone swiped Frances McDormand's Oscar statuette right off her table at the Governor's Ball Sunday night, and police say the alleged thief has been arrested. A photo of the alleged Oscar-napper circulated on social media Sunday night; according to Cara Buckley of the New York Times, a photographer... More »

Ryan Seacrest Avoided, Insulted on Oscars Red Carpet

Just 21 people spoke to E! host amidst groping accusations

(Newser) - Amid allegations that he groped a stylist , E! host Ryan Seacrest was sure to have an awkward time attempting to interview celebrities at Sunday night's Academy Awards. Mashable says "practically no celebrities" talked to him and the Kansas City Star , which rounds up social media reactions to Seacrest'... More »

No Miscues: Shape of Water Wins

Director Del Toro has a big night

(Newser) - Some said it was nothing more than "masochistic nostalgia," while others predicted it was going to provide the "ultimate Hollywood ending." That would be Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty making a repeat appearance Sunday night to present the award for best picture—after famously announcing the... More »

Rita Moreno's Oscars Outfit Was the Same She Wore in 1962

She dons dress she wore to accept award for 'West Side Story'

(Newser) - To present the award for best foreign language film at Sunday night's Oscars ceremony, Rita Moreno went retro. The 86-year-old Puerto Rican actress and singer, the only Latin artist who has an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony), wore the same dress she wore to the 1962 Academy Awards, when... More »

Weinstein's Accusers Take Center Stage at Award Show

Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra, and Salma Hayek appear for tribute to Me Too, Time's Up movements

(Newser) - Jimmy Kimmel referenced Harvey Weinstein in his opening monologue for the 90th Academy Awards, but it got more personal when three of Weinstein's accusers stepped out onto the stage Sunday night to introduce a video montage on gender equality in Hollywood, per People and E! Online . "It's... More »

Transgender Actress on Oscar First: 'Thank You for This Moment'

Daniela Vega is award show's first openly transgender presenter

(Newser) - Chile's A Fantastic Woman won best foreign language film at the Oscars Sunday night, and its star, Daniela Vega, made her own mark on the Dolby Theatre stage. Per the New York Daily News , the 28-year-old actress became the first transgender presenter at the Oscars, introducing Sufjan Stevens and... More »

2 Immigrant Stars Stick Up for Dreamers

Lupita Nyong'o and Kumail Nanjiani: 'Dreams are the foundation of America'

(Newser) - The fate of Dreamers in the US is still up in the air , but at the Oscars Sunday night, two presenters offered their support to this vulnerable group. Lupita Nyong'o and Kumail Nanjiani took the stage to offer the award for best production design, with Nyong'o deadpanning, "... More »

Oscars Kick Off With #MeToo, Politics, and ... a Jet Ski

Watercraft up for grabs for shortest acceptance speech, per Jimmy Kimmel

(Newser) - Jimmy Kimmel kicked off the 90th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre, his second turn hosting, by first riffing on last year's Academy Awards—specifically, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway messing up the best picture announcement . "This year when you hear your name called, don't get up... More »

This Couldn't Possibly Go as Bad as Last Time

TMZ reports Beatty, Dunaway will present Best Picture again

(Newser) - It appears the Academy is a firm believer in the old saw "any press is good press" because it's reportedly bringing back the duo whose massive flub led to wall-to-wall media coverage (and internet jokes) after last year's ceremony. That's right, TMZ reports Warren Beatty and... More »

Sign of the Times: Oscars Swag Bags Contain Pepper Spray

They also contain, of course, expensive vacations and the like

(Newser) - The swag bag handed out to this year's Academy Awards nominees is worth up to $100,000—and, in the wake of the sexual assault allegations rocking Hollywood, you may not be surprised to hear that one of the freebies included in the goodie bag is pepper spray. "... More »

After 9 Noms, Songwriter Would Like Her Oscar Please

Diane Warren jokes that she's the Susan Lucci of songwriters

(Newser) - Songwriter Diane Warren is overdue for an Oscar, and she has no reservations about admitting it. "I am not going to say, 'I don't need to win. I don't care,'" Warren told the AP . "I want to win. Come on, it's been... More »

Casey Affleck Pulls Out of Oscars

He 'didn't want to be a distraction'

(Newser) - In a break with tradition, last year's Best Actor winner will not be presenting the Best Actress award at this year's Oscars. Casey Affleck's win last year for Manchester by the Sea was controversial because of past accusations of sexual harassment , and sources tell Deadline that he... More »

9 Biggest Oscar Surprises

'Wonder Woman' got zero love

(Newser) - It is a mathematical impossibility for a group of Oscar nominations to please everyone, but this year came pretty close with meaningful love for Get Out, Lady Bird, and Phantom Thread, and the history-making nomination of Mudbound director of photography Rachel Morrison, who became the first woman to ever be... More »

And the Oscar Nominees Are...

'The Shape of Water' emerges with 13 nods

(Newser) - The 90th annual Oscar nominations were announced Tuesday by Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis. It was close but no cigar for Guillermo del Toro's lavish monster romance The Shape of Water, which emerged with 13 nominations—just short of tying All About Eve, Titanic, and La La Land's ... More »

Angelina Jolie's Film Is Cambodia's Oscar Submission

Country submits it as foreign language contender at Academy Awards

(Newser) - Angelina Jolie's First They Killed My Father has been named Cambodia's foreign-language submission to the Academy Awards, the AP reports. The Cambodia Oscar Selection Committee announced the choice Monday, calling Jolie's Cambodian genocide drama "cathartic" and hailing it for bringing back memories "often best forgotten.... More »

An Earlier-Than- Usual Oscars Announcement

Jimmy Kimmel to return as host for 90th annual Academy Awards

(Newser) - "If you think we screwed up the ending this year, wait until you see what we have planned for the 90th anniversary show," the Hollywood Reporter quotes Jimmy Kimmel as saying in a statement. That's right, the Academy announced Tuesday that Kimmel will be back next year... More »

No Cellphones Backstage for Accountants After Oscar Flub

PwC issues new protocols to prevent another Oscar disaster

(Newser) - PwC accountants won't be allowed to have their cellphones backstage during future Oscar telecasts, the AP reports. Film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs sent an email to academy members Wednesday detailing the new protocols for announcing Oscar winners developed after the best-picture flub at last month's Academy Awards.... More »

PwC Accountants in Oscars Snafu Had to Be 'Pushed Onstage'

They wouldn't go of their own accord, stage manager says

(Newser) - A "veteran" Oscars stage manager has given his behind-the-scenes perspective on the Best Picture snafu, and he comes off as none-too-impressed with the "frozen" PricewaterhouseCoopers accountants involved. In a lengthy interview with The Wrap , Gary Natoli says Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz were supposed to have memorized the... More »

Here's the Punishment for PwC Oscars Accountants

The 2 accountants in charge of envelopes banned from future Oscars work

(Newser) - The PwC accountant who mixed up two envelopes at the Oscars Sunday, resulting in the wrong film being announced as Best Picture, will not be allowed to work the Academy Awards again, the AP reports. Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs says Brian Cullinan's distraction backstage ( he was tweeting... More »

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