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Could a Backstage Tweet Have Led to Massive Oscars Mix-Up?

The 'Wall Street Journal' lays out what appears to have happened

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal may have figured out how exactly the biggest flub in Oscars history happened Sunday night. As the paper explains, Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz are the two PwC partners who stand at opposite ends of the Academy Awards stage with the envelopes containing the winners, ready... More »

There Was Another Big Oscars Flub

In Memoriam segment features wrong person's photo

(Newser) - Not only did La La Land accidentally get announced as Best Picture when the winner was really Moonlight, Sunday night's Academy Awards also included a big flub during the In Memoriam segment. As the name of Janet Patterson, a costume designer who died in 2016, flashed onscreen, the photograph... More »

The Closest a Past Oscars Came to a Snafu Like This

There was a flub, just not quite like this, in 1964

(Newser) - The Huffington Post on Friday published what ended up being a prescient article: "What Would Happen If A Presenter Announced The Wrong Winner At The Oscars?" After listing all the reasons why this should never happen—tabulating firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has checks and balances in place to seemingly make sure... More »

8 of Kimmel's Best Lines

Damon, Trump did not escape his notice

(Newser) - After his success helming the Emmys, some wondered why Jimmy Kimmel had never been asked to man the stage at the the Oscars. The late-night host got his chance Sunday night and brought his A-game to go with the A-list attendees, with USA Today noting he came out "comfortable... More »

Most Political Moment Came From Guy Who Wasn't There

Iran's Ashgar Farhadi, whose 'The Salesman' won best foreign film, boycotted the show

(Newser) - Everyone predicted politics would take center stage at this year's Oscars, and those prognostications proved accurate. Some of the more notable moments of the night:
  • Before the red carpet was populated, Mike Huckabee kicked off the snark, USA Today reports. "Watch celebs spew ignorant political venom at
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Oscars End With One of Live TV's Biggest Snafus Ever

'La La Land' initially announced as winner ... but it was really 'Moonlight'

(Newser) - Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway now know how Steve Harvey felt. The latter announced the wrong Miss Universe in 2015, and at Sunday night's Oscars, the former made the same mistake during the presentation of the biggest award of the night, per the Los Angeles Times and Entertainment Weekly... More »

'Powerful and Historic' Speech From Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis had everyone emotional in Dolby Theatre

(Newser) - In what Business Insider calls a "powerful and historic" speech , Viola Davis accepted her best supporting actress award for Fences, and she didn't hold back the tears. Davis—the first black performer to win an Oscar, Emmy, and Tony for acting—noted that everyone with the greatest stories... More »

What Went Wrong During Kimmel's Tour-Bus Prank

Poking fun of tourists' names didn't go over well online

(Newser) - Jimmy Kimmel pulled a prank on a bunch of unsuspecting tourists at the Oscars Sunday night to mixed reviews. The award show host arranged for a tour bus to be brought to the Dolby Theatre, at which point the people on board were brought inside the auditorium as the audience... More »

Your Academy Award Winners Here

Jimmy Kimmel serves as host for star-studded event

(Newser) - Celebrities rolled from the red carpet into Hollywood's Dolby Theatre Sunday night for the 89th annual Academy Awards, with Justin Timberlake greeting everyone with a peppy rendition of "Can't Stop This Feeling." Jimmy Kimmel then took the stage , noting, "This is my first time here.... More »

Why There Was a Bunch of Blue on the Red Carpet

Blue ACLU ribbons were the big accessory this year

(Newser) - Blue was the new black on this year's red carpet in the form of ACLU ribbons, E! Online reports. The ribbons are part of the civil rights advocacy organization's "Stand With ACLU" drive, which has taken on momentum in the wake of President Trump's immigration ban.... More »

Meryl Streep: Lagerfeld Lied, Owes Me an Apology

As does 'Women's Wear Daily,' actress says

(Newser) - Meryl Streep is not happy with Karl Lagerfeld or Women's Wear Daily right now. After the designer claimed Streep changed her mind about wearing Chanel to the Oscars in favor of a different designer who agreed to pay her, Streep denied the story and Lagerfeld issued a statement retracting... More »

Oscars' Drama: Academy Yanks Nomination at 11th Hour

Greg P. Russell's nomination for sound mixing on '13 Hours' is yanked over violation

(Newser) - If it's truly an honor just to be nominated for an Oscar, Greg P. Russell has been abruptly dishonored: The sound mixer was stripped of the nomination for his work on 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi on Saturday, just a day before the big show, reports USA ... More »

An Upset for Moonlight? Oscar Preview and Predictions

Will 'Moonlight' upset 'La La Land'

(Newser) - The Academy Awards are on Sunday, and Slate notes it could be a history-making night at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre. In one development that might make some headway against previous "Oscars So White" backlash , 18 black performers and filmmakers are nominated this year, including Moonlight director Barry Jenkins (who... More »

Expect Politics, Celebrity to Collide at Oscars

But will President Trump be watching as usual?

(Newser) - This year's Golden Globes ceremony turned out to be quite the political affair , and Sunday's Oscars will likely be no different, especially with Donald Trump critic Meryl Streep in attendance. Here's what to expect:
  • Will host Jimmy Kimmel mention Trump? It's a safe bet. He tells
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Karl Lagerfeld Calls Meryl Streep 'Cheap'

He claims she wanted to be paid to wear Chanel to the Oscars

(Newser) - Meryl Streep apparently won't be wearing Chanel to the Oscars on Sunday. Designer Karl Lagerfeld tells Women's Wear Daily that Streep ordered a dress from his most recent collection for the fashion house, with one adjustment, to wear to the Academy Awards—then changed her mind. A rep... More »

8 Biggest Oscar Snubs

Including Taraji P. Henson, Pharrell Williams

(Newser) - From #OscarsSoWhite to #OscarsLessWhite: The 2017 Academy Awards nominations included seven actors of color plus diverse nominees in other categories, CNN reports. That's not to say there weren't any snubs, as rounded up by People , Deadline , and USA Today . Some of the big ones:
  • Taraji P. Henson: Hidden
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La La Land Ties Titanic With 14 Noms

The Oscar nominations are out

(Newser) - The Oscar nominations are out, with La La Land leading the way with a record-tying 14 nominations, reports the AP . (It ties Titanic and All About Eve.) Some highlights:
  • Best movie: Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, La La Land, Lion, Manchester by the Sea,
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Belatedly, the Oscars Announce a Host

Jimmy Kimmel will emcee the 2017 Academy Awards

(Newser) - The Oscars finally have a host: Jimmy Kimmel will emcee the 89th Academy Awards. The late-night host will be presiding over the ceremony for the first time. Kimmel has been a regular awards host, having twice previously hosted the Emmy Awards (including its broadcast in September) and once led ESPN'... More »

Jackie Chan Finally Has an Oscar

He received Governors Award

(Newser) - Nobody can say he didn't put the work in: After more than 200 movies in a career that spans more than 50 years, starting when he was a 5-year-old child actor, Jackie Chan was finally awarded an Oscar Sunday night. The 62-year-old was one of four recipients of this... More »

#OscarsSoWhite No More? Academy Invites 683 New Members

46% of invitees are women, 41% are people of color

(Newser) - Apparently still smarting from some of Chris Rock's Oscars barbs , the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invited 683 people—many of them women and minorities—to join in an unprecedented move Wednesday, Reuters reports. The voting group behind the Oscars is largely old, white, and male and... More »

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