‘Moonlight’ upsets ‘La La Land’ for top Oscar after major gaffe

UNTV News   •   February 27, 2017   •   3146

89th Academy Awards – Oscars Awards Show – Producer Jordon Horowitz holds up the card for the Best Picture winner Moonlight. At left is Ryan Gosling and right is presenter Warren Beatty who mistakenly announced La La Land as the best picture winner. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

African-American coming-of-age tale “Moonlight” won the Oscar for best picture on Sunday on a big night for Hollywood diversity that was overshadowed by an embarrassing onstage gaffe over the top award.

In a mishap that caused uproar and confusion, presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway initially announced that romantic musical “La La Land”, the presumed favorite for best picture, had won.

As the casts of both films stood awkwardly on stage, Beatty explained he had been given the wrong envelope to open.

It was the first time in living memory that such a major mistake had been made at the Academy Awards, Hollywood’s biggest night. It even eclipsed the prior three hours of a show peppered with jokes about U.S. President Donald Trump.

Accountants Price Waterhouse Cooper, who oversee the ballots, said the presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope.

“We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred,”

PwC said in a statement, while apologizing to “Moonlight” and “La La Land”, Beatty and Dunaway and Oscar viewers.

Officials from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences were not immediately available to comment.

“Is that the craziest Oscar moment of all time?” Stone, who won the best actress Oscar for her “La La Land” role as a struggling actress, told reporters backstage “It’s a very strange happening for Oscar history.”

“Moonlight,” about a young boy struggling with poverty and his sexuality in Miami, also brought a supporting actor Oscar for first timer Mahershala Ali, a best adapted screenplay statuette.

Viola Davis won for her supporting role as a long suffering housewife in African-American family drama “Fences.”

The recognition for both the actors and their films made a stark contrast to the 2016 Academy Awards when no actors of color were even nominated.

“Moonlight” producer Adele Romanski said she hoped the movie would inspire “little black boys and brown girls and other folks watching at home who feel marginalized.”

‘LA LA LAND’ WINS SIX AWARDS

“La La Land” went into the Oscars with a leading 14 nominations and emerged with six, including for its score and theme song “City of Stars.” “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle, 32, became the youngest person to ever win a best director Oscar.

Elsewhere, “Manchester by the Sea” star Casey Affleck was named best actor, winning his first Oscar despite 2010 sexual harassment allegations that resurfaced during awards season. Affleck denied the allegations which were settled out of court.

“Man, I wish I had something better and more meaningful to say…I’m just dumbfounded that I’m included,” said Affleck, who played a heart-broken father in the movie.

Earlier in the show, Trump had been the butt of numerous jokes, capping an awards season marked by fiery protests by celebrities at his policies. .

Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel fired off political zingers and even tweeted at the Republican president, getting no immediate response.

Several celebrities wore blue ribbons on Sunday in support of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) advocacy group that worked to get Trump’s bid to ban travelers from seven majority Muslim nations blocked in U.S. courts. But for the most part, speeches at the ceremony were mild or made general pleas for tolerance rather than directly attacking Trump.

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi was an exception. His drama “The Salesman” was named best foreign language film but Farhadi, boycotted Sunday’s ceremony because of the Trump’s travel ban.

In a speech delivered on his behalf by Iranian-American space expert Anousheh Ansari, Farhadi said his absence was due to “an inhumane law that bans entry into the U.S… Dividing the world into the ‘us’ and ‘our enemies’ categories creates fear, a deceitful justification for aggression and war.”

(Additional reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy, Nichola Groom and Lisa Richwine; Editing by Sandra Maler and Mary Milliken)

2019 Oscars: Complete List of Winners

Jeck Deocampo   •   February 25, 2019

HOLLYWOOD, USA — The 91st Academy Awards on Sunday (February 24) brought together Hollywood’s A-listers under one roof. The awards night, held at the Dolby Theater, went without a host for the first time in 20 years.

And the Oscar for Best Actor goes to…

See Rami Malek's full speech.

Posted by The Academy on Sunday, 24 February 2019

 Bohemian Rhapsody lead Rami Malek receives his very first Oscars award for best actor.

With their exceptional performance, Olivia Colman, Rami Malek, and Lady Gaga lead the new batch of Oscar winners this year.

See all the winners below.

Best Picture

  • Winner: Green Book
  • A Star is Born
  • Black Panther
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • The Favourite
  • Roma
  • Vice

Best Director

  • Winner: Roma – Alfonso Cuaron
  • BlacKkKlansman – Spike Lee
  • Cold War – Paweł Pawlikowski
  • The Favourite – Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Vice – Adam McKay

Best Actress

  • Winner: Olivia Colman – The Favourite
  • Glenn Close – The Wife
  • Lady Gaga – A Star is Born
  • Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Yalitza Aparicio – Roma

Best Actor

  • Winner: Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
  • Christian Bale – Vice
  • Viggo Mortensen – Green Book
  • Willem Dafoe – At Eternity’s Gate

Best Supporting Actress

  • Winner: Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Amy Adams – Vice
  • Marina de Tavira – Roma
  • Emma Stone – The Favourite
  • Rachel Weisz – The Favourite

Best Supporting Actor

  • Winner: Mahershala Ali – Green Book
  • Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman
  • Richard E. Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Sam Elliot – A Star is Born
  • Sam Rockwell – Vice

Best Original Song

  • Winner: Shallow – A Star Is Born
  • All The Stars – Black Panther
  • I’ll Fight – RBG
  • The Place Where Lost Things Go – Mary Poppins Returns
  • When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings – The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Best Original Score

  • Winner: Black Panther – Ludwig Goransson
  • BlacKkKlansmen – Terence Blanchard
  • If Beale Street Could Talk – Nicholas Britell
  • Isle of Dogs – Alexandre Desplat
  • Mary Poppins Returns – Marc Shaiman

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Winner: BlacKkKlansman – Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott and Spike Lee
  • A Star is Born – Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper and Will Fetters
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty
  • If Beale Street Could Talk – Barry Jenkins
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Best Original Screenplay

  • Winner: Green Book – Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly
  • First Reformed – Paul Schrader
  • Roma – Alfonso Cuaron
  • The Favorite – Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara
  • Vice – Adam McKay

Best Live Action Short Film

  • Winner: Skin
  • Detainment
  • Fauve
  • Marguerite
  • Mother

Best Visual Effects

  • Winner: First Man
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Christopher Robin
  • Ready Player One
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

Best Documentary – Short Subject

  • Winner: Period. End of Sentence
  • A Night at The Garden
  • Black Sheep
  • Endgame
  • Lifeboat

Best Animated Short Film

  • Winner: Bao
  • Animal Behavior
  • Late Afternoon
  • One Small Step
  • Weekends

Best Animated Feature Film

  • Winner: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Incredibles 2
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Mirai
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet

Best Film Editing

  • Winner: Bohemian Rhapsody
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Green Book
  • The Favourite
  • Vice

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Winner: Roma – Mexico
  • Capernaum – Lebanon
  • Cold War – Poland
  • Never Look Away – Germany
  • Shoplifters – Japan

Best Sound Mixing

  • Winner: Bohemian Rhapsody
  • A Star is Born
  • Black Panther
  • First Man
  • Roma

Best Sound Editing

  • Winner: Bohemian Rhapsody
  • A Quiet Place
  • Black Panther
  • First Man
  • Roma

Best Cinematography

  • Winner: Roma
  • A Star is Born
  • Cold War
  • Never Look Away
  • The Favourite

Best Production Design

  • Winner: Black Panther
  • First Man
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Roma
  • The Favourite

Best Costume Design

  • Winner: Black Panther
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Mary Queen of Scots
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • The Favourite

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Winner: Vice
  • Border
  • Mary Queen of Scots

Best Documentary – Feature

  • Winner: Free Solo
  • Hale County This Morning, This Evening
  • Minding the Gap
  • Of Fathers and Sons
  • RGB

U.S. Supreme Court tosses one travel ban ruling

admin   •   October 11, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out an appeals court ruling that struck down President Donald Trump’s previous temporary travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority nations countries that have now expired.

“This is the protection of the nation from foreign terrorists entering the United States. We all know what that means,” said Trump.

The court acted in one of two cases pending involving a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, which had sued to stop the ban contained in a March executive order.

The court did not act on a separate challenge brought by the state of Hawaii, which the court had also agreed to hear. That case also features a challenge to a separate 120-day refugee ban, which has not yet expired.

The expired ban had targeted people from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, and Sudan.

The new open-ended ban, scheduled to take effect on Oct. 18, removed Sudan from the list while blocking people from Chad and North Korea and certain government officials from Venezuela from entering the United States. — Reuters

Five decades and 200 films later, Jackie Chan ‘finally’ wins Oscar

admin   •   November 14, 2016

Actor Jackie Chan poses with his Honorary Award at the 8th Annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., November 12, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Actor Jackie Chan poses with his Honorary Award at the 8th Annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., November 12, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

 

When Jackie Chan saw an Oscar at Sylvester Stallone’s house 23 years ago, he said that was the moment he decided he wanted one.

On Saturday at the annual Governors Awards, the Chinese actor and martial arts star finally received his little gold statuette, an honorary Oscar for his decades of work in film.

“After 56 years in the film industry, making more than 200 films, after so many bones, finally,” Chan, 62, quipped at the star-studded gala dinner while holding his Oscar.

The actor recalled watching the ceremony with his parents and his father always asking him why he didn’t have Hollywood’s top accolade despite having made so many movies.

He praised his hometown Hong Kong for making him “proud to be Chinese,” and thanked his fans, saying they were the reason “I continue to make movies, jumping through windows, kicking and punching, breaking my bones.”

The actor was introduced by his “Rush Hour” co-star Chris Tucker, actress Michelle Yeoh and Tom Hanks, who referred to him as “Jackie ‘Chantastic’ Chan.”

Hanks said it was especially gratifying to be able to acknowledge Chan’s work because martial arts and action comedy films were two genres often overlooked during awards season.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, hosts of the annual ceremony, also bestowed honorary Oscars on British film editor Anne V. Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and prolific documentarian Frederick Wiseman.

The evening was attended by Hollywood’s elite, including Denzel Washington, Lupita Nyong’o, Nicole Kidman, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Amy Adams and Dev Patel.

Stalmaster, 88, credited with securing career-defining roles for actors such as Jeff Bridges, Andy Garcia, Christopher Reeve and John Travolta, is the first casting director to receive an Oscar.

Coates, 90, who won the film editing Oscar for 1962’s “Lawrence of Arabia” and has edited more than 50 films, said she shared her honorary Oscar “with all the unsung heroes” of filmmaking.

Wiseman, 86, whose documentaries include 1970’s “Hospital,” 1987’s “Blind” and last year’s “In Jackson Heights,” said: “I think it’s as important to document kindness, ability and generosity of spirit as it is to show cruelty, banality and indifference,” he said. —Reuters

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