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Oscars: ‘Manchester By The Sea’ Writer Kenneth Lonergan Says Creative Control Is A Vital Point In WGA Contract Talks

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“I don’t think anyone should strike now.” That was Manchester by the Sea screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan’s response tonight in the Oscar press room when asked about the looming threat of another WGA strike as the labor union sits down with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers to hammer out a new film/TV contract on March 13. While the guild has specified several needs including larger earnings for TV writers in the face of shortened series, heightened… Read

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Lionsgate Roaring About Eight Oscar Night, But Not Best Pic Screwup

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It will be up to the Academy to explain the inexplicable ending of a terrific Oscarcast, because Lionsgate isn’t talking. Its film La La Land was awarded Best Picture, only to have it taken away and given to Moonlight. A spokesman was taking the high road: “We’re incredibly proud of our eight winners tonight — six wins for La La Land and two wins for Hacksaw Ridge. And we congratulate Moonlight, a terrific film, on their win.” Despite the haul of golden trophies, there… Read


Hollywood’s Mood Swing, From ‘La La Land’ To ‘Moonlight,’ Brings A New Kind Of Upset


It was a different kind of upset at the Oscars on Sunday night, and not just because Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway gave the Best Picture award to the wrong movie. The producers of La La Land literally had the Oscar in hand. The producers of Moonlight pried it away. Awards night theater doesn't get better than that. More fascinating, though, are the invisible impulses that put Barry Jenkins' Moonlight, about a poor gay black man's survival and self-discovery, in front of… Read


Oscar Mean Tweets: Emma Stone, Jeff Bridges, Samuel L. Jackson & Others Taste The Pain


Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 89th annual Academy Awards tonight, so naturally he was going to do one of the most popular bits from his ABC late-night show: Enter “Mean Tweets: Oscar Edition.” Watch it above. Meanwhile, here’s a sampling — read by the stars who were mentioned: “Oh look at me, I'm Ryan Gosling. I have perfect bone structure and kind eyes. Go f*ck yourself, Ryan Gosling.” “Samuel L. Jackson has resting fart face.”  Responded Jackson, “Yes I do.” “Emma Stone looks… Read


Oscars Backstage Reaction: Casey Affleck, Kenneth Lonergan, Mahershala Ali, More

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Best picture winner Moonlight director Barry Jenkins and writer Tarell Alvin McCraney, producers Jeremy Kleiner and Adele Romanski were on hand in the pressroom to discuss this remarkable moment in Oscars history. Of course, the producers were at least a little prepared for a Best Picture acceptance speech, though they didn't necessarily anticipate this outcome. "We might have had a couple ideas [for a Best Picture speech], but I think with what went down, we had to roll… Read


Watch The Moment Oscar Best Picture Reveal Went Bad

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In what was a shocking turn of events at the 89th Annual Academy Awards, La La Land mistakenly was named Best Picture instead of Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight. Watch the moment below. After Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, marking the 50th anniversary of Bonnie and Clyde, announced Damien Chazelle’s musical as the Best Picture, the speeches were cut short when La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz showed the envelope revealing Moonlight as the true winner.  “There’s a mistake. Moo… Read


Emma Stone On ‘La La Land’ & ‘Moonlight’ Best Picture Snafu: “I Was Holding The Best Actress Card The Entire Time”

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It was almost a serendipitous moment at the Oscars: Emma Stone wins best actress for La La Land along with best director Damien Chazelle, and then the movie wins best picture. But that’s not how the latter part of it went down as best picture presenter Warren Beatty confessed he was reading incorrectly off the best actress winner card which listed Emma Stone as best actress, instead of the best picture card. Stone’s take: “I was holding the best actress card the entire… Read

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Oscars: Hollywood Reacts To Best Picture Snafu

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After what seemed like a seamless 89th Academy Awards hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, a monster of a mistake closed the show – that’s sure to be one for the history books. After Warren Beatty hesitated, Faye Dunaway announced La La Land as the winner of Best Picture. Thinking he had won his first Oscar, an ecstatic La La Land producer Marc Platt said from the stage, "Here's to the fools who made me dream,” and thanked everyone from Sam Cohn to his wife of 40 years, Julie. Only… Read


Oscars TV Review: Stellar Show Spoiled By Best Picture Fiasco

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An unprecedented Best Picture mistake tonight took the shine off one of the best Oscars in recent years. The 89th Academy Awards initially handed the big win to La La Land, though Moonlight was the actual victor. “This is very unfortunate what happened,” host Jimmy Kimmel said after the fiasco from a packed stage at the Dolby Theatre to a shocked crowd in front of him and millions watching on TV. “Personally I blame Steve Harvey for this,” he added to tight laughs in a… Read


Oscars: The Complete Winners List

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It was a stunning upset, Moonlight won Best Picture tonight — after a historic gaffe in which La La Land was announced as the winner. Presenter Faye Dunaway read La La Land for the top award, and its principals came to the stage. But, in what many thought was a joke, Moonlight later was announced as Best Picture. Dunaway, who presented with her Bonnie and Clyde co-star Warren Beatty, explained that his envelope said “Emma Stone for La La Land,” he paused and read the… Read


‘Moonlight’ Writers Dedicate Oscar Win To The Underrepresented

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Moonlight secured the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney, a first for both writers. The script, based on McCraney’s unproduced screenplay (Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue) about a young black boy-turned-man’s conflict with sexual identity while he navigates a tough upbringing, beat out scripts from Arrival, Fences, Hidden Figures and Lion. Jenkins said onstage: “I tell my students that I teach sometimes, be in love with the… Read


Oscars: ‘La La Land’s’ ‘City Of Stars’ Wins Best Song; No EGOT (This Year) For Lin-Manuel Miranda

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Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul denied Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda the first – though undoubtedly not his last – opportunity to sweep the awards quartet known as the EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony), by winning the Oscar for Best Song, “City Of Stars,” from Hurwitz’ already Oscar-winning score for La La Land. Miranda was a nominee for “How Far I’ll Go” from Disney’s Moana. "City of Stars" also bested songs by Justin Timberlake and Sting in the Best… Read