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Kenneth Lonergan On ‘Manchester’ Oscar Original Screenplay Win: A “Movie About People Trying To Take Care Of Each Other”

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Kenneth Lonergan took home his first Oscar statuette tonight for Best Original Screenplay for the powerful Manchester By The Sea. “This movie is about people trying to take care of each other in terrible adversity,” Lonergan said in accepting the award. “And thank you (to star) Casey Affleck, Casey Affleck, Casey Affleck.” This was Lonergan’s fourth Oscar nomination and first win. He also was nominated tonight in the directing category for Manchester By The Sea. Manchester… Read


Damien Chazelle Gives Special Thanks To Best Friend After Winning Best Director Oscar For ‘La La Land’

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"I want to thank Justin (Hurwitz) who I have known since I was 17 for riding with me on this," said Damien Chazelle, who won Best Director for La La Land tonight. Having just celebrated his 32nd birthday last month, Chazelle now ties as the youngest director ever to win for Best Director. The last 32-year-old to win was 86 years ago — Norman Taurog for the film Skippy in 1931, although technically, Chazelle was older than Taurog by about a month. Chazelle developed the… Read


‘The White Helmets’ Team Uses Oscar Speech To Draw Attention To War In Syria

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Like Best Foreign Language Film winner The Salesman by Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, Best Documentary Short Subject White Helmets made headlines related to President Trump’s controversial (and eventually overturned) Muslim travel ban targeting seven predominantly Muslim countries, including Farhadi’s native Iran and Syria, the setting of The White Helmets Farhadi opted not to attend the Oscars in protest of the executive order. Meanwhile, U.S. immigration… Read


Justin Hurwitz Was Inspired By ‘La La Land’ Team To Create Oscar-Winning Best Original Score

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Justin Hurwitz's La La Land compositions won the 2017 Oscar for Best Original Score at Sunday night's Academy Awards. The first-time nominee, who also received two nomination this year in the Best Song category, had been an awards season favorite, previously taking home the Golden Globe and BAFTA Award in the same category. “Thank you so much to the Academy. Thank you to my very, very good friend Damien. I’m so glad I met you,” began Hurwitz, “Thank you to Marc Platt… Read


Kimmel Tweets To Donald Trump During Oscars

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“Were more than two hours into the show, and Donald Trump has not tweeted at us once. I’m starting to get worried about him,” Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel told the Dolby audience and viewers at home during the live telecast. “Hold on a second,” he added as he typed into his smartphone. “Hey Donald Trump, you up,” he tweeted. Hey @realDonaldTrump u up? — Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) February 27, 2017 Kimmel also went on to add, “#MerylSaysHi,” but didn’t send out the… Read


‘Bright’ Teaser Trailer: Will Smith And Joel Edgerton Crash The Oscars

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Netflix shared the first teaser trailer for Will Smith and Joel Edgerton’s upcoming film Bright during a commercial break for the 89 annual Academy Awards. Directed by David Ayer and written by Max Landis, the movie is an R-rated grounded cop procedural that is set in a world populated not only with humans but also fantastical, mythical creatures. The story follows a human cop (Smith) who is forced to work with an Orc (Edgerton) to find a weapon everyone is prepared to… Read


Foreign Language Oscar Winner Asghar Farhadi Slams “Inhumane” Trump Travel Ban, In Absentia

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Among the winners at the 89th Academy Awards, the one who became the most public face of this year's intersection between politics and the Oscars was not at the Dolby to pick up his statue. Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman scooped the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, giving the respected Iranian director his second win in the category — albeit for a film that many feel may ultimately be remembered more for its cause célèbre status as a rebuke of President Donald Trump’s… Read


Jimmy Kimmel Taunts Donald Trump In Political Oscars Opening Monologue – Watch

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UPDATED with video: Jimmy Kimmel wasted no time getting political as he opened this year’s Academy Awards. “This broadcast Is being watched live by millions of Americans and around the world in more than 225 countries that now hate us. And I think that is an amazing thing,” the Oscars host gushed after Justin Timberlake’s opening performance number. “Maybe this is not a popular thing to say, but I want to say thank you to Donald Trump,” Kimmel continued, giving viewers a… Read


‘Zootopia’ Director Takes A Bite Out Of Donald Trump With Best Animated Feature Win

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"We are so grateful to the audiences all over the world that embraced this film with this story of tolerance being more powerful than fear of the other,"said Zootopia co-director Rich Moore onstage tonight to big applause as the Disney pic snagged the Best Animated Feature at tonight's Academy Awards. The remark by the filmmaker, who was joined by fellow director Bryan Howard and producer Clark Spencer was a clear but unnamed dig at the policies of Donald Trump on a night… Read


Viola Davis Pays Tribute To August Wilson “Who Exhumed And Exulted The Ordinary People” In Oscars Win

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Three time’s a charm for Viola Davis who takes home her first Oscar tonight for Denzel Washington’s directorial of August Wilson’s 1983 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Fences Together with Mahershala Ali’s win for best supporting actor in Moonlight, Davis’ win is tying for the Oscar record of most Black performers to win in a single year. Should a third African American win tonight in the acting slots, it will be the first time in Oscar history. In previous years, no more… Read


‘O.J.: Made In America’ Director Dedicates Oscar To “Victims Of Police Violence”


UPDATE with backstage comments: Ezra Edelman’s mammoth, 7 1/2-hour O.J.: Made In America capped off a strong awards season by winning the Best Documentary Oscar tonight. And he made sure to say during his short acceptance speech that he hoped his film would draw attention to the issues of police violence and brutality. “[This win] is also for others, the victims of police violence, police brutality, racially motivated violence and criminal injustice,” he said onstage… Read


Mahershala Ali Thanks His Teachers, Cast & Wife In Best Supporting Actor Oscar Win

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Mahershala Ali took home the 2017 Oscar for Best Supporting Actor at Sunday Night's Academy Awards ceremony, honored for his role of Juan in Barry Jenkins' Moonlight. Earning attention all awards season for his performance, this is Ali's first Oscar nomination and win. His victory follow's his SAG Award victory. “I want to thank my teachers, my professors,” began the actor, who received a standing ovation. “I had so many wonderful teachers. One thing that they… Read