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PwC Exec Cancels CNN Segment “Apparently On Orders From The Academy,” Anderson Cooper Says

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As the finger-pointing and mea culpas continue regarding last night’s Best Picture tragicomedy, the top U.S. exec at the Academy’s accounting firm was booked on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360° tonight. Key word: “was.” PricewaterhouseCoopers U.S. Chairman and senior partner Tim Ryan, who had been making the media rounds today to discuss Sunday’s Best Picture gaffe, canceled his appearance on the primetime show less than an hour before he was to go on, Anderson Cooper said… Read

U.S. State Department Deletes Tweet Congratulating Iranian Director After ‘Salesman’ Oscar Win

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On Monday, the U.S. State Department tweeted, and then deleted, a congratulatory message to director Asghar Farhadi, whose film The Salesman won the Oscar for Best Foreign-Language film at the 89th Academy Awards. The message was shared by the State Department’s official Persian-language Twitter account, @USAdarFarsi, congratulating the Iranian people and Farhadi for his win at Sunday's ceremony. According to reports, the tweet was posted at 1 A.M. ET, but later… Read

PricewaterhouseCoopers Chairman Says Best Picture Gaffe Was “A Human Error”

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PricewaterhouseCoopers took the blame last night for the unforgettable moment when La La Land was mistakenly named Best Picture instead of Moonlight. Now, the accounting firm that oversees the voting, adds that the gaffe was "a humor error." While La La Land producer Marc Platt was giving his acceptance speech, PricewaterhouseCoopers Brian Cullinan and Martha L. Ruiz, who were in charge of the envelopes and had a duplicate set of the 24 winners in their briefcases, took… Read

Donald Trump Takes Credit For Oscars Best Picture Snafu

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The Oscars should have been less focused on bashing him and more time sweating the details, President Donald Trump said today about the Academy Awards’ Best Picture announcement snafu Sunday night. "I think they were focused so hard on politics that they didn't get the act together at the end," Trump told Breitbart News. "It was a little sad. It took away from the glamour of the Oscars. It didn't feel like a very glamorous evening. I've been to the Oscars. There was… Read

What Oscar’s Best Picture Snafu Spells For ‘Moonlight’ & ‘La La Land’ At The B.O.; There’s A Surprising Takeaway

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After its surprise Best Picture Oscar win last night, what now for A24’s Moonlight Quite similar to the recent Best Picture winners before it, i.e. last year’s Spotlight and 2015’s Birdman, Moonlight already is streaming in homes on  transactional VOD and will hit DVD shelves tomorrow. Despite major chains’ refusal to book movies that are already occupying their second and third ancillary windows, exceptions typically are made for Best Picture winners. A24 will reveal… Read

Oscar Ratings Down Double Digits In Demo; 32.9M Viewership Hits 9-Year Low – Update

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UPDATED, 11:49 AM: Unintentionally delivering an ending that will live forever in awards show history for its Best Picture fiasco, last night's Oscars really went places only live TV can. In that vein, the near final numbers for last night's 89th Academy Awards are now in, and they are down from last year. Sunday night’s show drew 32.9 million viewers with a 9.1 rating among adults 18-49. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel for the first time, the 2017 Oscars are down 4% in viewership… Read

This Is Not A Joke: ‘La La Land’ Producer Jordan Horowitz Talks Oscars’ “Surreal Moment” On ‘GMA’

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You might have heard about a little oopsie at the end of last night’s Oscarcast. Good Morning America certainly did, and it had La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz on via phone this morning to talk about it. He’s the guy who announced Moonlight’s belated Best Picture triumph to the world with already-infamous words, “This is not a joke.” “It was a surreal moment for sure,” Horowitz told George Stephanopoulos in his first public remarks about the wild finish to the 89th Osc… Read

Steve Harvey To Warren Beatty: “Call Me”

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Until last night’s epic Oscar gaffe involving presenters Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, the Best Picture Oscar winner and a certain wrong envelope, the last awards-show emcee to preside over a mix-up approaching this magnitude was Steve Harvey. Remember it was Harvey who in December inadvertently announced the wrong winner of the Miss Universe pageant during that live show in Las Vegas. Harvey didn’t miss a beat this morning, effectively passing the torch to… Read

Oscars: Best Picture Envelope Disaster Can’t Take Away Triumph Of Best Academy Awards Show In Many A Moon(light)

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Somehow the confused, perplexing and chaotic ending of the 89th annual Academy Awards seems a fitting coda to an Oscar show in the Donald Trump era. I have covered a lot of Oscar shows in my time, but never have I seen one go down like this one did Sunday night, when La La Land was announced for Best Picture, and speeches were made … only to have it taken away. Due to a mistake in handing the correct envelope to presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, Moonlight was… Read

Iran & France Praise Asghar Farhadi’s Foreign Language Oscar Win (& Boycott)

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Representatives of the Iranian government have lauded the team behind Asghar Farhadi’s Best Foreign Language Oscar winner, The Salesman. The country’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, took to Twitter on Monday to say he was proud of the cast and crew for their Oscar and “stance against Muslim ban.” Culture Minister Reza Salehi Amiri praised the now double Oscar winner Farhadi for standing against “narrow-minded and racist policies of novice American politicians,”… Read

Oscar’s Best Picture Screwup: The Real Story, As Pricewaterhouse Takes Blame

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UPDATE with PricewaterhouseCoopers statement: The Best Picture gaffe that marred tonight’s Oscar broadcast was caused by a doppelganger Best Actress envelope mistaken for the night’s final prize, which caused the unprecedented screw-up that temporarily bestowed the top trophy to La La Land instead of rightful winner Moonlight. Accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers confirmed just now that the fault was theirs: We sincerely apologize to Moonlight, La La Land, Warren… Read