Feb 272017
 
89th Oscars Red Carpet

The red carpet of The 89th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 26, 2017.
Photo credit: Mike Baker / ©A.M.P.A.S.

The 89th Oscars® took place at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 26, 2017. The Academy Awards, the greatest annual film industry’s event, are an extravaganza of entertainment, celebrities, fashion and social trends every year. The Oscars are always perfectly organized and flawless. This year, was a bit different.
For once, we’ve seen Oscars highs AND lows. The 2017 Oscars’ glitches didn’t diminish either the image or the magic of The Academy Awards. The Academy is a venerated institution and no snafu can diminish its image.

The Red Carpet sizzled! Justin Timberlake’s opening performance not only brought the 89th Oscars audience to its feet, it set the tone for a high energy evening and inspired spontaneous dancing in the aisles. Sara Bareilles sung like an angel during the In Memoriam tribute to the stars we lost in 2016. John Legend, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Auli’i Cravalho were wonderful, but the most memorable performance of the night was Sting’s. “The Empty Chair” ballad from “Jim: The James Foley Story” was poignant and memorable. The film honors James Foley, the journalist killed by terrorists. Sting’s performance concluded with a Foley’s quote showed on a large screen: “If I don’t have the moral courage to challenge authority … we don’t have journalism.” Wise words that remain just as relevant today as when Foley has spoken them.
Jimmy Kimmel was his usual warm and entertaining self. Relatively controversy-free, the soon-to-be father, made a gracious Oscars host.

Some Of 2017 Oscars Winners

2017 Oscar Winners

Backstage posing with their Oscars®, Mahershala Ali, Actor in a Supporting Role; Emma Stone, Actress in a Leading Role; Viola Davis, Actress in a Supporting Role; and Casey Affleck, Actor in a Leading Role backstage during The 89th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 26, 2017.
Photo credit: Mike Baker / ©A.M.P.A.S.

  • Best Film: Moonlight
  • Best Actor: Casey Affleck
  • Best Actress: Emma Stone
  • Best Actor In A Supporting Role: Mahershala Ali
  • Best Actress In A Supporting Role: Viola Davis

We congratulate ALL 2017 Oscar winners in ALL categories!

2017 Oscars Highs AND Lows

The main events of the Oscars take place on stage. So, what happened during the 89th Oscars?

The first big snafu in the Oscars 90 year history: Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway – stars of 1967’s Bonnie and Clyde – announced the Best Picture Winner erroneously! The situation has been clarified since.

In a statement PriceWaterHouseCoopers said: ”We sincerely apologize to “Moonlight,” “La La Land,” Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture. The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred.
We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation.”

Still, the moment was tough on everyone: the La La Land team who delivered meaningful acceptance speeches and yes, the Moonlight team who had to deal with a loss and then a win just seconds apart. The live and TV viewer audiences were confused, too….

In the end the team of Moonlight set us all at ease. Berry Jenkins said in a backstage interview:
“I think all the movies that were nominated were worthy, so I accepted the results. I applauded like everyone else. I noticed the commotion that was happening, and I thought something strange had occurred. And then I’m sure everybody saw my face. But I was speechless when the result that was awkward, because I’ve watched the Academy Awards, and I’ve never seen that happen before. And so it made a very special feeling even more special, but not in the way I expected.”
Asked what explanation he was given for the mixup, Jenkins replied:
“No explanation. Things just happen, you know? But I will say I saw two cards. And so things just happen, you know? I did but and because I wanted to see the card to see the card. And Warren refused to show the card to anybody before he showed it to me. And so he did. He came upstairs, and he walked over to me, and he he showed the card. Everybody was asking, Can I see the card? And he’s like, No, Barry Jenkins has to see the card. I need him to know. And he showed it to me, and I felt better about what had happened. I will say to all you people, please write this down: The folks from LA LA LAND were so gracious. I can’t imagine being in their position and having to do that. We spent a lot of time together over the last six months, and I can’t imagine being in their position and having to do that. So it’s why I wasn’t speechless because we won. I was speechless because I it was so gracious of them to do that.”

Moonlight 2017 Best Motion Picture

Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski and Barry Jenkins pose backstage with the Oscar® for Best motion picture of the year, for work on “Moonlight” during the live ABC Telecast of The 89th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 26, 2017.
Photo credit: Mike Baker / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Not to worry, La La Land is by no means a loser! It has won unprecedented SIX Oscars: The film won six Oscars: Best Directing (Damien Chazelle), Best Actress (Emma Stone), Best Original Score (Justin Hurwitz), Best Song (“City of Stars”), Best Cinematography (Linus Sandgren), and Best Production Design (David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco). Not bad for a musicalin 2017!

The win of Iranian director Ashgar Farhadi for Best Foreign Language Film of the year, for “The Salesman”. Farhadi didn’t attend the ceremony due to the mess caused by President Trump’s travel ban.

Farhadi's Oscar for 2017 Best Foreign Language Film

Firouz Naderi and Anousheh Ansari pose backstage with Ashgar Farhadi’s Oscar® for Best foreign language film of the year, for work on “The Salesman” from Iran during the live ABC Telecast of The 89th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 26, 2017.
Photo credit: Mike Baker / ©A.M.P.A.S.

He was however represented by Firouz Naderi and Anousheh Ansari, the latter delivered a moving statement from Farhadi:

“It’s a great honor to be receiving this valuable award for the second time. I would like to thank the members of the Academy, my crew in Iran, my producer Alexandre Mallet-Guy, Cohen Media, Amazon and my fellow nominees in the foreign film category. I’m sorry I’m not with you tonight. My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of other six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S. Dividing the world into the us and our enemies categories creates fear. A deceitful justification for aggression and war. These wars prevent democracy and human rights in countries which have themselves been victims of aggression. Filmmakers can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions. They create empathy between us and others. An empathy which we need today more than ever. Thank you on behalf of Mr. Farhadi.”

Viola Davis’ win as the Best Actress In A Supporting Role. Her Oscar acceptance speech will go into history as one of the best Oscar speeches of all time. The 89th Oscar Winner for best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (for her performance in “Fences”) said:

Viola Davis with her 2017 Oscar

Viola Davis poses backstage with the Oscar® for Performance by an actress in a supporting role, for work on “Fences” during the live ABC Telecast of The 89th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 26, 2017.
Photo credit: Mike Baker / ©A.M.P.A.S.

“Thank you to the Academy. You know, there’s one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered. One place. And that’s the graveyard. People ask me all the time, “What kind of stories do you want to tell, Viola?” And I say, exhume those bodies. Exhume those stories. The stories of the people who dreamed big and never saw those dreams to fruition. People who fell in love and lost. I became an artist, and thank god I did, because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life. So here’s to August Wilson, who exhumed and exalted the ordinary people.
And to Bron Pictures, Paramount, MACRO, Todd Black, Molly Allen, Scott Rudin for being the cheerleaders for a movie that is about people, and words, and life, and forgiveness and grace. And to Mykelti Williamson, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Russell Hornsby, Jovan Adepo, Saniyya Sidney for being the most wonderful artists I’ve ever worked with. And, “O captain, my captain,” Denzel Washington. Thank you for puttin’ two entities in the driving seat: August and God.
And they served you well. And to Dan and Mae Alice Davis, who were the—and are the center of my universe. The people who taught me good or bad, how to fail, how to love, how to hold an award, how to lose: my parents. I’m so thankful that God chose you to bring me into this world. To my sisters. My sister Deloris, who’s here, who played Jaji and Jaja with me. We were rich white women in the tea party games. Thank you for the imagination. And to my husband and my daughter, my heart, you and Genesis. You teach me every day how to live, how to love. I’m so glad that you are the foundation of my life. Thank you to the Academy. Thank you.”

(Viola Davis earned an Oscar, Emmy and Tony and thus became only the 23rd person to have won all three.)

Last but not least, bringing a group of star-struck tourists on the Oscars stage was a stroke of genius because it gave us all the opportunity to experience the stars and their audience together.

The 89th Oscars weren’t mistake-free. One was the erroneous announcement of the Best Picture winner. Another blunder sneaked into the In Memoriam segment: a picture of a living Australian production designer (Chapman) was used in a tribute to a recently diseased Australian production designer (Patterson), misidentifying her in the photo’s caption as well.

Oscars have always been, are and will forever be, exciting, glamorous and inspiring. If anything, the massive mistake in the Best Picture winner announcement proves that Oscars aren’t run by divine beings but imperfect humans just like us. Good to know!

 

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Feb 252017
 

2017 Oscars Presenters All-Star Lineup

 

JENNIFER ANISTON, JASON BATEMAN, WARREN BEATTY, SOFIA BOUTELLA, MATT DAMON, FAYE DUNAWAY, MICHAEL J. FOX, RYAN GOSLING, SALMA HAYEK, TARAJI P. HENSON, DEV PATEL, SETH ROGEN, OCTAVIA SPENCER,
MERYL STREEP AND VINCE VAUGHN ANNOUNCED AS FINAL SLATE OF 89TH OSCARS® PRESENTERS

 

Oscar® producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd announced the final slate of presenters for the 89th Oscars® telecast. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the Oscars will air live Sunday, February 26, on the ABC Television Network. The presenters, including past Oscar winners and nominees, are Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Warren Beatty, Sofia Boutella, Matt Damon, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Fox, Ryan Gosling, Salma Hayek, Taraji P. Henson, Dev Patel, Seth Rogen, Octavia Spencer, Meryl Streep and Vince Vaughn.

Previously announced presenters include Amy Adams, Riz Ahmed, Javier Bardem, Halle Berry, John Cho, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Dornan, Chris Evans, Gael García Bernal, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Dakota Johnson, Dwayne Johnson, Felicity Jones, Brie Larson, Shirley MacLaine, Leslie Mann, Kate McKinnon, Janelle Monáe, David Oyelowo, Mark Rylance, Hailee Steinfeld, Emma Stone, Charlize Theron and Alicia Vikander. Additionally, Sara Bareilles, John Legend, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Auli’i Cravalho, Sting and Justin Timberlake are set to perform.

Aniston’s film credits include “Office Christmas Party” (2016), “Cake” (2014), “Horrible Bosses 2” (2014), “We’re the Millers” (2013), “Horrible Bosses” (2011) and “Friends with Money” (2006). Additionally, she’s appeared in “Just Go with It” (2011), “Marley & Me” (2008) and “The Break-Up” (2006).

Bateman’s credits include the Oscar-winning film “Juno” (2007) as well as the Oscar-nominated films “Zootopia” (2016) and “Up in the Air” (2009). Other notable credits include “Office Christmas Party” (2016), “The Family Fang” (2015) and “This Is Where I Leave You” (2014). Additionally, he directed and appeared in “Bad Words” (2013).

Beatty is a producer, director, writer and actor and has received 14 Oscar nominations. Beatty won an Oscar for Directing “Reds” (1981) and the Academy’s Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 2000. He has the rare distinction of being nominated as a producer, director, writer and performer for the same film on not just one, but two occasions, for “Heaven Can Wait” (1978) and for “Reds.” Beatty’s credits also include “Rules Don’t Apply” (2016), “Bulworth” (1998), “Bugsy” (1991), “Dick Tracy” (1990), “Shampoo” (1975), “The Parallax View” (1974), “McCabe & Mrs. Miller” (1971), “Bonnie and Clyde” (1967), “Lilith” (1964) and “Splendor in the Grass” (1961).

Boutella appeared in the Oscar-nominated film “Star Trek Beyond” (2016). Additionally, her film credits include “Kingsman: The Secret Service” (2014), “Monsters: Dark Continent” (2014) and “StreetDance 2” (2012). Boutella will next appear in “Atomic Blonde” and “The Mummy.”

Damon won an Oscar for Original Screenplay (shared with Ben Affleck) and was nominated for Actor in a Leading Role for his work on “Good Will Hunting” (1997). He is nominated this year for Best Picture for “Manchester by the Sea” (2016) shared with producers Kimberly Steward, Chris Moore, Lauren Beck and Kevin J. Walsh. In addition, Damon received an Oscar nomination for Actor in a Leading Role for “The Martian” (2015) as well as an Actor in a Supporting Role nomination for “Invictus” (2009). His upcoming projects include “Downsizing” and “Suburbicon.”

Dunaway won an Oscar for Actress in a Leading Role for “Network” (1976). She’s been nominated twice before in the same category, for “Chinatown” (1974) and “Bonnie and Clyde” (1967). Dunaway’s numerous credits also include “Don Juan DeMarco” (1994), “Arizona Dream” (1993) and “Barfly” (1987), as well as the now classic films “Three Days of the Condor” (1975), “The Towering Inferno” (1974), “Little Big Man” (1970) and “The Thomas Crown Affair” (1968).

Fox’s credits include the Oscar-winning film “Back to the Future” (1985) and the Oscar-nominated features “Back to the Future Part II” (1989) and “The American President” (1995). In addition, his credits include “Bright Lights, Big City” (1988), “Teen Wolf” (1985), “Doc Hollywood” (1991), “Back to the Future Part III” (1990) and “Casualties of War” (1989).

Gosling received an Oscar nomination for Actor in a Leading Role for “La La Land” (2016) and “Half Nelson” (2006). He also appeared in the Oscar-winning film “The Big Short” (2015) as well as the Oscar-nominated films “Drive” (2011), “The Ides of March” (2011), “Blue Valentine” (2010) and “Lars and the Real Girl” (2007). Gosling’s credits also include “Crazy, Stupid, Love” (2011) and “The Notebook” (2004). He will next appear in “Blade Runner 2049.”

Hayek received an Oscar nomination for Actress in a Leading Role for “Frida” (2002). In addition, her credits include “Septembers of Shiraz” (2015), “Tale of Tales” (2015), “Savages” (2012) and “From Dusk Till Dawn” (1996). Upcoming projects for Hayek include “Beatriz at Dinner,” “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” and “How to Be a Latin Lover.”

Henson received an Oscar nomination for Actress in a Supporting Role for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (2008). Her feature credits include the Oscar-winning film “Hustle & Flow” (2005) and the Oscar-nominated “Hidden Figures” (2016). Additional credits include “Think Like a Man Too” (2014), “Top Five” (2014), “Think Like a Man” (2012), “Larry Crowne” (2011), “Date Night” (2010), “The Karate Kid” (2010) and “Four Brothers” (2005).

Patel received an Oscar nomination for Actor in a Supporting Role for “Lion” (2016). Additionally, his credits include the Oscar-winning film “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008), “Chappie” (2015), “The Man Who Knew Infinity” (2015), “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (2015) and “The Road Within” (2014). Patel will next appear in “Hotel Mumbai.”

Rogen’s film credits include the Oscar-nominated “Steve Jobs” (2015). Additionally he’s appeared in “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” (2016), “Sausage Party” (2016), “Neighbors” (2014), “The Interview” (2014), “50/50” (2011), “The Green Hornet” (2011), “Kung Fu Panda 2” (2011), “Kung Fu Panda” (2008) and “Knocked Up” (2007). Rogen will next appear in “The Masterpiece.”

Spencer won an Oscar for Actress in a Supporting Role for “The Help” (2011) and is nominated for Actress in a Supporting Role for “Hidden Figures” (2016). She also lent her voice to the Oscar-nominated film “Zootopia” (2016). Spencer’s film credits also include “Allegiant” (2016), “Bad Santa 2” (2016), “Fathers & Daughters” (2015), “Insurgent” (2015), “Black or White” (2014), “Fruitvale Station” (2013), “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” (2013) and “Snowpiercer” (2013). Spencer’s upcoming films include “Gifted,” “The Shape of Water,” “Small Town Crime” and “The Shack.”

Streep received an Oscar nomination for Actress in a Leading Role for “Florence Foster Jenkins” (2016), her 20th nomination. She has won in this category previously for “The Iron Lady” (2011) and “Sophie’s Choice” (1982). In addition, Streep earned an Oscar for Actress in a Supporting Role for “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979). In addition, she has earned acting nominations for “Into the Woods” (2014), “August: Osage County” (2013), “Julie and Julia” (2009), “Doubt” (2008), “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006), “Adaptation” (2002), “Music of the Heart” (1999), “One True Thing” (1998), “The Bridges of Madison County” (1995), “Postcards from the Edge” (1990), “A Cry in the Dark” (1988), “Ironweed” (1987), “Out of Africa” (1985), “Silkwood” (1983), “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” (1981) and “The Deer Hunter” (1978).

Vaughn appears in the Oscar-nominated film “Hacksaw Ridge” (2016). Additionally, his credits include the Oscar-nominated feature “Into the Wild” (2007), “Delivery Man” (2013), “The Internship” (2013), “The Break-Up” (2006), “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” (2005), “Old School” (2003), “Wedding Crashers” (2005) and “Swingers” (1996). Vaughn will next appear in “Brawl in Cellblock 99.”

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be broadcast live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars, produced by De Luca and Todd and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, also will be televised in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. Additionally, “The Oscars: All Access” live stream from the red carpet and backstage will begin at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST on Oscar.com.

 

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