Considering how back-loaded the release schedule is when it comes to awards-friendly films, it’s an encouraging sign that there have already been several movies from the first half of 2017 that could easily wind up in the Oscar conversation. True, a couple of them (Mudbound, Call Me by Your Name) premiered at Sundance and won’t get distributed until the fall, but there are plenty that have already dropped, from the art house (The Lovers, The Big Sick) to the cineplex (Get Out, Wonder Woman). Juno could provide the template for this touching and crowdpleasing rom-com based on the real-life coupling of Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon.
The Academy announced on Wednesday that it’s inviting 774 new members — a record-breaking number. It marks the second year in a row that the institution has broken its own record; last year, it set a new high-water mark by inviting 683 new members. Among the high-profile actors newly invited to the Academy are “Wonder... Read more »
Producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd, who also oversaw the last show, will also be reteaming with him for the 90th Academy Awards.
We dissected the full-length trailer of the Denis Villeneuve sequel, and we're delighted to see that the master DP refuses to play it safe.
A new rule for the nomination of animated features also could favor studio releases at the expense of smaller, indie animated movies.
Films about King Kong have a chequered history – for every great Ray Harryhausen stop-motion battle, there’s a cheesy cash-in featuring the mega-monkey’s offspring. Kong survives the fall from the Empire State Building, is fitted with an artificial heart – yes, really – then falls in love with a Lady Kong and has a kid with her.
"This isn't something we typically deal with," a PricewaterhouseCoopers representative said. "But the firm felt it was necessary based on the number of people outside their homes."
Variety obtained exclusive photos of Brian Cullinan — the man behind the infamous Best Picture envelope mix-up — leading up to and during Sunday’s gaffe in which 'La La Land' was erroneously named best picture over 'Moonlight'
The president of the film academy says the two accountants responsible for the best-picture flub at Sunday’s Academy Awards will never return to the Oscar show. Cheryl Boone Isaacs tells The Associated Press that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ relationship with PwC, the accounting firm responsible for the integrity of the awards, remains under review. Boone Isaacs broke her silence Wednesday following the biggest blunder in the 89-year history of the Academy Awards.
Beatty released a statement Tuesday to The Associated Press in which he declined to comment further on the debacle that led to him and co-presenter Faye Dunaway mistakenly reading La La Land as best picture winner rather than Moonlight. “I feel it would be more appropriate for the president of the Academy, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, to publicly clarify what happened as soon as possible,” said Beatty. Since Sunday’s broadcast, the academy has largely left the explaining to PwC, the accounting firm that has taken the blame for the “La La Land” mistakenly being read as the best picture winner by Beatty and Faye Dunaway.
The Oscars are typically I signal of filmmaking of the highest quality. We all rant about how the Academy gets it wrong sometimes of course, but it’s not often genuinely bad films are rewarded.
Chaos erupted both onstage and behind the scenes after a starstruck accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers handed Warren Beatty the wrong envelope for best picture.
It’s been less than 24 hours since the most notorious fubar in Oscar history — the mistaken announcement that La La Land had won best picture, when in fact the award was meant for Moonlight — and accounting firm PricewaterhouseCooper has now issued an unusual second apology, while the Academy is announcing that it will conduct an investigation of the way the tell-tale envelopes are handled at the Oscar ceremony while offering an apology of its own. Going beyond the first statement of apology that was issued Sunday night, three hours after the Oscar broadcast ended, PwC on Monday sent out what it called a “revised statement” in which it squarely shoulders the blame for the incident, cites PwC partner Brian Cullinan for the mistake and offers another apology to all involved in the embarrassing drama that played out on national television.
DiCaprio to blame? The biggest moment of the 2017 Oscars came when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway incorrectly announced ‘La La Land’ as the Best Picture winner when the actual winner was ‘Moonlight’. It’s since emerged that Beatty was actually holding the envelope for Best Actress which announced ‘La La Land’s Emma Stone as the winner, so you can understand the confusion from the presenters. Some people on Twitter are suggesting that it’s all Leonardo DiCaprio’s fault.
Despite losing out in the Best Supporting Actress category, ‘Lion’ star Nicole Kidman somehow managed to dominate the conversation online, all thanks to her crazy clapping.
The Best Sound Mixing category doesn’t typically get a lot of ink at the Academy Awards, but something truly historic unfolded when the 2017 winner was announced Sunday night. Then, around 9:32 p.m. ET Sunday, O’Connell finally won. “Thank you so much! I can’t even tell you what this means to me,” an exuberant O’Connell, who shared the awards with fellow sound mixers Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie, and Peter Grace, said as he stepped to the stage to a hearty ovation.
Mahershala Ali picked up the very first Academy Award on Sunday night, as he was recognised for his stunning performance in ‘Moonlight’. It turns out that Mahershala Ali broke new ground with his Academy Award win, too, as he became the first Muslim actor to ever win an Oscar. It couldn’t have occurred at a better time, too, as it comes just a few weeks after Donald Trump’s executive order to ban the inhabitants of seven countries that are prominently made up of Muslims proved hugely divisive and controversial.
On April 4, 1974, while David Niven was introducing Elizabeth Taylor to present the Best Picture gong, a man suddenly streaked across the stage, flashing a peace sign… and a whole lot more. The crowd was in stitches and an Oscar legend was born, but the story behind the quip is a lot more mysterious and, sadly, tragic. The streaker was 33-year-old Robert Opel, a well-known figure in the gay activism scene throughout the seventies, as well as a prominent artist.
2017’s Academy Awards will be handed out this Sunday night, and forecasters increasingly expect it to come down to a battle between Damien Chazelle’s La La Land and Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight for Best Picture. According to a new poll on all things Oscars by The Hollywood Reporter, however, couldn’t name those two films — or any of the other seven contenders — as nominees for the award. According to THR’s survey (conducted with the National Research Group in February), 60 percent of the 800 people questioned drew a blank when it came to Best Picture nominees — and in many respects, those results crossed political lines.
The 79th Academy Awards took place on Feb. 25, 2007 at the Kodak (now the Dolby) Theatre in Hollywood, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. Martin Scorsese took home his long-awaited Best Director statuette for "The Departed" — which led the night with four wins, including Best Picture. With this year’s ceremony only days away on Feb. 26, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at the star-studded red carpet for the 2007 Oscars. Enjoy!