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!
As Peter O’Toole said when he received an honorary Oscar in 2002 after eight unsuccessful nominations in the competitive categories, “Always a bridesmaid, never a bride, my foot.” Leonardo DiCaprio may have broken his losing streak with last year’s win for Best Actor in "The Revenant," but some people are still waiting for gold. These folks included here may not own an Oscar, but they’re all winners in our book. A few of the honorees below are nominated again this year, so watch the Oscars on Feb. 26 to see if they finally get their trophy.
Damien Chazelle’s celebrated musical ‘La La Land’ is expected to pick up wins for the majority of its record-equaling 14 nominations at this Sunday’s (26 February) Academy Awards – but should it win the biggest prize of the night? A Best Picture win for ‘La La Land’ remains more than likely, with bookies still considering it the odds-on favourite, but behind it sits Barry Jenkins’ heartfelt drama ‘Moonlight’: a very different, but no less deserving film.
"This is just like prom!" said the 'Star Wars' actress, set up with 27-year-old Tom Coleman, who now recounts their wild night, which included waltzing with Debbie Reynolds and ended at Richard Dreyfuss' apartment.
We typically think Meryl Streep when it comes to Oscar records, with the master thespian having amassed an incredible 19 nominations. But when it comes to actual wins, Streep’s not in the record books. Instead you’ll find names both famous (Walt Disney, John Williams, Katharine Hepburn) and less familiar (art director Cedric Gibbons, soundman Gary Rydstrom). As we get ready for Oscar night on Feb. 26, here are the folks who have been awarded the most statuettes.
Issues in Hollywood range largely between race and gender, and it seems the latter could be about to challenged with discrimination laws. There’s no denying that the American film industry seems to be heavily populated by a specific gender and ethnicity of person, resulting in an outcry when, as per the Oscars 2016, it was dominated by white nominees and had virtually no other skin colour or ethnicity represented. According to Deadline, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has concluded that Hollywood is guilty in discrimination against female directors, and plan to take action.
How far did Moana go from the initial drawing-board version? With the Oscar-contending animated hit heading home (the Digital HD version arrives Tuesday while the Blu-ray/DVD hits shelves on March 7), Yahoo Movies has an exclusive deleted scene (watch it above) that shows how the title heroine evolved as a character. As they set up the clip, directors Ron Clements (the one with the beard) and John Musker reveal where it originally had fit in the film.