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Oscars Best-Picture Flub Explained: Read PWC’s Full Statement

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The Oscars’ accounting firm, PWC, has just released a statement taking the blame for the error that led to “La La Land” being incorrectly named the Best Picture. The producers of “La La Land” had to hand over the Best Picture Oscar to the team behind “Moonlight” (pictured) — the film that truly won Best Picture. Warren Beatty, who incorrectly announced “La La Land” as the Best Picture winner with his “Bonnie and Clyde” co-star, Faye Dunaway, explained after “Moonlight” was named as the real winner that they had been given an envelope containing the name of “La La Land” star Emma Stone, »


- Tim Molloy

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Bill Paxton, ‘Titanic’ and ‘Big Love’ Star, Dies at 61

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Bill Paxton, the versatile actor who appeared in films including “Aliens” and “Titanic” and played a polygamist on HBO’s “Big Love,” has died from complications following heart surgery. He was 61.

A representative for his family released a statement asking for privacy and saying, “Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable.”

With a Texas twang and grizzled visage, Paxton often found himself playing military men and cowboys. He was closely associated with James Cameron, playing a punk leader in “The Terminator,” as well as an ill-fated technician in “Aliens,” a venal car dealer in “True Lies” and a treasure hunter in “Titanic.”

Paxton earned an Emmy nomination for the 2012 mini-series “Hatfields & McCoys,” and was starring as a morally ambiguous detective in the CBS series “Training Day” at the time of his death.

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- Brent Lang and Pat Saperstein

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Oscars: Australian Producer Jan Chapman Devastated by Mistaken In-Memoriam Photo

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Leading Australian producer, Jan Chapman was “devastated” by another mistake in the Oscars telecast.

In addition to the best picture gaffe, during the show’s In Memoriam segment, a photo of a living woman was mistakenly used.

Janet Patterson, an Australian costume designer and four-time Oscar nominee (“The Piano,” “Portrait of a Lady,” “Oscar and Lucinda” and “Bright Star”) passed away in October 2015.

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Her name and occupation were correct in the montage, but the photo used was of Jan Chapman, a still-living Australian film producer. Check out the erroneous image above.

“I was devastated by the use of my image in place of my great friend and long-time collaborator Janet Patterson. I had urged her agency to check any photograph which might be used and understand that they were told that the Academy had it covered. Janet was a great beauty and »


- Lawrence Yee and Patrick Frater

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Actor Neil Fingleton Dies: UK’s Tallest Man Was 36

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English actor and basketball player Neil Fingleton has died. Named Britain's tallest man in 2007, Fingleton turned professional actor with roles in 2011’s X-Men: First Class and in 2013's 47 Ronin. In what is his best-known turn, he played Mag the Mighty in HBO’s Game Of Thrones. A rep for the actor could not confirm how Fingleton died, although multiple reports say he suffered heart failure on Saturday. He was 36. A statement posted to the Tall Persons Club group… »


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Box Office: Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ Scores Monster $30.5 Million Opening

23 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Get Out,” a trenchant horror film about race relations, rode critical raves to a smashing box office debut. The low-budget film was the weekend’s top-grossing domestic release, earning $30.5 million, and propelling its director and writer Jordan Peele atop Hollywood’s A-list. The film, which centers on a black man who discovers that his girlfriend’s liberal, lily-white hometown is guarding a sinister secret, marks a departure for Peele, best-known for his work on the Comedy Central series “Key & Peele.” It proves he can handle scares, as well as laughs, supplying sly social commentary in both genres.

Get Out” also extends Blumhouse Productions’ hot hand. The film company scored earlier this year with “Split,” a thriller about a man with a personality disorder that racked up $130.8 million stateside on a $9 million budget. Universal distributed, marketed, and partnered on both movies.

“It’s entertaining, it’s thought-provoking, and it’s subversive, »


- Brent Lang

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Damien Chazelle Becomes Youngest Best Director in Oscar History

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La La Land” director Damien Chazelle on Sunday became the youngest Best Director in Oscar history. The 32-year-old filmmaker breaks a record that’s held for 86 years. While Chazelle is 32 years and 38 days old, the previous holder of the youngest director title was Norman Taurog, who won for “Skippy” way back in 1931 at the age of 32 years, 260 days in 1931.

Chazelle has racked up multiple prizes for his work on the modern-day muscial “La La Land,” including the Golden Globe, the BAFTA and the DGA awards. The film also came into »


- Thom Geier

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With ‘Moonlight’ Win, Dede Gardner Becomes First Female Producer With 2 Best Picture Oscars

8 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Moonlight” didn’t only win Best Picture in an unprecedented manner, it also shattered glass ceilings as well. When Warren Beatty admitted to having read the wrong Best Picture winner as “La La Land” when it was really “Moonlight,” he gave Plan B producer Dede Gardner her second Best Picture statue, which makes her the first female producer to have that many. On Sunday night, it was clear something was amiss when Beatty, presenting with “Bonnie and Clyde” co-star Faye Dunaway, took a long pause after looking at the card inside the envelope that was supposed to contain the name of the. »


- Linda Ge

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Japan Box Office: ‘La La Land’ Dances to Weekend Win

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Tokyo — With its release perfectly timed to benefit from its six Oscars, “La La Land” danced to the top of the Japanese box office in its first weekend. Released by Gaga and Pony Canyon on Feb. 24, the film earned $3.7 million on 290,000 admissions for the Feb. 25-26 weekend.

With the Academy Awards ceremony widely seen in Japan, and Damien Chazelle’s previous “Whiplash” an indie hit in this long-time jazz Mecca, the opening numbers bode well for a finish near the $25 million mark.

Debuting at number four was the Vin Diesel thriller “xXx: Return of Xander Cage.” Bowing on Feb. 24, the film made $1.3 million in its opening frame with Toho Pictures distributing. The 2002 predecessor “xXx” recorded $15 million in Japan, but the follow-up is forecast to finish nearer to $10 million.

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- Mark Schilling

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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 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 then… »


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Is This the Craziest Oscar Moment in Our Lifetimes? [Updated]

1 hour ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Update: PwC has issued a statement about this whole ordeal, which we have added to the original post below. The answer to that question proposed in the headline is yes, we did just witness the craziest Oscar moment in our lifetimes. It goes beyond that, though. The question we should really be asking is “Is this […]

The post Is This the Craziest Oscar Moment in Our Lifetimes? [Updated] appeared first on /Film. »

- Jacob Hall

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'Unluckiest Oscar nominee of all time' finally wins

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Sound mixer Kevin O’Connell had lost out 20 times before last night’s ceremony.

Forget Moonlight, Emma Stone or even Asghar Fahardi, the most heart-warming winner at the 2017 Oscars was Kevin O’Connell, who picked up the best sound mixing award for Hacksaw Ridge.

Sound engineer O’Connell had previously been nominated 20 times without winning, leading The Guardian to dub him the “unluckiest nominee in the history of the Academy Awards”.

After finally winning the Oscar for Hacksaw Ridge alongside Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace, O’Connell said: “I can’t even tell you the experience that it was for me. As much as I thought I was going to know what it felt like, I didn’t.

“And I have to tell you, it was the greatest feeling in my entire life and I’m so grateful for the opportunity I had, especially to work with these guys and I’m so grateful. It’s amazing »


- orlando.parfitt@screendaily.com (Orlando Parfitt)

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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.” And, Culture Minister, Reza Salehi Amiri, praised the now double Oscar winner Farhadi for standing against “narrow-minded and racist policies of novice American… »


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Don't let that Oscars blunder overshadow Moonlight's monumental achievement

1 hour ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Barry Jenkins’s movie is a brave and brilliant work of art that also happens to be a black, gay story. What a shame if the announcement gaffe is what people remember about its victory

So which did you want to win, the black film or the white film?

Related: Anatomy of an Oscars fiasco: how La La Land was mistakenly announced as best picture

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- Steve Rose

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Oscars 2017: seven talking points

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From Mahershala Ali to Janet Patterson - Screen runs through some of the buzz topics from last night’s Academy Awards.Best Picture

The presentation of best picture at the Academy Awards is arguably the biggest single moment in Hollywood’s calendar, making it all the more remarkable that through a clumsy series of envelope errors, the ceremony managed to temporarily crown La La Land before that film’s producer Jordan Horowitz announced that Moonlight was in fact the winner. Accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has since taken the blame.

Echoing the notorious blunder at the 2015 Miss Universe pageant – when presenter Steve Harvey announced the wrong winner (which Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel alluded to by joking “personally, I blame Steve Harvey for this”) – the magnitude of the blunder is unparralleled in Oscar terms but not entirely without precedent.

At the 1934 Oscars Frank Capra took to stage thinking he had won best director for Lady For A Day when he heard »


- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Rose Garnett Named BBC Films Chief

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Film4 Head of Creative Rose Garnett has been made director of BBC Films. She'll take over the reins for the influential role from acting head of film Joe Oppenheimer, the longtime BBC exec who was widely tipped to be the front-runner for the position. Former head of film Christine Langan stepped down last year. "Rose will be an exciting new ambassador for BBC Films," said Director of BBC Content Charlotte Moore. "She has an impressive track record in the UK film industry… »


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Asghar Farhadi's Oscar message looked down on Trump from outer space

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The Iranian film-maker’s choice of a former Nasa scientist and the first Iranian in space to pick up his best foreign language Oscar delivered a subtle but powerful message about a world without borders

• The Salesman wins best foreign language Oscar

Iranian film-maker Asghar Farhadi’s choice of replacement speakers at the Oscars has won praise from Iranians and has been seen as adding an extra layer of subtlety to his message in absentia.

Related: The Salesman wins best foreign language Oscar

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- Saeed Kamali Dehghan Iran correspondent

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Votd: Jimmy Kimmel’s 2017 Oscars Monologue, Mean Tweets & Hollywood Tourist Surprise

1 hour ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

If you missed the 89th Academy Awards last night, you missed out on the live broadcast insanity of the Best Picture debacle that saw La La Land announced as the winner, only to have the correction made much later than it should have been to rightfully give the award to Moonlight instead. It was undoubtedly […]

The post Votd: Jimmy Kimmel’s 2017 Oscars Monologue, Mean Tweets & Hollywood Tourist Surprise appeared first on /Film. »


- Ethan Anderton

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Rose Garnett Named as BBC Films Chief

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Film4’s head of creative Rose Garnett has been appointed as the director of BBC Films, the movie production arm of the British public broadcaster.

Charlotte Moore, director of BBC Content, said: “Rose will be an exciting new ambassador for BBC Films. She has an impressive track record in the U.K. film industry and brings bundles of experience and passion to the role. I believe she will lead BBC Films into a bright future with work that will push the boundaries; she has a reputation for taking risks and developing new talent, and is known for working with some of the most distinctive voices.”

Garnett has been Film4’s head of creative since 2015. She has managed an extensive slate of projects from a wide range of talent, from first-time filmmakers to established directors. Garnett joined Film4 as head of development in 2013.

She has developed and executive produced an array of U. »


- Leo Barraclough

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Korea Box Office: ‘Split’ Debuts on Top at Weekend

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Opening on Wednesday, Upi’s thriller “Split” debuted on top of the South Korean box office. The M Night Shyamalan movie scored $6.94 million from 967,000 admissions between Wednesday and Sunday.

Korean trio “New Trial,” “Fabricated City,” and “A Single Rider” took second, third and fourth places, respectively.

With a week-on-week drop of 42%, Opus Pictures’ “Trial” earned $3.27 million between Friday and Sunday for a total of $13.3 million after two weekends. Cj’s “City” earned $1.4 million for a total of $16.9 million after three weekends.

Opening on Wednesday, Warner Bros. International Production, “Rider” earned $1.78 million over its opening five days. Starring Lee Byung-hun and Kong Hyo-jin, “Rider” sees a fund manager becoming suspicious of his wife’s adultery.

Cj-distributed DreamWorks title “Trolls” remained in fifth, earning $908,000 for a cumulative $3.05 million after two weekends.

Opening on Wednesday, “John Wick: Chapter Two” landed in sixth with $1.28 million over five days. That exceeds the total score of the series’ first instalment. »


- Sonia Kil

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Rose Garnett appointed director of BBC Films

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BBC Films appoints Film4 executive to lead role.

Film4 head of creative Rose Garnett has been appointed director of BBC Films.

Garnett has served as head of creative at Film4 since 2015, working on titles including Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette and Andrea Arnold’s American Honey as well as upcoming titles such as Sebastian Lelio’s Disobedience, Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Clio Barnard’s Dark River and Yorgos LanthimosThe Favourite.

She began her time at Film4 as head of development in 2014 before being promoted to head of editorial.

Garnett previously worked in theatre. She and writer-director David Farr ran the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill where they commissioned and worked with writers and directors including Lee Hall, Tracy Letts, Dominic Cook and Sarah Kane.

As previously reported by Screen, Garnett was one of the leading candidates for the job, though long-running BBC Films executive Joe Oppenheimer, who has served »


- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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