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Oscars: How the Wrong Envelope Triggered a Best Picture Fiasco

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It was all about the envelope. Please!

A moment before he walked out on stage with his Bonnie and Clyde co-star Faye Dunaway to present the best picture award at the 89th Oscars, Warren Beatty was handed the wrong envelope, one containing the name of best actress winner Emma Stone for La La Land.

As seen by millions of viewers, when Beatty opened the envelope, he paused, as if not quite sure what he was seeing, but then passed it to Dunaway, who announced “La La Land!”

One studio publicist, who was standing next to someone backstage who had »


- Gregg Kilday,Scott Feinberg

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Oscars: Winners by Film

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The 89th Academy Awards wrapped Sunday night after an historic mix-up was made while announcing the winner for best picture.

La La Land was first read as the winner by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway before it was revealed that Moonlight was the actual winner.

La La Land ended up taking home six awards, including best director, best actress and best original song and score.

Moonlight, Hacksaw Ridge and Manchester by the Sea tied with two wins each, including best oicture for Moonlight and best actor for Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea.

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- Elizabeth Gulino,Aja Hoggatt

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Oscars Snubs: 'Hidden Figures,' 'Lion,' 'Hell or High Water' Shut Out

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Hidden Figures went into Sunday night's Oscars up for three awards, including the top prize of best picture, where some suspected the film about African-American women working at Nasa could pull off an upset.

Well, there was a surprise with the best picture winner, but it wasn't that Hidden Figures won. That film just last month won the SAG Awards' equivalent of best picture — outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture — over best picture Oscar winner Moonlight and almost-winner La La Land, which wasn't nominated for the ensemble award.

Also going home empty-handed after »


- Hilary Lewis

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Oscars: Amid Confusion, 'Moonlight' Named Best Picture in a Celebration of Diversity

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As if to send a message to President Donald Trump and his bleak and dark vision of America, the 89th Oscars celebrated diversity and inclusiveness by naming Moonlight, director Barry Jenkins' sensitive treatment of one very particular black life, the best picture of the year on Sunday.

But Moonlight's win came amid the most unusual, confusing and dramatic final minutes in Oscar history.

Warren Beatty, joined by his Bonnie & Clyde co-star Faye Dunaway, were the final presenters as Beatty said of this year's nominees, "Our goal in politics is the same as our goal in art, and »


- Gregg Kilday

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Oscars: Hollywood Reacts After Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway Read Wrong Best Picture Winner

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Bonnie and Clyde duo Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway accidentally read the wrong best picture winner at the Oscars on Sunday night, awarding La La Land over Moonlight, the correct winner. 

The actors announced that the Damien Chazelle film had won the honor, with the cast and crew taking the stage for their acceptance speeches before the mistake was realized. 

Beatty and host Jimmy Kimmel explained the error, telling everyone they had been given the wrong envelope. 

"I opened the envelope and it said 'Emma StoneLa La Land.' That's why I looked at Faye, and at you. I wasn't trying to »


- Elizabeth Gulino,Kara Haar,Aja Hoggatt,Lexy Perez

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Oscars: 'Moonlight' Wins Best Adapted Screenplay

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Moonlight won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay at the 89th annual Academy Awards.

Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney took home the award, marking the second win of the evening for Moonlight, which went into Sunday night's show with eight nominations, including for the top prizes of best picture and best directing.

Actor Mahershala Ali won best supporting actor for his role in the film, a coming-of-age story about a young gay black man in Florida, earlier in the evening.  The film later won best picture.

Although other organizations classified Moonlight as an original screenplay, the Oscars put the composition, inspired by McCraney's autobiographical »


- Hilary Lewis

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Oscars: Amazon Scores Multiple Wins for Streaming Service

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Amazon won three Oscars on Sunday night, with Manchester by the Sea taking home best original screenplay and best picture honors and Iran's The Salesman, which the streaming service is distributing in the U.S., winning best foreign-language film.

Netflix also won an Oscar for best documentary short, which went to The White Helmets, which the streaming service produced and distributed.

Manchester by the Sea was also nominated for best picture, a first for a streaming service; best director (Kenneth Lonergan), best supporting actress (Michelle Williams) and best supporting actor (Lucas Hedges). 

Netflix, meanwhile, went into Sunday's show with three Oscar »


- Hilary Lewis

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Oscars: 'Lion' Star Sunny Pawar Steals Hearts With 'Lion King' Pose

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Academy Awards host Jimmy Kimmel took a moment on Sunday to visit with Lion's Sunny Pawar to the delight of the audience, re-creating his favorite moment from the animated pic The Lion King. 

After dropping candy from the ceiling for the crowd, Kimmel asked if the young star had enjoyed any of it, to which Pawar answered in a resounding affirmative, earning him "awws" and laughs. 

Kimmel asked if he enjoyed Lion King, and Pawar agreed to re-create the big moment from the film. After joking that Pawar would have to hold Kimmel up as Rafiki holds up Simba in the »


- Jennifer Konerman

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'Bright': First Look at Will Smith Supernatural Cop Movie Arrives During Oscars

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Oscars Sunday made room for the supernatural. The first ad for Will Smith's Netflix movie Bright dropped during the Oscars telecast on ABC.

The supernatural cop film is directed by Smith's Suicide Squad helmer David Ayer, and also stars Joel Edgerton. 

Bright is set in a world where magical creatures live side by side with humans. A human cop (Smith) works in the police's division for handling crimes involving magic, and is forced to work with an Orc (Edgerton) to find a powerful wand that bad guys are willing to kill for.

Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis penned the script. The film is set for »


- Aaron Couch

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Critic's Notebook: Jimmy Kimmel's Oscars Monologue Chides Donald Trump, Celebrates Meryl Streep

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A year ago, Chris Rock had the awkward duty of having to dedicate almost his entire Academy Awards opening monologue to the ongoing #OscarsSoWhite controversy. He might have wanted to joke about various stars in the audience and the nominated movies and all of that, but Rock gamely went out and addressed the elephant in the room over and over and over again for 10 minutes.

Host Jimmy Kimmel had a somewhat easier task kicking off Sunday's 89th Academy Awards.

Kimmel had the advantage of a warned up audience. I don't understand why Justin Timberlake got to open the show. »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Oscars: 'La La Land' Becomes 11th Film With Six Wins

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Here's to the ones who dream, indeed.

La La Land walked away from the Oscars with six wins — the 11th film to ever do so.

Damien Chazelle's tribute to the golden age of movie musicals had entered the night with a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations — a benchmark previously held only by 1950's All About Eve and 1997's Titanic. The most the film could've taken home was 13, since two of its songs competed against each other in the best original song category.

Throughout the evening, the Lionsgate musical won the Oscars for best director, actress, production design, cinematography, score and »


- Ashley Lee

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China Box Office: 'Resident Evil' Astonishes With Huge $94M Weekend

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Sony's Resident Evil: The Final Chapter roared into China over the weekend, earning an historic $94.3 million, the largest Friday-to-Sunday opening of all time for an imported film.

The Screen Gems/Constantin title debuted to $30.4 million on Friday, getting 110,000 showings across the Middle Kingdom. The huge screen share was boosted by Sony's strategic marketing partner Dalian Wanda Group, China's largest cinema operator. Local marketing specialist Leomus Pictures handled an innovative ad campaign that involved tapping local social media influencers to create Resident Evil fan art campaigns and working with domestic branding partners.

Thanks to the big China numbers, The »


- Patrick Brzeski

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China's Bona Film Group Signs 30-Theater Imax Deal

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Imax and subsidiary Imax China Holding Inc. have raised their profile in China yet again after signing a 30-theater deal with Chinese film studio and distributor Bona Film Group.

The deal with Bona follows the Chinese exhibitor earlier opening its first Imax theater in Tianjin in 2012 and then getting to five theaters with a second deal in 2014.

The latest 30-theater deal calls for even more giant screens to be located in new complexes throughout China, with Bona and Imax opening five theaters each year through 2022. The deal, getting Bona to 35 theaters in all, numbers »

- Etan Vlessing

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Critic's Notebook: Bill Paxton Was A Mainstream Team Player With A Wild Cult Side

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Long before Apollo 13, Titanic, Twister and Big Love made him into a global screen star, Bill Paxton blew my tiny teenage mind.

Paxton was still an unknown aspiring actor when he directed and starred in a notorious 1980 music video by the eccentric Los Angeles comedy-rock duo Barnes & Barnes, "Fish Heads," a trippy milestone in post-punk surrealism that feels like one of David Lynch's more Wtf epics condensed into five reality-warping minutes. A friend of the band, Paxton succeeded in getting the clip aired on Saturday Night Live, and curious British TV networks picked it up »


- Stephen Dalton

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