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Hold on: Disney's 'clean' Star Wars release could have a sting in the tale

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Many of George Lucas’s additions to the special edition Star Wars trilogy were heinous. But Disney’s unadulterated version could well be worse

William Wordsworth once described poetry as “the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings”. And yet later in life, the doyen of English Romanticism took scissors to the fruit of his youthful impulses, rewriting a number of his most celebrated poems in the image of his older, more conservative self. Something similar happened to George Lucas with the special editions of the original Star Wars trilogy, except that the space saga’s pioneering creator did not so much rip the youthful vigour from Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi as goofball them up, with added CGI Jabbas, utterly incongruous digital quadrupeds and that fracking lizard thing in the Sarlacc’s gaping maw – not to mention the eternally controversial decision to make Greedo shoot first. »

- Ben Child

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Get Out: the film that dares to reveal the horror of liberal racism in America

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Jordan Peele’s critically acclaimed low-budget shocker became a surprise hit and showed viewers a terrifying look at the fractured myth of a post-racial Us

The success of Jordan Peele’s Get Out – it took $30m in its first weekend in the Us – is remarkable for lots of reasons. This is a first-time film from a respected, but essentially cult comedian, with no real big-name stars and a premise that is anathema to most of middle America. Yet people came out to see it in their thousands and critics raved about a horror film, which just does not happen. The film has a A- rating from audiences on CinemaScore, which as some have pointed out is unheard of for a horror, and a rare 99% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Like Donald Glover’s Atlanta, almost universal praise has followed the film’s debut and as with that series, Peele has »

- Lanre Bakare

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And the Oscar might go to … an early look at 2018's possible nominees

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Emma Stone, Casey Affleck and Moonlight were the big winners this time around, but who might be on stage next year?

Another painfully protracted awards season has come to a close and it’s ended with a last-minute twist. Moonlight, a $1.5m budget drama about the life of a gay black man, was named best picture at the Oscars – beating out frontrunner La La Land and proving that the Academy might not be so irrelevant after all.

Related: Moonlight wins best picture Oscar, after Warren Beatty gives gong to La La Land

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- Benjamin Lee

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Patricia Arquette: Oscar snub for Alexis Arquette 'a slight to the trans community'

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Actor ‘not surprised’ at her sister’s omission from the Academy Awards’ In Memoriam sequence, claiming trans people are ‘very disrespected’

Patricia Arquette has expressed her dismay at the omission of her sister Alexis, from the In Memoriam section of the 2017 Oscars ceremony, saying it was a “real slight to the trans community”.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Arquette said that Alexis, who died aged 47 on 11 September 2016, “was a great actor, and had 70 credits, and was really brave to live her truth as a trans woman, and they didn’t include her in the memorial”.

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- Andrew Pulver

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Transpecos review – desert thriller cranks up the heat

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Strong performances and commanding aerials of parched vistas elevate this Tex-Mex patrol guard drama

This Tex-Mex border outing starts off like sun-baked Clerks, with three patrol guards shooting the breeze at a remote checkpoint. One, though, isn’t what he seems – setting into motion a tightly marshalled thriller that at first goes toe-to-toe with last year’s The Shallows for logistical plotting. Strangely, this rigour suddenly dissipates on the halfway mark, and Transpecos spills what’s left of its curt running time in a more conventional desert odyssey. But director Greg Kwedar – maxing out a six-figure budget – remains inventive shot-wise, alternating between moody Sicario-style impressionism and commanding aerials of parched vistas. Gabriel Luna, as the Hispanic patrolman dragged unwittingly into hell, impressively escalates his dismay, with eye-catching support turns from Clifton Collins’ Jr’s un-pc old-timer and Julio Oscar Mechoso’s chippy cartel errand boy. Some of the intended moral »

- Phil Hoad

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Oscars: Academy 'deeply regrets' best film fiasco as accountant is blamed

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Apology comes as PwC says company partner Brian Cullinan handed wrong envelope – naming La La Land not Moonlight – to presenters

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has apologised to the casts and crews of La La Land and Moonlight and said it “deeply regrets the mistakes” that led to Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announcing the wrong film as winner of the best picture award.

Related: Wrongbestfilmgate was a moment of pure chaos – my night of shocks at the Oscars

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- Bonnie Malkin and agencies

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Logan's Hugh Jackman: 'People think it’s easier to stay in your own backyard' – video interview

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Hugh Jackman talks about Logan, his final outing as X-Men Wolverine; why he thinks previous films didn’t do the character justice; how the film speaks to the current climate of paranoia; and about not compromising to make an adult movie about the ramifications of violence. Jackman also explains why he hopes that people see the film who have never before watched a comic book movie

Logan is released in the UK on 3 March

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- Andrew Pulver and Jonross Swaby

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Oscars ratings hit nine year low, despite final reel drama

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A cliffhanger ending wasn’t enough to stymie another successive drop-off in Us TV audiences for the Academy Awards

As the internet fills with sad stories of viewers who dutifully sat through the whole Oscars ceremony, switching off when the best picture was announced as La La Land, and so missing the most dramatic moment in Oscars’ history – so the ratings are likely to come as little comfort to the Academy.

Just 32.9m people watched Sunday night’s show, down 3% overall year-on-year, and dropping 13% among adults between 18-49. That represents a nine-year-low, and makes this year’s ceremony the third-least-watched of the century.

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- Catherine Shoard

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Oscar winners 2017: the full list

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All the winners from the 89th Academy Awards

Moonlight wins best picture – two minutes after La La Land

As the night unfolded

Five surprises

The night in photos

Don’t let envelope-gate overshadow Moonlight’s achievementAnatomy of a fiasco: how La La Land was wrongly announced and other times that’s happened

Winner: Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)

Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)

Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea)

Dev Patel (Lion)

Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)

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- Guardian film

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Who had the card? Jimmy Kimmel explains Oscars mix up – video

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Jimmy Kimmel, the host of one of the most eventful Oscars ceremonies in history, explains how the best film fiasco took place. One day after the debacle at the Dolby Theatre that resulted in La La Land being awarded Moonlight’s best picture Oscar, Kimmel told the audience of his own show that ‘the accountants gave Warren the wrong card and they apologised for it today, so it wasn’t Warren Beatty’s fault.’ Kimmel explained that Beatty was given the best actress envelope, and that is how the epic confusion arose.

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- Guardian Staff

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Trump says Oscar mix-up was because show was 'focused so hard on politics'

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‘It took away from the glamour of the Oscars,’ Trump said, after La La Land was mistakenly awarded best picture instead of Moonlight, the real winner

Donald Trump has suggested the calamitous end to the 2017 Oscars, where a mix-up with the awards envelope meant the team behind La La Land were told they had won best picture even though Moonlight won, was due to the award organizers being “focused so hard on politics”.

The president, who vowed not to watch the ceremony, was constantly referenced throughout the evening by the show’s host Jimmy Kimmel, who tweeted at him in the middle of the ceremony.

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- Guardian staff

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PwC issues apology after Oscars best picture envelope mistake

27 February 2017 9:38 AM, PST

Accounting firm in charge of vote counting vows to investigate error that led to La La Land being awarded by mistake

• Anatomy of a fiasco: how the announcement cock-up occured

PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accountancy firm that has overseen the counting of the Oscars ballots for 83 years, has apologised for the most spectacular blunder in the history of the starry ceremony – when the award for best film was mistakenly presented to La La Land instead of the actual winner Moonlight.

The company promised to investigate the error after Warren Beatty, who was presenting the best picture award with Faye Dunaway, ended up with the wrong envelope. “We sincerely apologise 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,” PwC said in a statement.

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- Maev Kennedy and Jamie Grierson

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Wrongbestfilmgate was a moment of pure chaos – my night of shocks at the Oscars

27 February 2017 8:28 AM, PST

The Guardian film critic’s first Academy Awards ceremony delivered selfies, supercharged excitement and an upset that left everyone dazed

All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey as I leave dreary Britain for my date with celebrity destiny … in Los Angeles, California. I was heading for the Academy Awards, little knowing that the ceremony would be crowned with a moment of gorgeous and historic chaos, with Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway giving the best picture award to the wrong film and creating the biggest YouTube moment since Susan Boyle appeared on Britain’s Got Talent.

But it wasn’t the fault of poor old Beatty and Dunaway, the presenters whose careers must now permanently include this embarrassing moment. It seems someone had somehow passed the envelope announcing Emma Stone’s best actress Oscar for La La Land into Beatty’s hand – and Beatty, after some understandable befuddlement, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Bill Paxton obituary

27 February 2017 8:14 AM, PST

Actor known for his roles in Aliens, Titanic, Twister and Apollo 13

Bill Paxton, who has died aged 61 from complications following surgery, was a lively and endearing character actor. Stocky, with a knack for conveying bareknuckle vitality as well as a more considered intelligence and tenderness, he cropped up initially in some of the sparkiest pulp films of the 1980s, including Kathryn Bigelow’s highly original vampire movie Near Dark (1987).

After James Cameron had an unexpected hit with The Terminator (1984), in which Paxton appeared briefly as a blue-haired thug, he took the actor with him on to future projects, casting him as one of a band of rough and ready deep-space marines in Aliens (1986), as a dopey car salesman in True Lies (1994) and as a treasure hunter in the framing story that bookends Titanic (1997). As one of the beleaguered astronauts in Apollo 13 (1995) and the chief tornado-chaser in Twister (1996), Paxton »

- Ryan Gilbey

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Moonlight stars say Oscars blunder ‘disrespectful to La La Land' – video

27 February 2017 8:14 AM, PST

Moonlight stars Trevante Rhodes and Ashton Sanders discuss Sunday night’s blunder at the Oscars in which La La Land was mistakenly awarded Best Picture, when in fact Moonlight had won the award. Rhodes said it was an unfortunate moment for the cast and crew behind La La Land: ‘It was a disrespectful moment to La La Land because that was an incredible production made by a bunch of incredible people’

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- Guardian Staff

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How Guardian readers' picks for the Oscars compared with the Academy

27 February 2017 7:20 AM, PST

We asked our readers on Facebook Messenger to tell us who they felt should win four of the major awards. Did the Oscar voters agree?

• Oscar winners 2017: the full list

La La Land trumped and seven records smashed: five Oscars surprises

• Oscar highlights – in pictures

The curtain is down on the biggest event in Hollywood’s calendar. As expected there were upsets, tears and plenty of excitement. But now the Academy have had their say, we can ask the big question: how much did our readers disagree?

For the last week, we’ve been asking our audience in the Guardian bot for Facebook Messenger who deserved the award for best picture, director, actor and actress. Here’s the breakdown …

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- Pascal Honore

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

27 February 2017 5:39 AM, PST

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

27 February 2017 5:13 AM, PST

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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Who should have won the Oscars, according to our readers

27 February 2017 4:00 AM, PST

We asked our readers who they would have liked to see win awards at the Oscars – even if they weren’t nominated

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The 2017 Oscars might be best remembered for the moment La La Land was mistakenly announced as best picture, almost eclipsing Moonlight’s moment in the sun.

Before the drama, and before the Academy announced – and re-announced – the recipients of this year’s golden statuettes, we asked Guardian readers to suggest films and performances they thought deserving of an award. From mainstream suggestions to more leftfield choices that didn’t get a look in amid the Hollywood machine (or weren’t eligible due to missing the qualification period) there were plenty of ideas.

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- Guardian readers and Matthew Holmes

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The other Oscars gaffe: 'dead' woman from In Memoriam montage is still alive

27 February 2017 2:45 AM, PST

Jan Chapman ‘devastated’ her photo was used instead of late costume designer Janet Patterson in film honouring industry luminaries who died in past year

Australian film producer Jan Chapman has said she is “devastated” after her photo was mistakenly used in the Oscars’ In Memoriam montage, which celebrates film industry luminaries who have died in the past year.

Chapman’s photo was used to accompany the name and dates of her friend, Janet Patterson, a four-time Oscar nominee for costume design, who died in October 2016.

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- Catherine Shoard

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