Monthly Archives: February 2017

Moonlight wins best picture Oscar – after Warren Beatty reads out La La Land

Coming of age drama about a gay black man defeats hot favourite La La Land to win the Academy’s top award, after debacle in which Damien Chazelle’s film read out as winner by Faye Dunaway

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Moonlight has won the best picture Oscar in an unlikely victory, sensationally defeating the strong favourite La La Land.

This was after Faye Dunaway read out La La Land as the victor – and the cast and crew took to the stage and completed many of their acceptance speeches. Chaos then reigned as Warren Beatty, with whom Dunaway had presented the prize, returned to the stage to admit their mistake.

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Emma Stone wins best actress Oscar for La La Land

The actor has taken Hollywood’s top honour for her role as Mia in Damien Chazelle’s movie musical

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Emma Stone has won the best actress Oscar for her role in La La Land, the all-singing and dancing hymn to Hollywood directed by Damien Chazelle.

The victory follows wins for Stone in the same category at the Baftas a fortnight ago, the Screen Actors Guild Awards two weeks before that and in the comedy or musical category at the Golden Globes in January.

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Casey Affleck wins best actor Oscar for Manchester by the Sea

Affleck takes top acting honours for lead role in Kenneth Lonergan’s grief drama, though past harrasment allegations reemerged

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Casey Affleck has won the Oscar for best actor for his role as a grief-stricken janitor in Manchester by the Sea. Affleck had been the strong favourite for the award, and duly carried off the statuette, despite the reemergence of sexual misconduct allegations from 2010.

Affleck’s performance in Manchester by the Sea, opposite Michelle Williams and directed by Kenneth Lonergan, has been widely acclaimed, and he has already won a string of major awards, including the Golden Globe for best actor (drama) and the Bafta for best actor.

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Damien Chazelle wins best director Oscar for La La Land

Director of Hollywood-set musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone becomes youngest ever to win the award

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Damien Chazelle has won the best director Oscar for La La Land, making him the youngest ever, at 32 years and 38 days, to win the award.

Chazelle was the strong favourite for the prize, though he faced tough competition in a lineup that included Manchester by the Sea director Kenneth Lonergan and Moonlight director Barry Jenkins. The previous youngest was Norman Taurog, who won for Skippy at the age of 32 years and 260 days in 1931.

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Bill Paxton remembered by Jennifer Aniston at Oscars ceremony

The Academy Awards have made a last minute tribute ahead of their In Memoriam montage to the late actor, whose death was announced on Sunday

Bill Paxton: sad loss of a superb supporting actor with leading man chops

The Oscars have paid tribute to the actor Bill Paxton at this year’s Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

The announcement of Paxton’s sudden death aged 61 from complications after heart surgery cast a shadow over the 89th Oscars ceremony.

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Academy pays tribute to Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

The mother/daughter acting duo, who died within a day of each other last year, have been remembered at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles

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The Oscars have paid tribute to Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, who both died at the end of 2016.

Fisher, 60, suffered a heart attack on a plane from London to Los Angeles on Christmas Eve, and died four days later; her mother, Reynolds, died the following day. She was 84. Confirming her death, her son, Todd Fisher said:

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Garry Shandling snubbed at Oscars ceremony

The late actor was omitted from the Academy’s In Memoriam montage, despite being an inspiration for this year’s host, Jimmy Kimmel

Garry Shandling, the American comedian best known for The Larry Sanders Show, has not been remembered at the 2017 Oscars in Los Angeles.

Shandling made 17 films, and starred in a handful, such as Warren Beatty’s 2006 comedy Town and Country, but he had high-profile cameos in the likes of Zoolander and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He was also a Hollywood staple, frequently hosting programmes such as the Grammys, Emmys and Saturday Night Live.

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‘Their bodies are billboards’: Lagerfeld-Streep Oscars spat belies film-fashion hook-ups

If the event is suitably special, everything on an actor can earn her money, from jewellery and accessories to her shoes, hair and make-up

The colourful dispute between Karl Lagerfeld and Meryl Streep over the actor’s Oscar gown belies a common practice of the movie award business for fashion houses to pay female actors to wear their creations, say stylists and agents.

Over the past five years, it has become common practice for actors nominated in the best actress and best supporting actress categories to be paid between “$250,000 and $500,000” to wear a designer creation to the ceremony, says one veteran stylist.

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Zsa Zsa Gabor remembered at Oscars ceremony

The actor and socialite has been commemorated as part of the Academy Awards’ In Memoriam montage

Zsa Zsa Gabor, the iconic Hollywood actor and socialite, has been remembered at the 89th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. A veteran of dozens of films, the Hungarian emigre moved to the US in 1941.

Her first starring role was in Moulin Rouge (1952), directed by John Huston, which preceded Gabor attaining cult figure status by starring in 1950s B-movies including Queen of Outer Space, in which she played a rebel Venusian who falls in love with four Earthmen whom her man-hating queen wants to destroy.

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Abbas Kiarostami remembered at Oscars ceremony

The late Iranian director has been commemorated in the Academy Awards’ In Memoriam montage

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Abbas Kiarostami, the veteran Iranian film-maker, has been remembered at the Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles. Kiarostami, widely felt to be one of the most important directors of the past 20 years, was behind such classics as Close-Up, Taste of Cherry and The Wind Will Carry Us.

The winner of more than 70 awards – including the Palme d’Or at Cannes – he was never nominated for an Oscar.

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Kimmel mocks Trump in Oscars opening – video

The Oscars host took a shot at the president as he opened the 2017 Oscars on Sunday, saying: ‘I want to thank President Trump. Remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist? That’s gone! Thanks to him.’ He also mocked Trump for describing triple Oscar-winner Meryl Streep as ‘overrated’

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The Salesman wins best foreign language Oscar

Protest vote against Donald Trump’s travel ban suspected to be partly behind Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s surprise victory

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Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has won the best foreign language Oscar in Los Angeles, for a second time, for domestic drama The Salesman. Farhadi, 44, did not attend the ceremony because he said that the conditions that would be attached to a potential entry visa were unacceptable.

The director had originally planned to travel to Hollywood for the prize-giving to highlight “the unjust circumstances that have arisen for the immigrants and travellers of several countries to the United States”.

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Viola Davis wins best supporting actress Oscar for Fences

As widely predicted, the 51-year-old beat the competition to score her first Academy Award victory, for her performance in Denzel Washington’s stage adaptation

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Viola Davis has won the best supporting actress Oscar in Los Angeles for her performance as Rose, the beleaguered wife of Denzel Washington’s former baseball pro, in Fences. Davis, 51, beat Michelle Williams (for Manchester by the Sea), Naomie Harris (for Moonlight), Nicole Kidman (for Lion) and Octavia Spencer (for Hidden Figures) to the award.

It was a widely anticipated victory for Davis, who had already taken the equivalent prize at the Golden Globes, Baftas and Screen Actors Guild awards. Davis was previously Oscar nominated for Doubt in 2008 and The Help in 2011; this is her first win.

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Oscar winners 2017: the full list updated live

All the winners from the 89th Academy Awards, as they’re announced during the ceremony

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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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21st time lucky: Hacksaw Ridge sound mixer’s record Oscars losing streak ends

Kevin O’Connell’s run of Academy Awards disappointment, stretching back to his 1984 nomination for Terms of Endearment, ends at the 21st attempt

Kevin O’Connell is not the best-known name at the 89th Academy Awards, but going into the 2017 ceremony, he held a unique – and presumably unwanted – record: the most nominations without a win, 20 in all.

Now, however, the losing streak is over, as O’Connell won the Oscar for best sound mixing for Hacksaw Ridge, at his 21st attempt.

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Report: Trump to Announce Massive EPA Cuts

On Monday, Trump will announce major cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency as he starts to build the budget for the next fiscal year, according to reports from Axios and the New York Times. A top official reportedly told Axios we can expect “transformational” cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency,…

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Jimmy Kimmel sticks it to Donald Trump in Oscars opening monologue

Kimmel opens the Academy Awards show with digs at the president and the political division in the US – as well as his comedy nemesis, Matt Damon

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Jimmy Kimmel skewered Donald Trump and the Academy’s record on diversity in his opening monologue for the Oscars, thanking the president and saying: “Remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars was racist?”

In a self-effacing and sarcasm-laden speech, Kimmel, who was hosting the ceremony for the first time, started by saying how he’d been told he needed to deliver a message of unity.

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Suicide Squad Is Now an Oscar-Winning Movie

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Mahershala Ali wins best supporting actor Oscar for Moonlight

The actor wins Academy Award for his role in Barry Jenkins-directed study of gay black man’s coming of age

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Mahershala Ali has won the best supporting actor Oscar – a widely anticipated win – for his role in Moonlight, the acclaimed study of a black gay man’s coming of age.

In Moonlight, adapted from an unpublished playscript by Tarell Alvin McCraney, Ali plays a drug dealer called Juan who acts as a father figure to the central character Chiron. Directed by Barry Jenkins, Moonlight has proved a breakout critical hit since its premiere at the Telluride film festival in 2016.

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Stars arrive on Oscars red carpet for the 2017 Academy Awards – video

Matt Damon walks the red carpet, followed by Lion star Dev Patel, who brought his mother, Moonlight’s Mahershala Ali, Dakota Johnson and Janelle Monae, wearing a fabulous concoction by Elie Saab
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