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Oscars Best-Picture Flub Explained: Read PWC’s Full Statement
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
Bill Paxton, ‘Titanic’ and ‘Big Love’ Star, Dies at 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
Oscars: Australian Producer Jan Chapman Devastated by Mistaken In-Memoriam Photo
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.
Oscars 2017: ‘Hidden Fences’ Flub Strikes Again
“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
‘Game Of Thrones’ Actor Neil Fingleton Dies: UK’s Tallest Man Was 36
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… »
Box Office: Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ Scores Monster $30.5 Million Opening
“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
Damien Chazelle Becomes Youngest Best Director in Oscar History
“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
With ‘Moonlight’ Win, Dede Gardner Becomes First Female Producer With 2 Best Picture Oscars
“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
Iran & France Praise Asghar Farhadi’s Foreign Language Oscar Win (& Boycott)
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… »
Don't let that Oscars blunder overshadow Moonlight's monumental achievement
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
Oscars 2017: seven talking points
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.
- email@example.com (Tom Grater)
Rose Garnett Named BBC Films Chief
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… »
Asghar Farhadi's Oscar message looked down on Trump from outer space
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
Votd: Jimmy Kimmel’s 2017 Oscars Monologue, Mean Tweets & Hollywood Tourist Surprise
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 […]
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- Ethan Anderton
Rose Garnett Named as BBC Films Chief
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
Korea Box Office: ‘Split’ Debuts on Top at Weekend
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
Rose Garnett 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 Lanthimos’ The 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
PwC issues 'sincere apology' for Oscars best picture envelope blunder
Accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers in charge of vote counting vows to investigate error that led to La La Land being awarded best film by mistake
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,” a PwC statement said.
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- Maev Kennedy
Oscar winners 2017: the full list (with correct best picture recipient)
All the winners from the 89th Academy Awards
As the night unfolded
The night in photos
Anatomy of a fiasco: how La La Land was wrongly announced and other times that’s happened
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- Guardian film
Who should have won the Oscars, according to our readers
We asked our readers who they would have liked to see win awards at the Oscars – even if they weren’t nominated
This article may contain spoliers
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
Another Oscars Gaffe: Image Of Living Australian Producer Mistakenly Used During In Memoriam Segment
The Best Picture blunder wasn't the only gaffe at the Academy Awards ceremony last night: During the show's In Memoriam segment, a photo of a living woman was mistakenly used to represent Janet Patterson, four-time Oscar nominee for costume design, who died in October 2016. During the montage, Australian producer Jan Chapman's image was used to represent Patterson. Chapman, who is alive and well, has worked on projects such as Bright Star and The Piano, both from… »
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