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The Oscar scene inside and outside the Dolby — including that great big gaffe

Inside the theater After what was perhaps the wildest interlude in Oscars history as Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway mistakenly announced “La La Land” as the best picture winner Sunday before it was announced that “Moonlight” actually took the top prize, attendees were in shock as they left the...

How 'Moonlight' won the Oscar for best picture

When “La La Land” lost the costumes Oscar, it wasn’t a big deal. When it didn’t take either of the sound categories, that raised an eyebrow or two. Then, after it took its first Oscar for production design, it lost film editing. But that Oscar has gone to only one best picture winner this decade....

'Moonlight' wins in unprecedented upset during a night of many firsts

In one of the most surprising upsets and shocking moments in Oscar history, the poetic coming-of-age drama “Moonlight” took home the top prize for best picture at the 89th Academy Awards, beating out the heavily favored “La La Land,” which was actually announced as the winner. The win for “Moonlight”...

Lionsgate wins big at Oscars but A24 conquers with 'Moonlight'

The Oscars proved golden for Lionsgate, the Santa Monica-based mini-major whose “La La Land” took home six Academy Awards on Sunday, the most of any movie this year. But it was indie distributor A24 that stole the show with “Moonlight,” which scored three awards including a surprise win for best...

Damien Chazelle becomes youngest-ever winner of director Oscar for 'La La Land'

“This was a movie about love, and I was lucky enough to fall in love while making it.” Damien Chazelle concluded his acceptance speech for the directing Oscar by noting his girlfriend, Olivia Hamilton, sitting in the audience. “La La Land” is a bittersweet romantic musical starring Emma Stone and...

Oscar night puts Mel Gibson back in the spotlight

The road back into the good graces of Hollywood has been treacherous for Mel Gibson, but the Academy Awards ceremony Sunday seemed to smooth and accelerate the journey significantly. It’s been 10 years since a public fall from grace that included a DUI arrest during which Gibson lobbed anti-Semitic...

Casey Affleck wins lead actor Oscar for 'Manchester by the Sea'

Casey Affleck won the lead acting Oscar for his aching, inward turn as a man resigned to grief in “Manchester by the Sea.” It is Affleck’s first Oscar. He was also nominated in the supporting actor category for the 2007 film “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.” Affleck...

'O.J.: Made in America' vanquishes boundaries as it wins the Oscar for documentary feature

Any lingering doubts as to whether the academy would somehow hold the length and origins of “O.J.: Made in America” against it were vanquished Sunday when the 7 1/2-hour film produced for ESPN was awarded the Oscar for documentary feature. Director Ezra Edelman acknowledged the debate around the...

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who boycotted the Oscars in protest of Trump's travel ban, wins for foreign film

Director Asghar Farhadi won the Academy Award for foreign-language film Sunday night for “The Salesman,” his psychological tale about a young couple weathering the effects of a violent assault. But Farhadi wasn’t present to accept the Oscar. The director, who hails from Iran, boycotted the ceremony...

21st time's the charm as Kevin O'Connell snaps Oscars' longest winless streak

Kevin O'Connell  has the singular distinction of earning the most Academy Award nominations without a win, but on Sunday night, that streak ended. On his 21st nomination — 33 years after his first nomination, for James L. Brooks’ “Terms of Endearment” — O’Connor, along with his “Hacksaw Ridge”...

Mothers, ACLU ribbons and 'Hidden Fences' all made the red carpet memorable

Before the Academy Awards were handed out on Sunday, the red carpet reflected everything from politics to diversity in film to who makes the perfect date for the awards show. 4:15 p.m.: Academy Award attendees on Sunday made activism a must-have red-carpet accessory. Those blue ribbons affixed...

Viola Davis wins supporting actress Oscar for 'Fences'

Viola Davis was considered something of an Oscar shoo-in the moment it was announced she would be reprising her Tony Award-winning role in the film adaptation of “Fences.” Davis made good on that potential Sunday, winning the supporting actress Oscar for her portrayal of Rose Maxson, a devoted...

Mahershala Ali completes his breakout year, winning best supporting actor for 'Moonlight'

Capping a breakout year in which he starred on screens big and small, Mahershala Ali won the supporting actor Oscar for his role as the soulful, nurturing drug dealer Juan in the searing drama “Moonlight.” A familiar face since appearing in the TV series “Crossing Jordan” in 2001, Ali became a...

From spa trips to crayons: What's inside the Oscar gift bag?

During an Oscar season in which marching on Washington has been as fashionable as walking the red carpet, one might assume swag bags have become a thing of the past. That assumption would be incorrect. It is likely that many of the celebs heading to the Dolby Theatre Sunday will accessorize with...

How light artist James Turrell and an oval exoplanet inspired 'Arrival's' Oscar-nominated production design

It all started with a James Turrell art exhibit. The artist’s geometric light projections and sensory deprivation installations served as inspiration for director Denis Villeneuve and production designer Patrice Vermette, even before receiving the script for 2016’s “Arrival.”     Villeneuve’s cerebral ...

Indie Focus: Oscars and onward with 'Get Out' and 'I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore'

Hello! I’m Mark Olsen, and welcome to another edition of your regular field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. This edition of our newsletter is being released mere hours before the 2017 Academy Awards. Which means that soon every wish, hope, hex, presumption and wild guess will be proved right,...

Meryl Streep ?is over drama of her Oscar dress, addresses Karl Lagerfeld’s slam

On the occasion of her record-breaking 20th Oscar nomination, Meryl Streep ?is over drama. Days after Karl Lagerfeld? told Women's Wear Daily that Streep would wear only a dress made by a fashion line that paid her to do so, the actress has fired back at the Chanel designer in a ?impassioned? statement....

'Moonlight' is the big winner at the Film Independent Spirit Awards

As she took the Spirit Awards stage to present an acting ensemble prize to “Moonlight,” “Scandal” star Kerry Washington ?was struck by a moment of spontaneous emotion.? “Oh dear Lord, I love this movie,” she said. She wasn’t alone. Barry Jenkins’ tale of a young gay boy coming of age won six awards,...

An MMA Oscars party where Putin pal Steven Seagal, not Meryl Streep, is the guest of honor

In an Oscar season saturated with repetitive red carpet affairs, one black-tie event stood out from the rest in the lead-up to Sunday’s ceremony — the only awards party where Steven Seagal was the guest of honor and mixed martial arts fighters brawled in the center of a ballroom between courses...

Is the death of movies for grown-ups greatly exaggerated? This year's best picture Oscar race says yes

On Sunday night, nine mostly mid-budget films with grown-up themes —  loss, war, discrimination, artistic struggle —  will compete for best picture at the 89th Academy Awards. That may sound like business as usual for an awards show that traditionally favors critically acclaimed dramas, but this...

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