Oscars mix politics, silliness and shocking twist ending

Yet the bizarre mix-up that capped off the Academy Awards -- with "La La Land" being announced as best picture, before it was revealed that "Moonlight" actually won -- was one for the ages. Historians will chew over the snafu, as well as how all the conventional wisdom about "La La Land's" march to victory turned out to be wrong. After that, the centerpiece of an awards season punctuated by politics repeatedly addressed the current moment, albeit mostly in sporadic flashes. The second half saw "La La Land" gradually begin piling up wins in its presumptive march toward best picture, which only made the final twist more shocking. Like most Academy Awards, this one sought to celebrate the industry's past while embracing its present.

February 27, 2017 06:15 UTC

'Moonlight' wins best picture Oscar after baffling on-stage flub

Story highlights "Moonlight" has won best picture, besting long-time favorite "La La Land""La La Land" was accidentally announced as the winnerLos Angeles (CNN) It's an Oscar moment that will go down in history. Not only did "Moonlight" pull out a surprise win over "La La Land" for best picture, but their big moment came after presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway accidentally announced the wrong winner. They initially announced "La La Land" as best picture. The cast and producers from "La La Land" had already taken the stage and began their acceptance speeches when they were interrupted and told "Moonlight was the actual winner. Host Jimmy Kimmel took the stage to explain the mistake as the crew from "La La Land" exited and the news sunk in for the "Moonlight" cast and producers.

February 27, 2017 05:43 UTC

Are Emma Stone And Mahershala Ali Worse Off For Winning Oscars?

We all crave recognition for our achievements and, for actors, there’s no greater recognition than bagging an Oscar statuette. Best Supporting Actress winner Marcia Gay Harden is quoted as calling her win, “disastrous on a professional level. For Best Actress winners, there’s also the added risk that professional success will come at a personal cost. Jennifer Hudson was on top of the world with her Best Supporting Actress win for Dreamgirls in 2006. We can draw a comparison to winning an Oscar.

February 27, 2017 05:18 UTC

Sony Virtual-Reality Sales May Be Too Slow to Spur Game Makers

TOKYO—Sony Corp. sold just under a million virtual-reality headsets in the device’s first four months, a pace that analysts said might be too slow to motivate outside software developers. Sales of the $399 PlayStation VR goggles, launched globally last October, came to about 915,000 units as of Feb. 19, the company said Monday, calling it in...

February 27, 2017 05:06 UTC

Jennifer Aniston tears up while honoring Bill Paxton during in memoriam segment

Jennifer Aniston held back tears while introducing the in memoriam segment at Sunday night's Academy Awards. The segment, which remembers those in Hollywood we lost this year, was especially emotional as 61-year-old actor Bill Paxton died suddenly Saturday due to complications from surgery. "As was our beloved friend who left us yesterday, Bill Paxton, all were loved and all will be missed," Aniston said. Singer Sara Bareilles performed Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" during the emotional segment. The Oscars paid tribute to Carrie Fisher, Mary Tyler Moore, John Hurt and many others in Hollywood that died this year.

February 27, 2017 04:57 UTC

Netflix documentary 'The White Helmets' wins Oscar

Story highlights "The White Helmets" won an Oscar for Best Documentary ShortIt was the first time a Netflix film took home an Academy Award(CNN) "The White Helmets," a documentary about volunteer rescue workers in Syria, took home the Oscar for Best Documentary Short Sunday. It was the first Academy Award win for Netflix, which distributed the film. Cinematographer and press officer for the Syrian White Helmets , Khaled Khatib, did not fly to the United States to attend the event. I get US visa but I haven't traveled to U.S At all and I won't travel to OSCAR due to intensity of work, our priority is helping our people. — Khaled Khatib (@995Khaled) February 25, 2017

February 27, 2017 04:48 UTC

Oscars 2017: 'City Of Stars' From 'La La Land' Wins Best Original Song

The song “City Of Stars” from the film La La Land has just been named the Best Original Song at the eighty-ninth Academy Awards. This award goes to Justin Hurwitz for the music and the lyric-writing team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The song also collected the Golden Globe for Best Original Song last month, which immediately made it a shoo-in for at least a nomination. A pair of nominations in this category helped La La Land score a total of 14 nods this year, tying it with Titanic for the most of any film in history. While it was never a commercial hit, “City Of Stars” was immediately highlighted as one of the standout tracks from the La La Land soundtrack/score album, which has performed well on the charts.

February 27, 2017 04:27 UTC

Despite Topping Sting And Timberlake, "City Of Stars" Best Original Song Oscar Was Expected

Add another mark to La La Land’s win column. The feted film, nominated for 14 Oscars this year, just took home the hardware for Original Song for "City of Stars," moments after winning for Original Score. "I was educated in public school where arts and culture were valued," said La La Land lyrics Justin Paul, joined onstage co-lyricist Benj Pasek and music maestro Justin Hurwitz. Follow FORBES' live coverage to see how many more Oscars La La Land will take home tonight. And for showbiz updates--and news on my next book, Three Kings--sign up for my email newsletter and follow me on Twitter.

February 27, 2017 04:27 UTC

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. Anousheh Ansari, the first Iranian in space, accepted the award for Farhadi and read a short statement from the director. Kenneth Turan and Justin Chang chat about the 2017 Academy Awards, and which movie might win for best picture. Kenneth Turan and Justin Chang chat about the 2017 Academy Awards, and which movie might win for best picture. This is what the Governors Ball will look like after the 89th Academy Awards ceremony.

February 27, 2017 04:21 UTC

Oscars Red Carpet Review: Princesses and Sirens, on Parade

(It is one of the evening’s odd ironies that this is the one question Mr. Seacrest habitually forgets to ask.) Ruth Negga, a best actress nominee for “Loving,” was a welcome flash of color in red Valentino; likewise Viola Davis, in red Armani Privé. “I’m in love,” Ms. Negga told the cameras on her way into the show — with her dress. (“There’s like 20 bodyguards following me around for this,” Dakota Johnson, a presenter, told Mr. Seacrest about her Cartier jewelry.) “I got my tux at San Marko in Yonkers, N.Y.,” Lin-Manuel Miranda, up for the award for best original song, told Mr. Seacrest, “where I got my prom tux in 1998.”

February 27, 2017 04:16 UTC

Manny Pacquiao, Amir Khan confirm April 23 bout

(CNN) Boxing legend and Filipino senator Manny Pacquiao has announced a date for this next fight -- April 23 -- against former British lightweight Olympic champion Amir Khan. Pacquiao and Khan are no strangers to one another: They were both trained together by Freddie Roach. Negotiations between team Pacquiao and team Khan have come to terms for the April 23 bout as this is what the fans wanted. #PacquiaoKhan — Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) February 26, 2017It's OFFICIAL our founder @amirkingkhan will fight @mannypacquiao on April 23 we wish Amir the very best #SuperFight pic.twitter.com/D4wG9YG3Ox — AKfoundation (@AKFoundation) February 26, 2017In mid-February, Pacquiao asked his Twitter followers who he should fight "next in the UAE" -- Khan was the overwhelming favorite, winning 48% of the votes cast. — Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) February 12, 2017

February 27, 2017 04:07 UTC

Asghar Farhadi wins Oscar for 'The Salesman'

But Farhadi was not in attendance to claim the Oscar for his film, "The Salesman." He boycotted the awards show in protest of President Donald Trump's executive order that temporarily barred travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries, including Iran, from entering the United States. A federal judge has since put the travel ban on holdIn a prepared speech delivered by Iranian-American engineer Anousheh Ansari, Farhadi explained his decision. "My absence is out of respect for the people of my country," Farhadi said in the statement, calling the ban "inhumane." This isn't the first time Farhadi has made a political statement at the Oscars.

February 27, 2017 04:07 UTC

Trump’s First 100 Days: Still talking about Russia

On Sunday, White House spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the congressional committees probing Russia’s actions should be allowed to do their work first. Intelligence officials recently made calls to news organizations at the behest of the White House to contest reporting on Russia, our colleagues reported. The calls came after the White House was unsuccessful in convincing senior FBI officials to do the same. National Security reporter Greg Miller explains why the Trump administration is enlisting the help of intelligence officials and Members of Congress to counter Russia stories. (Jorge Ribas,Ashleigh Joplin/The Washington Post)The effort also involved senior lawmakers, including the chairmen of the Senate and House Intelligence committees.

February 27, 2017 04:03 UTC

Nominee to be Navy secretary withdraws

Seaman Dakota Rayburn)The Trump administration’s choice to become the next Navy secretary has pulled his name from consideration, the Pentagon said Sunday, the second nominee to head a military service who has bowed out in recent weeks. In that Feb. 19 statement, Mattis called the former intelligence officer in the Army Reserve “the right leader” for the high-profile Navy job. White House press secretary Sean Spicer also tweeted that the reports were “100 percent not true.”Bilden is the Trump administration’s second service secretary nominee to bow out over business matters. Earlier this month, billionaire businessman and veteran Vincent Viola withdrew from consideration to become Army secretary. Mattis said he will recommend another Navy leader “in coming days.” Another person who has been eyed for the job is former congressman J. Randy Forbes (R-Va.).

February 27, 2017 03:56 UTC

'Moana' Star Auli'i Cravalho Gets Hit In The Head During Oscar Performance, Still Kills It

There’s no telling how far Auli’i Cravalho will go after getting through this. While singing the Oscar-nominated “How Far I’ll Go” during Sunday’s Academy Awards, the 16-year-old star from Disney’s “Moana” experienced an unexpected onstage gaffe, appearing to get hit in the head by a flag-like stage prop.

February 27, 2017 03:35 UTC

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