The ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ actors announced ‘La La Land’ instead of ‘Moonlight,’ the correct winner. In a stunning gaffe, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, stars of 1967’s classic Bonnie and Clyde, announced the wrong best picture winner at the Oscars on Sunday. Dunaway read the winner as La La Land instead of the real winner...

  The Emmy-nominated actor died over the weekend at age 61. Oscars morning brought with it the tragic news of Bill Paxton’s passing. The Emmy-nominated actor, whose four-decade career included roles in such films as Aliens, Twister and Titanic as well as on the TV shows Big Love and Hatfields & McCoys, died Saturday due to complications from surgery....

  A year ago, Chris Rock had the awkward duty of having to dedicate almost his entire Academy Awards opening monologue to the ongoing #OscarsSoWhite controversy. He might have wanted to joke about various stars in the audience and the nominated movies and all of that, but Rock gamely went out and addressed the elephant in the room over and over and over again...

  “And the award for best Steve Harvey impersonation goes to Warren Beatty.” Bonnie and Clyde duo Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway accidentally read the wrong best picture winner at the Oscars on Sunday night, awarding La La Land over Moonlight, the correct winner. The actors announced that the Damien Chazelle film had won the honor, with the cast...

It’s not fair to judge a book by its cover — but with a quick glance at a book’s cover and its back cover and its author’s track record and the people who have endorsed it, a reader can usually get a fairly decent sense of what sort of a book they have in front of them. That’s the rationale for scanning the just-announced lineup for the 2016 Cannes Film Festival in the hope of finding titles that scream “future Oscar contender.” Of course, this sort of an approach sometimes produces false positives...

8:41 PM PST 3/10/2016 by Jennifer Konerman “Quit being Chicken Little — the sky is not falling,” she tells the actor about his climate change stance. Stacey Dash still has more to say about this year’s Oscars.  In a blog post she wrote on Thursday, Dash called out Leonardo DiCaprio for his climate change-themed Oscars speech after winning best actor.  “Quit being Chicken Little — the sky is not falling,” she said in the post, adding that though she felt he deserved his award,...

6:57 AM PST 3/9/2016 by Joe Lynch, Billboard Gaga’s performance — which found her sharing the stage with dozens of sexual-assault survivors and was one of the night’s most memorable moments — helped propel “Til It Happens to You” to its best-ever digital sales week. After Sam Smith bested four competitors for the 2016 best original song Academy Award, he walked away with more than just Oscar gold — he earned a healthy boost in sales, too. Smith’s Spectre song “Writing’s on...

1:33 AM PST 3/8/2016 by Vladimir Kozlov ‘Youth’ was honored as the best European film at Poland’s Eagles awards. Director Malgorzata Szumowska won a Silver Bear in Berlin last year for ‘Body.’ Malgorzata Szumowska’s Ciało (Body) won the best film honor at Poland’s Eagle Awards, the country’s equivalent to the Oscars, in Warsaw late Monday. After winning Szumowska the Silver Bear for best director at the Berlin Film Festival last year, the movie also earned Szumowska the best director...

6:46 AM PST 3/7/2016 by THR Staff “We got a lot of stuff we gotta handle, a lot of stuff going on in our world right now,” she continued. “We gotta keep it moving.” Jada Pinkett Smith has responded to Oscars host Chris Rock’s jokes about the actress. “Jada says she’s not coming. Protesting. I’m like, ‘Ain’t she on a TV show?’” he said during his opening monologue regarding the controversy of the acting nominations’ lack of diversity, and Pinkett-Smith’s...

6:46 AM PST 3/7/2016 by THR Staff “We got a lot of stuff we gotta handle, a lot of stuff going on in our world right now,” she continued. “We gotta keep it moving.” Jada Pinkett Smith has responded to Oscars host Chris Rock’s jokes about the actress. “Jada says she’s not coming. Protesting. I’m like, ‘Ain’t she on a TV show?’” he said during his opening monologue regarding the controversy of the acting nominations’ lack of diversity, and Pinkett-Smith’s...

6:48 AM PST 3/3/2016 by The Associated Press “It’s kind of a reflection of what the country is,” he said. Dustin Hoffman feels there’s a systemic racial problem in America that goes beyond the Oscars. The two-time Oscar winner did not attend Sunday night’s ceremony, nor did he watch the broadcast. But he was in the same place as this...

Shaun Curry/AFP/Getty Images; Courtesy of Universal Pictures Michael Fassbender’s performance as the Apple exec is certainly not the first time Steve Jobs has been seen onscreen, with several adaptations, biographies and documentaries about his life. On the fiction side, Jobs has been played by Ashton Kutcher and Justin Long (via Funny or Die), and soon a stage...

“His first instinct was to ask who else was nominated on the team,” says Michael Schaefer, who admits he was “caught by surprise” at Scott’s omission from the best director category. This story first appeared in a special awards season issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Michael Schaefer has a credit on one Oscar-winning film, The...

12:27 PM PST 2/19/2016 by Arlene Washington Brush up on numerical statistics about the Academy Awards ahead of this year’s ceremony on Feb. 28. The Oscars are arguably the film industry’s biggest awards show. But just how big is the annual trophyfest? From the number of viewers to voters to statuettes handed out, brush up on those and more numerical...

Courtesy of Andrés Córdoba/Oscilloscope Laboratories WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE “We had about seven weeks of pre­production,” says director Ciro Guerra, 35, of prep­ping to shoot Embrace of the Serpent in the Amazon rain forest. “First we had to choose a crew that wouldn’t bail on us. Then we just had to prepare for the worst.”...

Two-time Academy Award-winning sound mixer Andy Nelson on collecting a whopping 20 nominations: “It’s pretty overwhelming.” This story first appeared in a special awards season issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. With a double nomination in the sound mixing category — for Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies and J.J. Abrams’...

More than 300 stunt sequences were filmed in the Namibian desert for ‘Mad Max: Fury Road.’ Courtesy of Warner Bros. “You start seeing this vehicle careening toward the cameras — and you know a friend is inside — you think, ‘F—, what are we doing?'” says Doug Mitchell of navigating production challenges for ‘Fury...

8:58 AM PST 2/19/2016 by THR Staff The awards ceremony will be held at the Dolby theater in Hollywood. Producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin have announced the key players that will bring the 88th Academy Awards to a screen near you. Emmy-winning director Glenn Weiss, whose credits include 15 Tony Awards shows, will make his Oscars telecast debut. Billy Kimball is acting as the ceremony’s head writer, his credits include The Simpsons and Waiting for Superman and he is currently a writer on HBO’s...

Courtesy of Disney/Pixar “She was probably the most difficult character to write for,” admits writer-director Pete Docter of the movie’s inner heroine, who serves as the peppy and enthusiastic would-be ringleader of the little band of emotions who inhabit, and jockey for position in, the mind of 11-year-old Riley. “We realized anyone who’s...

7:30 AM PST 2/19/2016 by Rebecca Ford Michael Sugar reveals the reward of tackling a painful topic: “It’s been validating to have so many survivors of abuse come up to us and say, ‘This movie has empowered us to speak.'” This story first appeared in a special awards season issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Veteran manager-producer...

Photofest The Academy has highlighted songs from a steamy romance film, a flashy James Bond flick, an emotional drama on aging and two urgent documentaries. Before the winner is announced on Feb. 28, watch all the music videos for this year’s best original song nominees below.  ...

“It’s becoming harder and harder to make that distinction between what is original photography and what is postdigital effects and photography,” says Ed Lachman, who is nominated for his work in ‘Carol.’ “They can do everything in post if you have the time and money.” This story first appeared in the Feb. 19 issue of The...

“I love this spot so much,” says Paramount’s president of worldwide distribution and marketing. “I wish I had $30 million to run it everywhere.” With just 10 days remaining before the final round of Oscar voting closes, the backers of one of the three films thought to be most seriously in contention for best picture — The Big Short, Adam McKay‘s dramedy about America’s recent economic crisis — are rebooting their campaign with a new TV spot and billboards that emphasize the film’s...

8:00 PM PST 2/12/2016 by Jennifer Konerman “Watch the Oscars: the only show on ABC Shonda Rhimes doesn’t own … yet.” Chris Rock is returning to host the Oscars on Feb. 28, which is airing on ABC, and he is very aware of who is really in charge at the network.  In two new Oscar promos, the comedian calls out Shonda Rhimes, who has three (soon to be four) shows on the network already (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder).  “Watch the Oscars,” Rock says in the promo....

Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox; Courtesy of Warner Bros. ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ and ‘The Revenant’ are only the fourth and fifth films ever to be simultaneously acknowledged in the seven areas — all of which have been swept by only one movie. Throughout Academy Awards history, only five films have ever nabbed nominations in all seven technical categories. Mad Max: Fury Road and The Revenant have become only the fourth and fifth films ever to be acknowledged in all the craft categories: cinematography, costume...

Nominees for the 88th Oscars at the Nominees Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton. Image Group LA/A.M.P.A.S. Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Matt Damon, Lady Gaga and Alejandro G. Inarritu attended the lunch held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Monday. Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence and Matt Damon were among Academy Award nominees who attended the 35th annual...

The show’s producers reveal how they hope to keep winners from reciting a long list of names. This year’s Academy Awards have been overshadowed by the #OscarsSoWhite controversy triggered by another year in which the acting nominees included no people of color. But at its annual Nominees Luncheon, held Monday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the Academy trained its spotlight on the nominees from all its 24 categories — setting the controversy aside for the day. “This year, we all know there is an elephant in the room,”...

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Nick Cannon has taken a unique approach to sharing his feelings about the Oscars controversy. The entertainer shared a spoken word poetry video through social media Sunday centering on race relations and Hollywood. The two-minute black-and-white clip, titled “Oscar,” features Cannon sitting on a staircase delivering razor-sharp lines about black suffering...

He’s already responded to the ongoing Oscars diversity controversy by suggesting last week that studio executives need to give nonwhite actors and storylines “a fair bite,” but now Oscar winner Steve McQueen has stepped further into the debate. “This is exactly like MTV was in the 1980s,” the director — the only black filmmaker to have won a best picture Academy Award — told The Guardian on Sunday. “Could you imagine now if MTV only showed music videos by a majority of white people, then...

Chris Rock is ready for 2016. The comedian kicked off the New Year with the first promo for the 2016 Oscars, which he will be hosting on Feb. 28. “Much like New Year’s Eve,” begins Rock in the commercial, “it will be a night that ends with a lot of drunk, disappointed people swearing they’ll do better next year.” On Dec. 31, Rock, who first hosted the ceremony in 2005, shared the clip on Twitter, saying, “There will always be 3 constants. Death, taxes and the Oscars. Hope all 3 don’t happen...

The south-central Asian nation catches a bad break as its submission is found to contain too much English. What’s an Oscar season without controversies surrounding foreign language submissions? Joining a long line of other films that have been penalized over the years for failing to meet the Academy’s strict standards, Afghanistan’s entry for the current race, Hassan Nazer‘s Utopia, has been disqualified for not being quite foreign enough, THR has confirmed with the Academy. The film, a Babel-like drama involving...

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tight security following the Paris terror attacks is expected at Saturday night’s seventh annual Governors Awards, where Spike Lee, Gena Rowlands and Debbie Reynolds will receive the first Oscars of Hollywood’s award season. Los Angeles police say security for the star-studded ceremony at the Hollywood & Highland Center will likely be increased in the wake of the attacks, as it will at several other high-profile events around the city on Saturday night. Police say there are no known threats against...

Chris previously hosted the 77th Oscars in 2005. “Chris Rock is truly the MVP of the entertainment industry,” producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin said. “Comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, documentarian – he’s done it all.  He’s going to be a phenomenal Oscar host!” ...

Director Dante Lam’s cycling drama To the Fore has been selected as Hong Kong’s representative in the best foreign-language film category at the 88th Academy Awards. The selection was made and announced by the Federation of Motion Film Producers of Hong Kong. The sports drama stars Taiwanese actor Eddy Peng (Rise of the Legend), Korean star Choi Siwon (of Super Junior fame) and Chinese actor Shawn Dou (Wolf Totem) as a team of cyclers whose team spirit gets put to the test by their competitiveness and pursuit of personal glory. Produced...

A first look at the fall film fest landscape. The announcement of the full lineup of the Venice Film Festival (Sept. 2-12) won’t come until Wednesday and the Telluride Film Festival (Sept. 4-7) never reveals its selections until the day the fest gets underway. However, this year, for the second year in a row, it’s possible to work backwards from the announcement of the first batch of selections for the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept. 10-20)  — since it classifies its films as world, international, North...

The 87th Academy Awards got a lot of love when the nominations for the 67th Emmy Awards were announced Thursday. The Academy’s most recent awards show, which aired Feb. 22 on ABC, and which now bills itself as simply The Oscars, was nominated for eight Emmys, beginning with Outstanding Special Class Program. That number didn’t represent a record for an Academy Awards show; that honor belongs to the 2009 telecast, hosted by Steve Martin and Alex Baldwin, which pulled in 12 Emmy nominations. But it did give the Oscar...

Composer Michael Giacchino, documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy, makeup artist Lois Burwell and cinematographer Daryn Okada have been elected to the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization announced Friday. However, less than six months after the directors branch of the Academy failed to nominate Ava DuVernay for best director for her work on Selma, she lost in her quest to be elected by the 382 members of the branch to one of the board of governors seats. Instead, the branch reelected incumbent...

06/22/2015 at 12:30 PM ET We assumed Lady Gaga‘s highly-memed-about red leather Oscars gloves were tucked away in a box under her bed or maybe returned to designer Azzedine Alaïa, the mastermind behind her custom gown and accessories. But it looks like Gaga just reintroduced the stunners back into her wardrobe. Getty; Splash News The 29-year-old singer...

Laszlo Nemes’ groundbreaking Holocaust drama Son of Saul will be Hungary’s entry for the 2016 foreign-language film Oscar. The drama, Nemes’ feature debut, won the Grand Prix in Cannes last month. Hungary is believed to be the first country to have picked its Oscar contender for 2016. But as soon as Son of Saul debuted in Cannes, it was clear it would be a frontrunner for the Academy Awards. Son of Saul is set in Auschwitz in 1944 and follows, in a claustrophobic manner, Saul Auslander, a Jewish Hungarian enlisted to...

Winning an Oscar is all well and good, but if you really want to wow the public, you need to take home a prize at Cannes. At least that’s the findings of a new poll conducted by University of Southern California professor Jeetendr Sehdev, who teaches a course on celebrity and branding at the school. Surveying 2000 adults living in all 50 states, the study found...

Vin Diesel sure is setting himself up to be furious this coming award season.. That’s because the action star has gone on record saying that he thinks Furious 7 is going to sweep the Academy Awards! Not only that, but he thinks the seventh chapter in his racing franchise could win Best Picture. We’re not saying he’s wrong, but none of the first six movies even got nominated… but still, we haven’t seen it, so who knows! Vin shared his very ballsy prediction in a recent interview, saying: “Universal is going...

Stephen Sondheim‘s partner might “crawl a mile” to see Lady Gaga perform, but the 84-year-old veteran composer isn’t so impressed. Sondheim panned Gaga’s The Sound of Music medley performance at the Oscars, speaking to The Times in an article that ran last week. Though his 36-year-old partner, Jeff Romley, might be gaga for Gaga, Sondheim said he “does not share his taste for contemporary pop music.” “On the Academy Awards, she was a travesty,” he told the British newspaper. “It...

With one simple tweet, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have thrown the door open for the Academy to make some real changes in next year’s Oscars telecast. “Hoping that whoever produces the #Oscars next year will retain our innovations: #TeamOscar program & reading all 24 nom on Oscar nom morning,” Zadan wrote on March 7. That sounded awfully like an acknowledgment that he and Meron won’t be back for a fourth run at the top of the Oscars show. And while...

Neil Patrick Harris hosted the 87th Academy Awards on Feb. 22 and is uncertain if he will ever accept the gig again if extended an offer. In an interview with the Huffington Post, Harris was candid in describing the time and emotional commitment required — from him and his family — to put on the show. “I don’t know that my family nor my soul could take it,” Harris said. “It’s a beast.” The husband and father of two received laughs from audiences for his performance with Anna Kendrick, underwear...

What if the Oscars did not have any dialogue? Not one word? Well editor Bill Smith created a video to show us just that.  Smith edited the award show down to a miming Neil Patrick Harris, a confused Oprah and a lot of audience laughter and reaction. At times the video gets awkward and uncomfortable, especially since without NPH’s singing, dancing and jokes, he just looks really nervous. His Birdman spoof is still quite the highlight though — no dialogue needed there. [embedded content] Smith has done this before with episodes...

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is seriously considering a return to its former policy of having only five best picture nominees, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. That number would be down from a maximum of 10 that are allowed by the current rules. The potential move, which is being pushed by a significant fraction of the Academy, would be a radical shift for the 6,000-member organization and a tacit acknowledgement that its six-year-old strategy of boosting the number of best picture nominees has failed. “They...

Patricia Arquette received backlash for her Oscars acceptance speech about wage equality for women, and now the actress is responding to the haters. “There’s always going to be [haters] and I think people didn’t really think of what I was saying clearly and understand and look at the impact,” she told Access Hollywood on Friday night at the...

When Mo’Nique spoke at length with The Hollywood Reporter last month about Lee Daniels’ comments of her “blackballed” career because she was difficult to work with, she said, “That’s a question you would have to ask Lee Daniels. … I can’t answer why he said [that].” The director told THR that “her demands through Precious were not always in line with the campaign. … This soured her relationship with the Hollywood community,” and the reason she hasn’t ultimately...

Neil Patrick Harris may not have been the Academy’s first choice to host the show (Chris Rock and Julia Louis-Dreyfus seemed like a better idea at the time), but what did viewers think? Penn Schoen Berland interviewed 360 Oscar viewers from ages 13 to 59 and found that 32 percent would give the host an A for his performance, while 43 percent would give him a B. A total of 71 percent of viewers voted that they would like to see Harris return as host in the future, and a minority pool of 29 percent — consisting mainly...