'La La Land' Didn't Win Best Picture Oscar – Neither Did These: 2017 Razzies

America is still reeling from last night’s shocking twist at the end of the 89th Annual Academy Awards presentation when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway incorrectly announced that La La Land won the Oscar for Best Picture when in fact the correct winner was Moonlight. At least neither film won a Razzie. Whereas the rest of the night went over without a hitch, the last few minutes of the broadcast was utterly chaos as La La Land’s producer, Jordan Horowitz, jumped on the microphone and announced, “There’s been a mistake. Moonlight, you won best picture. This is not a joke,” reports US magazine. Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling and the rest of the cast quickly moved out of the way so that Barry Jenkins and his Moonlight crew could take the stand.”Very clearly, even in my dreams, this could not be true,” said Jenkins. “But to hell with dreams. I’m done with it ’cause this is true. Oh my goodness!” Warren Beatty during the Best Picture confusion at the 2017 Oscars. [Image by ABC] Just after midnight, Disney (the parent company of ABC) released the following statement from PricewaterhouseCoopers: “We sincerely apologize 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. The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred. We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation.” So, while the crew of La La Land is certainly disappointed that they did not win the coveted prize, they can at least rest well knowing that they were also not a winner of the Golden Raspberry Awards. Since 1981, The Razzies are the complete opposite of The Oscars, giving awards to year’s worst feature films. This year, the “winners” of the 27th Annual Golden Raspberry Awards were announced Saturday, February 25, one day before the Oscar ceremony and while a good handful of films were nominated, two films made the greatest impact: Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Hillary’s America was a political documentary film written and directed by Dinesh D’Souza and Bruce Schooley. It was critical of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and while the film was a financial success, it was panned by many critics. Batman v Superman was also a financial success in terms of box office ticket sales, but was also largely panned by both critics and fans of the superhero genre. The one celebrity who should be happy to receive a Razzie this year is Mel Gibson. Gibson was nominated for Worst Supporting Actor in 2014 for his performance in The Expendables 3, but this year he won the Razzie Redeemer Award for directing Hacksaw Ridge. Hacksaw Ridge was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture and won two Oscars for Film Editing and Sound Mixing. Mel Gibson at the 2017 Oscars. [Image by ABC] RELATED REPORTS FROM INQUISITR: Disney/Pixar ‘Cars 3’ And NASCAR Team Up For Daytona 500
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Disney Begins Production Of ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ – Here Is What We Know Here are the complete list of Razzie Winners for 2017: WORST PICTURE: Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party WORST ACTOR: Dinesh D’Souza (as himself) in Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party WORST ACTRESS: Becky Turner (as Hillary Clinton) in Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Kristen Wiig for Zoolander No. 2 WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Jesse Eisenberg for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice WORST SCREEN COMBO: Ben Affleck and His BFF (Baddest Foe Forever) Henry Cavil for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice WORST DIRECTOR: Dinesh D’Souza and Bruce Schooley for Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party WORST PREQUEL, REMAKE, RIP-OFF OR SEQUEL: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice WORST SCREENPLAY: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice RAZZIE REDEEMER AWARD: Mel Gibson [Featured Image by: John Hayes/AP Images]

Stephen King's 'It': Will 2017's Adaptation Be Better Than The 1990 Version??

Can the 2017 adaptation of Stephen King’s It possibly be better than the 1990 miniseries based on the same book? It is an extremely hotly debated question online, and the two sides of the argument could not be more distinct. Many people, such as one of the 1990 It cast members who was interviewed yesterday, insist the It miniseries was essentially perfect and cannot realistically be improved upon. Is it true, though? Let’s first go over the positives of the upcoming release. A fan-made poster for the upcoming film. [Image by Smalltownhero/Deviant Art] The new movie adaptation of Stephen King’s popular horror fiction masterpiece It is set to release just over six months from now, but it has already taken the internet by storm and may have inspired the rash of criminals-dressed-as-clowns sightings in the US this past Summer — an incident on which, The Guardian reports, King himself has commented. Despite all the hype for the Stephen King-inspired project, though, not much is known about it. There has not yet been a trailer for the film released, and director/Stephen King megafan Andres Muschietti is keeping a fairly tight lid on the film’s details. We do know that the movie version will be grittier, scarier, and more faithful to Stephen King’s work than the miniseries was. This is supported partially by the fact that, as reported by The Inquisitr, leaked photos have depicted darker scenes from the Stephen King novel the miniseries would not touch, partly because the film is to be rated R instead of the miniseries’ TV-14, partly because it is almost three decades later and on-screen horror needs to be more brutal to scare audiences. Stephen King’s It Already Planning A Sequel, Which Makes Sense https://t.co/CEgYDMqvBL by Embalajedigital pic.twitter.com/gg3LPUcyvN — Embalaje Digital (@Embalajedigital) February 11, 2017 All this may be true, but was the miniseries just too great to beat? Some people are of the opinion that, although it took many liberties from Stephen King’s take on the story, the 1990 retelling is indeed unbeatable. Anette O’Toole, the cast member mentioned above who played the adult Beverly Marsh in the miniseries, said as much in her interview on Friday with Sechrest Things. “I don’t think they need to remake anything that was good the first time,” O’Toole states bluntly. Other sources, such as horror blog Emerald Gore Society voice the same opinion. “You are remaking what is considered to be a classic film,” it writes. “The fact that this one is a classic means they got it right the last time. It does not need to be done again.” Is it really that great, though, or are those who were spooked by the made-for-TV version of Stephen King’s horror/coming-of-age tale as kids simply remembering it through nostalgic rose-colored glasses? 1960 (54) #Kids and 1990 (85) #Adult#StephenKing #IT #Movie1990 pic.twitter.com/UgEijaanlT — Zorres “Borusse” (@Zorres90) January 5, 2017 Steve Barton, founder of internet horror hub Dread Central, thinks that, other than the much-praised performance of Tim Curry as Stephen King’s main antagonist, this is definitely the case. “Let’s face it,” Barton says in an interview with Hitfix, “aside from Tim Curry, who gave such a brilliant performance as Pennywise, the first adaptation wasn’t exactly the greatest movie in the world… it’s good, it holds up kind of well, but if it wasn’t for what Tim Curry as Pennywise had brought to It, it might as well have been Rose Red or the lesser-known Stephen King tales that just kind of went by the wayside.” The very active Stephen King fan community on Reddit tends to agree with Barton that the 1990 miniseries hardly did the book justice and could definitely be improved. “Arguably, the best/scariest parts of the book are not in the miniseries at all,” notes commenter Mceese. “The miniseries is to the original book what Kidz Bop is to the original music,” another user named VaclavehaveIsmustache added frankly. “To me the miniseries was a very PG version of what I would consider to be an R rated book,” wrote Tbharber. All of these instances, especially the last one, clearly indicate that another adaptation of Stephen King’s It is very much in order and would only have to adhere more stringently to King’s rather more mature source material to be better than the 1990 version. A bit of wisdom from Stephen King’s IT: “We lie best when we lie to ourselves.” pic.twitter.com/OqMaXM88tV — Peter Laws (@revpeterlaws) February 13, 2017 The first part of Stephen King’s It will come out on September 8, 2017, and we will have to wait until the reviews start pouring in to get a really good idea of whether it can trump the original adaptation. Until then, it is unlikely the internet will become any less divided on the issue. What’s your opinion? Was the original adaptation of Stephen King’s It any good, or was it just Curry that gave it some charm? Will the upcoming version be better? Make yourself heard in the comments below. [Featured image by Holley and Chris Melton/Flickr]

Jimmy Kimmel, Stars React To Biggest Blunder In Oscar History

Jimmy Kimmel blames himself for the biggest screw-up in the history of the Oscars. As the live telecast wrapped amid a ton of chaos at the Dolby Theatre, the self-depreciating late night host tried to lighten things up by saying: “I knew I would screw this show up. I really did.” Jimmy Kimmel on his #Oscars hosting gig: “It’s going to be a disaster.” https://t.co/q4dWFDzi5D pic.twitter.com/jCpXmuIkK6 — Variety (@Variety) February 26, 2017 Of course, viewers of the live ceremony know first-time Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel had nothing to do with what the biggest mix-up in the show’s history. After the movie La La Land was announced as this year’s Academy Award winner for Best Picture, it was revealed that Moonlight actually won. La La Land producer Fred Berger was in the middle of delivering his acceptance speech when he was interrupted by staffers from PricewaterhouseCoopers and told that his film didn’t win after all. Kimmel stood by as the correct card was shown to the stunned audience. Presenter Warren Beatty, who had announced the incorrect winner alongside Faye Dunaway, apologized, saying he was given the wrong envelope. Beatty and Dunaway reportedly were handed the best actress envelope which listed La La Land star Emma Stone as the winner of Best Actress, instead of the Best Picture envelope. This photo clearly shows Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were handed the wrong #Oscars envelope. pic.twitter.com/fePv7opAfI — WCVB-TV Boston (@WCVB) February 27, 2017 Jimmy Kimmel later took the stage and attempted to save the day with some humor, even pointing to a fellow talk show host who experienced a similar gaffe at the Miss Universe pageant last year. “Guys, this is very unfortunate what happened,” Jimmy told the stunned audience. “Personally, I blame Steve Harvey for this. I would like to see you get an Oscar anyway, why can’t we just give out a whole bunch of them?” After the Moonlight cast took the stage to celebrate their win, Kimmel tried to calm down the shocked crowd, and he promised never to return as the host of Hollywood’s biggest night. “Well I don’t know what happened,” Jimmy said. “I blame myself for this. Let’s remember, it’s just an awards show. I mean, we hate to see people disappointed, but the good news is we got to see some extra speeches,” he asserted. “We have some great movies. I knew I would screw this show up, I really did. Thank you for watching. I’m back to work tomorrow night on my regular show. I promise I’ll never come back. Good night!” According to People, Jimmy Kimmel said he knows he will forever be asked about the movie night mix-up. “I don’t know what just happened!” Kimmel said. “I should probably find out … for the rest of my life people are going to ask me about this.” The Jimmy Kimmel Live Twitter account posted a few tweets following the Oscar oops. “It’s like a horror movie, gluten is literally falling from the sky.” – Jimmy Kimmel #Oscars — Jimmy Kimmel Live (@JimmyKimmelLive) February 27, 2017 “Personally I blame @IamSteveHarvey for this.” – Jimmy #Kimmel #Oscars — Jimmy Kimmel Live (@JimmyKimmelLive) February 27, 2017 In addition to Jimmy Kimmel, several other big names in the business reacted to the movie night gaffe. Others praised how Kimmel handled the awkward situation, including screenwriter M. Night Shyamalan, who joked that he wrote the twist ending to the Oscars. I wrote the ending of the academy awards 2017. @jimmykimmel we really got them! — M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) February 27, 2017 Amid all the chaos, @jimmykimmel was a great host tonight & handled the final fiasco with great calm & humour. #oscars — Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 27, 2017 Great job tonight @jimmykimmel!!Letterman would be proud! Not that he’s dead, I just doubt that he watched. — billy eichner (@billyeichner) February 27, 2017 Given the mishap at the end of the show, which was not his fault, @jimmykimmel used graceful humor to take the blame off of others. #Pro — Zachary Levi (@ZacharyLevi) February 27, 2017 Whaaaaaaa??!congratulations Moonlight! My favorite #Oscars in memory!! — Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) February 27, 2017 Nothing like live TV. Congrats to Moonlight! And to La La Land for such a gracious reaction. #Oscars — Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) February 27, 2017 After the show, Jimmy Kimmel talked to reporters about the movie moment that will go down in history and explained why Beatty didn’t ask for help when he was handed what was clearly an incorrect card “He was confused because the card — which he showed to me, by the way — said ‘Emma Stone, La La Land‘ on it,” Kimmel said, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “This was confusing, obviously. We thought he was being coy and cute and milking it to make everybody suffer, but in reality, he was perplexed by why her name was on it….Warren Beatty has had so much sex, he can’t think about things like that anymore.” In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Jimmy Kimmel said he made a quick decision to return to the stage amid the mishap. “It’s funny, I was about to go on stage and do a bit with Matt Damon and a doughnut, but I said, ‘I think I have to go on stage,’ because otherwise our stage manager Gary [Natoli] was going to have to finesse it,” Kimmel told the Times. “There was a lot of nuttiness. It was kind of like a dispute over a boxing match. You didn’t know who won. You didn’t know who the winner was. But I have to say the producers of ‘La La Land’ were very gracious. Listen, it’s a TV show.” Take a look at the video below to see Jimmy Kimmel’s top moments and his reaction to the biggest mix-up in the Academy Awards history. 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Did Natalie Portman Capture The Real Jackie Kennedy In 'Jackie'?

For Natalie Portman portraying Jackie Kennedy was a tremendous challenge. Mrs. Kennedy was iconic and Natalie confided to Indie Wire she knew little about the former first lady other than her always fashionable appearance before taking the role. Jackie Kennedy, however, was far more than a fashion icon as Natalie Portman soon learned. Jacqueline was always brilliant and adventurous. Even as a child she was both intellectually gifted and full of mischief according to JFK library. Miss Platt, one of Jacqueline Lee Bouvier’s grade school teachers at Miss Chaplin’s School in New York, described Jacqueline’s precocious nature. “[Jackie was] a darling child, the prettiest little girl, very clever, very artistic, and full of the devil.” Did Natalie Portman capture the creative spark in Jackie Kennedy, the spark that was there even as a child and could never be put out? Ms. Portman certainly tried. Natalie put a great deal of research into her role as Jacqueline. Natalie Portman was far too young to remember those days so she relied on Jackie Kennedy’s interviews and transcripts from the time some of which are in the video below. The biopic film Jackie has its focus on the assassination and its aftermath. Anyone who knows the history could only imagine the horror Jacqueline endured. Natalie Portman portrayed the courage and power of Jackie Kennedy quite well. Capturing that inner strength that brought Mrs. Kennedy through the most horrible event of her life. It was a shattering experience that the most famous first lady endured with valor. Jackie Kennedy’s husband John F. Kennedy was shot in the head right in front of this brave first lady. Part of his skull came off and Mrs. Kennedy actually scrambled across the back of the car to retrieve it as shown in the video below. She showed tremendous courage and took no thought for her own life. She was fearless of more bullets. The first lady then maintained a very brave face throughout the ordeal of a nationally televised funeral. Natalie Portman portrays former first lady Jackie Kennedy in the darkest moment in American history with amazing skill, under the direction of Pablo Larrain. The importance of the events portrayed cannot be underestimated. John F. Kennedy’s death changed America forever. Nearly all who can remember JFK and Jackie Kennedy in the Whitehouse would agree. America isn’t the same country it was before, actress Ellen Burstyn told US News on the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination. “I was in the makeup chair in Universal Studio. The country has never been the same.” Natalie Portman in what is probably the most important role of her career portrays the woman who was tasked with saving what was left of America’s hopes and dreams. Natalie Portman portrays Jackie Kennedy in Jackie. [Image by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP Images] John F. Kennedy represented great hope to almost all Americans. The JFK administration was widely referred to as Camelot, and Jackie Kennedy was a huge part of that. John Kennedy opposed corruption, brought growth, and held to high ideals. Taylor Reveley, president of the College of William & Mary, recalled to US News his disbelief that such a thing could happen in America. “The impact on me was extraordinary – intense grief because JFK had appealed to me enormously, coupled with shock and disbelief that such a hideous thing could happen in the United States.” Natalie Portman portrays Jackie Kennedy in a moment in history no one could or should forget. It was a moment that saw the end of a man with great promise for a bright future. Most people alive at the time recall the moment they first learned that John F. Kennedy had been shot. It was a shock to the entire world. Parents cried and children too young to understand still recall that moment. For many, it was the first time they saw their fathers weep openly. Even Jimmy Carter said he slipped out of his office, and “went out the back to weep,” according to US News. It was through Jackie Kennedy’s brave face, with that forced smile and determined eyes that got this country through its darkest days. The First Lady seemed to know exactly what to say and what to do, to save her husband’s legacy. Natalie Portman displays some resemblance to Jackie Kennedy, [Image by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images] Natalie Portman told Indie Wire she admired tremendously the way Jackie Kennedy held herself together through all the horror. She pushed aside her own feelings about the tragedy and comforted a broken and grieving nation. “[Jackie Kennedy] is such an amazing woman… Really having the understanding of history to very strongly and quickly define her husband’s legacy after the assassination. She knew that the story that we tell is the one that becomes truth.” Natalie Portman above all seems to capture Jackie Kennedy’s courage and tremendous inner strength. At a time when the entire nation was shaken. The First Lady was solid as a rock. Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy does not grieve openly even for the cameras when Jackie seems to be alone. First Post is critical of Natalie Portman’s portrayal calling Jackie’s consistent courage problematic. “This is problematic because, without a general idea of the complete extent of the pain the protagonist is going through, the audience will not be able to comprehensively appreciate or empathize with the massive effort taken by her to conceal that huge pain.” Jackie Kennedy is recorded in the video above recounting a time when she told her husband John F. Kennedy not to send her and the children away during the Cuban Missile Crisis. She said she would rather die by his side and the children too than to leave him. RELATED REPORTS FROM THE INQUISITR Natalie Portman Throws Praise At Jackie Kennedy And Mourns Sir John Hurt At SAG 2017 Natalie Portman Gets Oscar Nomination, Shines As Jackie Kennedy In Biopic Of Famous First Lady Katie Holmes Talks Portrayal Of Jackie Kennedy Vs. Natalie Portman’s And Continues To Fuel Foxx Love Rumors Natalie Portman Missing The Oscars Due To Pregnancy Natalie Portman Is Radiant As She Shows Off Pregnancy At D.C. Premiere Of ‘Jackie’ Natalie Portman portrays the same woman who, not knowing if the bullets would stop, climbed out on the back of the car on that fateful day. Of course, her loss was painful. Jackie Kennedy was just very brave. The film Jackie, starring Natalie Portman, portrays a strong female, courageous in the worst of situations. Natalie’s portrayal is what everyone familiar with Jackie Kennedy’s character would expect. Jackie Kennedy never made any display of her grief, so how could Natalie Portman have dared presume to show Jackie that way? The First Lady never let anyone see the depths of her despair after the assassination. Natalie Portman was nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of Jackie Kennedy but was unable to attend the awards ceremony due to her pregnancy. Portman’s due date is in the early spring. Though Natalie Portman did not win the Oscar for best actress this year, nor did Jackie win for best film, the movie is none the less important. Over 50 years have passed, but it is vital that a new generation understands the historical significance of the Kennedy assassination. Natalie Portman is keeping the memory of Jackie Kennedy and John F. Kennedy alive in this Pablo Larrain film. [Featured Image by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP Images And National Archives/Getty Images]

'Zootopia' Named 89th Academy Awards Best Animated Feature; Sequel In The Works?

Zootopia has recently added an Oscar to its list of recognitions as the animated film from Disney bags the Best Animated Feature Film of the year during the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday. Disney’s animation which served both as entertainment for kids as well as an eye-opener for adults on the issue of discrimination continues to make a mark after getting recognized at the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice, Annies, and many other award-giving bodies. Congrats to Team #Zootopia on their #AcademyAwards win for Best Animated Feature! #Oscars ???????????????? A post shared by Disney’s Zootopia. (@zootopiadisney) on Feb 26, 2017 at 7:14pm PST Now, 2016’s Zootopia bags recognition from the 89th Academy Awards after it was named the Best Animated Feature Film for its gentle presentation of “topical messages involving themes like bigotry, racism and prejudice,” according to ABC News Chicago. According to the outlet, the animated movie from Disney has become an avenue for awareness of significant socio-political issues, specifically on the matter of inclusion. Upon accepting the Academy Award, Zootopia directors Rich Moore and Byron Howard expressed their gratitude that their message came through. “That’s always been the job of fairy tales and fables. To be able to put into a safe package, and an easy to approach package, very large ideas, and topics that might be harder to broach if you just start from square one,” Moore said. Howard, on the other hand, admitted that Zootopia was a film that provides parents with the proper medium to speak with their children about equality and discrimination. “The film was sort of meant to be some way for people to talk with their children and as adults about bias and stereotype. And as you can see by what’s going on, it’s a great time for people to talk about it.” Zootopia revolves around the story of Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin), a bunny who goes on a quest to “make the world a better place” by becoming a police officer. After succeeding in her studies and becoming part of the law enforcement, Judy realizes that her goal might be a bit more difficult to achieve especially since her vision of the world is far from reality. As she tries her hardest to make a mark even after being assigned as a meter maid, Judy encounters Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), a sly fox who makes a living out of conning other people. In a twist of fate, Judy finds herself seeking for Nick’s help in solving the case of missing predators in the city of Zootopia. According to the Huffington Post, Zootopia’s message of the film focuses on “the dangers of stereotyping and discriminating in a multicultural world” whereas people of different races are represented by animals—the prey and predator. While the film was released earlier in 2016, it proved to be relevant in the year’s most significant event in the United States: the November Presidential Elections. The outlet believes that Disney’s animated movie became more relevant because of “the fear-based rise of President Donald Trump’s popularity.” This, says Howard, basically defines “[the film’s] entire third act is about” where the “villain is using fear to stoke division.” “I don’t think we could have predicted it any closer with this film,” he added. Relevance aside, Zootopia performed well in the box office since its March 2016 release with $340 million domestic earnings and over $1 billion all-in-all worldwide. Because of this, fans have been waiting for Zootopia 2 to be released which may be sooner rather than later considering how Howard and Moore confirmed that there is enough material for a sequel, as reported by OPP Trends. Red carpet ready! ????: @ByronPHoward on Twitter A post shared by Disney’s Zootopia. (@zootopiadisney) on Feb 26, 2017 at 1:15pm PST The Inquisitr also previously reported about speculations on Zootopia 2’s upcoming news-based theme which revolves around Judy and Nick becoming a mixed-race couple. Do you believe Zootopia deserves the Academy Award? Let us know what your think via the comments section below. [Featured Image by Walt Disney Co.]

Oscar 2017: Casey Affleck Wins Best Actor Amid La La Land/Moonlight Controversy

At Oscar 2017, Casey Affleck has just won the Best Actor. The actor won it for Manchester by the Sea. Earlier, he was nominated for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Casey beat La La Land star Ryan Gosling, who might have been a popular choice to win it this year. Gosling’s co-actor Emma Stone won the Best Actress for the movie. She thanked Ryan for making her laugh all the time. Congrats Casey Affleck of winning a Oscar #CaseyAffleck #AcademyAwards pic.twitter.com/iOuUPUNoVB — News (@worldnews1912) February 27, 2017 Oscar winner #CaseyAffleck, Ben is beaming with pride #Oscars #BestActor pic.twitter.com/zG4jnYmmC4 — Jasparina (@Jasparina1) February 27, 2017 Manchester by the Sea beat La La Land in the best original screenplay as well. Kenneth Lonergan’s writing had a lot to do with bringing out the best in Casey Affleck. Ben Affleck’s brother earlier hailed the writing. While many considered Gosling as the favorite to win the Best Actor award, the Washington Post reported that Affleck was a “front-runner” to win the award for his “haunted” performance in the film. Even though Casey Affleck emerged as the winner at Oscar 2017, he was not the original choice for the role. It was Matt Damon who was supposed to play the lead and direct the film too. However, Damon could not do either because of his hectic schedule. Casey Affleck was brought in for the lead, and the directorial responsibilities were given to Kenneth Lonergan. According to the Los Angeles Times, Casey was the critics’ favorite for most awards earlier this year. But, he lost to Denzel Washington at the Screen Actors Guild award. Washington won it for his performance in Fences. Affleck beat Washington this time. He also beat other nominees like Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic), Ryan Gosling (La La Land) and Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge). While Emma Stone’s ex-boyfriend did not win it for his performance, she bagged it for her performance in La La Land. Brie Larson, who won the Best Actress last year, presented the award to Casey, while Leonardo DiCaprio, the winner of the Best Actor in 2016, presented it to Emma. Brie Larson hugs Casey Affleck at Oscar 2017. [Image by Christopher Polk/Getty Images] At Oscar 2017, Casey Affleck thanked Denzel in his acceptance speech for teaching him “how to act.” He also said that he was thankful that he got the opportunity to be a part of the film. “I’m really proud to be part of this community,” he said. “And I’m just so proud to be included.” Casey won his first Oscar for a performance that already bagged the Golden Globe for him earlier. He also won the Best Actor award at the Spirit Awards, where he took a political stance by speaking against Donald Trump policies. “The policies of this administration are abhorrent, and they won’t last,” Hollywood Reporter quoted him as saying. La La Land/Moonlight Controversy Casey Affleck’s win was a bit overshadowed by a controversial end of the award ceremony. What happened during the presentation of the Best Picture category was nothing short of a “moment of insanity” at the Oscars. Warren Beatty kept reading the name card, while Faye Dunaway announced La La Land to be the winner. The celebration started as the film team came on stage. It was La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz who found that it was Moonlight that won the Best Picture. Beatty apparently got the wrong card that read Emma Stone’s name for La La Land. When he showed it to his fellow announcer, she saw the name of the film and declared it to be the winner. Beatty looked awkward, as Jimmy Kimmel tried to lighten the mood by cracking jokes. But, no effort to conceal the awkwardness of the situation hardly worked. #BREAKING#CNN has confirmed The Russians hacked the #BestPicture award at #Oscars pic.twitter.com/bZ5A6zHcgp#Trump #MAGA#AcademyAwards — Boca Vista (@bocavista2016) February 27, 2017 And they say they’re not Fake News @CNN #Oscars #AcademyAwards pic.twitter.com/v24BLayaDR — Mono Ratio (@filopura) February 27, 2017 To sum up the last minutes of the #AcademyAwards pic.twitter.com/k5lv36UbnR — Neldy Germain (@neldygermain) February 27, 2017 And the award for the most awkward #AcademyAwards goes to…2017.????@joseole1115 pic.twitter.com/Syr5vV63pQ — Karissa Willette (@KarissaWillette) February 27, 2017 Not La La Land, but Moonlight won the Best Picture. [Image by Kevin Winter/Getty Images] [Featured image by Christopher Polk/Getty Images]

How Many Oscars Did 'La La Land' Win? Most Ever Academy Awards Record Broken?

How many Oscars did La La Land win? After the weeks of Academy Awards buzz the Best Picture favorite won a total of 6 statues. Here are all the statues it took home, even though it did come in shy of breaking the record for the most ever victories on mainstream Hollywood’s biggest prize night. Best Actress — Emma Stone Best Director — Damien Chazelle Best Cinematography Music (Original Song), “City Of Stars” Best Original Score Best Production Design It was, of course, a surprise that the film did not take home Best Picture. So much so, that actors Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway accidentally got the whole cast and crew of La La Land up on the stage before realizing that he had read the card incorrectly. The prize instead went to Moonlight, making it the only most-ever Academy Awards nominations movie to lose out on the top prize. No matter how many Oscars it actually ended up winning, La La Land did tie with All About Eve and Titanic for the most nominations in Academy Award history. Titanic, on the other hand, went on to win 11 of its 14 nominations, tying with Ben Hur for the most wins in Oscar history. ‘La La Land’ could still pull this thing out if it wins in Florida & carries the Rust Belt. #Oscars — Funny Or Die (@funnyordie) February 27, 2017 La La Land fared a more similar fate to All About Eve. The film walked away with only six wins, even though it came in with a record number of nominations that wasn’t broken until nearly 50 years later. That was at least partially due to the fact that both Bette Davis and Anne Baxter were nominated for Best Actress. Though that was part of the reason it was one of the most nominated films of all time in the first place, it is largely believed to be the reason why Davis lost out to Judy Holliday for her comedic role in Born Yesterday. Some critics feared that ‘La La Land’ would succumb to its own out-of-control momentum, but now the Oscars wins are all on the table for Academy Award record-tying film. [Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images] Like All About Eve, La La Land was partially able to join the distinguished category because it was nominated twice for one category — though in this case it was for Original Song. While that did technically put it up for more Academy Awards, it didn’t really increase its chances to break the record — even though it did win the Oscar for “City of Stars.” Actor in a Leading Role, Ryan Gosling Actress in a Leading Role, Emma Stone Cinematography Costume Design Directing Film Editing Music (Original Score) Music (Original Song), “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” Music (Original Song), “City Of Stars” Production Design Sound Editing Sound Mixing Writing (Original Screenplay) Although ‘La La Land’ tied with ‘All About Eve’ and ‘Titanic’ for the most Oscar nominations of all time, how many Oscars did it actually win? [Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images] But now that we know the answer to “How many Oscars did La La Land win?,” one has to ask why did so many Academy Awards go to the film. As noted above, it certainly didn’t please every cinema-goer this year, particularly if you’re talking to kind of hard-core critics that spit on the triumphs of movies like Argo and Crash. Despite all of La La Land‘s Oscar wins, it won’t make everyone happy. One recent review from The Guardian tore it to shreds — saying that it received praise largely for playing it safe and sucking up to Hollywood. “It is easy to see why the Academy’s voters have embraced La La Land. Many of them will have followed a path all too similar to Seb and Mia’s. Seeing their life-choices vindicated by the witchcraft of their trade must have been something of a comfort. All the same, the best picture winners that stick in the memory, such as Schindler’s List, Gandhi, Chariots of Fire and Titanic, tend to extol humanity’s better nature, not its shortcomings.” La La Land‘s momentum could perhaps best be compared to The Artist, which became the first foreign-produced film to ever win Best Picture in 2011. Like the Academy Award-favorite musical, The Artist was a movie meant to reflect old-era Hollywood classics, though in the French film’s case it was black-and-white silent pictures instead of the Technicolor musical blockbusters that ruled the box office during the ’40s and ’50s. Many critics argued that both films were laboratory-grown to win Oscars, as they were a sort of love letter to the industry itself. The Artist didn’t get anywhere near breaking Academy Awards records, however, securing just five out of its 10 nominations — though it did pick up some major ones like Best Picture, Best Actor for Jena Dujardin and Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius. Now that you know how many Oscars La La Land did win, do you think it deserves to break the record for most Academy Awards ever? [Featured Image by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal]

2017 Oscars Screw-Up: Warren Beatty Reads Wrong Film For Best Picture

In what can only be seen as the biggest screw-up in entertainment since Steve Harvey read the wrong name as the winner for the Miss Universe Pageant 2015, it also happened at the Oscars. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway came out on stage to read the nominees and then, the winner for the Academy Award for Best Picture. When they announced La La Land as the winner, the crowd went wild. The only problem is that they were wrong. Yes, it wasn’t La La Land which won the Oscar for Best Picture, but it ended up being Moonlight, and the official card proved it. Moonlight wins best picture at the #Oscars – after presenter Warren Beatty wrongfully announces La La Land as winner. ???? pic.twitter.com/Ut7YQfRKSC — AJ+ (@ajplus) February 27, 2017 After reading the nominees for Best Picture, Warren Beatty opened the envelope to announce the winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture. He looked a bit confused and kept stalling, looking at the card, stalling, and looking at the card again. Faye Dunaway can be heard whispering “You’re horrible” while laughing and grabbing the card from him. It is then that she read La La Land as the winner of the Best Picture award, and the crowd erupted in applause. The cast and crew came up on stage to read their acceptance speeches, but something seemed wrong. A member of the production crew came out on stage and began talking to those standing around and something seemed off. Before long, the answer was given…the wrong film name had been read. It wasn’t actually La La Land that had won, but it was Moonlight. #Moonlight wins #Oscar2017 Best Picture after Warren Beatty reads out La La Land by mistake pic.twitter.com/MWMBDO8NO9 — CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) February 27, 2017 As the cast and crew for Moonlight came onto the stage to accept their Oscar, Warren Beatty tried to explain what happened to the crowd. He let them know that the card he read said “Emma Stone for La La Land,” and he wasn’t entirely sure what to do. It appears as if the wrong card had been given to him and Dunaway as the couple walked out on stage. Video of the whole #BestPicture disaster, including Warren Beatty trying to tell people what happened. pic.twitter.com/8eLY6Rxh9Z — BuzzFeedEntmnt (@BuzzFeedEnt) February 27, 2017 As recapped by NDTV Movies, the mix-up is one of the biggest in the history of the Academy Awards which were bringing its 89th set of nominations forth this year. The cast and crew of La La Land were all very gracious as they handed the awards and the stage over to those in Moonlight. They quickly made room on the stage and left to step off to the side so that the rightful winners of the Best Picture award could give their acceptance speeches. It may be needless to say, but the majority of those in attendance just didn’t know what to do with what was going on. They wanted to cheer, they wanted to cry, and they simply wanted to know what was going on. Warren Beatty obviously felt bad about the mix-up at the Oscars, but it really doesn’t seem as if it was his fault. Warren Beatty will surely get a lot of heat for his screw-up at the 2017 Oscars, but it really wasn’t his fault. As you could see, he seemed very unsure when opening the envelope to name the Academy Award winner for Best Picture, but Faye Dunaway went ahead and read La La Land. It was soon after that everyone realized it was really Moonlight which had officially won the award, and that cast came to the stage to rightfully accept the statue. [Featured Image by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images]

The Best Horror Movies Of All Time: Four Films That Changed The Industry Forever

The best horror movies are often thought-provoking, innovative, and of course, scary. When searching for the best horror movies of all time it’s often hard to decide on which film to revisit. Below is a list of four horror movies that impacted the industry and changed the way cinema was made. Psycho Alfred Hitchcock was well ahead of his time. The Master of Suspense often would argue with network and movie executives as to what he was allowed to do on film. So when he decided to make a horror movie, he pushed the envelope farther than it had ever been pushed before. Psycho was the first film to show a couple that was having an affair on a bed together in their undergarments. It was also the first movie to show a toilet. These may seem insignificant and somewhat humorous feats now, but Hitchcock helped lay the stepping stones of what was allowed on the big screen. The movie would also garner an R-rating—25 years after its release (the MPAA rating system wasn’t around when Psycho was initially released). With no gore, no nudity, and no cursing, the R-rating is simply because of the film’s intensity. But out of all of the accomplishments that Psycho had, perhaps the most important to the horror genre is that it is truly terrifying. The genius director shot the infamous shower scene, which features the famed violin theme, in such a brilliant way that people swore they saw the knife penetrate the victim’s skin. To this day, people who watch the movie for the first time swear the same thing. But Hitchcock knew that nothing is scarier than the audiences’ imagination; viewers were never shown the knife stabbing into Janet Leigh, but they heard it, felt it, and their imagination did the rest. [Image by Paramount Pictures] Halloween This John Carpenter classic is made in the same vein as the previous movie. Carpenter knew that less-is-more. Plus, he was on a shoestring budget. Though the subsequent sequels featured lots of gore and blood, the original Halloween did not; yet, it is still regarded as one of the scariest horror movies of all time. The famous opening scene in Halloween was done all in one shot. This created a style of direction that has been emulated ever since. Though it wasn’t revealed until the end of the film, Michael Myers was also the first horror baddie that is virtually un-killable. Halloween and Michael Myers would inspire other unstoppable horror villains and franchises like, Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street and Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th. The Exorcist If Psycho pushed the envelope then The Exorcist blew up the whole table. Never before had audiences seen a movie that was so intense and vulgar, yet compelling and thought-provoking. Though many have copied this classic, nothing is more terrifying than the original Exorcist. The New York Daily News describes why this is one of the best horror movies of all time. “[If this] were being rated for the first time today, it seems unlikely its scene of a possessed 12-year-old girl stabbing her crotch with a crucifix while screaming a blasphemy would have slipped past the ratings board with an R. Attitudes toward free expression in the arts, not to mention the sanctity of children, have narrowed in the last three decades, and despite the current political furor over violence in entertainment, nothing in the banal, exploitative carnage of today’s action movies matches the shock of the crucifix scene in ‘The Exorcist.’ ‘The Exorcist’ [is] the movie that launched a new era in horror films, and which, for one generation, remains one of the scariest experiences of their lives.” The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Like Halloween and Psycho, this horror classic was rated-R not because of gore or nudity but because of sheer terror. It also has another fun fact in common with Hitchcock’s masterpiece: real-life necrophiliac and murderer Ed Gein inspired both movies (he was also the influence for Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs). Unlike many horror movies that came before The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, this film feels very real. The almost complete lack of a soundtrack helps add to the realism; there are moments where it feels like we are watching a snuff film. Perhaps no moment in cinematic history has been scarier than when Leatherface is chasing his would-be victim and the only thing the audience hears is the roaring sound of a chainsaw. Many movies would copy this style but none did it better than the original. [Image by Bryanston Pictures] Psycho, Halloween, The Exorcist, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre are all considered some of the best horror movies of all time, and they all changed the industry forever. 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Watch These Best Oscar-Winning Movies On Netflix

With the 2017 Academy Awards upon us we can watch some of the best Oscar-winning movies on Netflix. Whether you are in the mood for a powerful drama or a nail-biting thriller, there are plenty of movies on Netflix that have garnered the coveted Oscar. Pulp Fiction This was the film that cemented Quentin Tarantino’s legacy and put John Travolta back on the map. Out of the entire Tarantino movie collection this is considered one of his best of all time. This dark action-comedy was nominated for seven Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor (Travolta), Best Director (Tarantino) and Best Supporting Actress (Uma Thurman); Pulp Fiction would ultimately win one Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay (Tarantino and Roger Avary). [Image by Miramax Films] Milk In one of the most powerful films on Netflix, this movie tells the story of Harvey Milk; he was the first openly gay man to be voted into public office (San Francisco Board of Supervisors) in the U.S. He would go on to be a champion for human rights, fighting for multiple causes, including rights for union workers and senior citizens. This is considered one of Sean Penn’s best movies and his performance would definitely payoff. Nominated for eight Oscars including Best Picture, Milk would go on to win two: Best Original Screenplay (Dustin Lance Black) and Best Actor (Penn). The Usual Suspects ‘The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” — Keyser Soze This crime story gained popularity as it featured one of the most unique twist-endings in cinematic history, and fans loved the all-star cast: Kevin Pollack, Benicio Del Toro, Stephen Baldwin, Chazz Palminteri, Gabriel Byrne, and Kevin Spacey. The Usual Suspects was nominated for two Oscars and the film would win both of them: Best Supporting Actor (Kevin Spacey) and Best Original Screenplay (Christopher McQuarrie). The Chicago Tribune describes why this is one of the best movies on Netflix. “This gangster thriller about five top-of-the-line professional criminals trapped in a bicoastal maze of deception and conspiracy pleases you in lots of ways. It’s a nerve-shredding suspense movie about corruption, a bravura actor’s show full of deliciously twisted cops and robbers, and a complex riddle packed with unexpected turns.” No Country for Old Men From quirky comedies to edgy thrillers, the Coen brothers have created some of the best movies of our time. This dramatic thriller starring Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin remains one of the Coen brothers’ best movies, and it is a longtime favorite of Netflix subscribers. No Country for Old Men was nominated for eight Oscars and it would win four of them: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem), Best Director (Ethan Coen, Joel Coen), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Ethan Coen, Joel Coen). Good Will Hunting The late Robin Williams is one of the biggest icons in Hollywood history. In Hook he inspired us to stay young at heart, he enticed fear in us in Insomnia and One Hour Photo, he made us laugh in Mrs. Doubt Fire and The Bird Cage, and he moved our hearts in films like Dead Poets Society, What Dreams May Come, and Good Will Hunting. Good Will Hunting launched the careers of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck (the duo co-wrote and co-starred in the picture). The film was nominated for eight Oscars and would win two: Best Original Screenplay (Matt Damon, Ben Affleck) and Best Supporting Actor (Williams). Throughout his illustrious career Robin Williams was nominated for four Oscars, but Good Will Hunting is the only movie that would garner the legendary performer an Academy Award. This title remains one of the most popular Netflix movies as it has inspired people for decades. Older generations will love revisiting this gem, and newer generations can discover why “We get to choose who we let into our weird little worlds.” [Image by Miramax Films] SIMILAR ARTICLES FROM THE INQUISITR Oscars 2017: The Big Five Academy Award Nominees, Oscars Start Time, And More The Best Movies On Netflix That Are Laugh-Out-Loud Hilarious [February 2017] Netflix Movies ‘I Don’t Feel At Home…’ And ‘iBoy’ Are Two Home Runs The Five Scariest Horror Movies On Netflix For February 2017 The 20 Best Netflix Movies Arriving In March 2017 From Pulp Fiction to Good Will Hunting, some of the best movies on Netflix are Oscar-winners. [Featured Image by Miramax Films]