Oscar Winners Line Up During 89th Academy Awards With Donald Trump Jabs

Thanks to Donald Trump, this year’s 89th Academy Awards just turned political with its diverse cast. Those who think that this year’s Oscars will be free of any politics are sorely mistaken. Just like any other awards shows, the Oscar’s 2017 saw to America’s current state with president Donald Trump right in the center. With a diverse cast of nominees, the Academy Awards brought forth a slew of different topics like immigration, equality and a few more comments regarding President Trump’s policies. The good thing about the Donald Trump jabs during the 89th Academy Awards is that Oscar winners kept it as lighthearted jokes. Unlike other stars, Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted the 2017 Oscars, pointedly made a reference to the president upon his opening monologue. I want to say ‘Thank You’ to President Trump. Remember, last year, when it seemed like the Oscars were racist? That’s gone, thanks to him. Even before, Donald Trump had always done live tweets while the Academy Awards happen. His silence this 2017 Oscars though made Kimmel tweet him live on the show complete with the screen showing not a single tweet from the president all night long. Hey @realDonaldTrump u up? — Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) February 27, 2017 With President Trump busy on state affairs, it might take him some time to answer Kimmel’s tweet, which garnered hundreds of thousands of retweets and even more favorites upon posting. [Images by Aude Guerrucci-Pool and Kevin Winter/Getty Images] Here’s how some Oscars’ stars shared what they think of Trump’s policies without directly addressing America’s president. Ashgar Farhadi, Iranian director of The Salesman, which won the Best Foreign Picture category, on the issue of travel ban: My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of the other six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S. Dividing the world into the ‘us’ and ‘our enemies’ categories creates fear—a deceitful justification for aggression and war. The Mexican actor and Mozart in the Jungle star Gael Garcia Bernal on immigrants and “walls” before introducing the nominees for Best Animated Feature category: As a Mexican, as a Latin American, as a migrant worker, as a human being, I am against any form of wall that wants to separate us. Another immigrant remark from Alessandro Bertolazzi, who was a co-winner for the Best Makeup and Hairstyling category for Suicide Squad, upon receiving the award: Flesh and blood actors are migrant workers; we travel all over the world, we build families, we construct stories, we build life that cannot be divided. I’m an immigrant. I’m from Italy, but I work around the world. This is for all the immigrants. Director and academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs also gave a speech about having different people together regardless of race or religion: Tonight is proof that art has no borders, art has no single language and art does not belong to a single faith. Director Orlando von Einsiedel shared a statement in behalf of a Syrian volunteer leader after winning the Best Documentary Short category with The White Helmets on Netflix. I invite anyone here who hears me to work on the side of life, to stop the bloodshed in Syria and around the world. It’s very easy for these guys to feel they’re forgotten; this war’s been going on for six years. Robert Legato, VFX supervisor, paid tribute to his co-winners – Dan Lemmon, Andrew R. Jones and Adam Valdez – for the Best Visual Effects category for The Jungle Book quoting one of the most memorable trail quotes during Trump’s campaign. These three gentlemen, geniuses behind me who commandeered a thousand superb artists and contributed so greatly and made so many winning decisions that, quite frankly, they actually got tired of winning — like that’s a thing. Moonlight‘s director, Barry Jenkins, went on about solidarity for those who feel unrepresented and marginalized after winning the Best Adapted Screenplay category. All you people out there who feel like there’s no mirror for you, that your life is not reflected, the Academy has your back; the ACLU has your back; we have your back; and for the next four years we will not leave you alone, we will not forget you. Zootopia director Rich Moore, who won the Best Animated Feature category, made a quip about tolerance and fear. We are so grateful to audiences all over the world who embraced this film with this story of tolerance being more powerful than fear of the other. Shockingly, the 89th Academy Awards ended up with a surprise for everyone. Hollywood got a good shot of adrenaline after the Best Picture mix-up between Moonlight and La La Land happened. Apparently, the award was meant for Moonlight but was announced for La La Land instead. La La Land‘s producer, Jordan Horowitz, rushed to the stage to correct the mix-up, which had the crowd gasping in shock. ‘La La Land’ producers accept the Best Picture award after a mix-up. [Image by Kevin Winter/Getty Images] In the end, La La Land came out to be the overall winner with six Oscars for Best Director with Damien Chazelle, Best Actress with Emma Stone, Best Cinematography with Linus Sandgren, Best Production Design with David Wasco and Sandy-Reynolds Wasco, Best Original Score and Best Original Song with Justin Hurwitz and two more collaborators. Take a moment to watch the video below if you missed out on Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue during the 89th Academy Awards. What do you think of the 89th Academy Awards and President Donald Trump? Share your thoughts with us! [Featured Image by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images]

Scarlett Johansson Snaps On Oscars Red Carpet: No Time For 'Ridiculous' Question

Scarlett Johansson had no time for “ridiculous” questions on the Oscars red carpet, according to the Daily Mail. Scarlett Johansson shuts down Ryan Seacrest during 2017 Oscars interview: ‘What a ridiculous… https://t.co/pOfcBZXpKa #ScarlettJohansson pic.twitter.com/LgjmpBp7PP — Scarlett Johansson (@iScarlett_News) February 27, 2017 The actress, who was one of the presenter’s at Sunday’s Oscars ceremony, was clearly annoyed by a question asked by renowned celebrity interviewer Ryan Seacrest during her red carpet appearance. Seacrest was asking questions about the Ghost in the Shell actress’s preparations for her presenting role, and – rather innocently – asked if Johansson wore her impressive high heels during the rehearsal as well. But Scarlett Johansson made it perfectly clear that she had no time for what she considered to be a “ridiculous” questions. “What a ridiculous question!” Seacrest was quick to respond, stating that he had read just that morning in the Los Angeles Times that actress Halle Berry had made a point to wear her sky-high heels during the rehearsal. “This morning, I read it!” Scarlett Johansson just called out Ryan Seacrest on the #Oscars red carpet: https://t.co/Xr5BuR3rS7 pic.twitter.com/4RhLkXJToH — Glamour (@glamourmag) February 27, 2017 Scarlett Johansson, somewhat put back in her place, just laughed. “Well, I did not… I couldn’t imagine having to put these on two days in a row – not that they’re not gorgeous.” Despite later noting that one “can never have enough rehearsal” when it comes to presenting on stage at the Oscars, the Ghost in the Shell actress still thought it was necessary to laugh at the radio presenter’s innocuous question. Perhaps Scarlett Johansson can be forgiven for being a little snappy, as she broke up with her husband just last month. Page Six reported that the Ghost in the Shell actress, who married Romain Dauriac in a low-key ceremony in 2014 shortly after the birth of their daughter, Rose Dorothy, had called it quits in January this year. scarlett johansson, justin timberlake & jessica biel at the #oscars pic.twitter.com/6ZSMalrwSN — best of jt (@jtimberlakepics) February 27, 2017 While the Daily Mail reported that Scarlett Johansson went solo to Sunday’s Oscars ceremony, Page Six correctly noted that the actress walked the red carpet on the arm of her agent, Joe Machota, the head of the CAA’s theater department. Johansson initially resisted rumours that her marriage had broken up, which began last month when she was pictured without her wedding ring. The next day, the actress and Dauriac made a big show of cozying up together in a joint appearance in New York City. The appearance put the rumours of a breakup on hold temporarily, until news broke that they had indeed split. SPOTTED: Scarlett Johansson arriving into Sidney Airport this past weekend, carrying baby Rose Dorothy with her! pic.twitter.com/dBHuoDNz2V — Scarl Johansson News (@scarlett_news) March 28, 2016 The Daily Mail cited Us Weekly‘s sources, who claimed that it was Scarlett Johansson who had made the decision to end the relationship. “Scarlett initiated splitting up and made the decision. She felt like they didn’t have much in common as far as lifestyle.” The pair started dating in 2012 and were engaged in 2013. They daughter was born in 2014, and they got married shortly afterward. Scarlett Johansson’s daughter pic.twitter.com/GhtVTaI6sz — MOHA. (@Al_Moha_) November 22, 2016 Johansson was previously married to Ryan Reynolds from 2008 until 2011, after which Reynolds married Blake Lively and went on to have two daughters with the Gossip Girl star. Her bad mood aside, Scarlett Johansson looked fantastic on the Oscars red carpet. The 32-year-old Ghost in the Shell actress opted for a purple and pink Alaia dress, complete with a silver belt and skirt overlay, and Fred Leighton jewelry. Side angles of the actress in her stunning dress showed a tattoo on her ribcage. [Featured Image by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images]

Brad Pitt A No-Show At Oscars, Dramatic Weight Loss After Angelina Jolie Split

Brad Pitt has lost “a bunch of weight” after his split from Angelina Jolie, according to Us Magazine. The Fury actor, however, is reportedly recovering from the painful divorce process and slowly getting back on his feet. Brad #Pitt Refuses to Pay #Angelina Jolie for Child Support https://t.co/CcPcrjSATs … #Hollywood pic.twitter.com/mMrncSLrp9 — EconoMaldives (@EconoMaldives) February 27, 2017 Attending his first awards show since the split from Jolie last year, Brad Pitt introduced his film Moonlight as the best picture nominee to much applause at last month’s Golden Globes ceremony. But what surprised his fans the most was the fact that Pitt, who has rarely made public appearances since the split, had lost lots of weight. While many fans were hoping to see catch a glimpse of Brad Pitt at Sunday’s Oscars, unfortunately he was a no-show. Yahoo reported that Brad Pitt was just one of a significant number of A-list celebrities who didn’t show up to this year’s Oscars ceremony, including George Clooney, Will Smith, Rachel McAdams, and Jennifer Lawrence. Even Pitt’s ex-wife Angelina Jolie was nowhere to be seen at this year’s awards ceremony. A source close to Brad Pitt confirmed to Us Magazine that the Fight Club actor has “lost a bunch of weight” since last September’s headline-making split from Jolie. “He’s focusing on himself again, watching what he eats and has a chef making him healthy meals.” Brad Pitt Has ‘Lost A Bunch Of Weight’ Following His Split From Angelina… https://t.co/1ZoxFmmq5R #Brad_Pitt #Angelina_Jolie #Golden_Globes pic.twitter.com/osPtjg7nsT — Michael Jackson (@mj_new_cd) January 11, 2017 The source added that Brad Pitt is also slowly returning to fitness activities, saying that the Mr. & Mrs. Smith actor has been outdoors a lot, hiking and walking. “He’s had a lot of time to focus on himself.” Another source said that Brad Pitt has been focused on weight training lately, adding that the 53-year-old actor is “dedicated to clean living and eating right.” Pitt’s recovery from the shocking split might have something to do with the latest progress in his continued custody battle with Jolie. According to sources close to Brad Pitt, the actor had the opportunity to see his children 15-year-old Maddox, 13-year-old Pax, 12-year-old Zahara, 10-year-old Shiloh, and eight-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne on New Year’s Eve. The following day after Brad Pitt’s surprise appearance at Golden Globes, the actor and his ex-wife released a joint statement, in which they said they had hired a private judge, according to People magazine. In their January 9 statement, Brad Pitt and Jolie said hiring a private judge was needed to make “any necessary legal decisions” as well as to “facilitate the expeditious resolution of any remaining issues.” Brad Pitt Arrived, Presented A Film And Promptly Left The Golden Globes https://t.co/BWosufgo09 pic.twitter.com/rgOLKG3ZMj — Liz Newell (@Liz_Nwll) January 10, 2017 Brad Pitt and Jolie also said they had signed agreements to preserve the privacy rights of their children and family, adding that the former lovers are “committed to act as a united front.” The decision to work together for the sake of their kids and family is a huge development in Brad Pitt and Jolie’s divorce and custody battle. In the past few months, the duo had been trading accusations. There were even reports that Pitt had allegedly physically abused their kids in the past. For now, Brad Pitt and Jolie have reached a voluntary temporary custody agreement that allows the actor supervised visitation with the kids. As their legal battle continues, people are already speculating about who could be Pitt’s next romantic interest, according to Yahoo. Some even found intriguing evidence at the Golden Globes ceremony, claiming that Kate Hudson, who has been previously romantically linked to Brad Pitt, wore a revealing low-cut gold lace gown specifically to catch Pitt’s eye. Hudson and Brad Pitt were first romantically linked late last year, and her outfit choice only further fueled the speculations. However, Pitt and Hudson weren’t seen together at the Golden Globes or the after-party, which means there is little evidence to back the speculations. In November last year, Brad Pitt’s former bodyguard Kris Herzog revealed in his interview with Woman’s Day magazine that Pitt had been hooking up with Hudson since his split from Jolie. “They make a great celebrity couple. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if they were dating.” Angelina Jolie pictured for first time with all her children since Brad Pitt split https://t.co/54GrCkKkG5 pic.twitter.com/Hbxu4IgRnp — The Sun (@TheSun) February 18, 2017 Neither Brad Pitt nor Kate Hudson have commented on the ongoing rumor. Hudson hasn’t been married to anyone since her divorce from Chris Robinson in 2007. [Featured Image by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images]

Oscars Best Picture Mix-up Explained: PricewaterhouseCoopers Is Responsible

While Moonlight winning Best Picture last night at the Oscars came as a pleasant surprise, the biggest surprise of the whole night was that there was a mix-up before the right winner was announced. La La Land was incorrectly announced by the presenters Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty as the winner of Best Picture, and in perhaps one of the most awkward moments of Oscars history, the production team of La La Land were in the middle of delivering their acceptance speeches when they discovered that they actually hadn’t won. Here’s a breakdown of what actually happened: Instead of being handed the envelope for Best Picture, actor Warren Beatty was actually handed the envelope for Best Actress, the category that had preceded the awarding of Best Picture. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor later explained that his long pause upon reading the envelope wasn’t meant for dramatic effect, but was instead a result of his genuine confusion. “I opened the envelope and it said ‘Emma Stone, La La Land.’ That’s why I took such a long look at Faye, and at you [Jimmy Kimmel]. I wasn’t trying to be funny.” He later handed the envelope to his co-presenter Faye Dunaway, who then misread the envelope and announced that La La Land was the winner. Doubt was momentarily cast on the theory that there were two envelopes and Beatty had been given the wrong one when Emma Stone told People backstage that she was holding her Best Actress envelope after she was awarded her Oscar. “I also was holding my Best Actress in a Leading Role card the whole time. I’m not sure what happened. I think everyone’s in a state of confusion still. Excitement but confusion. I think everyone is just so excited for Moonlight. It’s such an incredible film. The investigation continues.” So who was actually responsible for the Oscars Best Picture mix-up? Turns out it was the PricewaterhouseCoopers accountants in the side wings that are responsible for one of the biggest Oscar mistakes in recent memories. According to Time, PricewaterhouseCoopers has been working with the Academy Awards for 83 years and is in charge of the counting of the Oscars ballots. They are also in charge of handing the Oscars winners envelopes to the presenters before they go on stage. And apparently this time they made a mistake and handed the wrong envelope to the Oscars announcers. A few hours after the Oscars ceremony had concluded, PricewaterhouseCoopers issued an apology via the official Oscars website, owing up to their Best Picture mix-up mistake and apologizing to the teams behind Moonlight and La La Land as well as to announcers Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. “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.” Further explanations from PricewaterhouseCoopers also came through explicating why there were two envelopes in the first place. Time reports that throughout the Oscars cememony, two PwC supervisors, Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz, were stationed on the two sides of the stage with their respective teams. Each team had a full set of envelopes (24 envelopes) that were supposed to be handed to the announcers, but logistics-wise, something went awry with the Best Picture envelope. This from #PricewaterhouseCoopers explains why there would be two “Actress in a Leading Role” envelopes. pic.twitter.com/XyyzXmEtfB — Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) February 27, 2017 [Featured Image by Kevin Winter/Getty Images]

Elton John’s Oscars Viewing Party Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Elton John’s Oscars viewing parties have almost become as iconic as the Oscars themselves, and this year marks the 25th anniversary of the annual event that raises millions for AIDS each year. #NEW – Adriana with @AngelAlessandra and @JosephinSkriver attends the 25th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation’s Academy Awards Viewing Party pic.twitter.com/OxG5mAhKFl — Adriana Lima (@newsadrianalima) February 27, 2017 The Hollywood Reporter noted that the iconic event started back in 1993, and since then has hosted hundreds of A-list celebrities, athletes, designers, gay icons, musicians, and reality stars, all of whom have worked together to raise millions for AIDS research. Elton John ensures that the money raised is especially directed toward transgender people, sex workers, IV drug users, and the recently incarcerated, with his philosophy being that “everybody matters who has HIV and AIDS.” In other news, Elton John was one of the millions of mourners who were deeply shocked by the untimely death of singer George Michael. Along with singer Andrew Ridgeley, Elton John was among the first celebrities who led the tributes after the news about the death of the famous English singer became known to the world. The iconic singer passed away on Christmas Day, 2016, and it was recently revealed by the Inquisitr that, two months after his death, Michael has still not been buried due to inconclusive toxicology reports. #GeorgeMichael Still Not Buried Two Months After Shock Death https://t.co/SssFlHCvtU pic.twitter.com/7Q7g4zkCjE — Stacey Cole (@SC83Inquisitr) February 25, 2017 Apart from being a founding member of Wham!, George Michael was successful solo artist and a leading LGBT rights activist. Like Elton John, Michael had come out as gay, and the two celebrities were very much aware that gay men were at a higher risk of becoming infected with HIV. Elton John has been in a long-term relationship with Canadian advertising executive David Furnish, and the pair became legally married after gay marriage was legalized in England. Both Elton John and the late Wham! singer took it upon themselves to raise awareness and money for HIV. George Michael was known to perform in concerts like The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, aimed at making people aware about HIV and AIDS as well as performing in similar concerts organized by Sir Elton John’s Aids Foundation, the singer’s non-profit organization that raises funds for HIV-patient care and education. Many years ago, Elton John collaborated with the late Wham! Singer to perform a live duet in the Live AID fundraising concert to help the famine-struck people of Ethiopia. The two artists performed “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down Me,” a 1974 song written by Elton John himself. Adam at Elton John Oscar’s Party. Source G etty pic.twitter.com/ugpij61Fig — Hana Frisons (@HanaFris) February 27, 2017 According to the Mirror, George Michael’s tragic death significantly affected Elton John, and the “Rocket Man” singer expressed the loss by posting an emotional message on social media. “I am in deep shock. I have lost a beloved friend – the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist. My heart goes out to his family and all his friends.” George Michael’s death is yet another emotional blow to Elton John as he had earlier grieved the death of Prince, his dear friend who died earlier in 2016. The Daily Mail reported that 2016 was, in some ways, a terrible year for the music industry because of the deaths of rock legends like Prince, David Bowie, and rocker Rick Parfitt. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me ~ George Michael, Elton John -(Live) https://t.co/EIwwfhdao5 pic.twitter.com/37EEFTBgD4 — Satri Harris (@HarrisSatri) February 27, 2017 Elton John and Prince had earlier performed together at the London O2 arena where they sang a cover of “The Long and Winding Road,” a Beatle’s classic. After Prince’s death, Elton John paid tribute to the legendary singer by singing “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues” during his live performance at a Las Vegas concert. [Featured Image by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images]

Academy Awards: How The Incredible 'Moonlight' Best Picture Screw Up Happened

The Academy Awards ended in mass confusion Sunday after it appeared that La La Land had won best picture, with the producers giving their speeches… Until Moonlight grabbed the gold. A mix-up with the winner’s envelope made it seem as though the musical about trying to make it in Hollywood had won the biggest prize at the Oscars, but instead Moonlight, a tender coming-of-age drama about a gay black man, actually won the best picture Academy Award. Ryan Gosling reacts as the true winner of best picture “Moonlight” is announced at the #Oscars. pic.twitter.com/QBRso3yHNJ — AP Images (@AP_Images) February 27, 2017 Here’s how everything played out: Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were the presenters of the best picture award. As Beatty opened the envelope, he later said, he saw that the card read “Emma Stone, La La Land.” Stone had won the previous award for best actress. Though Beatty seemed confused, he passed the card to Dunaway, who announced La La Land as the best picture winner. The cast and crew of La La Land took to the stage to accept the prize. But as they thanked colleagues and families, Academy Awards producers went onstage to talk to the La La Land team and it became clear there had been a huge mistake. Watching the #Oscars producers slowly tell the #LaLaLand team they didn’t win Best Picture is WILD. Keep your eyes on the background pic.twitter.com/3TRUWZAMjH — Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) February 27, 2017 La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz told the audience about the error: “There’s a mistake. Moonlight, you guys won best picture. This is not a joke. Come up here. Moonlight has won best picture.” Horowitz then held up the correct card for all to see, confirming that Moonlight had won best picture. The Moonlight cast and crew took to the stage to collect the trophy amid widespread confusion, in what was perhaps the craziest, most unprecedented moment in Academy Awards history. Beatty then explained what had happened, but did not say why he declined to consult with Oscar producers when he saw Stone’s name on the card and recognized something was amiss. He is heard saying that the card has Stone’s name on it in this clip. for any truthers out there, you can very clearly hear beatty say ‘it says to emma stone’ and faye says ‘what?!’ pic.twitter.com/rUdpmsByFx — Alex Lawson (@AlexxLawson) February 27, 2017 The reasons for the mistake were at first unclear, with it at first seeming Beatty and Dunaway had read the wrong name. However, Beatty soon cleared up that suggestion by stating he had the wrong card, with visual evidence backing up his claim. I was recording the #oscars to a hard drive. This frame clearly shows that Warren Beatty was given the “Actress In A Leading Role” envelope. pic.twitter.com/PL3eA8Ds1i — Andy Ihnatko (@Ihnatko) February 27, 2017 There were also some suggestions that Leonardo DiCaprio was somehow at fault. DiCaprio presented Stone with her award, and had held on to the envelope announcing her as the winner. Academy Awards winners typically take home the envelope as a keepsake. Wait, Leo never gave Emma Stone the envelope when she won for Best Actress….so is this whole #LaLaLand mishap his fault?! ???????? #Oscars pic.twitter.com/mMZ4xVYUMF — Access Hollywood (@accesshollywood) February 27, 2017 But it soon emerged that DiCaprio was in the clear, as he gave Stone the envelope after they left the stage at the Dolby Theater. Stone clearly has the envelope under her arm in the clip below, and she confirmed to the press she had it the entire time. Leonardo DiCaprio handed the card with Emma Stone’s name on it to her as they came offstage—and she says she never let go of it: pic.twitter.com/MJuN4YeO13 — Deadspin (@Deadspin) February 27, 2017 So it appeared that the PriceWaterhouseCoopers accountants responsible for counting Oscar votes and handing envelopes to Academy Awards presenters were to blame. As BBC News reports, there are two sets of envelopes for each award, with an accountant each holding one set of envelopes on the two sides of the stage. So that explains why Stone had her envelope while Beatty was a card with her name on it at the same time, most likely with an envelope taken from the opposite side of the stage that DiCaprio had taken his. PwC, which has authenticated Oscars voting for more than 80 years, at fault for envelope mix-up, two sources tell me. — Matthew Garrahan (@MattGarrahan) February 27, 2017 It seems that those backstage figured out the mistake quickly. A PriceWaterhouseCoopers accountant leapt up and claimed Beatty had the wrong envelope after Dunaway announced La La Land as the winner, while a stagehand kept saying “Moonlight won,” according to USA Today. While it’s not crystal clear how Beatty took the wrong envelope, it’s evident how the mistake played out with two different best actress envelopes stating the same winner. As one might expect, Twitter blew up with jokes and thoughts about the huge Academy Awards mistake. I’m also very sad for the MOONLIGHT crew. I wish that they had the full experience of winning best pic without the awkwardness of it all. — Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) February 27, 2017 That is so inexcusable. I feel so bad for La La Land though I am thrilled for Moonlight — roxane gay (@rgay) February 27, 2017 I wrote the ending of the academy awards 2017. @jimmykimmel we really got them! — M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) February 27, 2017 Did they count all the votes from Michigan yet? — Meredith Blake (@MeredithBlake) February 27, 2017 DID STEVE HARVEY HACK THE OSCARS — Jaya Saxena (@jayasax) February 27, 2017 Now somebody go get the card that said “Best Actor Casey Affleck”. #Oscars pic.twitter.com/Ifqg7EqsOD — W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) February 27, 2017 While it’s undoubtedly not the way the Moonlight team would have wanted its moment of glory and one can sympathize with the team behind La La Land, there’s no questioning that this was the most thrilling end to the Academy Awards in recent memory. [Featured Image by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP Images]

Viola Davis Wins Oscar, Steals The Show, Is 'Nominated For An Emmy' For Speech

Third time was the charm for award-winning actress Viola Davis Sunday evening at the 89th Academy Awards as she took home the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the drama Fences. It was noteworthy in many respects, including the fact that Davis became the first black actress to win an Oscar, an Emmy, and a Tony for her acting. But in addition to that distinction, her acceptance speech stole the show, mesmerizing her peers (and undoubtedly the viewers around the world) with such heartfelt passion that Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel joked afterward that she was just nominated for an Emmy. Joke or no, the speech was worthy of an Emmy nod. As Huffington Post Maddie Crum noted, the Oscar win was expected, but watching Viola Davis win it might have been the most satisfying. Not just for Davis herself, for it was her third well-deserved Oscar nomination, but also for all who experienced her Oscar acceptance speech. She took the stage Sunday night to accept her Oscar — bunching up her beautiful red dress at her side and holding it so as not to pull a Jennifer Lawrence-like fall — for Best Supporting Actress and quickly had her fellow actors’ attention. Actress Viola Davis accepts her Best Suporting Actress Oscar for “Fences” from presenter Mark Rylance, who won Best Supporting Actor Oscar last year for his role in “Bridge Of Spies.” [Image by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP Images] “You know, there is one place where people with the greatest potential are gathered,” she said, emotion filling her voice. “One place. And that’s the graveyard. “People ask me all the time, ‘What kind of stories do you want to tell, Viola?’ And I say, ‘Exhume those bodies, exhume those stories, the stories of the people who dreamed…big, and never saw those dreams to fruition. People who fell in love and lost.” She continued, “I became an artist, and thank god I did, because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life. So here’s to August Wilson, who exhumed and exalted the ordinary people.” Viola Davis won the evening twice at the 2017 Academy Awards: She won an Oscar for her role in “Fences,” and she stole the show with her impassioned acceptance speech. [Image by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP Images] August Wilson wrote the original play, Fences, from which the screenplay for the movie was adapted. Jimmy Kimmel came out following Davis’ speech and said, “Viola Davis just received a nomination for an Emmy for her speech.” Of course, the line got a laugh, but Kimmel had a point. Twitter lit up with praise and congratulations for the 51-year-old actress, including one from film critic Alissa Wilkinson that gave a nod to Davis’ command of the stage when giving a speech. Viola Davis consistently gives the greatest acceptance speech no matter where she’s winning. #Oscars — Alissa Wilkinson (@alissamarie) February 27, 2017 And we are getting quite used to Davis giving excellent speeches. Take, for instance, her speech after winning the 2015 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for her role in ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder. She took on Hollywood with an impassioned speech about opportunity — actually, the lack thereof — for actresses of color. “‘In my mind, I see a line. And over that line, I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful, white women with their arms stretched out to me over that line, but I can’t seem to get there no how. I can’t seem to get over that line.’ That was Harriet Tubman in the 1800s. And let me tell you something, the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.” And how about her introduction of Meryl Streep at the Golden Globe Awards in early January. Of course, Streep’s lengthy speech upbraiding the soon-to-be-president, Donald Trump, became the story of the night, which took nothing away from Davis’ introduction except the attention it truly deserved. Davis told the story of how much she admired Streep and how the actress’ work had inspired her. She also spoke about how, when she had worked with Streep in, she had not gotten up the courage to approach her idol and tell her. It was a moving speech/introduction and deserved better than to become a footnote to one of Donald Trump’s thousands of mini-scandals. And then there was her speech for winning the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, Musical, or Comedy, also for Fences. She emotionally thanked Denzel Washington, who directed and starred in the movie, for being a great leader and telling her “trust me.” After thanking her husband and daughter for their support, she then turned to her father, Dan Davis, whom she said was the “original Troy” (the character played by Washington, her husband in Fences): “Born in 1936, groomed horses, had a fifth grade education, didn’t know how to read until he was 15. But you know what? He had a story, and it deserved to be told. And August Wilson told it.” Yes, Viola Davis might well deserve an Emmy for any and all of her acceptance speeches. It really was (is) must-see television. [Featured Image by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Images]

Oscars 2017: Nicole Kidman Talks About The 'Driving Force' In Her Life

At 49, the seasoned Aussie actress born in Honolulu, Hawaii, is still much to look at and remains as one of the most beautiful faces to ever grace the red carpet for the Academy Awards. Nicole Kidman dazzled yet again as she posed for the cameras during the Oscars 2017. She was joined by her husband and country singer Keith Urban for the night. The actress was nominated for a best actress award in a supporting role in one of her latest films, Lion. The mother of four was seen wearing a nude embellished gown for the Oscars 2017, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter. She matched her Armani Prive look with a distinctive red lips and a pair of nude sandals for her footwear. Nicole Kidman at the 89th Annual Academy Awards, wearing Armani Privé. Doesn’t she look stunning? #Oscars #Armani pic.twitter.com/jLUUHNYaaV — Nicole Kidman (@NicoleKidman) February 27, 2017 Speaking with Ryan Seacrest of E! News, Nicole Kidman shared that her role as a mother in real life is such a huge part of what she is now as a person and as an actress. She said that it is something that drives her and also helps in her portrayal of roles behind the camera. “It’s such a driving force in my life,” Nicole Kidman told Seacrest when it comes to the rearing of her children. “The maternal force of who I am is so strong. It taps into everything that I feel and I’m able to put it into the work, which is what you want as an actress. You want to find the things that vibrate deeply from within.” Nicole Kidman has two children out of her past relationship with fellow Hollywood A-lister Tom Cruise. With Keith Urban, the actress has two young girls, Sunday Rose who is eight years old now and Faith Margaret, 6. Connor Cruise and Isabella Cruise, on the one hand, are both grownups now. She also shared that apart from her husband, Nicole Kidman was also joined by those people whose story have inspired the film she starred in. Lion, according to E! News, was adapted from a story that took place in real life. Nicole added that these people were so excited to have the chance to be at the Oscars 2017. The film Lion was based on the life story of Saroo Brierley who got separated from his family when he was just five years of age after he fell asleep on a train and found himself in an unfamiliar place in the city of Calcutta. It tells about his life as a street kid in India up until he was adopted by his foster parents from Australia and his eventual reunion with his biological mom, the Guardian reports. Screen Daily says @lionmov is “the kind of astonishing story only true-life can deliver.” See it in theaters Now!#LionMovie #lion #drama #movie #director #garthdavis #screenplay #lukedavies #truestory #saroobrierley #suebrierley #seesawfilms #aquariusfilms #screenaustralia #theweinsteincompany #nominee #nomination #bestsupportingactress #academyawards #oscars2017 #oscars #oscar #baftas #sagawards #GoldenGlobes #oscar2017 #baftaawards #nicolekidman #nicole #sunnypawar A post shared by Nicole Kidman (@nicole.kidmanofficial) on Feb 24, 2017 at 8:24am PST Saroo also wrote a book about his life entitled, “A Long Way Home.” Nicole Kidman plays the role of Sue Brierley in the film. The young and older Saroo, on the other hand, was portrayed by Sunny Pawar and Dev Patel, respectively. “It was such a pivotal moment,” Saroo told The Guardian on his first encounter with his mother Fatima after 25 years of separation. “She knew who I was, and I knew who she was. The memory of her face had been embedded in my mind for such a long time.” Lion, directed by Garth Davis, is nominated for six Oscars 2017 awards, not the least of which is the Best Picture category. Kidman, meanwhile, will go up against the other nominees for best actress in a supporting role— Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Viola Davis (Fences), Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures), and Michelle Williams (Manchester By the Sea). The Oscars 2017 will be shown starting at 7 p.m. ET on ABC and will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. [Featured Image By Christopher Polk/Getty Images]

Lydia And James Paxton: Bill Paxton's Children Followed In His Footsteps

James Paxton and his sister Lydia Paxton each took an important part from their father, the late actor Bill Paxton, even if they have gone in different directions in life. The death of the beloved actor on Sunday has led to an outpouring of support from across the world of entertainment, and shined a spotlight on his family as well. While he worked as a leading man on Twister and played roles in other movies including Titanic, Bill Paxton was not one for the spotlight and instead made a reputation as a family man. That is seen in both of Bill Paxton’s children, who followed in his legacy whether directly or indirectly. The 23-year-old James Paxton followed directly in his dad’s footsteps, making a name for himself as an actor and even sharing the screen with his dad in the past. James will actually take on his biggest role the very day his father died. Sunday marks the premiere of his USA Network series Eyewitness, in which he plays a teenager who witnessed a murder but cannot come forward because he doesn’t want to be outed as gay. Thank you @catielaffoon for a rad shoot and for introducing me to the sweet sonic sounds of Sarah McLachlan, and @kimbermakeup for her talent in the H&MU dept. Also thanks to @ashtonlunceford and @bayvuegirl. Lucky to have you guys around. A post shared by James Paxton (@thisisjamespaxton) on Jan 25, 2017 at 3:42pm PST While James Paxton was following his dad in staking out an acting career, Bill Paxton wasn’t too hard in pushing his son. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, James said his father gave plenty of leeway in the one project they worked on together. “Well, we didn’t really get to work together on Texas Rising. He was in [it], but our storylines didn’t coincide at all. He wouldn’t show up on set when I was shooting [because] he was like, ‘That’s your thing. You don’t need my added pressure.’ He was really cool. I was there shooting a behind-the-scenes video for a making-of, so I was around him on set a lot. I was just picking up all I could from him, because he was such a leader on set.” While Lydia Paxton didn’t pick an acting career — the 19-year-old is a student at Duke University and expected to graduate in 2020 — she did pick up his flair for dramatics. In a 2010 interview, Bill Paxton said this trait came from his side of the family, his mom in specific. “When Paxton directed the golf film The Greatest Game Ever Played, James had a cameo but would hand notes to his dad telling him how nervous he was,” the report noted. “Lydia is more flamboyant and dramatic, like Paxton’s mom, he says, but he doesn’t plan to steer her into the business.” Lydia Paxton and her brother James Paxton appear to have quite a close relationship, even though Lydia is in North Carolina for school and James has been in Hollywood working. Lydia has shared pictures of the two together, including on Instagram post in which they share a hug. pillow sandwich #siblingluv A post shared by Lydia Paxton (@lydia_paxton) on Mar 1, 2015 at 7:07pm PST And just a few weeks ago, James Paxton shared a picture for Lydia’s birthday showing the two sharing another embrace. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my beautiful lil sis Lydia! Another trip around the ☀️! Congrats on being someone so awesome I actually get excited about the thought of being related to. Love you! ????❤️???? @lydia_paxton #sibling A post shared by James Paxton (@thisisjamespaxton) on Dec 19, 2016 at 2:23pm PST “HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my beautiful lil sis Lydia! Another trip around the ☀️!,” he wrote. “Congrats on being someone so awesome I actually get excited about the thought of being related to. Love you” Neither James Paxton nor Lydia Paxton have issued individual statements after the death of their father, but the family released a joint statement remembering him as a dedicated husband and father. [Featured Image by Jason Merritt/Getty Images]

‪‪Academy Awards‬‬ 2017: What You Could Expect To See In The Oscars This Year

The Academy Awards is hours away and the whole world is at the edge of their seats trying to figure out who will win, who will lose and who will give the most memorable acceptance speech this year. The front-runner for bagging the Best Picture Award is the hit musical film La La Land. According to ABC News, Damien Chazelle’s musical is the first film to be nominated in several categories for a long time. So far La La Land has been nominated in 14 categories for the Academy Awards including Best Actor for Ryan Gosling, Best Actress for Emma Stone, and Best Original Score for Justin Hurwitz (who also worked with Chazelle for his other film Whiplash). The film is also nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay with Damien Chazelle potentially bagging both trophies and if successful La La Land might also get the Best Picture Award. Although La La Land is the top pick in the Academy Awards with Emma Stone as the favorite for the Best Actress award there’s a possibility that Ryan Gosling might go home without an Oscar statuette. Some are saying that Denzel Washington might end up winning the Best Actor award for Fences or even Casey Affleck who has already won a Golden Globe and BAFTA for Manchester by the Sea. As for the Supporting Actor/Actress categories ABC News said that awards experts are predicting that Mahershala Ali and Viola Davis might win those awards this year. [Image by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Images] After a controversial awards year last time there might be a chance that African American actors/actresses might finally get the recognition they deserve this year at least according to Yahoo! Movies senior editor Kevin Polowy. Polowy spoke with ABC News and he told them that this year could be different in that the Academy Awards will be more color blind. He said, “After two years of #OscarsSoWhite, you’re going to see a much different Oscars this year,” he said. “This was a really good year for films with people of color.” Hopefully, his predictions end up being accurate. Another thing that viewers will get to see in this year’s Academy Awards is a new face to host the acclaimed event and he might be the right person to help the audience and the celebrities get through an evening that is looking to be the most politically-charged awards show this year. Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel is set to host this year’s Academy Awards and a lot of people are saying that he might be the right kind of comedian to instill some comic relief at a time when everyone’s on edge due to the political turmoil brewing in the country. [Image by Vince Bucci/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images] The New York Times spoke with Kimmel and they asked him what his thoughts are about the Oscars and about those who might vent their frustrations against Donald Trump or those who might encourage the audience to oppose the current administration. Kimmel told the NY Times that seeing the situation that America is in right now there’s the big possibility that a lot of actors and actresses will give political speeches during the Academy Awards, but he’s open to it. The only concern Kimmel has about the atmosphere of the upcoming Academy Awards show is that hopefully most of the attendees will be in a good mood when they arrive for the prestigious event. He said, “There definitely is a point at which that becomes too much. There’s also a point at which it becomes too little. And finding that balance is, for me, the most difficult hurdle, when it comes to this broadcast. We don’t know what our mood in this country is going to be on Sunday. We seem to be in a very temperamental period. We’re having wild mood swings as a nation right now. Hopefully everyone will be in a good mood that night.” [Featured image by Rich Fury/Invision/AP Images]