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Posted Wednesday 7/11/18 at 1:35PM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel thanks Denzel Washington for saving the Oscars after last year's Best Picture blunder
Kimmel described last year how Washington helped save the show by urging him from the audience to get director Barry Jenkins to the microphone after Moonlight was rightfully named Best Picture after the La La Land envelope flub. Last night, Kimmel formally thanked Washington for helping him that night. "I want to thank you for something, and I don't even know if you're aware of this, but when I hosted the Oscars — not last year, but the year before — I was on stage and of course there was a little mix-up at the end of the show," Kimmel said. "And I was confused, as was everyone, except for you, because I didn't know what exactly to do. And I look out in to the audience and you look at me and you point to Barry Jenkins, the director of Moonlight, and you go (motion), bring him to the mic."
Posted Saturday 3/03/18 at 1:25AM EST
Why the Oscars should screw up more often
"Last year’s Oscars screw-up was the most unforgettable moment in all my decades of awards show viewing," says Jason Gay. The Oscars, he says, "did something magical: They screwed up. They literally gave the Best Picture award to the wrong film (La La Land, not Moonlight), and more incredibly, they figured it out in real time, with everyone on stage, as if it were an episode of Scooby-Doo. It may have been mortifying to the show’s producers, not to mention the La-La-Landers who had to skulk off stage. But at home, I had a completely opposite reaction: Finally!" Gay adds that the debacle was "like inviting the wrong team to the Super Bowl—and it turned an utterly skippable TV event into something you’d wished you’d seen live. Why not market the potential for more of this? The greatest sensation any form of entertainment can sell is: You have no idea what’s coming next. The Oscars should embrace ineptitude and declare all bets off: Winners may become losers. Losers may win."
- Last year, Jimmy Kimmel looked like a safe hosting choice. This year, he brings a "political profile"
- Will we get an edgier Kimmel on Sunday night?
- Kimmel: "I don’t want this show to go exactly as planned. There have to be surprises"
- Why Kimmel's Oscar ad mocking the Best Picture flub featured Warren Beatty, but not Fay Dunaway
- Oscars director Glenn Weiss jokes he'll always be remembered for La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz's meme
- Marlon Brando is credited with bringing politics to the Oscars with his Sacheen Littlefeather moment in 1973
- PricewaterhouseCoopers is hoping for an uneventful Oscars -- unlike last year
- Corey Feldman is still angry about Corey Haim's "In Memoriam" snub
- 20 years ago: James Cameron's Titanic mania sparked the most-watched Oscar ceremony ever
- Recapping the 1998 Oscars, "the biggest Oscars ever"
- SNL uploads Oprah's 1986 monologue after she lost the Oscar for The Color Purple
Posted Thursday 3/01/18 at 10:28PM EST
Report: Oscars to bring back Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway
The 90th Academy Awards ceremony will apparently try a redo, giving Beatty and Dunaway the chance to present an award mistake-free. According to TMZ, after last year's Best Picture flub, "the Academy feels the best way to make sure the proper people accept the award for Best Picture [is to] bring back the ones who screwed it up." TMZ reports that Beatty and Dunaway were spotted rehearsing Thursday at the Dolby Theater.
Posted Tuesday 2/27/18 at 5:23PM EST
"Gary from Chicago" says his post-Oscars experience "was horrible"
Gary Alan Coe, who was thrust on to the Academy Awards as the most prominent of several unsuspecting tourists, says the surprising experience was turned into "something ugly" after it was revealed he was a registered sex offender who had just been released from prison three days earlier. "I didn't ask to be put on the Oscars," says Coe, whose then-fiancee broke up with him shortly after Denzel Washington fake-married them before a worldwide audience. "I was minding my own business, walking down the street. I was like, 'Wow, that's crazy — that's America for you.'"
Posted Tuesday 2/27/18 at 12:27AM EST
From Dev Patel to Daniel Kaluuya: For the second year in a row, a Skins alum is nominated for an acting Oscar
Looking back, the British cult teen series was a hotbed of talent. Skins premiered on Channel 4's digital channel E4 in January 2007 with an mission that set it apart from most teen series: it would have teenage writers writing for teenage actors, with the cast turning over every two seasons as the actors aged out of their roles. Get Out star and Best Actor nominee Daniel Kaluuya was 17 years old when he served as a writer and occasional actor on Skins, personally writing two episodes, hosting the show's podcast and playing the role of "Posh Kenneth." Dev Patel, who was nominated for best supporting actor at last year's Oscars for Lion, played horny teen Anwar. Other big names to emerge fromSkins include Game of Thrones stars Hannah Murray and Joe Dempsie, as well as movie stars Nicholas Hoult, Jack O'Connell and Kaya Scodelario.
Posted Monday 2/26/18 at 1:57PM EST
Read an oral history of last year's Best Picture Oscar flub, featuring a cameo from Steve Harvey
"I was watching live and I probably knew what had happened before anybody else — 'cause I saw the panic-stricken look on the producer's face," Harvey, who infamously flubbed the Miss Universe pageant, says in The Hollywood Reporter's oral history of last year's Oscar wrong envelope moment. "When he walked out there and snatched that card out of Warren's hand, that's when I knew redemption was mine. I was finally off the hook. Yeah, OK, I had to live that down." ALSO: La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz has become a meme as a result of the Oscar flub.
Posted Monday 11/27/17 at 8:49AM EST
Steve Harvey jokes during the Miss Universe pageant that he’s grateful for the Oscars for getting him off the hook
"I'll tell you what I'm grateful for this Thanksgiving weekend. I'm grateful for the Oscars. 'Cause it let me off the hook," he joked of his 2015 Miss Universe flub. "So, you can sit here and act like you didn't see what Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway did, but it got me off the hook."