90th Academy AwardsLatest News and Opinion
Posted Saturday 2/17/18 at 1:46AM EST
Meet the Oscar presenters
Greta Gerwig, Mahershala Ali, Chadwick Boseman, Kumail Nanjiani and Tiffany Haddish will be among this year's presenters at the Academy Awards.
Posted Wednesday 2/14/18 at 2:32PM EST
Catt Sadler will co-host Vanity Fair's Oscar party live stream
The former E! News co-host will host from a custom-built red-carpet studio.
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 2:12PM EST
Mary J. Blige joins Netflix's The Umbrella Academy
The singer/actress, who is nominated for two Academy Awards this year for Mudbound -- for best original song and best supporting actress -- has signed on for her first regular TV role. She'll play Cha-Cha, a ruthless and unorthodox hit-woman, on the drama series about the estranged members of a family of superheroes. Blige is signed on for only one year.
Posted Thursday 1/25/18 at 3:37PM EST
Casey Affleck pulls out of presenting the Best Actress Award at the Oscars
Affleck has withdrawn from this year’s ceremony amid outcry over past sexual misconduct allegations. It is tradition for last year’s Best Actor winner to present the award for Best Actress the following year. Deadline's Mike Fleming Jr. reports: "I’ve heard that Affleck did not want to become a distraction from the focus that should be on the performances of the actresses in the category and that is why he made the proactive move. He was in a no-win situation, with all the attention surrounding the #MeToo movement. The specter of Affleck presenting would have created controversy."
Posted Wednesday 1/24/18 at 1:23PM EST
Did Jimmy Kimmel offer a preview of his Oscars monologue?
In reacting to the Oscar nominations, Kimmel blended lighter jokes with a topical Shape of Water zinger: “Finally, Hollywood is recognizing a monster other than Harvey Weinstein.”
Posted Tuesday 1/23/18 at 9:15PM EST
Rachel Morrison, the first-ever female Oscar nominee for best cinematography, honed her skills on The Hills
Posted Tuesday 1/23/18 at 2:19PM EST
Tiffany Haddish received praise for flubbing the names of Oscar nominees
The comedian helped turn this morning’s nomination announcement into must-see TV while announcing the Oscar nominees before dawn with Andy Serkis. Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya was one of the names Haddish humorously struggled with, pronouncing it "Daniel Coolye” and, in her second try, "Daniel Kalua.” "He knows his name," she quipped. Best adapted screenplay nominee Michael H. Wilber was happy to have Haddish butcher his name. "Tiffany Haddish can mispronounce my name any way she wants! WOOOOOOO," he wrote on Twitter.
Posted Tuesday 1/23/18 at 2:19PM EST
Kobe Bryant’s Oscar nomination clouded by his past sexual assault allegation
The Los Angeles Lakers legend was nominated for his short film Dear Basketball, based on his retirement letter from the NBA. But Bryant’s nomination is proving controversial since he was arrested on charges of sexual assault in 2003.
Posted Monday 1/22/18 at 11:51PM EST
Oscars chief: New protocols should prevent another envelope flub from happening
"Let me tell you, I don't think this error will ever happen again or would happen again," said Dawn Hudson, CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. "We put in a lot of protocols to make sure it won't, but I don't think it will anyway. I think everyone will be very focused on getting that right." As part of the new protocols and safeguards, PricewaterhouseCoopers will add a third “balloting partner” who will sit in the control room with copies of envelopes of all the winners, as well as knowledge of who won. "Think of it as a safety control," says PricewaterhouseCoopers’ U.S. chairman Tim Ryan. Last year’s balloting partners have been replaced, and the new partners will check with the stage manager and the celebrity presenter before handing off each correct envelope. All three balloting partners will also attend the rehearsals and practice what they’ll do if something goes awry. Finally, the Academy has prohibited the balloting partners from using cellphones or social media, which was likely to blame for last year's mistake. "Our singular focus will be on the show and delivering the correct envelopes," says Ryan.
Posted Monday 1/22/18 at 5:00PM EST
Tiffany Haddish to announce Oscar nominations with Andy Serkis
Oscar nominations will be revealed on Tuesday at 5:22 am PT.
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 2:41AM EST
Is it okay to read your award show acceptance speech from your smartphone?
“Even in the last five years, as smartphones have become inescapable, they’ve rarely graced the podium,” says Heather Schwedel. “Perhaps in a nod to tradition and the perceived seriousness of the lavish awards ceremony occasion, the vast majority of award winners opt to forego audio/visual aids. This is a shame, because when done right, using a phone as a prop can be totally charming, a technological intrusion that paradoxically offers a humanizing touch. Even if you found (James) Franco obnoxious, the smartphone acceptance speech need not be.”
Posted Monday 1/08/18 at 5:52PM EST
Jimmy Kimmel says his biggest Oscar challenge is finding fresh jokes about last year’s Best Picture fiasco
"The challenge for me is that a million jokes have been made about this subject," Kimmel said at the TV press tour. "If it happens again, literally everyone at ABC should be fired," he continued. "But I think 99 percent of the show went pretty well. I don't think of it as a Titanic-caliber disaster."
- How will Kimmel react to the #MeToo movement? He hasn’t begun writing jokes, but saw Seth Meyers as a litmus test
- Kimmel thanks Seth Meyers, says the Golden Globes host was “really funny because he was making jokes last night that felt like they were specifically for me and my wife”
- Kimmel’s wife, Molly McNearney, will serve as head writer of the Oscars, overseeing a writers’ room of seven men and four women
- Kimmel backs Oprah for president, but worries America isn’t ready to say “President Winfrey,” instead of “President Oprah”
- Will Kimmel mock Matt Damon for his #MeToo missteps? “If there's a chance for me to give Matt an elbow in the ribs, I'll do so,” says Kimmel
Posted Friday 12/22/17 at 11:25PM EST
Jimmy Kimmel takes off in a jet pack for his first promo for the Oscars
“All I want for Christmas is for you to watch me host the 90th Oscars,” he says, adding: “And a jetpack.”
Posted Monday 12/04/17 at 12:56PM EST
Oscar broadcast will start 30 minutes earlier: Viewers won’t have to wait until 8:30 p.m. ET
The Oscars previously had the unusual start time of 8:30 p.m., which sometimes resulted in the Best Picture announcement coming in at or past midnight on the East Coast. This year, the Oscars will kick off at 8 p.m., which means the preshow will start at 6:30 p.m. The 90th Academy Awards released its first promo this morning, featuring the infamous Best Picture flub, which happened after midnight on the East Coast.
Posted Friday 12/01/17 at 9:24PM EST
How will stars on the red carpet handle questions about sexual harassment?
“Should stars forcefully speak out about the need to address the systemic problem of sexual harassment, a scourge that has been largely ignored by Hollywood for far too long?” asks Brooks Barnes. “Or should they try to stay laser-focused on the business at hand — promoting their movies and performances — knowing that saying the wrong thing about sexual harassment could torpedo their Oscar chances or worse?” Barnes adds: “There are also concerns that it will be primarily women who are expected to spend the next few months talking about sexual misconduct while men are given a pass by reporters.” ALSO: Analyzing the sexual harassment apologies and non-apologies.