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Damien Chazelle Becomes Youngest Best Director Winner in Oscars History for ‘La La Land’

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Damien Chazelle claimed the best director award at Sunday’s Oscars celebration for “La La Land.” Chazelle ran through a list of thank yous from the Dolby Theatre stage, including one for his fellow contender, and the film’s composer, Justin Hurwitz, who won earlier in the evening. “Thank you for carrying this dream for me,” he said…. Read more »

Jimmy Kimmel’s ‘Mean Tweets’ Segment Gets Spotlight at Oscars

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“Celebrities Read Mean Tweets” just got an Oscars edition. During the ceremony, a pre-recorded “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” segment aired with this year’s biggest performers reading — you guessed it — mean tweets about themselves. Jeff Bridges, Emma Stone, Tilda Swinton, Felicity Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Miles Teller, and more read the insults in the video, causing the audience… Read more »

Most Political Oscars Ever? Kimmel, Hollywood Call Out Trump

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President Trump may not have been watching the Oscars, but he was sure a presence throughout the night. It was little surprise that winners, presenters and host Jimmy Kimmel brought up Trump, or that they made political statements. The only question was a matter of tone — would Hollywood get carried away in making him… Read more »

Kenneth Lonergan Thanks Casey Affleck After Winning Original Screenplay Oscar for ‘Manchester By the Sea’

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Kenneth Lonergan’s original script for “Manchester by Sea,” which he also directed, surprised with an original screenplay Oscar win. “Thank you Casey Affleck, Casey Affleck, Casey Affleck,” Lonergan said, continuing to recognize the film’s other stars. “This film is about people trying to take care of each other in the face of terrible adversity.” The writer-director also… Read more »

‘Moonlight’ Writers Dedicate Best Adapted Screenplay Win to the Underrepresented

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Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney won the best adapted screenplay Oscar Sunday night for “Moonlight.” The duo received a standing ovation as they took the stage to accept the award. “All you people who feel like there’s no mirror for you, the Academy has your back, the ACLU has your back, we have your back, and for… Read more »

‘La La Land’s’ ‘City of Stars’ Lyricist Gives Shout Out to Arts in Public Schools at Oscars

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“City of Stars” from “La La Land” shined bright at the 89th Academy Awards, winning the statuette for best original song. Benj Pasek, one of the song’s lyricists, made a point to shout out public schools in the acceptance speech. “I was educated in public schools where arts and culture were valued and recognized and resourced,” he… Read more »

Oscars In Memoriam: Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Gene Wilder, Others Honored

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Sara Bareilles helped the Academy pay tribute to lives lost this year during the Oscarcast’s In Memoriam segment. The “Waitress” songstress sang Judy Collins’ “Both Sides Now” while the annual video honored Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, John Hurt, Mary Tyler Moore, Anton Yelchin, Prince, Garry Marshall, Ken Howard, and more. The cutoff for including deaths in the segment is… Read more »

John Legend Wows the City of Stars With ‘La La Land’ Oscars Performance

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City of stars, are you shining just for John Legend? The Oscar-winner, who has also won 10 Grammys, took to the Dolby Theatre stage and sent the audience to dreamland with a soulful mash-up of “City of Stars” and “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from “La La Land.” Dancers encircled Legend’s piano, an two even re-enacted the dancing… Read more »

Jimmy Kimmel Brings Unsuspecting Tourists to the Oscars

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If you didn’t receive an invitation to the 2017 Oscars, you may want to book a seat on a Sunday evening Star Tours come next year, because host Jimmy Kimmel just brought an entire bus-full of tourists into the Dolby Theater. On the count of three, Kimmel instructed the seated attendees to shout “Mahershala” as… Read more »

Denzel Washington ‘Marries’ a Couple at the Oscars

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Imagine having a wedding with Meryl Streep, Mel Gibson and Viola Davis as the guests of honor… and Denzel Washington officiating proceedings. Well, thanks to Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel and his “Star Tours” sketch, one couple was ‘married’ by Denzel Washington and kissed in front of a star-studded Dolby Theatre (not to mention the millions… Read more »