Whether or not you were surprised by Casey Affleck’s Best Actor win last night, there’s no denying that there was a mixed reaction to his victory for Manchester By The Sea. Not long after his nomination was announced, Constance Wu criticized the Academy for showing such recognition to someone who had to settle out of court with two women who alleged he’d sexually harassed them during the making of I’m Still Here, especially in light of how resurfaced rape accusations against Nate Parker rendered The Birth Of A Nation DOA. Read more here.
A fuck-up like last night’s Best Picture switcheroo is not the type of thing that happens too often—or ever, really—an unprecedented disaster on the biggest moment of the biggest night of one of the world’s biggest industries. Read more here.
Rarely do you get a public moment that elicits the amount of shock, confusion, and joy as the one that occurred last night when it turned out that Moonlight and not La La Land had won the Oscar for Best Picture. Read more here.
We still don’t have a total understanding of what the hell happened when Faye Dunaway read out “La La Land” instead of the actual Best Picture winner, Moonlight during last night’s Oscars. However, some clues are starting to emerge. Read more here.
The Oscars made history tonight, though not exactly the kind of history it wanted to make. As Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway came out to present Best Picture, Beatty opened the envelope and took a lengthy pause before reading the winner—a pause that many, including Dunaway, took for some kind of tension-building/feeble old man shtick. Read more here.
It’s Oscar night, arguably the biggest evening of the year for people who like glitz, glamour, naked men dipped in gold, and also movies. This year should be particularly exciting, with multiple categories primed and ready for stunning upsets or thrilling, well-deserved victories. Read more here.
Last night’s Oscar ceremony was a doozy, judging by Taraji P. Henson’s expressions, and well, that whole Best Picture snafu. But even before Mahershala Ali made history as the first Muslim actor to win an Academy Award, people who’d tuned in to watch the proceedings were sitting in stunned silence. Read more here.
Hidden Fences’ Taraji P. Henson is having a great damn time at the Oscars. Is this because she gets to saunter in, sans nominations, and just enjoy the pageantry? Perhaps. Or perhaps it’s because candy and shit keeps falling from the ceiling and she is the only person in the room willing to admit that that is a functional definition of heaven. Read more here.
Jimmy Kimmel did a bit at the Academy Awards about how uncharacteristically silent Donald Trump was being on social media, but our Troll-In-Chief isn’t the only one who likes to be horribly mean to people over the internet. Read more here.
Since the Oscars began, Casey Affleck has been sitting there suffering in mute silence, beginning with his being forced to endure the cruel japes of Jimmy Kimmel as he reminded Affleck he was only allowed to star in Manchester By The Sea because Matt Damon let him. Read more here.
As expected, Asghar Farhadi was not in the Dolby Theatre when his drama The Salesman won Best Foreign Language Film, having declared that he would not attend the Oscar ceremony due to Donald Trump’s immigration ban. Read more here.
Jimmy Kimmel’s long, not-entirely-successful “tour bus” bit took an unexpected detour into the engaging with the addition of Gary and Vickie, a betrothed couple from Chicago who sauntered into the Oscars almost as if they had anticipated it. Read more here.
The New York Times ran a TV commercial during the Oscars tonight, its first since 2010. Its last ad was a celebration of the venerable newspaper’s coverage of all the exciting happenings in New York—a beat that, after 150 years, the Times had really gotten the hang of. Read more here.
Jimmy Kimmel’s been a pretty funny Oscars host so far, walking a line between talking about politics and and not talking about politics. Read more here.
Viola Davis just won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for Fences, after which she gave a speech that may immediately have stolen the night. Encapsulating her own biography, the nature of storytelling, and a brief exhortation to dig up some bodies, it was as well-written as it was well-delivered. Can she just win the rest of the awards? Read more here.
The Academy wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity to have Lin-Manuel Miranda on stage, regardless of whether or not he wins the prize for Best Original Song. (That has yet to be determined as of this writing.) Read more here.
Casey Affleck got political last night in his acceptance speech for Best Lead Actor at the Independent Spirit Awards, calling Donald Trump’s policies “abhorrent” and “un-American.” Unsurprisingly, then, he seems pretty pissed that his production company donated $5,000 to Trump’s transition team without telling him. Read more here.
Adding a soupcon of prestige to the posters hanging in dorm rooms you are fleeing, tonight Suicide Squad became an official Oscar winner—officially entered into the annals of Academy history, alongside The Godfather, Schindler’s List, and Mrs. Doubtfire. Read more here.
Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel used his monologue to go after his favorite target, Matt Damon, the frequent subject of his (fake) ire. Though he framed his remarks as an attempt to ”bury the hatchet” with Damon—who stared at the floor throughout—they were savage. Read more here.
Shortly after his performance, Justin Timberlake went for a thrilling mic toss to Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel that showed why Timberlake pursued a career as a song and dance man rather than an athlete. Read more here.
The Oscars have begun with a rousing performance by Justin Timberlake of “Can’t Stop The Feeling,” his Oscar-nominated song from the Trolls movie. Read more here.
Tonight’s Emma Stone’s big night! Will she win? Justin Timberlake doesn’t give a shit. Shortly before absolutely shitting the bed with his mic toss to Jimmy Kimmel, a still-excited Timberlake saw his old costar (he and Stone were in Friends With Benefits together!) and decided to slowly ruin her interview. Read more here.
Nostalgia can make anything seem sweeter than it really was at the time, but it’s hard to argue with the assertion that movies were simply better when more of them had Will Smith rapping about the movie during the end credits. Read more here.