TheWraposcars – TheWrap https://www.thewrap.com Covering Hollywood Wed, 23 May 2018 06:30:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 The Cannes – Oscar Connection: How Strong Will It Be This Year? https://www.thewrap.com/the-cannes-oscar-connection-how-strong-will-it-be-this-year/ https://www.thewrap.com/the-cannes-oscar-connection-how-strong-will-it-be-this-year/#respond Sun, 20 May 2018 18:58:48 +0000 Steve Pond https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1901035 We now know what Cate Blanchett’s jury thought of the films that screened at this year’s Cannes Film Festival: “a very strong year,” she said at the jury’s festival-ending press conference. And we know what buyers thought of the festival lineup: not bad, judging by the deals.

But what will Oscar voters think?

That’s always a tricky question, because the connection between the world’s most prestigious film festival and the world’s most celebrated film award can fluctuate wildly. In 2011, for example, three of the films that screened at the festival — “The Artist,” “The Tree of Life” and “Midnight in Paris” — landed Best Picture nominations, with “The Artist” winning.

But the success rate hasn’t approached that since then, although 2016 had an impressive across-the-board showing: One Best Picture nominee (“Hell of High Water”), the Best Foreign Language Film winner (“The Salesman”), six other nominees in the Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Animated Feature categories and eight more films submitted by their home countries in the foreign language race.

Last year, though, was more typical: two foreign nominees (“The Square” and “Loveless”), one supporting actor nominee (Willem Dafoe for “The Florida Project”) and one documentary nominee (“Faces Places”), with no winners among them.

Realistically, this year’s crop of Cannes films will probably fare similarly once Oscar voters get a look at them. The only film that screened at the festival or one of its sidebars that has a significant chance of landing a Best Picture nomination is Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” which could well be in the conversation once U.S. audiences get a look at it later this summer.

Lee’s film, which mixes humor with incendiary anger and looks at the state of America today through a story set in the 1970s, is timely enough and strong enough to be a real player, though it will likely divide critics and audiences in America more than it did in Cannes.

Otherwise, Ron Howard’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story” seems destined for below-the-line categories at best, while a surge of attention for Paul Dano’s understated “Wildlife,” which premiered at Sundance but also screened in Cannes’ Critics’ Week sidebar, could make it a dark-horse contender in the adapted screenplay category.

A few Cannes documentaries could also have a shot, foremost among them Kevin Macdonald’s “Whitney,” which drew headlines out of Cannes for its allegations that Whitney Houston was sexually abused as a child by a relative. Wim Wenders’ “Pope Francis – A Man of His Word” will likely be in the conversation, and so might be “The State Against Mandela and the Others” and “Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blache.”

But really, the most fruitful connection between Cannes and the Oscars this year will likely come in the foreign language category. Only six of the 93 countries that submitted films to the Oscars last year chose Cannes entries, but we could easily see double that many submissions come from this year’s festival.

While the individual committees that select each country’s entry can be making their decisions on the basis of politics, cronyism and lots of other factors, a Cannes berth is a powerful sign that the film might have international interest.

Among the no-brainer selections: Lebanon’s “Capharnaum,” the Jury Prize winner and the film that received the longest and loudest ovation of the festival; Poland’s “Cold War” from director Pawel Pawlikowski, whose last film, “Ida,” won the foreign language Oscar; Belgium’s “Girl,” which won the Camera d’Or and the Un Certain Regard performance award; Colombia’s “Birds of Passage,” from a director (Ciro Guerra) whose last film was an Oscar nominee; and Turkey’s “The Wild Pear Tree,” whose director, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, has been responsible for four previous Turkish submissions.

Kenya’s “Rafiki,” a same-sex romance that is the first Kenyan film ever accepted to the Oscars, would be an easy choice if it hadn’t been banned in its home country — though if the submitting committee is independent enough to choose it, the ban could give it a boost. First-time director A.B. Shawky’s “Yomeddine” seems likely to be the Egyptian entry, while the Cannes acting award that went to Samal Yesyamova should be enough to put “Ayka” at the top of Kazakhstan’s submission list.

The Icelandic film “Woman at War,” which was bought by Magnolia for the U.S., comes from Benedikt Erlingsson, whose brilliant “Of Horses and Men” was the country’s 2013 submission, though it may have been too weird for Oscar voters. Portugal’s soccer story “Diamantino” seems a logical choice, as does Hungary’s “One Day.”

Countries like France and Italy always have a plethora of choices, which holds true this year even if they don’t consider anything except Cannes movies. Italy, for example, could opt for Matteo Garrone’s “Dogman,” which won the festival’s best actor award and is from the director of the acclaimed “Gomorrah” (which Oscar voters didn’t go for); or Alice Rohrwacher’s “Happy as Lazzaro,” a fable that won the screenplay award and was widely thought to be a real Palme d’Or contender.

And France has a variety of possibilities, including Christophe Honore’s “Sorry Angel,” Stephane Brize’s “At War,” Vanessa Filho’s “Angel Face,” Gilles Lellouche’s audience-friendly “Sink or Swim,” Camille Vidal-Naquet’s “Sauvage” or even Gaspar Noe’s hallucinatory “Climax.”

But France could also opt for Eva Husson’s “Girls of the Sun,” a tough but mainstream war movie about an all-female unit fighting terrorists. It didn’t fare well with Cannes critics, but it could easily become a favorite of the Academy’s foreign language voters.

The biggest question marks might surround the Asian films. Japan, China and South Korea swing between submitting critical favorites and trying to second-guess Oscar voters by choosing less daring movies or big epics. So while China has strong candidates in Jia Zhang-Ke’s “Ash Is Purest White” or Bi Gan’s rapturously received “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” it’s anybody’s guess as to whether their selection committee will deem those films acceptable. Likewise with South Korea and Lee Chang-dong’s “Burning,” which was clearly the hit of the festival, and Japan with Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Shoplifters,” which won the Palme d’Or.

The director of the last of those films has been down this road before. In an interview with TheWrap in 2014, Kore-eda admitted that he was disappointed when “Like Father, Like Son,” which won the Jury Prize in Cannes, was passed over in favor of “The Great Passage” when Japan made its 2013 Oscar submission.

“But honestly, given the track record of how that committee in Japan decides on their films, I was not surprised,” he said. “The committee isn’t particularly interested in the world’s criteria on these films.”

Oh, one more thing:

Lars von Trier’s “The House That Jack Built”? Not a chance.

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16 Cannes Winners That Went on to Take Oscar Gold (Photos) https://www.thewrap.com/16-cannes-winners-that-went-on-to-win-oscar-gold-photos/ https://www.thewrap.com/16-cannes-winners-that-went-on-to-win-oscar-gold-photos/#respond Tue, 08 May 2018 20:30:38 +0000 Brian Welk https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1885703 Despite being two of the longest running institutions in cinema, the Oscars and Cannes have not always been the best of bedfellows. Only one film, 1955’s “Marty,” has won both the Palme D’Or and Best Picture. But many more films that have played on the croisette at Cannes have been nominated or won other big prizes from the Academy. These are the 16 films that both won the Palme D’Or and won an additional Oscar.

“Marty” (1955)

In the first year that Cannes started calling their top prize the Palme D’Or, the Delbert Mann drama and romance based on the Paddy Chayefsky teleplay won four Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Writing and Best Actor for Ernest Borgnine.

“The Silent World” (1956)

Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s pioneering, underwater nature documentary beat out films from Satyajit Ray, Alfred Hitchcock, Ingmar Bergman, Akira Kurosawa and more to win the Palme, and it also took home the Best Documentary Oscar.

“Black Orpheus” (1959)

Marcel Camus’s dreamy, contemporary take on the Orpheus and Eurydice Greek myth won the Palme and the Best Foreign Language Oscar.

“La Dolce Vita” (1960)

Federico Fellini’s sensuous reverie of a film “La Dolce Vita” managed Oscar nods for Best Director and Screenplay, but only won for Best Costume Design.

“A Man and a Woman” (1966)

The Academy rewarded this French New Wave romance starring Anouk Aimee and Jean-Louis Trintignant with two Oscars, one for its screenplay and another for Best Foreign Language Film.

“MASH” (1970)

It’s surprising to see Cannes anoint a film as irreverent as Robert Altman’s screwball war satire “MASH,” but though the Oscars nominated it for Best Picture, the award went to another war film, “Patton.” “MASH” did pick up a win for Altman’s ingenious ensemble screenplay.

“Apocalypse Now” (1979)

Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam war masterpiece was still a work-in-progress when it screened at Cannes, and it would split the Palme with “The Tin Drum” that same year. It was nominated for eight Oscars and won two, but lost Best Picture to “Kramer vs. Kramer.”

“The Tin Drum” (1979)

After splitting the Palme with “Apocalypse Now,” “The Tin Drum” won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar with ease.

“All That Jazz” (1980)

Weirdly, Bob Fosse’s musical was nominated alongside “Apocalypse Now” at the 1979 Oscars, opening in December of that year, but it won the 1980 Cannes after cleaning up four Oscars just a month earlier.

“Missing” (1982)

Jack Lemmon won Cannes’s Best Actor prize for Costa-Gavras’s political thriller in addition to “Missing” winning the Palme. And Lemmon and co-star Sissy Spacek each scored acting nominations in addition to the film being nominated for Best Picture, but it only won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

“The Mission” (1986)

Starring Robert de Niro and Jeremy Irons as Spanish Jesuits trying to save a native American tribe, Roland Joffe’s “The Mission” won the Palme and earned seven nominations but only one Oscar win for Best Cinematography.

“Pelle the Conqueror” (1987)

The legendary Max von Sydow plays a Swedish immigrant in Denmark in this Danish film that won the Palme, the Best Foreign Language Oscar and netted Sydow his first acting nomination.

“The Piano” (1993)

Holly Hunter won the Best Actress prize at both Cannes and the Oscars for Jane Campion’s drama that won the Palme D’Or and was nominated for eight Oscars in all.

“Pulp Fiction” (1994)

Much has been written about the bombshell Quentin Tarantino set off when “Pulp Fiction” debuted at Cannes and polarized audiences by winning the Palme, not to mention the cultural rift it created when it went head to head with “Forrest Gump” at the Oscars and lost.

“The Pianist” (2002)

Winning Best Director for Roman Polanski and Best Actor for Adrien Brody, “The Pianist” was a strong favorite to win Best Picture after winning the Palme, but it lost to the musical “Chicago.” Just don’t expect a repeat from Polanski anytime soon.

“Amour” (2012)

Michael Haneke had just won his second Palme D’Or for his sobering romance about old age “Amour,” and rightfully so. The film paired French New Wave legends Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva and scored five Oscar nominations in all, including Best Picture, but only came away with a win for Best Foreign Language Film.

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https://www.thewrap.com/16-cannes-winners-that-went-on-to-win-oscar-gold-photos/feed/ 0 Despite being two of the longest running institutions in cinema, the Oscars and Cannes have not always been the best bedfellows. Only one film has won both the Palme d'Or and Best Picture. But many more films that have played on the Croisette at Cannes have been nominated or won other big prizes from the Academy. These are the 16 films that both won the Palme d'Or and won an additional Oscar: 

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Despite being two of the longest running institutions in cinema, the Oscars and Cannes have not always been the best bedfellows. Only one film has won both the Palme d'Or and Best Picture. But many more films that have played on the Croisette at Cannes have been nominated or won other big prizes from the Academy. These are the 16 films that both won the Palme d'Or and won an additional Oscar: 

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"Marty" (1955)

In the first year that Cannes started calling their top prize the Palme d'Or, the Delbert Mann drama and romance based on a Paddy Chayefsky teleplay won the film festival's highest honor -- and went on to earn four Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Writing and Best Actor for Ernest Borgnine. But since then, not one film has gone on to win both the Best Picture Oscar and Palme d'Or.

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"Marty" (1955)

In the first year that Cannes started calling their top prize the Palme d'Or, the Delbert Mann drama and romance based on a Paddy Chayefsky teleplay won the film festival's highest honor -- and went on to earn four Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Writing and Best Actor for Ernest Borgnine. But since then, not one film has gone on to win both the Best Picture Oscar and Palme d'Or.

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"The Silent World" (1956)

Jacques-Yves Cousteau's pioneering, underwater nature documentary beat out films from Satyajit Ray, Alfred Hitchcock, Ingmar Bergman, Akira Kurosawa and more to win the Palme d'Or, and it also took home the Best Documentary Oscar. 

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"The Silent World" (1956)

Jacques-Yves Cousteau's pioneering, underwater nature documentary beat out films from Satyajit Ray, Alfred Hitchcock, Ingmar Bergman, Akira Kurosawa and more to win the Palme d'Or, and it also took home the Best Documentary Oscar. 

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"Black Orpheus" (1959)

Marcel Camus's dreamy, contemporary take on the Orpheus and Eurydice Greek myth won the Palme d'Or and the Best Foreign Language Oscar. 

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"Black Orpheus" (1959)

Marcel Camus's dreamy, contemporary take on the Orpheus and Eurydice Greek myth won the Palme d'Or and the Best Foreign Language Oscar. 

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"La Dolce Vita" (1960)

Federico Fellini's sensuous reverie of a film "La Dolce Vita" managed Oscar nods for Best Director and Screenplay, but only won for Best Costume Design. 

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"La Dolce Vita" (1960)

Federico Fellini's sensuous reverie of a film "La Dolce Vita" managed Oscar nods for Best Director and Screenplay, but only won for Best Costume Design. 

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"A Man and a Woman" (1966)

The Academy rewarded this French New Wave romance starring Anouk Aimee and Jean-Louis Trintignant with two Oscars, one for its screenplay and another for Best Foreign Language Film. 

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"A Man and a Woman" (1966)

The Academy rewarded this French New Wave romance starring Anouk Aimee and Jean-Louis Trintignant with two Oscars, one for its screenplay and another for Best Foreign Language Film. 

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"MASH" (1970)

It's surprising to see Cannes anoint a film as irreverent as Robert Altman's screwball war satire "MASH," but though the Oscars nominated it for Best Picture, the award went to another war film, "Patton." "MASH" did pick up a win for Altman's ingenious ensemble screenplay. 

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"MASH" (1970)

It's surprising to see Cannes anoint a film as irreverent as Robert Altman's screwball war satire "MASH," but though the Oscars nominated it for Best Picture, the award went to another war film, "Patton." "MASH" did pick up a win for Altman's ingenious ensemble screenplay. 

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"Apocalypse Now" (1979)

Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam war masterpiece was still a work-in-progress when it screened at Cannes, and it would split the Palme d'Or with "The Tin Drum" that same year. It was nominated for eight Oscars and won two, but lost Best Picture to "Kramer vs. Kramer."

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"Apocalypse Now" (1979)

Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam war masterpiece was still a work-in-progress when it screened at Cannes, and it would split the Palme d'Or with "The Tin Drum" that same year. It was nominated for eight Oscars and won two, but lost Best Picture to "Kramer vs. Kramer."

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"The Tin Drum" (1979)

After splitting the Palme d'Or with "Apocalypse Now," "The Tin Drum" won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar with ease. 

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"The Tin Drum" (1979)

After splitting the Palme d'Or with "Apocalypse Now," "The Tin Drum" won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar with ease. 

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"All That Jazz" (1980)

Weirdly, Bob Fosse's musical was nominated alongside "Apocalypse Now" at the 1979 Oscars, opening in December of that year, but it won the 1980 Cannes after cleaning up four Oscars just a month earlier. 

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"All That Jazz" (1980)

Weirdly, Bob Fosse's musical was nominated alongside "Apocalypse Now" at the 1979 Oscars, opening in December of that year, but it won the 1980 Cannes after cleaning up four Oscars just a month earlier. 

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"Missing" (1982)

Jack Lemmon won Cannes' Best Actor prize for Costa-Gavras's political thriller in addition to "Missing" winning the Palme d'Or. And Lemmon and co-star Sissy Spacek each scored acting nominations in addition to the film being nominated for Best Picture, but it only won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. 

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"Missing" (1982)

Jack Lemmon won Cannes' Best Actor prize for Costa-Gavras's political thriller in addition to "Missing" winning the Palme d'Or. And Lemmon and co-star Sissy Spacek each scored acting nominations in addition to the film being nominated for Best Picture, but it only won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. 

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"The Mission" (1986)

Starring Robert de Niro and Jeremy Irons as Spanish Jesuits trying to save a native American tribe, Roland Joffe's "The Mission" won the Palme d'Or and earned seven nominations but only one Oscar win for Best Cinematography.

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"The Mission" (1986)

Starring Robert de Niro and Jeremy Irons as Spanish Jesuits trying to save a native American tribe, Roland Joffe's "The Mission" won the Palme d'Or and earned seven nominations but only one Oscar win for Best Cinematography.

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"Pelle the Conqueror" (1987)

The legendary Max von Sydow plays a Swedish immigrant in Denmark in this Danish film that won the Palme d'Or, the Best Foreign Language Oscar and netted Sydow his first acting nomination. 

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"Pelle the Conqueror" (1987)

The legendary Max von Sydow plays a Swedish immigrant in Denmark in this Danish film that won the Palme d'Or, the Best Foreign Language Oscar and netted Sydow his first acting nomination. 

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"The Piano" (1993)

Holly Hunter won the Best Actress prize at both Cannes and the Oscars for Jane Campion's drama that won the Palme d'Or and was nominated for eight Oscars in all. 

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"The Piano" (1993)

Holly Hunter won the Best Actress prize at both Cannes and the Oscars for Jane Campion's drama that won the Palme d'Or and was nominated for eight Oscars in all. 

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"Pulp Fiction" (1994)

Much has been written about the bombshell Quentin Tarantino set off when "Pulp Fiction" debuted at Cannes and polarized audiences by winning the Palme d'Or, not to mention the cultural rift it created when it went head-to-head with "Forrest Gump" at the Oscars and lost. 

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"Pulp Fiction" (1994)

Much has been written about the bombshell Quentin Tarantino set off when "Pulp Fiction" debuted at Cannes and polarized audiences by winning the Palme d'Or, not to mention the cultural rift it created when it went head-to-head with "Forrest Gump" at the Oscars and lost. 

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"The Pianist" (2002)

Winning Best Director for Roman Polanski and Best Actor for Adrien Brody, "The Pianist" was a strong favorite to win Best Picture after winning the Palme d'Or, but it lost to the musical "Chicago." Just don't expect a repeat from Polanski anytime soon

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"The Pianist" (2002)

Winning Best Director for Roman Polanski and Best Actor for Adrien Brody, "The Pianist" was a strong favorite to win Best Picture after winning the Palme d'Or, but it lost to the musical "Chicago." Just don't expect a repeat from Polanski anytime soon

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"Amour" (2012)

Michael Haneke had just won his second Palme d'Or for his sobering romance about old age "Amour," and rightfully so. The film paired French New Wave legends Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva and scored five Oscar nominations in all, including Best Picture, but only came away with a win for Best Foreign Language Film. 

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"Amour" (2012)

Michael Haneke had just won his second Palme d'Or for his sobering romance about old age "Amour," and rightfully so. The film paired French New Wave legends Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva and scored five Oscar nominations in all, including Best Picture, but only came away with a win for Best Foreign Language Film. 

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Oscars Academy Board Bypassed New Grievance Procedures to Expel Polanski, Cosby https://www.thewrap.com/oscars-academy-says-board-bypassed-new-grievance-procedures-to-expel-polanski-cosby/ https://www.thewrap.com/oscars-academy-says-board-bypassed-new-grievance-procedures-to-expel-polanski-cosby/#respond Fri, 04 May 2018 17:48:35 +0000 Beatrice Verhoeven https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1883514 The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences bypassed its new three-month-old grievance procedures to expel disgraced members Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski on Thursday, TheWrap has learned.

Instead, the Academy exercised a clause in its bylaws allowing the 54-person Board of Governors to expel any member “for cause” with a two-thirds vote. According to an individual with knowledge of the situation, the board was motivated in part by the fact that both Cosby and Polanski had been convicted of sexually related crimes in U.S. courts.

But Polanski’s lawyer, Harland Braun, said Friday that the Oscar-winning director was “blindsided” by the expulsion and asked “the Academy to follow its own rules which is to give Roman 10 days notice to present his side.”

Turns out there’s a loophole that allowed the board to act as it did. Asked about whether the Academy had followed the due-process procedures outlined in the updated grievances process announced in January, a spokesperson cited the Academy’s Standards of Conduct, Section 8.

“The Board of Governors retains its independent duty and authority as outlined in the bylaws to address and take action on any matter, whether submitted by the process outlined above or not, related to a member’s status and to enforce the Academy’s Standards of Conduct,” reads the section. In other words, the board retains the right to step in and discipline members regardless of whether a formal grievance process has been triggered.

In addition, the Academy bylaws state: “any member of the Academy may be suspended or expelled for cause by the Board of Governors. Expulsion or suspension as herein provided for shall require the affirmative vote of not less than two-thirds of all the Governors.”

According to the Academy’s revised Code of Conduct, issued in January, when a claim of misconduct is brought to the attention of the Membership and Administration Committee for review, the committee has the option of taking no action, or “notifying the subject of the claim in writing, at the member’s current address on file with the Membership Department, and provide the member with an opportunity to respond in writing within 10 business days.”

Additionally, “once the subject of a claim has been notified, and the time frame for response has passed, the Membership and Administration Committee will review the full complaint in a timely manner and may,” if the matter is serious enough “refer it to the Board of Governors. Only the Board can make the final determination on whether to suspend or expel a member.”

The Code says the member will be informed in writing of any final decision made, at which point “the member shall be entitled to appeal the decision within 10 business days.”

According to the Associated Press, Polanski learned of his expulsion from media reports.

Polanski was expelled 15 years after his film “The Pianist” took home Oscars for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor at the 75th Academy Awards. The film was nominated for Best Picture, but lost to “Chicago.”

Polanski was arrested and charged with raping 13-year-old Samantha Geimer in 1977. He pleaded guilty and was imprisoned for 42 days, after which he was released and put on probation as part of a plea bargain. When Polanski learned that a judge was planning to revoke the plea deal, the director fled Paris before the sentencing.

Cosby, a longtime Academy member best known for his work in TV, last week was convicted of three counts of aggravated indecent assault in over accusations made by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand.

Steve Pond contributed to this report.

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Oscars Add New Round of Voting in Music Categories https://www.thewrap.com/oscars-add-new-round-voting-music-categories/ https://www.thewrap.com/oscars-add-new-round-voting-music-categories/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 17:21:09 +0000 Steve Pond https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1873947 In its annual adjustment of Oscar rules, the Academy has added a first round of voting to produce a shortlist in the Best Original Song and Best Original Score categories.

Both categories will now be narrowed down to 15 films before a second round of voting by the Music Branch produces the final five nominees. That marks a dramatic change from the existing rules that have called for a single round of nomination voting.

The music categories will now align with several other categories that use shortlists, including Best Documentary Feature, Best Foreign Language Film and the short-film categories.

In other rule changes, documentary features can now qualify for the Oscars by winning an award at a qualifying film festival. In the past, all feature docs had needed a theatrical release to qualify, though short docs could qualify via film-festival awards.

Other rule changes affected submission deadlines and the number of producers eligible to receive Oscars in the doc-feature and animated-feature categories.

The new rules were recommended by the individual branches, reviewed by the Academy’s Awards and Events Committee and then approved by the Board of Governors.

The board also approved new campaign regulations for the 91st Oscars next year. The most dramatic of those confirmed earlier reports that studios will be required to send materials to Oscars voters through an “Academy-approved mailing house.”

In the past, studios have been able to send screeners, invitations and other materials directly to Academy members, but the new rule brings the process in line with the one used by the Television Academy for Emmy voting.

Additionally, the number of post-nomination screenings that include filmmaker Q&As has been trimmed to four, eliminating the two additional screenings that were allowed in the documentary and foreign-language categories.

The new rules, from the Academy press release:

Submission deadlines for awards eligibility have been changed. There is now one submission deadline – Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 – for the Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Foreign Language Film, Animated Short Film and Live Action Short Film categories. The submission deadline for Best Picture and all other categories is Thursday, Nov. 15, by 5 p.m. PT.

In the Music categories, all members of the Music Branch will view films eligible for Original Score and film clips of eligible Original Songs and vote in a preliminary round to produce a shortlist of 15 titles in each category using the preferential voting system. Five nominees for Original Score and five nominees for Original Song will then be chosen by branch members in a second round of balloting also using preferential voting.

In the Documentary Feature category, films that have won a qualifying award at a competitive film festival will be eligible for Academy Awards consideration regardless of any prior public exhibition or distribution by nontheatrical means. The Documentary Feature Qualifying Festival List will be available later this spring. Furthermore, the critic review eligibility requirement has been expanded to include additional New York- and Los Angeles-based publications.

To align with credits eligibility in the Best Picture category, rules in both the Animated Feature Film and Documentary Feature categories have been updated to allow for more than one producer to be designated as a nominee.

In a procedural change, members of the Visual Effects Branch Nominating Committee will now be able to stream bake-off reels from the shortlisted films or attend satellite bake-off screenings and vote online. Previously, committee members were only able to vote in person at the Academy’s Visual Effects Bake-off in Los Angeles.

Other amendments to the rules include standard date changes and other “housekeeping” adjustments.

Rules are reviewed annually by individual branch and category committees. The Awards and Events Committee then reviews all proposed changes before presenting its recommendations to the Board of Governors for approval.

Updated campaign regulations, which specify how companies and individuals may promote to Academy members any movies and achievements eligible for the 91st Academy Awards, are also presented to the Board of Governors for approval.

For the first time, studios, distributors and filmmakers will be required to use an Academy-approved mailing house to send sanctioned awards materials for eligible films to Academy members. Each approved mailing house will be provided with an official list of Academy members who have opted-in along with their contact information to facilitate both physical and digital mailings.

Additionally, the number of post-nominations screenings with a filmmaker Q&A is now limited to a maximum of four regardless of category or country in which the event takes place. This rule eliminates the two additional screenings currently allowed for Documentary and Foreign Language Film nominees.

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Academy Sets Key Dates for 2019 Oscars https://www.thewrap.com/film-academy-sets-key-dates-leading-up-to-2019-oscars/ https://www.thewrap.com/film-academy-sets-key-dates-leading-up-to-2019-oscars/#respond Mon, 23 Apr 2018 22:12:34 +0000 Trey Williams https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1873090 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members will cast ballots for 2019 Oscar nominations beginning Jan. 7, with the nominated films and filmmakers set to be revealed Jan. 22, the academy announced on Monday.

The academy had previously announced that the 91st Academy Awards show will be Sunday, Feb. 24, but now the timetable leading up to the Oscars has been filled out.

The schedule starts with the Governors Awards on Nov. 18. The first round of Oscar voting begins Jan. 7 and will close Jan. 14. After nominations are announced on Jan. 22, the nominees luncheon will be held on Feb. 4. The Scientific and Technical Awards will be Feb. 9, before final voting for awards begins Feb. 12. Final voting will end Feb. 19.

ABC will broadcast the awards show, but neither producers nor a host of the show have been named at this time.

Below is the full schedule:

Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018: Governors Awards

Monday, Jan. 7, 2019: Nominations voting opens

Monday, Jan. 14, 2019: Nominations voting closes

Tuesday, Jan.22, 2019: Oscar Nominations Announcement

Monday, Feb. 4, 2019: Oscar Nominees Luncheon

Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019: Scientific and Technical Awards

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019: Finals voting opens

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019: Finals voting closes

Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019: 91st Oscars

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‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Producer Bill Mechanic Resigns From Film Academy Board https://www.thewrap.com/hacksaw-ridge-producer-bill-mechanic-resigns-from-academy-board/ https://www.thewrap.com/hacksaw-ridge-producer-bill-mechanic-resigns-from-academy-board/#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 19:30:47 +0000 Trey Williams https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1868079 Bill Mechanic, chief executive of Pandemonium Films, has exited the board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, an Academy spokesperson confirmed to TheWrap.

“The Academy thanks William Mechanic for his five years of service on the Board of Governors, where he represented the members of the Executives Branch,” the spokesperson said in a statement provided to TheWrap.

The “Hacksaw Ridge” and “Coraline” producer declined to explain the reason for his resignation to Variety, which first reported his exit on Tuesday. A representative for Mechanic did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap. The Academy spokesperson also did not immediately reply when asked why Mechanic resigned.

But in an interview in December, Mechanic was critical of the Academy’s new code of conduct addressing sexual misconduct within the industry. “This should be left to the companies people work for and to the police,” Mechanic told Vanity Fair. “Six months ago, all the moral police were silent. Was it wrong for people to be silent six months ago? Yes. Is it wrong to go overboard now? Yes. What you want is rationality to the process.”

Late last year the Academy updated its standards of conduct, vowing disciplinary action, “including suspension or expulsion,” for misconduct such as abuse of authority and power, harassment, and discrimination. The Academy enacted a new policy for reporting misconduct in January.

The Academy’s new standards were tested in March after Academy President John Bailey was accused of sexual harassment. Following an investigation, the Academy “unanimously determined” no action was warranted and that Bailey should remain in his post.

Mechanic, former top executive at Paramount, Disney and chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment, most recently produced the 2017 best picture-nominated “Hacksaw Ridge” and even co-produced the awards show in 2010.

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Jennifer Garner ‘Can’t Even Look’ at Her Oscars Meme: ‘I Wanna Just Punch Her in the Face’ (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/jennifer-garner-cant-even-look-at-her-oscars-meme-i-wanna-just-punch-her-in-the-face-video/ https://www.thewrap.com/jennifer-garner-cant-even-look-at-her-oscars-meme-i-wanna-just-punch-her-in-the-face-video/#respond Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:30:19 +0000 Jennifer Maas https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1839668

Jennifer Garner became the new Chrissy Teigen when a confused expression crossing her face at an inopportune moment was caught on camera during the 90th Annual Academy Awards earlier this month. It soon spread across the internet, becoming the best Oscars meme of the night, as people questioned what the heck the “disturbed”-looking Garner was thinking.

Though she poked fun at herself with a few joke answers on Instagram after the Academy Awards, she has now revealed she really has no idea “what’s happening” there.

“I can’t even look at it,” she told Ellen DeGeneres while appearing on her show Friday. “I can’t. It’s too embarrassing.”

When DeGeneres asked her what’s happening in that moment Garner responded with a shocked, “what is happening?!?”

“I have no control over this,” Garner said. “What am I doing? I started getting texts, as you can imagine. People going, ‘What were you thinking? What’s happening?’ And I try really hard not to see myself online, but she was a little unavoidable.”

“No, I regret, regret, regret,” she said, adding: “I wanna just punch her, you know, in the face. No! Not really, I don’t.”

All we can hope is for Garner’s sake, that Teigen (who didn’t attend this year’s Oscars) hits up another awards show soon to save her with an even more awkward expression.

Watch the clip above.

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Ben Affleck, Matt Damon to Adopt ‘Inclusion Rider’ in All Future Producing Projects https://www.thewrap.com/ben-affleck-matt-damon-adopt-inclusion-rider-future-producing-projects/ https://www.thewrap.com/ben-affleck-matt-damon-adopt-inclusion-rider-future-producing-projects/#respond Tue, 13 Mar 2018 03:13:07 +0000 Rosemary Rossi https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1836092 Matt Damon and Ben Affleck will be adopting an inclusion rider in all future projects, the head of strategic outreach for their Pearl Street Films production company announced on Twitter Monday.

Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni also thanked Michael B. Jordan for pledging to adopt the document last week. “@michaelb4jordan Thank you for always supporting broader representation in the industry. On behalf of Pearl Street Films, Matt Damon, @BenAffleck, Jennifer Todd, Drew Vinton & I will be adopting the #InclusionRider for all of our projects moving forward,” she tweeted.

While Hollywood has made some strides forward in recent years, the industry still struggles to achieve widespread diversity. Frances McDormand used her Best Actress Oscar win to encourage Hollywood to use “inclusion riders” in their contracts, which would require any production to interview a broad spectrum of diverse people for supporting roles and key jobs on set.

“In support of the women and men who are leading this fight, I will be adopting the Inclusion Rider for all projects produced by my company Outlier Society,” Jordan went on to announce via Instagram March 7.

On Oscar night TheWrap obtained the inclusion rider document, which we wrote about and explained at length here.

Damon and Affleck will next produce — and Affleck will direct — “Witness for the Prosecution,” based on Agatha Christie’s novel.

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Kobe Bryant: Oscar Makes Me Feel a ‘Greater Sense of Responsibility’ to Bring Diversity to Hollywood https://www.thewrap.com/kobe-bryant-says-his-oscar-makes-him-feel-a-greater-sense-of-responsibility-to-bring-diversity-to-hollywood/ https://www.thewrap.com/kobe-bryant-says-his-oscar-makes-him-feel-a-greater-sense-of-responsibility-to-bring-diversity-to-hollywood/#respond Fri, 09 Mar 2018 18:24:37 +0000 Ashley Boucher https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1834244

Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant says that his Oscars win last weekend has given him a greater sense of “responsibility.”

“How do I carry this night beyond this night?” Bryant said to Jimmy Kimmel on Thursday night’s broadcast.

“Now there’s a greater sense of responsibility. How do I provide more opportunities for even more diverse and new voices to be heard in this industry?” he said. “In the animation business, there’s a serious lack of diversity.”

Neither Kimmel nor Bryant addressed the backlash that sprouted up after the basketball player’s Academy Award win for Best Animated Short Film for his “Dear Basketball.” During and following the show’s telecast, several people on social media brought up the sexual assault case against Bryant from years ago.

When Bryant was 24, he was accused by a 19-year-old hotel employee of sexual assault in Colorado. He was arrested on a felony charge at the time, but because his accuser was unwilling to testify, the case was eventually dropped.

“Although I truly believe this encounter between us was consensual, I recognize now that she did not and does not view this incident the same way I did,” Bryant said at the time, after the charges were dropped. “After months of reviewing discovery, listening to her attorney, and even her testimony in person, I now understand how she feels that she did not consent to this encounter.” He later settled a civil suit filed by his accuser out of court.

Watch the full clip above.

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Why Kobe Bryant, Arie Luyendyk Jr. and James Harden Are TV’s Social Media MVPs of the Week https://www.thewrap.com/why-kobe-bryant-arie-luyendyk-jr-and-james-harden-are-tvs-social-media-mvps-of-the-week/ https://www.thewrap.com/why-kobe-bryant-arie-luyendyk-jr-and-james-harden-are-tvs-social-media-mvps-of-the-week/#respond Wed, 07 Mar 2018 23:22:08 +0000 Fabric Media https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1832037 Check out the week’s most emotionally reacted-to TV personalities and characters.

An Oscar-winning athlete, the latest Bachelor and a pro basketball player had viewers talking passionately on social media over the past seven days.

The Wrap has partnered with Canvs, the emotion measurement company, for a weekly look at some of the characters and personalities that have TV viewers the most worked up on social media. The data below covers Feb. 28 through Mar. 6 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television programs, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV.

Unsurprisingly, ABC’s broadcast of the 2018 Oscars was the most emotionally reacted-to programming during the period measured with an impressive 1,019,966 Emotional Reactions (ERs). As fans flocked to screens around the country to take in the red carpet glamour and cheer on their favorite stars, one person emerged as being a major conversation driver: Kobe Bryant. The former NBA star won the Oscar for best animated film for “Dear Basketball.” Viewers were happily surprised, and congratulated him en masse.




Arie Luyendyk Jr. sparked a firestorm of conversation during part one of the season 22 finale of “The Bachelor” on ABC (127,090 ERs) when he proposed to Becca… but ending up breaking up with her to chose the other final contestant, Lauren. Viewers expressed shock and utter contempt at his actions. This tops off a season in which Arie has often been, uh, less than desirable in the eyes of fans.




James Harden was one of the main drivers of conversation during the NBA game between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers, which was broadcast on ESPN and generated 87,739 ERs. During the first quarter the Rockets guard’s crossover dribble made Clippers guard Wesley Johnson fall over — and then Harden stared him down before sinking a third point shot. Although Harden denied accusations of blatant disrespect, many viewers felt differently.




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Frances McDormand Oscar Theft Suspect Faces Up to Three Years in Jail https://www.thewrap.com/frances-mcdormand-oscar-theft-suspect-faces-up-to-three-years-in-jail/ https://www.thewrap.com/frances-mcdormand-oscar-theft-suspect-faces-up-to-three-years-in-jail/#respond Tue, 06 Mar 2018 23:22:39 +0000 Tim Kenneally https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1831276 The man accused of stealing Frances McDormand’s Oscar statuette Sunday night has been charged with a felony and faces up to three years in jail if convicted as charged, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday.

According to the district attorney’s office, Terry Bryant has been charged with  one felony count of grand theft of property exceeding $950.

Bryant was seen taking Frances McDormand’s Oscar on Sunday from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Ball and was detained near an exit, prosecutors state.

On Sunday, Bryant posted a video of himself clutching and kissing the award, while bragging to the camera about his supposed victory, which he claimed was for “music.”

“Sup babies, look, my team got this tonight,” he said. “Who wants to tell me congratulations?” he added as onlookers asked to touch the statuette and offered him well wishes, apparently not realizing that the Oscar belonged to McDormand.

McDormand won the award Sunday in the Best Actress category for her work in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

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E!’s Oscars Red Carpet With Ryan Seacrest Craters in Ratings https://www.thewrap.com/e-oscars-red-carpet-coverage-ryan-seacrest-ratings/ https://www.thewrap.com/e-oscars-red-carpet-coverage-ryan-seacrest-ratings/#respond Tue, 06 Mar 2018 20:17:39 +0000 Tony Maglio and Jennifer Maas https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1830921 ABC’s Oscars telecast may have hit an all-time ratings low Sunday, but it isn’t the only network that had a bad night. Ryan Seacrest’s coverage of the 90th Annual Academy Awards’ red carpet arrivals for E! plummeted 24 percent in impressions among adults 18-49 compared to last year’s show.

The cable pre-show managed 624,000 impressions in the key demo between 5-8 p.m. ET — slipping from 820,000 in 2017 — according to live-plus-same-day Nielsen data. The Seacrest-led coverage was down 27 percent in overall impressions, settling for 1.4 million this go-round vs. 1.9 million last year.

“E! delivered 40 million total engagements across TV, digital and social products on Sunday for Oscars,” a spokesperson for the network tells TheWrap. “Competitively E!’s Oscars coverage ranks No. 1 socially across all platforms. Additionally, for television only, E!’s line-up of red carpet programming on Sunday delivered 5.5 million total unique viewers.”

The drop in national ratings — which is how a broadcast show like the actual Oscars are typically measured — is even worse.

E!’s Oscars pre-show, broadcasted ahead of the Jimmy Kimmel-hosted awards ceremony, settled for a 0.4 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and 1.3 million total viewers. Those were down 43 and 35 percent, respectively. National ratings are not used among cable executives as they do not factor out TV’s that are not even connected to cable.

Meanwhile, the Disney-owned network’s 2018 Oscars telecast hit a new low in viewership, with the show drawing 26.5 million eyeballs, down almost 20 percent from last year.

The dip in E!’s Oscars red carpet ratings comes just after new details were revealed about the accusations posed against Seacrest by his former stylist Suzie Hardy. In a story published by Variety last week, Hardy came forward with the specifics of a sexual harassment claim she raised with E! owner NBCUniversal last November — including accusations that Seacrest groped her genitals and pressed his erection against her.

A formal investigation from the network said Seacrest was innocent of any wrongdoing. His lawyer also said Hardy sought $15 million in exchange for her silence. Hardy hit back and said Seacrest was pushing a “false narrative.”

Seacrest’s traffic at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater was noticeably lighter this year, especially when it came to stars nominated in key awards categories.

Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”), Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”), Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”) and Meryl Streep (“The Post”) all skipped the E! spot on the Oscar carpet.

During his segments on the broadcast, co-hosted by Giuliana Rancic, Seacrest avoided any talk of the sweeping #MeToo and #TimesUp movements that have blanketed awards-season conversation since the Harvey Weinstein scandal erupted.

Hours before the carpet commenced, Deadline reported that Seacrest would be afforded a 30-second delay from the network in case he was rejected live by talent, or in the event that anyone confronted him about the accusation on the air. The network denied it, saying no such measures would be taken and the show would be “business as usual.”

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Jimmy Kimmel Has the Perfect Comeback to Trump’s Oscar-Ratings Slam https://www.thewrap.com/jimmy-kimmel-has-perfect-comeback-to-trumps-oscar-ratings-slam/ https://www.thewrap.com/jimmy-kimmel-has-perfect-comeback-to-trumps-oscar-ratings-slam/#respond Tue, 06 Mar 2018 18:34:07 +0000 Jennifer Maas https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1830755 Jimmy Kimmel has heard how bad the ratings were for his second go around hosting the Oscars on Sunday, so you don’t need to rub it in. And if you are going to rub it in? Well, then you better make sure your approval rating is higher than his was.

Early on Tuesday morning, Donald Trump tweeted a “joke” about the 90th Annual Academy Awards numbers, writing, “Lowest rated Oscars in HISTORY. Problem is, we don’t have Stars anymore – except your President (just kidding, of course)!”

Soon after the president posted his zinger, the late-night host quoted his jab, adding the best possible comeback: “Thanks, lowest rated President in HISTORY.”

Ouch. But to be fair, Trump isn’t wrong here. Well, on the lowest-rated Oscars in history part.

Sunday’s show was the least-watched Academy Awards in history. But we’ve got our own theories as to why — and they’re a bit more plausible. Read why these were actually the lowest-rated Oscars in history here.

Kimmel’s second turn emceeing the celebration of film plummeted nearly 20 percent from his 2017 debut. The 2018 ABC special settled for 26.5 million total viewers, which obliterated the old low-water mark of 32 million set back in 2008.

See Trump’s original tweet and Kimmel’s comeback below.

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Jennifer Garner Explains Her Confused Oscars Reaction That Went Viral https://www.thewrap.com/jennifer-garner-explains-her-oscars-reaction-that-went-viral/ https://www.thewrap.com/jennifer-garner-explains-her-oscars-reaction-that-went-viral/#respond Tue, 06 Mar 2018 16:17:22 +0000 Beatrice Verhoeven https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1830508 Jennifer Garner has finally explained her mysterious reaction that was caught on camera during the Oscars Sunday night and then quickly went viral.

After the 90th Academy Awards, a video circulated of Garner in which she was clapping during an awards break when her face suddenly changed into a look of confusion.

Many took to Twitter to speculate what Garner could have been thinking in that moment, from “Jennifer Garner figuring out what ‘inclusion rider’ means,” to “left oven on at home.”

Garner took to Instagram on Monday to post the moment to her story, with three different explanations as to what could’ve crossed her mind.

“Congrats to ‘Shape of Water,'” Garner said in the first story. “Maybe I should date a fish?”

The second video poked fun at her Capital One endorsement deal: “Hey Jimmy Kimmel, what’s in your wallet? Wait — where’s my wallet?”

And in the final video, she referred to her upcoming HBO series “Camping,” written by Lena Dunham: “Can’t wait to work with Lena Dunham. Wait, did I sign a nudity waiver?”

See below for Garner’s Instagram videos.

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Donald Trump on Record Low Oscar Ratings: ‘We Don’t Have Stars Anymore – Except Your President!’ https://www.thewrap.com/donald-trump-oscars-ratings-stars-president/ https://www.thewrap.com/donald-trump-oscars-ratings-stars-president/#respond Tue, 06 Mar 2018 14:12:00 +0000 Tony Maglio https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1830341 Donald Trump has a theory about those lowest-ever Oscar ratings: “Problem is, we don’t have Stars anymore – except your President,” our President tweeted on Tuesday morning.

“Just kidding, of course,” he added in parentheses.

Of course. Read his full tweet below.

Trump (pictured above at the 83rd annual Oscars) is right about one thing: These were the least-watched Academy Awards in history. But we’ve got our own theories as to why — and they’re a bit more plausible. Read why these were actually the lowest-rated Oscars in history here.

Jimmy Kimmel’s second turn hosting the celebration of film plummeted nearly 20 percent from his 2017 debut. The 2018 ABC special settled for 26.5 million total viewers, which obliterated the old low-water mark of 32 million set back in 2008.

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Jimmy Kimmel Says His Mom Baked Oscar Cookies and Passed Them Around the Audience https://www.thewrap.com/jimmy-kimmel-says-his-mom-baked-oscar-cookies-and-passed-them-around-the-audience/ https://www.thewrap.com/jimmy-kimmel-says-his-mom-baked-oscar-cookies-and-passed-them-around-the-audience/#respond Tue, 06 Mar 2018 06:15:55 +0000 Debbie Emery https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1830293 After his second consecutive Oscars, Jimmy Kimmel was back at his usual job as ABC late-night night host on Monday — if somewhat sleep deprived.

Having gone to bed at 2 a.m. and been woken up at 7 a.m., Kimmel at least had plenty of sugary treats around to give him an extra boost.

“My mother, unbeknownst to me, spent the weekend making Oscar cookies,” Kimmel said during his opening monologue Monday night. Cookies shaped like the Oscar, no less.

“And she put glitter [on them], I don’t know if it was edible or what. Cookies which she then packed in disposable Tupperware boxes and brought to the show,” he said of his mom, Joan Kimmel.

“So while the Oscar show is going on, my mother is in the audience passing cookies around to various people, including Steven Spielberg,” Kimmel revealed. “She gave Steven Spielberg a cookie. And he ate it.”

Spielberg went on to attend the Governor’s Ball immediately following the Oscars. No word on whether he indulged in a second dessert there, courtesy of celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck.

Mrs. Kimmel’s Oscar baking proved one thing to her son, who said it “really just goes to show you, even when you’re 50 years old and hosting the Academy Awards — you can still be embarrassed by your mommy at work.”

“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on ABC

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‘Shape of Water’ Dildo Sales Surge Over Oscars Weekend (Exclusive) https://www.thewrap.com/shape-of-water-dildo-sex-toy-sales-surge-oscars/ https://www.thewrap.com/shape-of-water-dildo-sex-toy-sales-surge-oscars/#respond Tue, 06 Mar 2018 01:54:04 +0000 Tony Maglio https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1830153

No one is happier about the Oscars Best Picture win for “The Shape of Water” than director Guillermo del Toro. Actually, strike that: 28 people might be even more jazzed about the Fish-Man movie right now.

XenoCat Artifacts, creators of the sex toy inspired by Amphibian Man, saw the dildos fly off their Etsy shelf over Academy Awards weekend. The sculptor, who goes by “Ere” had posted 28 more Fish-Man dildos on March 3, the day before the Oscars. They were all gone in about as much time as Jimmy Kimmel’s Chinese Theater gag last night lasted.

“Our sales have gone through the roof!” she told TheWrap on Monday. “All ‘Shape of Water’ toys sold out as soon as I posted them… in less than 20 minutes!”

Though she’s sold out again, Ere could probably be talked into whipping up another batch.

Asked by email if the demand has grown even more since the film’s big wins last night, Ere responded: “A pretty good amount!”

Yeah, she’s excited — and so are her clients.

Now, Ere just wants to thank her hero del Toro and actor Doug Jones, who played The Asset, by sending them a gift. “No, not a fish dick,” she said, “but a coaster set and maybe a teeny gold replica.”

Careful about that “teeny” thing, Ere. Men — even fish men — are sensitive. But hey, the coasters are practical.

Click here to see who else besides del Toro (and Ere’s customers) scored with statuettes last night.

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Jordan Peele’s Oscar Hooks Up With Jordan Peele’s Emmy (Photo) https://www.thewrap.com/jordan-peeles-oscar-hooks-up-with-jordan-peeles-emmy-photo/ https://www.thewrap.com/jordan-peeles-oscar-hooks-up-with-jordan-peeles-emmy-photo/#respond Tue, 06 Mar 2018 01:15:36 +0000 Tim Kenneally https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1830181 Remember when your kid sister used to stage make-out sessions between her Ken and Barbie dolls? This is kind of like that, except on a whole other level.

Fresh off of his Oscars win for Best Original Screenplay for “Get Out,” Jordan Peele played matchmaker for his new trophy, introducing him to a real golden girl — his Emmy award.

Peele posted a photo of the historic meet-up on his Twitter account on Monday, likening the encounter to the process of childbirth.

“This is exactly what it looked like watching my wife give birth,” Peele wrote.

Peele scored an Emmy in 2016, when his Comedy Central series “Key & Peele” won in the Outstanding Variety Sketch Series category.

Peele became the first African American winner for Best Original Screenplay at Sunday night’s Oscars, after becoming just the fourth black writer nominated in the category.

“I want to dedicate this to all the people who raised my voice and let me make this movie,” Peele said upon accepting his Oscar.

But one thing: That chair in the background is the same one from “Get Out.”

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Thanks, Jimmy Kimmel! Days Inn Lake Havasu Gets ‘Insane Amount of Calls’ After Oscar Gag https://www.thewrap.com/thanks-jimmy-kimmel-days-inn-lake-havasu-gets-insane-amount-of-calls-after-oscar-gag/ https://www.thewrap.com/thanks-jimmy-kimmel-days-inn-lake-havasu-gets-insane-amount-of-calls-after-oscar-gag/#respond Tue, 06 Mar 2018 00:38:20 +0000 Umberto Gonzalez https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1830055 Oscar Host Jimmy Kimmel offered a jet ski during Sunday night’s Oscars to the winner with the shortest speech. The host even offered to sweeten the pot by adding a stay at Arizona’s Lake Havasu Days Inn in a fake tourism commercial.

The free advertising on the telecast seems to have been the golden ticket, as the Days Inn has received a flood of calls since.

“Last night and this morning we had an insane amount of calls about it,” a rep for the Lake Havasu Days Inn tells The Wrap. “Fifty to 75 people have called. Today alone, probably 20.”

Were the staffers aware Kimmel would mention the vacation spot on the telecast? “No, we had no idea,” added the rep. “But we are already booked for spring break, which is real popular in Lake Havasu. It’s cool publicity but nothing out of the normal.”

Costume Designer Mark Bridges, who won the Oscar for best costume design for the film “Phantom Thread” ended up winning the jet ski because his acceptance speech clocked in around 30 seconds but, Bridges might be surprised that the lake is actually not adjacent to the Days Inn.

“We have parking for boats and jet skis but, we are not an actual docking station and are a mile from the bridge and the lake,” said the rep.

Is there a presidential suite fit for Oscar winners?

“We have a suite, but we wouldn’t claim it as a presidential suite,” he added.

To check out  — or into — the hotel itself, click here.

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Why the Oscars Audience Just Plummeted Almost 20 Percent (Analysis) https://www.thewrap.com/oscars-ratings-why-viewership-sunk-20-percent-all-time-low/ https://www.thewrap.com/oscars-ratings-why-viewership-sunk-20-percent-all-time-low/#respond Tue, 06 Mar 2018 00:11:58 +0000 Tony Maglio https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1829994 Jimmy Kimmel’s second turn hosting the Oscars lost nearly 20 percent of the overall audience that tuned in last year. With *just* 26.5 million total viewers, Sunday’s awards show on ABC not only set a new all-time low in viewership, it obliterated the old mark by 17 percent.

Yes, last night was a disaster for the Disney-owned broadcaster, show producers, and those who ponied up millions to buy ad time (we’re looking at you, super-weird Kinder Eggs candy) on the special — but what went wrong? Happy to tell you.

Blame-gamers (like us, we suppose) need to look no further than the very movies we were celebrating. This year, only two of the bloated nine Best Pictures options made more than $100 million at the box office. And only one of those, “Dunkirk,” came out over the summer, which is primetime as far as films are concerned. The other blockbuster (from a ticket sales and ROI standpoint, at least) was “Get Out,” which premiered more than a year ago.

Sometimes absence does not make the heart grow fonder.

It certainly didn’t help the 90th Academy Awards that live TV ratings have been steadily declining overall for years now. And in the current season — even counting one week’s worth of DVR viewing where available — ABC is down 11 percent in total viewers, compared to a net decline of about 5 percent for the Big 4 broadcast networks overall.

But those trends alone should only account for maybe a quarter of the overall loss. Last year’s 32.9 million viewers was down 4 percent from the prior one, for example, while 2016’s 34.3 million audience members dipped 6 percent from its own predecessor.

The 2018 Academy Awards also ran way too long. Since Nielsen ratings are the average of a show’s overall audience, a three-hour program running 3:50 (and nearing midnight on the east coast) only dilutes tune-in. The 2017 Oscars overrun was even longer, but its “La La Land”-“Moonlight” Best Picture fiasco made it worth the wait.

We’ve got work in the morning, guys.

Additionally, any strong political statement has the potential to alienate audiences. No, the Oscars weren’t advertised on political terms, but host Jimmy Kimmel has increasingly used his ABC talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live” as a political forum. At the same time, Hollywood at large is going through an extremely political period, as evidenced by the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. Audiences therefore had good reason to expect politically-charged content at the Oscars as well, and some of them — particularly Middle-America viewers who propel “Big Bang Theory” ratings or put Donald Trump into the White House — might have tuned out.

Other potential (minor) contributors to last night’s decline and record-low could be the predictability of the award winners. There really weren’t many surprises last night. To steal a term from college basketball’s upcoming March Madness, the results were all “chalk.”

A poorly received Kimmel cold open didn’t do his employer any favors either. His monologue was much better — should’ve just started there, Jim. Unfortunately, the recycled stars-meet-fans gag and other bits fell flatter throughout the night.

Finally, bad weather back in New York and Boston may not have helped things, especially if the local power didn’t cooperate. At this point though, we’re admittedly just grasping at straws.

So if we’re being honest: It’s all your fault, Guillermo del Toro.

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Oscars Viewership Drops to All-Time Low of 26.5 Million https://www.thewrap.com/oscars-viewership-drops-time-low-26-5-million/ https://www.thewrap.com/oscars-viewership-drops-time-low-26-5-million/#respond Mon, 05 Mar 2018 20:29:40 +0000 Tony Maglio https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1829646 The 2018 Oscars were not one to remember — you know, except for Guillermo del Toro and the night’s other big winners.

Sunday’s average audience of 26.5 million total viewers was the smallest tune-in for an Oscars in Nielsen’s electronically recorded history, which dates back to the early 1990s.

Jimmy Kimmel’s return as Academy Awards host lost 6.4 million total viewers from his first go-around last year (which had 32.9 million viewers) — or a harsh 19.5 percent decline.

The previous all-time Oscar low happened a decade ago, when host Jon Stewart and Best Picture winner “No Country for Old Men” brought in 32.0 million total viewers. This year’s was 17.2 percent lower than even that. Yikes.

Read Monday’s earlier-available Nielsen numbers for the ABC special here. And check out Sunday’s winners here.

The 90th Oscars drew 23 million interactions across social media.

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Seth MacFarlane Thinks There’s Too Much Drama at the Oscars https://www.thewrap.com/seth-macfarlane-thinks-theres-too-much-drama-at-oscars/ https://www.thewrap.com/seth-macfarlane-thinks-theres-too-much-drama-at-oscars/#respond Mon, 05 Mar 2018 18:48:05 +0000 Tim Kenneally https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1829720 The Oscars are apparently no laughing matter as far as Seth MacFarlane is concerned — but he’d really like that to change.

“Family Guy” boss MacFarlane took to Twitter on Sunday night as the Oscars aired to vent about the ceremony. Specifically, he took issue with what he perceived as an over-emphasis on dramatic offerings.

“Here’s another big problem with the Oscars no one talks about: It’s 99% drama,” MacFarlane wrote. “Until a movie like ‘Bridesmaids’ or ‘Airplane!’ gets a Best Picture win or even a nomination, it’s all conspicuously incomplete.”

“‘Get Out’ is a breath of fresh air to be sure, but it’s the exception,” MacFarlane, who hosted the Oscars in 2013, continued.

MacFarlane’s proclamation was met with criticism by some, including a Twitter user who noted, “‘Lady Bird’ is a lot of comedy. So was ‘Three Billboards.'”

Still, MacFarlane stood firm on his assessment.

“Comedic elements for sure, but still a dramatic story first. Im talking about an unabashed comedy,” MacFarlane replied.

When another responder weighed in with, “‘Bridesmaids’ is NOT Best Picture material,” MacFarlane shot back, “Why not? It broke a s—load of new ground, and was undeniably hilarious.”

Asked which comedies rose to the level of Best Picture quality, MacFarlane offered up a few more should’ve-been-contenders, writing, “‘Arthur,’ ‘Tootsie,’ ‘Defending Your Life,’ ‘Little Shop of Horrors,’ ‘Back to the Future’ — why not any of these?”

Read the back-and-forth below.

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Frances McDormand’s Oscar Thief Flaunts Stolen Statuette on Facebook: ‘I Can’t Believe I Got This’ (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/frances-mcdormand-oscar-thief-terry-bryant-brags-statuette-facebook-video/ https://www.thewrap.com/frances-mcdormand-oscar-thief-terry-bryant-brags-statuette-facebook-video/#respond Mon, 05 Mar 2018 18:41:26 +0000 Daniel Kohn https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1829706

Just when you thought the man arrested in connection with the theft of Frances McDormand’s Best Actress Oscar couldn’t get more harebrained, accused thief Terry Bryant posted a video on Facebook holding the award.

The video, which was filmed at the Governors Ball directly after Sunday’s annual Academy Awards show, sees Bryant clutching and kissing the award, while bragging to the camera about his supposed victory, which he claimed was for “music.”

“Sup babies, look, my team got this tonight,” he said. “Who wants to tell me congratulations?” he added as onlookers asked to touch the statuette and offered him well wishes, apparently not realizing that the Oscar belonged to McDormand.

Bryant then asked “where the Jimmy Kimmel part was at” before proclaiming “look I got this, it’s mine!” and that “I can’t believe I got this” as he held the gleaming statuette high.

Eventually, things didn’t turn out so well for Bryant. An LAPD spokesperson told TheWrap that he was booked on felony grand theft charges. Authorities said he had a ticket to the event.

On Sunday, New York Times culture reporter Cara Buckley tweeted a picture of Bryant that was taken by Wolfgang Puck’s photographer, along with her description of the incident.

“Security at the Governors Ball are looking for this guy, who grabbed Frances McDormand’s Oscar and ran out with it. Wolfgang Puck’s photographer stopped him, got the Oscar back, and the guy disappeared back into the ball. Apparently Frances has said to let him go,” wrote Buckley.

Watch Bryant’s video above:

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Emma Watson Sports ‘Time’s Up’ Tattoo After the Oscars (Photo) https://www.thewrap.com/emma-watson-sports-times-up-tattoo-after-the-oscars/ https://www.thewrap.com/emma-watson-sports-times-up-tattoo-after-the-oscars/#respond Mon, 05 Mar 2018 18:20:28 +0000 Ashley Boucher https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1829684 Emma Watson had a unique take on showing her Time’s Up support Sunday night at the Vanity Fair Oscar party.

The “Beauty and the Beast” star sported a temporary tattoo that read “Time’s Up” in black cursive script on her right forearm. Check out a close up below.

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Some grammarians online pointed out that the contraction was missing its apostrophe, though the hashtag #TimesUp omits the punctuation mark.

The Time’s Up initiative was discussed on the Red Carpet and during the show when faces of the #MeToo movement. Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra and Salma Hayek introduced a montage on stage Sunday night of men and women who have broken barriers of gender and race in the industry.

“The changes we are witnessing is being driven by the powerful sound of new voices, of different voices, of our voices, joining together in a mighty chorus that is finally saying, ‘time’s up,'” Judd said onstage. “And we work together to make sure the next 90 years empower these limitless possibilities of equality, diversity, inclusion, intersectionality. That’s what this year has promised us.”

Watson has been a staunch supporter of the initiative from its start, and has been an advocate of bringing the movement to the U.K.

“The clock’s been ticking on the abuse of power,” she said on Instagram after the initiative was  launched in January. “I stand in solidarity with women across every industry to say #TIMESUP on abuse, harassment, and assault. #TIMESUP on oppression and marginalization. #TIMESUP on misrepresentation and underrepresentation.”

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Frances McDormand Oscar Caper: Man Arrested for Trying to Swipe Statuette at Governors Ball https://www.thewrap.com/frances-mcdormands-oscar-stolen-governors-ball-thief-arrested/ https://www.thewrap.com/frances-mcdormands-oscar-stolen-governors-ball-thief-arrested/#respond Mon, 05 Mar 2018 16:53:12 +0000 Jennifer Maas https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1829641 A man was arrested in connection with the attempted theft of Frances McDormand’s Best Actress Oscar Sunday night at the Governors Ball, the Los Angeles Police Department told TheWrap on Monday.

An LAPD spokesperson told TheWrap that the culprit, Terry Bryant, was booked on felony grand theft charges. Authorities said he had a ticket to the event.

“Best Actress winner Frances McDormand and her Oscar were happily reunited after a brief separation at last night’s Governors Ball,” an Academy spokesperson told TheWrap. “The alleged thief was quickly apprehended by a photographer and members of our fast-acting Academy and security teams. The ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ star resumed her celebrations.”

On Sunday, New York Times culture reporter Cara Buckley tweeted a picture of the alleged thief that was taken by Wolfgang Puck’s photographer, along with her description of the incident.

“Security at the Governors Ball are looking for this guy, who grabbed Frances McDormand’s Oscar and ran out with it. Wolfgang Puck’s photographer stopped him, got the Oscar back, and the guy disappeared back into the ball. Apparently Frances has said to let him go.”

A representative for McDormand told USA Today that the “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” star’s award had found its way back to her.

“Fran and Oscar are happily reunited and are enjoying an In-N-Out burger together,” the rep said.

Meanwhile, Bryant posted video evidence of his theft on Facebook. “Sup babies, look, my team got this tonight,” he bragged in the video before giving the statuette a kiss.

You can watch the video below.

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Sandra Bullock Cried While Meeting ‘Black Panther’ Cast, Talks About Impact on African-American Son (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/sandra-bullock-cried-black-panther-cast-son/ https://www.thewrap.com/sandra-bullock-cried-black-panther-cast-son/#respond Mon, 05 Mar 2018 16:40:29 +0000 Jennifer Maas https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1829541

Everyone and their mother loves “Black Panther. But Sandra Bullock has a sweet spot in her heart for “Black Panther” because she’s a mother.

While speaking to Access Hollywood on the Oscars red carpet Sunday night, the Academy Award winner opened up about how emotional the Marvel Cinematic Universe has made her because of the impact it’s had on her eight-year-old adopted son, Louis.

“I started to cry backstage when I was telling [the ‘Black Panther’ cast not only] how much the film meant to me as a woman, but how much it meant to me as a mother,” she said, while talking about meeting the gang before her interview.

“That says a lot about where we are in this world, and in the world of superheroes,” Bullock added.

Bullock said having black leads in the MCU film has made it so she doesn’t have to alter toys for her son so that he feels included, something she wasn’t thrilled to be doing before.

“I’m so grateful to Marvel because about five years ago, my son asked me if there were any brown Legos,” Bullock said. “And I said, ‘Yes, there are,’ and I got a Sharpie and I turned Spider-Man brown, I turned the Legos brown, and I don’t have to turn them brown anymore.”

Though Bullock thinks Louis is still a little too young to watch the Chadwick Boseman duke it out with Michael B Jordan, she says in about a year he should be ready. Until then, we’ll be waiting for the little guy’s review.

Watch Bullock’s interview above.

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‘Shook’ Chloe Kim Invites Frances McDormand Snowboarding After Oscars Speech Shout-Out https://www.thewrap.com/oscars-chloe-kim-invites-frances-mcdormand-snowboarding-acceptance-speech/ https://www.thewrap.com/oscars-chloe-kim-invites-frances-mcdormand-snowboarding-acceptance-speech/#respond Mon, 05 Mar 2018 15:53:27 +0000 Jennifer Maas https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1829545 We’d love to ask Chloe Kim which felt better: winning gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics last month or the shout-out she received from Best Actress winner Frances McDormand during her acceptance speech at Sunday’s Oscars.

Seeing as Kim proclaimed herself “shook” on Twitter after McDormand’s reference to the snowboarder’s impressive skills, we think it’s a tough call.

McDormand took home gold herself for her performance in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” at the 2018 Academy Awards, and her rousing speech included both a call to action for Hollywood and the cute compliment directed at the snowboarder.

“Okay, so I’m hyperventilating a little bit,” McDormand started. “If I fall over, pick me up cause I’ve got some things to say. So I think this is what Chloe Kim must have felt like after doing back-to-back 1080s in the Olympic halfpipe. Did you see that? Okay, that’s what it feels like.”

Kim first snapped back in awe with a, “I am SHOOK rn like what,” tweet, but composed herself enough to invite McDormand to join her on the slopes.

“Hey Frances let’s go snowboarding sometime,” the Olympian tweeted, including the monkey-covering its eyes emoji.

Same, Kim. Same.

See Kim’s reactions to McDormand’s sweet shout-out below.

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Jodie Foster’s Oscar-Night Crutches Explained – No, It Wasn’t Meryl’s Fault https://www.thewrap.com/jodie-foster-actual-reason-crutches-oscars-and-it-wasnt-meryls-fault/ https://www.thewrap.com/jodie-foster-actual-reason-crutches-oscars-and-it-wasnt-meryls-fault/#respond Mon, 05 Mar 2018 15:46:13 +0000 Beatrice Verhoeven https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1829546 Meryl Streep isn’t actually to blame for Jodie Foster needing crutches at the Oscars on Sunday night, but a ski accident is.

Before presenting Best Actress alongside Jennifer Lawrence at the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday night, the 55-year-old actress hobbled onto the stage with a pair of crutches and a boot, joking that Streep had “I, Tonya’ed” her, although she preferred “not to discuss it.”

Foster’s representative told TheWrap that Foster fell while skiing a few weeks ago, which is why she needed crutches.

Foster and Lawrence presented the coveted award to Frances McDormand for her role in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” During her acceptance speech, McDormand asked every single other female Oscar nominee to stand up alongside her and asked for producers to tell and finance their stories.

She also mentioned the Inclusion Rider, something people working in film can include in their contracts. The clause can be added to contracts for actors and others working on a movie, requiring that the movie’s producers hire a diverse cast and crew. If the movie wasn’t diverse, it would give the actor a legal reason to back out of the contract — meaning the rider could have a serious effect on all the hiring practices on a film.

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Sorry, ‘Shape of Water': Twitter Picks a Different Best Picture During Oscars https://www.thewrap.com/oscars-shape-of-water-coco-get-out-three-billboards-twitter/ https://www.thewrap.com/oscars-shape-of-water-coco-get-out-three-billboards-twitter/#respond Mon, 05 Mar 2018 15:44:06 +0000 Tony Maglio https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1829448 Sunday’s Oscars belonged to Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” — though not according to Twitter.

The film most-tweeted about during the 90th Academy Awards was actually “Coco,” which won Best Animated Feature and also took home the Original Song trophy for “Remember Me.”

“Shape of Water” was the No. 2 top movie on the social media network, following by “Dunkirk,” “Call Me by Your Name” and “Get Out,” per Twitter.

Here are some additional Twitter stats from last night, like the ABC special’s top moments:

  1. “The Shape of Water” wins Best Picture
  2. Oscar Isaac, Mark Hamill, Kelly Marie Tran and BB-8 present Best Animated Feature to “Coco”
  3. Jordan Peele wins Best Original Screenplay for “Get Out”
  4. Frances McDormand wins Best Actress
  5. “Remember Me” from “Coco” wins Best Original Song
And the most discussed stars during the red carpet:
  1. Timothée Chalamet (@RealChalamet)
  2. Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman)
  3. Tom Holland (@TomHolland1996)
  4. Lupita Nyong’o (@Lupita_Nyongo)
  5. Adam Rippon (@Adaripp)
Finally, below are the most tweeted about stars at the Oscars — sorry, you didn’t make the cut, Jimmy Kimmel.
  1. Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant)
  2. Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT)
  3. Meryl Streep
  4. Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele)
  5. Gary Oldman

Here are last night’s actual winners.

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‘Coco’ Songwriter Robert Lopez Becomes First-Ever Double EGOT Winner https://www.thewrap.com/coco-songwriter-robert-lopez-becomes-first-ever-double-egot-winner/ https://www.thewrap.com/coco-songwriter-robert-lopez-becomes-first-ever-double-egot-winner/#respond Mon, 05 Mar 2018 15:30:09 +0000 Beatrice Verhoeven https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1829534 “Coco” songwriter Robert Lopez didn’t only win the Oscar for Best Original Song on Sunday, but he also became a double EGOT last night as well.

Last night’s achievement, shared with his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez, made him become the first-ever double EGOT winner in history. When he first achieved EGOT status, Lopez was already the youngest person to do so at age 39.

Lopez previously won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2014 for “Let It Go” in “Frozen.” He also has two Daytime Emmys (for “Wonder Pets), three Grammys (for “Book of Mormon,” the “Frozen” soundtrack and “Let It Go”) and three Tonys (two for “Book of Mormon” and one for “Avenue Q”).

“Coco” also won Best Animated Feature Film at Sunday’s awards show.

Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina directed the film that follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel who is transported to the Land of the Dead to find his deceased musician great-great-grandfather before he is forgotten by his family.

Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renee Victor and Edward James Olmos star in the film that has also won a Golden Globe, a Critics Choice Award, a BAFTA Award, and multiple Annie Awards.

Lopez’s reps have not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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Macaulay Culkin Live-Tweeted the Oscars, ‘Bummed’ He Was ‘Left Out of the In Memoriam’ https://www.thewrap.com/macaulay-culkin-hilariously-live-tweeted-the-oscars-im-still-not-sure-what-a-cinematography-is/ https://www.thewrap.com/macaulay-culkin-hilariously-live-tweeted-the-oscars-im-still-not-sure-what-a-cinematography-is/#respond Mon, 05 Mar 2018 15:26:27 +0000 Daniel Kohn https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1829342 Macaulay Culkin may be semi-retired from acting, but that didn’t stop the former child star from chiming in with his thoughts on the Oscars.

Over the course of nearly seven hours, the “Home Alone” star took on topics ranging from the hilarious (“This year’s Fashion Police are now wearing bodycams. “) to the topical (“Casey Affleck couldn’t make it cause he was stuck in the 1950s”) by ripping the lines of Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein and James Franco.

But, Culkin claimed that despite his lengthy tweet-storm, he wasn’t actually watching the 90th edition of the Academy Awards. Clad in a tuxedo, the actor tweeted photos of things he was doing instead of tuning in, like painting his toenails, playing with figurines, noodling around on a guitar, playing classic ’90s Sega Genesis game “Toejam & Earl” and making ramen.

He also joked about the state of his own career: “I’m bummed this is the FOURTH year in a row I was left out of the In Memoriam.”

For those wondering, Culkin has been fairly busy despite his absence from the big screen since 2005’s “Saved.” He has his own podcast and recently started a website in conjunction with that.

Culkin was recently a guest on “WTF With Marc Maron” as well.

Here are some of the highlights of Culkin’s Oscar-night tweets.

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Oscars Early Ratings Tank, Show Sinks 16 Percent From Last Year https://www.thewrap.com/oscars-ratings-tank-16-percent-last-year-jimmy-kimmel/ https://www.thewrap.com/oscars-ratings-tank-16-percent-last-year-jimmy-kimmel/#respond Mon, 05 Mar 2018 14:05:32 +0000 Tony Maglio https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1828813

Jimmy Kimmel’s return as Oscars host received an 18.9 rating in Nielsen’s overnight numbers from 8-11 p.m. ET, down 15.6 percent from his 2017 debut. Of course, the ABC special ran about 50 minutes after primetime’s cutoff, so these numbers are subject to some adjustment.

Last year’s Oscars landed a 22.4 rating in Nielsen’s overnight numbers, which count 56 metered markets. That was down 4.3 percent from 2016’s very preliminary numbers, when Chris Rock hosted.

Rock’s turn had already dipped 8 percent from its own predecessor.

The 2017 Oscars eventually tabulated 32.9 million total viewers, which was down 4 percent from the Rock-hosted ceremony. Last night’s overall audience tally should be in by noon PT today.

This year’s ABC special will need to stay north of 32.018 million — which is what host Jon Stewart and Best Picture “No Country for Old Men” got in 2008 — to avoid an all-time low audience return. Stewart managed a 20.8 in overnight returns.

Here are Sunday’s winners and nominees.

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‘Morning Joe’ Misses When Oscars Honored ‘Movies Americans Actually Saw’ https://www.thewrap.com/morning-joe-misses-oscars-honored-movies-americans-actually-saw/ https://www.thewrap.com/morning-joe-misses-oscars-honored-movies-americans-actually-saw/#respond Mon, 05 Mar 2018 13:49:02 +0000 Jon Levine https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1829320

“Morning Joe” wasn’t too interested in Sunday night’s 90th Academy Award ceremony.

On Monday, co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski laughed off 2017’s best films, and said they missed when the Oscars honored the movies that most Americans actually cared about.

“Remember [when] you would watch the Academy Awards and it would be all movies Americans actually saw,” said Scarborough.  “People would actually say, ‘oh I saw four of those.'”

The MSNBC host cited “The Godfather” and “The Sting” as previous examples.

“There’s just not that middle ground anymore. You have movies that I take my kids to see … and then you’ve got more of the indie art,” he said.

While running down last night’s big winners Monday morning, Scarborough and Brzezinski joked about their lack of Oscar knowledge.

“Did that story about the fish win? The woman and the fish? Did that win?” asked Scarborough in reference to “The Shape of Water.” “Am I getting old?”

“No you’re not, I don’t get it,” said Brzezinski.

“Anybody see ‘I, Tonya?'” Scarborough asked the set. His question elicited little response.

“I haven’t seen it,” said show contributor Eugene Robinson off-screen.

“I want to see it,”  Brzezinski offered.

With the early schedule that “Morning Joe” demands, it’s unlikely the pair would have been able to catch the big night live from the East Coast. After that conversation, the show pivoted into more familiar territory, including the latest Trump outrage and new speculation about the latest news in Robert Mueller’s investigation.

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13 Best and Worst Oscars Moments, From Frances McDormand’s Speech to Gael Garcia Bernal’s Singing (Photos) https://www.thewrap.com/13-best-worst-oscars-moments-2018-frances-mcdormands-speech-gael-garcia-bernals-singing-photos/ https://www.thewrap.com/13-best-worst-oscars-moments-2018-frances-mcdormands-speech-gael-garcia-bernals-singing-photos/#respond Mon, 05 Mar 2018 05:15:39 +0000 Beatrice Verhoeven and Matt Donnelly https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1829011 BEST: Rita Moreno

Literally everything about Rita Moreno rocked on Sunday night. Not only did she wear parts of her 1962 Oscars dress when she won an award for “West Side Story, but she also delivered maybe the most over-the-top yet amazing laugh when opening an envelope. Also, Moreno hasn’t aged one day.

WORST: Set Design

From bizarre eastern-inspired columns and altars, gothic chandeliers, abstract light installations and what looks like two Lady Gaga shoulder pads framing the stage, we have no idea what in God’s name was going on with set design this year.

BEST: Old-Timey Opening Package

For just a split second, you couldn’t tell whether the 2018 Oscars telecast had begun, but soon it became clear that the old-timey film spool was serving as the opening to the awards show. Presented in black and white, the package poked fun at Emma Stone and Armie Hammer and honed in on attendees in the audience — and at the end, it was revealed that Jimmy Kimmel was narrating the package in the antique voiceover style.

WORST: Gael Garcia Bernal singing “Remember Me”

Gael Garcia Bernal signing Oscar-nominated song “Remember Me” from Oscar-winning film “Coco” wasn’t on point. Sure, it was maybe meant to be endearing, but Bernal’s performance missed the mark. But we’re kind of relieved there is something Bernal isn’t good at.

BEST: Allison Janney thanks the “I, Tonya” bird

When Janney won Best Supporting Actress for her role in “I, Tonya,” she thanked the legendary bird for her award.

“To my ‘I, Tonya’ family: the magnificent Margot Robbie, the fearless Craig Gillespie, a cast and crew and bird that elevated my work,” she said.

BEST: Helen Mirren’s Jetski Pose

Jimmy Kimmel surprised everyone with a need-for-speed gift — whoever has the shortest acceptance speech will win a jetski. And who better to present the jet ski than DAME HELEN MIRREN?

WORST: “Star Wars” stars banter with BB-8

Kelly Marie Tran, Oscar Isaac and Mark Hamill took the stage with BB-8 for some endearing and light-hearted banter, but the audience just kind of politely applauded to humor the group.

BEST: Mark Wahlberg/Michelle Williams Joke

While Mark Wahlberg glossed over the uncomfortable truth with a $1.5 million donation to Time’s Up, Oscar host Kimmel was not going to let the audience forget that the movie star was paid all that cash for reshoots on “All the Money in the World.” His costar Michelle Williams only got her per diem of $80 per day, and the pair have the same agent in Ari Emanuel of WME. “If we can’t trust agents, who can we trust?” Kimmel joked.

 

 

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https://www.thewrap.com/13-best-worst-oscars-moments-2018-frances-mcdormands-speech-gael-garcia-bernals-singing-photos/feed/ 0 Although the set design was way over the top with gothic chandeliers and abstract light installations, the 90th Academy Awards were filled with heartwarming but also gut-wrenching moments 

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Although the set design was way over the top with gothic chandeliers and abstract light installations, the 90th Academy Awards were filled with heartwarming but also gut-wrenching moments 

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BEST: Rita Moreno

Literally everything about Rita Moreno rocked on Sunday night. Not only did she wear parts of her 1962 Oscars dress when she won an award for “West Side Story, but she also delivered maybe the most over-the-top yet amazing laugh when opening an envelope. Also, Moreno hasn’t aged one day. 

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BEST: Rita Moreno

Literally everything about Rita Moreno rocked on Sunday night. Not only did she wear parts of her 1962 Oscars dress when she won an award for “West Side Story, but she also delivered maybe the most over-the-top yet amazing laugh when opening an envelope. Also, Moreno hasn’t aged one day. 

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WORST: Set Design

From bizarre eastern-inspired columns and altars, gothic chandeliers, abstract light installations and what looks like two Lady Gaga shoulder pads framing the stage, we have no idea what in God's name was going on with set design this year. 

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WORST: Set Design

From bizarre eastern-inspired columns and altars, gothic chandeliers, abstract light installations and what looks like two Lady Gaga shoulder pads framing the stage, we have no idea what in God's name was going on with set design this year. 

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BEST: Old-Timey Opening Package

For just a split second, you couldn’t tell whether the 2018 Oscars telecast had begun, but soon it became clear that the old-timey film spool was serving as the opening to the awards show. Presented in black and white, the package poked fun at Emma Stone and Armie Hammer and honed in on attendees in the audience -- and at the end, it was revealed that Jimmy Kimmel was narrating the package in the antique voiceover style. 

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BEST: Old-Timey Opening Package

For just a split second, you couldn’t tell whether the 2018 Oscars telecast had begun, but soon it became clear that the old-timey film spool was serving as the opening to the awards show. Presented in black and white, the package poked fun at Emma Stone and Armie Hammer and honed in on attendees in the audience -- and at the end, it was revealed that Jimmy Kimmel was narrating the package in the antique voiceover style. 

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WORST: Gael Garcia Bernal Singing "Remember Me"

Gael Garcia Bernal singing nominated song "Remember Me" from Oscar-winning film "Coco" wasn't on point. Sure, it was maybe meant to be endearing, but Bernal's performance missed the mark. But we're kind of relieved there is something Bernal isn't good at.

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WORST: Gael Garcia Bernal Singing "Remember Me"

Gael Garcia Bernal singing nominated song "Remember Me" from Oscar-winning film "Coco" wasn't on point. Sure, it was maybe meant to be endearing, but Bernal's performance missed the mark. But we're kind of relieved there is something Bernal isn't good at.

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BEST: Helen Mirren's Jet Ski Pose

Jimmy Kimmel surprised everyone with a need-for-speed gift -- whoever gave the shortest acceptance speech would win a jet ski. And who better to present the jet ski than Dame Helen Mirren? Mark Bridges ended up taking the jet ski home -- along with an Oscar for Best Costume Design for “The Phantom Thread.”

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BEST: Helen Mirren's Jet Ski Pose

Jimmy Kimmel surprised everyone with a need-for-speed gift -- whoever gave the shortest acceptance speech would win a jet ski. And who better to present the jet ski than Dame Helen Mirren? Mark Bridges ended up taking the jet ski home -- along with an Oscar for Best Costume Design for “The Phantom Thread.”

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WORST: "Star Wars" Stars Banter With BB-8

Kelly Marie Tran, Oscar Isaac and Mark Hamill took the stage with BB-8 for some endearing and light-hearted banter, but the audience just kind of politely applauded to humor the group.

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WORST: "Star Wars" Stars Banter With BB-8

Kelly Marie Tran, Oscar Isaac and Mark Hamill took the stage with BB-8 for some endearing and light-hearted banter, but the audience just kind of politely applauded to humor the group.

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BEST: Mark Wahlberg/Michelle Williams Joke

While Mark Wahlberg glossed over the uncomfortable truth with a $1.5 million donation to Time’s Up, Oscar host Kimmel was not going to let the audience forget that the movie star was paid all that cash for reshoots on “All the Money in the World.” His costar Michelle Williams only got her per diem of $80 per day, and the pair have the same agency in WME, run by Wahlberg's rep Ari Emanuel. “If we can’t trust agents, who can we trust?” Kimmel joked. 

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BEST: Mark Wahlberg/Michelle Williams Joke

While Mark Wahlberg glossed over the uncomfortable truth with a $1.5 million donation to Time’s Up, Oscar host Kimmel was not going to let the audience forget that the movie star was paid all that cash for reshoots on “All the Money in the World.” His costar Michelle Williams only got her per diem of $80 per day, and the pair have the same agency in WME, run by Wahlberg's rep Ari Emanuel. “If we can’t trust agents, who can we trust?” Kimmel joked. 

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WORST: Joyless Oscar Audience Watching Ecstatic Normals Getting Visited by Celebrities 

Jimmy Kimmel improved on his tour bus bit from last year by taking an undercover group of nominees and stars into a nearby advance screening of “A Wrinkle in Time.” Armed with a hot dog gun, buckets of candy and even a huge sub sandwich, stars like Gal Gadot and Emily Blunt shocked regular moviegoers by crashing their evening. The big screen inside the theater reverted to a live shot of the Oscars audience, who looked bored and unimpressed by the stunt. 

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WORST: Joyless Oscar Audience Watching Ecstatic Normals Getting Visited by Celebrities 

Jimmy Kimmel improved on his tour bus bit from last year by taking an undercover group of nominees and stars into a nearby advance screening of “A Wrinkle in Time.” Armed with a hot dog gun, buckets of candy and even a huge sub sandwich, stars like Gal Gadot and Emily Blunt shocked regular moviegoers by crashing their evening. The big screen inside the theater reverted to a live shot of the Oscars audience, who looked bored and unimpressed by the stunt. 

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BEST: Allison Janney Thanks the "I, Tonya" Bird

When Janney won Best Supporting Actress for her role in "I, Tonya," she thanked the legendary bird for her award.

"To my 'I, Tonya' family: the magnificent Margot Robbie, the fearless Craig Gillespie, a cast and crew and bird that elevated my work," she said.

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BEST: Allison Janney Thanks the "I, Tonya" Bird

When Janney won Best Supporting Actress for her role in "I, Tonya," she thanked the legendary bird for her award.

"To my 'I, Tonya' family: the magnificent Margot Robbie, the fearless Craig Gillespie, a cast and crew and bird that elevated my work," she said.

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BEST: Dreamers Mention From Lupita Nyong'o and Kumail Nanjiani

Kumail Nanjiani and Lupita Nyong'o took their time on stage to share a powerful message for the Dreamers -- the recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program, which had a supposed end date on Monday after Trump ended DACA in September.

"Like everyone in this room and everyone watching at home, we are dreamers," Nyong'o said. "We grew up dreaming of one day working in the movies. Dreams are the foundation of Hollywood, and dreams are the foundation of America."

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BEST: Dreamers Mention From Lupita Nyong'o and Kumail Nanjiani

Kumail Nanjiani and Lupita Nyong'o took their time on stage to share a powerful message for the Dreamers -- the recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program, which had a supposed end date on Monday after Trump ended DACA in September.

"Like everyone in this room and everyone watching at home, we are dreamers," Nyong'o said. "We grew up dreaming of one day working in the movies. Dreams are the foundation of Hollywood, and dreams are the foundation of America."

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BEST: Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph Presenting

The two comedians had the entire audience in tears when they came on stage in their gowns and slippers, and Haddish told Meryl Streep that she wanted her to be her "mama one day."

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BEST: Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph Presenting

The two comedians had the entire audience in tears when they came on stage in their gowns and slippers, and Haddish told Meryl Streep that she wanted her to be her "mama one day."

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BEST: "This Is Me" Performance

Keala Settle moved everyone to tears with her performance of "This Is Us" from "The Greatest Showman," getting everyone in the audience moving and singing along. 

 

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BEST: "This Is Me" Performance

Keala Settle moved everyone to tears with her performance of "This Is Us" from "The Greatest Showman," getting everyone in the audience moving and singing along. 

 

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BEST: Frances McDormand's Acceptance Speech

Frances McDormand was so shaken by her Best Actress win that she told the audience to pick her up if she falls down "because she has some things to say." She then invited every female Oscar nominee in the room to stand up, bringing many to tears. She then urged listeners to help tell female stories and finished her speech with "Inclusion Rider." 

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BEST: Frances McDormand's Acceptance Speech

Frances McDormand was so shaken by her Best Actress win that she told the audience to pick her up if she falls down "because she has some things to say." She then invited every female Oscar nominee in the room to stand up, bringing many to tears. She then urged listeners to help tell female stories and finished her speech with "Inclusion Rider." 

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Time’s Up, Oscars: Fewest Female Winners Since 2012 https://www.thewrap.com/women-oscar-winners-2018-gender-gap-frances-mcdormand/ https://www.thewrap.com/women-oscar-winners-2018-gender-gap-frances-mcdormand/#respond Mon, 05 Mar 2018 05:10:33 +0000 Meriah Doty https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1828834 Frances McDormand, the final female Oscar winner of the night, had all the women nominees stand up to be recognized at Sunday’s show — a memorable moment in a show that actually marked the fewest number of female Oscar winners in six years.

Only six women took home Academy Awards on Sunday night’s 90th annual show, including the two actress winners, compared with 33 male winners. That’s little more than 15 percent. It’s the lowest number of female winners since 2012’s show (the 85th annual Academy Awards), when only four women brought home statuettes.

The meager figure comes as a stark reminder in the year of #MeToo and TimesUp that the gender gap in Hollywood remains vast.

In the last five years there have been between nine and 11 female winners. The most in recent years was 11 female winners in 2014.

During Sunday’s show, Lucy Sibbick was the first woman of the night to win a statuette, sharing the prize with two other men, Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, for Best Makeup and Hairstyling for their work on theWinston Churchill biopic “Darkest Hour,” starring Gary Oldman.

In addition to Supporting Actress winner Allison Janney and McDormand, Sunday’s other female winners were Kristen Anderson Lopez (who shared Best Original Song for “Coco” with her husband, Robert Lopez), Rachel Shenton (who shared Best Live Action Short for “Silent Child” with Chris Overton) and Darla K. Anderson (who shared Best Animated Feature with Lee Unkrich for “Coco”).

McDormand finished the night for female winners, earning Best Actress for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and preaching “inclusion” in her impassioned speech.

When the nominations were announced in January, the Academy tied its record for female Oscar nominees, but improvement to bridge the gender gap was only slight. Apart from Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, female nominees didn’t outnumber males in any Oscar categories.

Women still made up less than one-fourth of the total number of Oscar nominees this year.

According to the Academy’s awards librarian, 40 women were nominated in competitive, non-acting categories this year, with an additional 10 nominated in the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories. That ties the record of 50 set two years ago, and is four more than the 46 nominated last year.

But more than 150 men were nominated in acting and non-acting categories, which pushes female representation among the nominees to less than 25 percent.

That’s about the same percentage the Oscars achieved 10 years ago, when there were fewer female nominees (44) but also fewer overall nominees.

In only two categories, Best Costume Design and Best Documentary Short Subject, did Academy voters nominate an equal number of men and women; in no category outside of Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress did the female nominees outnumber the males.

And while Rachel Morrison became the first female nominee in the Best Cinematography category and Greta Gerwig only the fifth woman nominated for Best Director, women were completely shut out in three categories — Best Score, Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects — and were in the minority in 14 other categories.

One sign of progress: Where 10 years ago only three women were nominated as producers of Best Picture nominees, this year eight were. But the number of male producers who were nominated grew almost as fast: 12 in 2008, 22 this year.

Of the nine Best Picture nominees, six have both male and female producers, with only “The Post” having more women than men. The other three nominees – “Get Out,” “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” — do not feature any nominated women producers.

Overall, female membership in the Academy has increased from 25 percent in 2015 to 28 percent after two consecutive years of a record number of new member invitations. Those years have seen a 359 percent increase in invitations extended to women — though until women are put in positions of power that make them eligible for Oscar nominations, Academy voters won’t have the chance to cast ballots for them.

On the other hand, women are the central characters in at least four of the nominees (“Lady Bird,” “The Post,” “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards”) and are arguably as central as the male lead in “Phantom Thread” as well.

TheWrap’s Steve Pond contributed to this report.

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Jimmy Kimmel’s Oscars Jet Ski for Shortest Speech Goes to Costume Designer Mark Bridges https://www.thewrap.com/the-winner-of-jimmy-kimmels-oscars-jet-ski-is-mark-bridges/ https://www.thewrap.com/the-winner-of-jimmy-kimmels-oscars-jet-ski-is-mark-bridges/#respond Mon, 05 Mar 2018 04:54:56 +0000 Daniel Kohn https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1828896 It turns out that jet ski Jimmy Kimmel promised to give out to the Oscar winner with the shortest speech wasn’t a gag after all.

Costume Designer Mark Bridges was the winner of that Kawasaki that was a running joke that Kimmel teased in his monologue Sunday night, and kept circling back to throughout the show. Bridges, who took home an Oscar for Best Costume Design for “The Phantom Thread,” held the top spot for most of the night with a lightning fast 36-second speech.

With an assist from former Oscar winner Helen Mirren, Kimmel told the 2018 winners that if they were able to keep their speeches short, he’d give them a brand new jet ski. Valued at just under $18,000, the host presented the product in a showcase similar to “The Price is Right.”

Beginning with Best Supporting Actor Sam Rockwell’s speech — which clocked in around a minute-and-a-half — Kimmel kept his word and used his stopwatch to time him.

Later, Kimmel added a three-day trip to Lake Havasu, Arizona, as more motivation to keep the speeches.

Over the course of the ceremony, Kawasaki tweeted out the leaderboard, which showed Bridges for most of the night. Jordan Peele referred to the jet ski in his speech after winning Best Original Screenplay, as did Kristen Anderson-Lopez when she accepted her award for Best Original Song for “Remember Me” from “Coco.”

Although it was unofficial, the Academy actually did give out a prize for the shortest speech once before.

Producer Gil Cates announced at the Oscars Nominees Luncheon in 2001 that the Academy would award a flatscreen TV to the person who made the shortest acceptance speech. A Dutch animator, Michael Dudok de Wit, won the Oscar for animated short (“Father and Daughter”) and took home the TV. Dudok de Wit’s speech was a grand total of 18 seconds. He wasn’t at the nominees’ lunch, so he didn’t know about the prize, and didn’t want to ship it home to the Netherlands. Instead, he gave the TV to Hollygrove, L.A.s oldest non-sectarian residential facility for abused children.

David Letterman wanted to give away a car on when he hosted the ceremony in 1995, but the segment was cut during rehearsals.

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Watch Eddie Vedder Cover Tom Petty During Oscars ‘In Memoriam’ Segment (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/watch-eddie-vedder-cover-tom-petty-during-oscars-in-memoriam-segment/ https://www.thewrap.com/watch-eddie-vedder-cover-tom-petty-during-oscars-in-memoriam-segment/#respond Mon, 05 Mar 2018 04:45:17 +0000 Daniel Kohn https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1829161

Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder made a surprise appearance at the Oscars Sunday night, covering Tom Petty’s “Room at the Top” during the show’s “In Memoriam” segment.

Eagle-eyed Twitter users saw the singer at the beginning of the broadcast, seated a few rows behind Meryl Streep. Armed only with a solitary electric guitar, Vedder’s bittersweet cover of late-era Petty (the song is from 1999’s “Echo), who also died in 2017, and was backed by a string section as images and clips from the likes of John Heard, Jane Foray, Martin Landau, Glenne Headly, Roger Moore, George A. Romero and Jerry Lewis flashed on the screen.

Vedder was introduced by Jennifer Garner. “There is no joy without sorrow,” the actress said as she noted the achievements from those who featured in the video.

Watch Garner’s speech and Vedder’s performance above.

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‘Coco’ Director: ‘Marginalized People Deserve to Feel Like They Belong’ https://www.thewrap.com/coco-director-representation-matters/ https://www.thewrap.com/coco-director-representation-matters/#respond Mon, 05 Mar 2018 04:41:42 +0000 Umberto Gonzalez https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1829124 While accepting the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, “Coco” director Lee Unkrich said he genuinely tried to change the world with his film.

“With ‘Coco,’ we tried to take a step forward toward a world where all children can grow up seeing characters in movies that look and talk and live like they do” Unkrich said. “Marginalized people deserve to feel like they belong. Representation matters.”

Producer Darla K. Anderson echoed his sentiments. “‘Coco’ is proof that art can change and connect the world,” she said, “and this can only be done when we have a place for everyone and anyone who feels like an ‘other’ to be heard.”

The film follows a 12-year-old Mexican boy named Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez), who yearns to follow in the footsteps of the legendary musician Ernesto De La Cruz (Benjamin Bratt) despite the protests of his grandmother (Renee Victor), who bans music in the family. During Dia De Muertos, Miguel sneaks into the church where Ernesto’s guitar is located and is transported to the Land of the Dead, where he meets his ancestors and a trickster named Hector Rivera (Gael Garcia Bernal). As he tries to find a way back to the land of the living, he uncovers why his family is forbidden to play music.

Co-Director Adrian Molina, who was not eligible to be named as part of the winning team because the Academy rules allow only one director and one producer to be named, said, “Love and thanks to my family, my Latino community, to my husband Ryan. Each for expanding my sense of what it means to be proud of who you are and where you’re from. We hope the same thing for everyone who connected with this film.”

Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”) and Adrian Molina directed the film from a script written by Molina and Matthew Aldritch.

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Oscars ‘In Memoriam’ Omits ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ Director Tobe Hooper After Using Film in a Montage https://www.thewrap.com/oscars-memoriam-omits-texas-chainsaw-massacre-director-tobe-hooper-using-film-montage/ https://www.thewrap.com/oscars-memoriam-omits-texas-chainsaw-massacre-director-tobe-hooper-using-film-montage/#respond Mon, 05 Mar 2018 04:37:25 +0000 Reid Nakamura https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1829044 The “In Memoriam” segment at the Oscars on Sunday omitted “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Poltergeist” director Tobe Hooper, angering fans of his on Twitter.

“DID I MISS TOBE HOOPER OR AM I GOING TO FLIP MY TV OVER?!” one enraged viewer wrote.

The insult only stung more for the fact that a clip from “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” was used in an earlier montage on the show.

“I 100% understand that the #Oscars “in memoriam” video packages can’t mention *everyone*, but Tobe Hooper? Come on. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Poltergeist, if he only made those two films, are absolutely LEGENDARY and important movies. Sigh,” wrote another user.

Hooper died last August at the age of 74. His breakout was the 1974 horror classic “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” a low-budget film about a group of friends who fall victim to a family of deranged cannibals loosely based on the real-life criminal Ed Gein.

Though it was banned in several countries because of its extreme violence, the movie became a cult hit — and one of the most profitable movies of all time. It earned over $30 million on a budget of only $300,000, when adjusted for inflation.

Hooper would go on to direct a number of other renowned horror films, including 1982’s “Poltergeist” — a blockbuster for MGM written and produced by Steven Spielberg — as well as 1993’s “Night Terrors” and 2013’s “Djinn.”

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James Ivory Becomes Oldest Oscar Winner on Record in Any Category https://www.thewrap.com/james-ivory-becomes-oldest-oscar-winner-in-any-category/ https://www.thewrap.com/james-ivory-becomes-oldest-oscar-winner-in-any-category/#respond Mon, 05 Mar 2018 04:00:53 +0000 Beatrice Verhoeven https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1829083 James Ivory won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for “Call Me by Your Name” on Sunday, becoming the oldest Oscar winner on record in any category.

At age 89 years and 270 days, Ivory beat out previous record holder Ennio Morricone, who was 87 when he won. The Academy only keeps comprehensive records in the acting and directing categories.

Ivory penned the screenplay for “Call Me by Your Name” based on the book of the same name by André Aciman.

Backstage, the Oscar winner told press, “Being 90 years for anything you would do is extraordinary. Winning the Oscar at that age feels like a hiccup in nature. My Oscar for the first time, it’s a very good feeling. I’m glad it was an Oscar for writing.

“Call Me by Your Name” is also nominated in the categories Best Picture and Best Actor for Timothée Chalamat. The film also starred Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar and Esther Garrel. It was directed by Luca Guadagnino.

The Best Adapted Screenplay category also included “The Disaster Artist” (Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber), “Logan” (Scott Frank, James Mangold, and Michael Green), “Molly’s Game” (Aaron Sorkin) and “Mudbound” (Virgil Williams and Dee Rees).

The 90th Academy Awards were held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on March 4. Jimmy Kimmel hosted for the second consecutive year.

Jordan Peele won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for his groundbreaking film “Get Out.” He became the first black screenwriter to ever win the award.

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