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I confess I didn’t stay up for the Oscars, but this morning all the news was about a huge gaffe when it came time for Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway to announce the winner for Best Picture.

By this morning what happened and how it happened had come out.  Here’s how it went down: Beatty was to announce the winner, tore open the envelope, looked confused, looked over at Dunaway and handed her the envelope, and she confidently said “La La Land.”  That picture’s producers and cast got  up on stage, and were well into their thank-yous when you could see some people come up behind them and take a look at the announcement card.  The audience was then told there had been an error, and that Moonlight was the actual winner.

So now we know how all this happened.  There are two sets of envelopes with the winner’s cards, one set stage left and one set stage right.  The announcers are given the (hopefully correct) envelope from whichever side they’re coming from.  The previous category to be announced was Actress in a Leading Role, which went to La La Land’s Emma Stone.  When Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway left to go onstage to announce the Best Picture winner, they were apparently handed the second copy of Stone’s card.  This has been confirmed by a close-up photo of the envelope which had the Actress in a Leading Role category on the outside.

Hence Beatty’s confusion when he saw the card, which read “Emma Stone” and “La La Land.”  Dunaway simply read the film name from the card.

So, congratulations to Moonlight, which I have not seen but I hear was a deserving winner.  I have seen La La Land, and it was good, but I think a lot of people were dazzled by the fact that we just don’t see throwback films like this any more.

Other winners last night were Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea, Viola Davis for her supporting role in Fences, and Mahershala Ali for his role in Moonlight.  Disney’s Zootopia won the award for Animated Feature Film, and their adorable short Piper from Disney/Pixar won in the Short Film (Animated) category.  For the trifecta, The Jungle Book also won for Best Visual Effects.

You can see the remainder of the nominees and winners here on the official Oscar website.

Congratulations!

#Oscars2017 #Moonlight #LaLaLand

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Actor Bill Paxton passed away yesterday from complications after surgery.

He had a long list of successful films, including Titanic, Apollo 13, Twister, Aliens and The Terminator.

Paxton also did a lot of television work.  His current small-screen project was the CBS television series Training Day.  His son James was to co-star with him in an upcoming episode.  He had also appeared in several episodes of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and miniseries Hatfields & McCoys and Texas Rising, among many other roles.

His last film was The Circle with Emma Watson and Tom Hanks, which is in post-production.  That film will be released in the U.S. on April 28th.

Paxton leaves his wife Louise and a daughter in addition to son James.  Condolences to all.

#BillPaxton

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Some snippets of news for your Friday…

To absolutely no one’s surprise, Fox has given Lethal Weapon a renewal for season 2.  If you haven’t been watching this show you’re missing out.  And if someone doesn’t give Clayne Crawford some kind of award then there’s something wrong somewhere.  He’s done an incredible job all year taking on a very difficult role.  Love the rest of the cast also.

To almost everyone’s surprise, NBC has given Days Of Our Lives a renewal for its 52nd season.  Low ratings, Megyn Kelly and writing team shakeups notwithstanding, there will be more sand flowing through the hourglass!  While I only check in on my old soap occasionally, I would be very sad to see it go.  It’s like that old teddy bear in the box stuffed in the back of a closet… you may not look at it often, but you know it’s there if you want to.

Benedict Cumberbatch has another new project coming up, and surprisingly, this one is for the BBC and PBS’ Masterpiece.  According to Deadline, he will star as Stephen Lewis in The Child In Time, adapting the novel by Ian McEwan.  Benedict will also executive produce under his SunnyMarch TV banner.  The plot revolves around Lewis and his wife, and the difficulties they face after their daughter goes missing.

Benedict is filming The Current War, where he plays Thomas Edison to Michael Shannon’s George Westinghouse.  He’ll also be putting on the Cloak of Levitation again in Thor: Ragnarok and the sequel to Doctor Strange.  One busy man.

If you’re a Dan Stevens fan (and you’ve forgiven him for leaving Downton Abbey) then you can catch him in FX’s Legion as David Haller.  This is one of the more obscure X-Men characters.  The role is a big departure for Stevens from Downton and his upcoming princely role in the live-action Beauty and the Beast.

#LethalWeapon #DaysOfOurLives #TheCurrentWar #BenedictCumberbatch #LegionFX #DanStevens

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Disney has released the final trailer for the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast, and it’s a doozy.

The film stars Dan Stevens as the Beast, Emma Watson as Belle, and Luke Evans as Gaston.  It also stars Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, and Ian McKellen as Cogsworth.

They have also released moving posters of the major characters.  Buzzfeed has them all here.  Be aware, though, that the final poster (NOT moving) is of Dan Stevens as the Prince, so if you don’t want to know what he’ll look like when the curse is broken, stop after the Beast one.

The film arrives on March 17th in both the U.S. and the U.K.

#BeautyAndTheBeast #DanStevens #EmmaWatson #LukeEvans

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