(Another possibility: It could be revealing that production on “Fantastic Beasts 2” is about to start.)Rowling shocked fans — and even the film’s stars — last fall when she announced that the “Fantastic Beasts” series, originally planned as a trilogy, would instead consist of five movies. Rowling,” and some legalese from studio Warner Bros.Having a Beastly day… Posted February 27, 2017 by Katie RobertsIt looks like prolific author and newly-minted screenwriter J.K. pic.twitter.com/xRGCC9gt3B
— J.K. Of course, in typical Rowling fashion, the teasing image doesn’t exactly give anything away — or really, even reveal what it truly is — only including the text “Written by J.K. No word yet on when the third flick may debut.[via: J.K. The cast has since assured fans that Rowling has a clear, epic vision for these stories, and based on the pace at which she’s completing work on scripts, it looks like the author can’t wait to tell them.We can’t wait, either. Rowling may have already completed yet another script for an upcoming sequel to last year’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” proving that the writer is definitely ready to share more stories from the Wizarding World.Rowling shared on Twitter a cryptic photo of what appears to be the cover of a script for another film in the planned five-movie “Fantastic Beasts” franchise (a prequel to the massively popular “Harry Potter” stories), spurring speculation that she’s now completed work on the third feature in the series. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 27, 2017There’s no visible title, and Rowling’s caption was also pretty vague, simply stating, “Having a Beastly day.” Still, considering that she’d already completed the script for the second film in the franchise before the first even hit theaters, it stands to reason that this is an announcement that the writer is now done with the third film, too. Rowling/Twitter] “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2” is due in theaters sometime in 2018.



He has 2 kids. Time after time, from Mickey Mouse to the Hollywood’s party. I have 1.”
— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) February 27, 2017While our illusions of an epic bromance have been shattered, at least we’ll always have these delightful photos.[via: E! https://t.co/w2KmsR2vrPpic.twitter.com/Yso6Dh8byD
— E! 😻 #Oscars#JustinTimberlake#RyanGoslingpic.twitter.com/iR4ENtsQk4
— Airin. (@neire_89) February 27, 2017Sadly, though, the two stars aren’t exactly close in real life. pic.twitter.com/g8MK8ApnbY
— Adam MS (@Muh_Sadam) February 27, 2017Take a deep breath and imagine yourself in this Justin Timberlake-Ryan Gosling sandwich. As Timberlake told Los Angeles Times reporter Amy Kaufman, they haven’t keep in touch over years.I asked @jtimberlake abt Gos: “Do YOU talk to ppl from high school? #Oscarspic.twitter.com/kas568nqwI
— InStyle (@InStyle) February 27, 2017Picture perfect. This is like someone from middle school. News (@enews) February 27, 2017Ryan Gosling and Justin Timberlake have reunited and all is right in the world #Oscarspic.twitter.com/502mNxrdV5
— Bustle (@bustle) February 27, 2017#Oscars Ryan Gosling & Justin Timberlake, the ultimate high school sweethearts. Posted February 27, 2017 by Katie RobertsBefore they were Oscar nominees and worldwide superstars, Ryan Gosling and Justin Timberlake were just a couple of kids plucked from obscurity to star on the ’90s rebooted version of “The Mickey Mouse Club.” And during Sunday night’s Oscars telecast, the old pals — and former MMC roommates — reunited for a few brief moments, delivering some dreamy photos for fans of the heartthrobs to drool over.Gosling and Timberlake first reconnected during the telecast’s opening number, when Timberlake performed his Academy Award-nominated “Trolls” tune, “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” As the singer passed the “La La Land” star and Best Actor nominee, who was sitting in the front row, he put his hand on Gosling’s shoulder; later, during a commercial break, Timberlake returned to Gosling’s seat, where the two exchanged pleasantries and handshakes.It was a reunion that sent social media hearts a-flutter, as fans gushed over seeing the pair together for the first time in years.Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling started from the Mickey Mouse Club now they’re here, at the #Oscars. News]



Like us on Facebook. Neil Fingleton, who played Mag the Mighty on “Game of Thrones,” died Saturday at the way-too-young age of 36. Posted February 27, 2017 by Gina CarboneBetween the death of Bill Paxton and all the drama at the 2017 Oscars, the loss of Britain’s tallest man went almost unnoticed. Fingleton’s contribution to Game of Thrones will not be forgotten.”This passing closely follows the death of another “Game of Thrones” veteran: Actor Peter Vaughan (Maester Aemon), who died in December at age 93.Want more stuff like this? Among our readers here at Watchers on the Wall, the scene was chosen as one of the Top 5 Dramatic Scenes of season 4 in our annual awards voting. The episode’s segment with Mag the Mighty, another giant and a mammoth attacking the outer door of the Wall was chosen by fans as the Best Visual Effects Scene of season 4. According to The Guardian, he reportedly passed following heart failure.Fingleton, who was 7-feet 7.56-inches tall, became Britain’s tallest man in 2007. In addition to “Game of Thrones,” he had roles in “X-Men: First Class,” “Doctor Who,” “47 Ronin,” and “Jupiter Ascending,” and was a stunt performer in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
“Game of Thrones” fan site Watchers on the Wall honored Fingleton’s contribution to the show in Season 4, Episode 9, titled “The Watchers on the Wall”:”Fingleton’s time on Game of Thrones was brief but notable. The scene with Mag the Mighty attacking the Wall’s gate, with Grenn leading the defense, was a favorite of fans.



And yet, the final gaffe is going to be all that anyone can talk about for a while. Despite being made Kimmel’s unwilling victims in front of an audience of hundreds of millions, the tourists came through with aplomb. As Beatty explained later, he’d been handed a duplicate Best Actress envelope, whose card read, “Emma Stone — ‘La La Land.'” The “Bonnie and Clyde” actors were understandably perplexed, but eventually, Dunaway read the “La La Land” part of the card to the world. So it was pretty crass that Kimmel followed that moment by quipping that the incarcerated football legend would also get a prize tonight, an extra slice of bologna on his sandwich. Two of the musical’s three producers gave acceptance speeches before the mistake was discovered and the correct envelope containing “Moonlight”‘s title opened and showed to the cameras. But the best montage was the one of filmgoers from around the world talking about how much movies mean to them, how they make viewers feel empathy for others, and how they make people from different countries feel closer to one another. “You know, there is one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered,” she began, “and that’s the graveyard.” Then she went on to thank her fellow artists, particularly her “Fences” colleagues, for telling “the stories of the people who dreamed big and never saw those dreams to fruition, people who fell in love and lost.” She added, “I became an artist and thank God I did, because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.” If you needed a justification for why anyone should watch an evening’s worth of Hollywood self-congratulation, this was it.Second Best Speech”Hacksaw Ridge” sound mixer finally won his first Oscar on his 21st nomination, thus ending the longest losing streak in Oscar history. Steve Harvey must be feeling pretty smug right now. Not that she didn’t deserve an Oscar, her first, for her supporting role in “Fences,” but not even the bravest orchestra conductor would have dared ruin her moment by trying to play her off the stage while she was at hear tearful, dramatic, impassioned best. More generally, he mocked Hollywood for not discriminating by national origin, just by age and weight. Really, the whole show could have used more of JT’s seemingly boundless energy and charm; could he please host next year?Best Kimmel JokeKimmel’s monologue nicely walked the line of deflating stars’ egos without being overly mean-spirited — except toward Donald Trump (whom he thanked for making us forget that last year, it was the Oscars that seemed racist) and faux Kimmel nemesis Matt Damon (too many barbs to mention). Not their fault, apparently, but still … The Dolby Theatre crowd booed that one pretty loudly, though Kimmel recovered by acknowledging that he’d just squandered all his good will.Best Surprise GuestNo, not Michael J. Which is unfortunate, since there were a lot of moments from Sunday’s Oscars, good or bad, that were memorable.Best Musical NumberThe song-and-dance moments are usually the draggiest part of the Oscars, but this year’s numbers were actually pretty lively, from the poised 16-year-old Auli’i Cravalho proving that “Moana” should have been a live-action musical with her stirring “How Far I’ll Go,” to John Legend proving that he should have had Ryan Gosling’s part in “La La Land” with his medley of “City of Stars” and “Audition.” But we’ll give the performance trophy to Justin Timberlake, who opened the show with a rendition of his “Trolls” tune “Can’t Stop the Feeling” that was energetically staged and brought the Dolby Theatre crowd instantly to its feet. The wheelchair-bound 98-year-old appeared frail and didn’t say much (just “Thank you very much”), but her presence alone was enough to underscore the theme of this year’s ceremony, which was inspiration.Worst Viral StuntIt’s an awards-show requirement these days for the host to go out into the audience and do something seemingly spontaneous that forces the gathered dignitaries to sacrifice their dignity for a few moments that will end up immortalized as GIFs. And even the spoof of those same montages late in the show, with Kimmel mocking Damon’s performance in “We Bought a Zoo,” was funny. Rather, it was the celebrities who appeared embarrassed — at being treated like commodities or zoo animals and, in Jennifer Aniston’s case, being cajoled by Kimmel to fork over a pair of sunglasses from her pocketbook as a wedding gift.Best SpeechDo you suppose that organizations keep giving awards to Viola Davis just to hear her speeches? (Actually, he’s not.)It was really a shame, since the 89th Academy Awards show was otherwise pretty hard to find fault with. The “Moonlight” crew were gracious about the error, but still … Posted February 27, 2017 by Gary SusmanSo, now you know why you have to watch the Oscars until the bitter end.The evening’s last-minute shocker wasn’t just “Moonlight’s” upset Best Picture Oscar win over “La La Land,” but the way it went down, with presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announcing the wrong movie. someone at PricewaterhouseCoopers is sooooo fired. So were the tributes to Shirley MacLaine (who inspired Charlize Theron with her performance in “The Apartment”) and Meryl Streep (who inspired Javier Bardem with her work in “The Bridges of Madison County”). But his best joke was his most economical one-liner. He recalled that his mom, Skippy O’Connell, got him his first industry job (she was a secretary in the sound department at 20th Century Fox) and told him how he could express his gratitude: “You can work really hard, and someday you can win yourself an Oscar, and you can stand on the stage, and you can think me in front of the whole world.” Alas, she didn’t live long enough to see him fulfill that pledge, but he said he was sure she was looking down proudly from beyond.Worst Running GagKimmel’s candy drop was actually pretty cool the first time, with those gossamer parachute payloads of Red Vines and Junior Mints wafting down upon hungry celebrities like those lovely airborne jellyfish creatures from “Avatar.” The second time, with Lemonheads and Mike & Ikes, seemed redundant, but at least it involved the adorable “Lion” star Sunny Pawar. Neatly summarizing the racial politics of “Hidden Figures” and “La La Land,” Kimmel observed that 2016 was the year “that black people saved NASA and white people saved jazz.”Worst Kimmel JokeIn a year when so many awards were handed out to the FX mini-series “The People vs. Henson in “Hidden Figures.” The former NASA mathematician briefly joined Henson and co-stars Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae on stage, earning a standing ovation just for showing up. Rather, it was , the real-life heroine played by Taraji P. There were a number of speeches throughout the evening, most of them implied reactions to President Trump’s policies, that called for tolerance and cross-cultural understanding, but this montage made the best case for movies as a means of transcending our differences — and for the Oscars as a fitting tribute to that mission, and not just as a night of the privileged honoring the pampered.Worst BlooperSo, apparently, all that hemming and hawing that Beatty and Dunaway did while opening the envelope to read the Best Picture winner’s title wasn’t just the seventysomething stars having a senior moment or vamping to generate suspense. Fox and his “Back to the Future” DeLorean, though both are welcome visitors to any movie-fan event. Jimmy Kimmel was a funny host, the speeches were mostly free of shrill political rhetoric, the “In Memoriam” montage snubbed only one major figure (sorry, Garry Shandling), and even the Art Deco stage set was gorgeous. Simpson: American Crime Story,” it was nice to finally hear someone accept an O.J.-related trophy (in this case, Best Documentary honoree Ezra Edelman, director of “O.J.: Made in America”) and remember to pay homage to murder victims Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson. The four montages of acting winners from throughout Oscar history were stirring and inspirational. By the third time, when Kimmel dropped cookies and donuts and threatened to drop coffee as well, it became clear why the show is nearly four hours long.Best MontageGive credit to the compilers of all the clips. Usually, that involves sitting on laps or photobombing selfies, but this time, it involved Kimmel bringing in a busload of Hollywood tourists who had no idea that the collection of Oscar gowns they’d been told they were going to see was being worn by real, live celebrities at the real, live Oscars, and that their own astonishment would be broadcast to the world on live TV.Fittingly, the tourists seemed not at all star-struck or even all that impressed, though there was a nice moment when engaged Chicago couple Gary and Vicki got Vicki’s favorite actor, Denzel Washington, to pretend to officiate over their wedding. O.J.



Bill Paxton’s son James (that’s him below, with Dad in 2013) reportedly guest stars in Episode 8, which should air in mid-March.”Training Day” did not have a great start in the ratings, so Season 1 was probably going to be the end of the series anyway. (He will also be seen as Emma Watson’s father in the April 28 movie “The Circle.”)Paxton’s “Training Day” co-star Justin Cornwell reacted to the tragic news of Paxton’s death:We were just two guys on top of the world. Like us on Facebook. 25 at age 61, left behind a loving family and an impressive body of work, including nine upcoming episodes of the CBS show “Training Day.”Paxton played Detective Frank Rourke, co-lead opposite Justin Cornwell as Officer Kyle Craig, in a sequel/follow-up set 15 years after the original 2001 film. As Deadline reported, it opened with 4.7 million viewers and a 0.9 rating in the adult 18-49 demographic in Live+same day ratings, and by Episode 4 it was down to 3.7 million and a 0.7, with small boosts from DVR.It’s possible fans will now catch up, since it’s a last chance to see Bill Paxton. on CBS. Want more stuff like this? Rest easy my friend pic.twitter.com/R0ZwB0zv5q
— Justin Cornwell (@justin_cornwell) February 26, 2017″Training Day” airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. 2, so only four episodes have shown so far.According to Deadline, production on “Training Day” wrapped in December and all 13 episodes from the show’s first season order have already been filmed. The TV series just started airing on Thursday, Feb. Posted February 27, 2017 by Gina CarboneThe late Bill Paxton, who died Saturday, Feb.



Also, they freakin’ loved “La La Land,” so there’s always that. Justin Hurwitz, who wrote the music, and lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul share the award.If you haven’t seen “La La Land” or heard “City of Stars,” you can check out a clip of the song (straight from the movie) right here.”La La Land” is in theaters now. Posted February 26, 2017 by Tim HayneAnd the 2017 Oscar for Best Song goes to … The sentiment of the song is the emotional anchor of “La La Land,” which is likely why Academy voters leaned into it so much. “City of Stars,” from “La La Land”!While Ryan Gosling’s performance of “City of Stars” may not be as inspiring as “Moana’s” “How Far I’ll Go,” or as dance-inducing as “Trolls'” “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” it is full of FEELINGS.



This time, De Niro got in the big comeback, although Teller deserves mention for calling his rather creative insult “fair enough.”Because you love them, here are more celebrity mean tweets from 2014 and 2015, special country music mean tweets, NFL mean tweets, and ones just for President Obama.Want more stuff like this? Consider poor dog-faced Tilda Swinton, “crack whore” Emma Stone, pants-less Jeff Bridges, “Gangnam Style” dancing Miles Teller, real-life “Sling Blade” Casey Affleck, or Samuel L. Jackson and his “resting fart face.”Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 89th Academy Awards and you had to know he’d slip in an edition of his “Jimmy Kimmel Live” classic “Mean Tweets.”The Oscars 2017 video featured mean tweets read by Natalie Portman, Ryan Gosling, Samuel L. Jackson, Jessica Chastain, Felicity Jones, Eddie Edmayne, Whoopi Goldberg, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Casey Affleck, Emma Stone, Miles Teller, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Bridges, and Robert De Niro.Watch (and love) the hate:Ryan Gosling is not new to mean tweets, and his previous round included a great comeback. Posted February 26, 2017 by Gina CarboneRobert De Niro dropped an f-bomb at the end of his Oscars 2017 mean tweet, but he got one of the kinder notes. Like us on Facebook.



He was previously nominated for his debut feature, the Oscar-winning “Whiplash,” in the Best Adapted Screenplay category. Chazelle was long favored to take home the award, after previously winning the Directors Guild Award The four other filmmakers competing for Oscar were: Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival”), Mel Gibson (“Hacksaw Ridge”), Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester by the Sea”), and Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”).The Oscar-winner spent years pitching “La La Land” to various studios, only to have everyone in town turn it down. Like the aspiring Hollywood dreamers in his film, his persistence paid off on Sunday night. Posted February 26, 2017 by Phil PirrelloDamien Chazelle just made Oscar history with his Best Director win.The “La La Land” director is the youngest filmmaker to ever win the Academy Award for this category. (The film was based on a short he directed).



Affleck’s win is also the second Oscar to go to “Manchester by the Sea.” The movie’s writer/director, Kenneth Lonergan, won Best Original Screenplay earlier in the ceremony.The five Best Actor nominees at this year’s Academy Awards were Casey Affleck for “Manchester By the Sea,” Denzel Washington for “Fences,” “Andrew Garfield for “Hacksaw Ridge,” Ryan Gosling for “La La Land,” and Viggo Mortensen for “Captain Fantastic.” Posted February 26, 2017 by Rachel HornerAnd the winner for Best Actor is … Casey Affleck for “Manchester By the Sea.”While Denzel Washington was the front-runner, Affleck surprised (nearly) everyone with his win, upsetting odds makers who’d pegged Washington as all but a sure thing.



The other nominees in the category were: Isabelle Huppert (“Elle”), Ruth Negga (“Loving”), Natalie Portman (“Jackie”), and Meryl Streep (“Florence Foster Jenkins”).Stone will next be seen in Netflix’s high-profile series, “Maniac,” and on the big screen in 2017’s tennis bio-pic, “Battle of the Sexes.” In the much-anticipated film, she place tennis legend Billie Jean King. Emma Stone. The “La La Land” star has been the frontrunner for most of awards season, scoring her first nomination and win for the hit original musical, which is also up for Best Picture. Posted February 26, 2017 by Phil PirrelloAnd the 2017 Oscar winner for Best Actress is…



It reminded everyone of Steve Harvey reading the wrong name for Miss Universe. Posted February 27, 2017 by Gina CarboneUm, the 2017 Oscars just pulled a Steve Harvey.Specifically, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway just pulled a Steve Harvey, announcing “La La Land” as the Best Picture winner instead of “Moonlight,” only to have the mistake cleared up well after the (incorrect) winners accepted the award.So for anyone who turned off the TV just after midnight East Coast time — after a 3.5-plus-hour show — you got the wrong news!The whole “La La Land” team already went on stage to accept the Best Picture Oscar — and they had a lot to say — before it was revealed in super-awkward fashion that Beatty and Dunaway had read the wrong name for the winner. Like us on Facebook. It was insisted, over and over, that it was not a joke.Beatty tried to explain that he saw Emma Stone’s name as Best Actress for “La La Land” and that led him to think that was the Best Picture winner. At least he’s off the hook for gaffes now!Want more stuff like this?



Posted February 27, 2017 by Tim HayneAnd the Oscar for Best Picture goes to “Moonlight.”After a VERY confusing envelope mix-up (Emma Stone in “La La Land?”), “Moonlight” took home top honors, beating out the presumed (and almost) winner “La La Land.” In addition to Best Picture, “Moonlight” took home Best Adapted Screenplay, and actor Mahershala Ali took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the movie.”Moonlight” is in theaters now.



Posted February 26, 2017 by Gina CarboneCaptain America, Hawkeye, and Black Widow were kickin’ it in style at the 89th Academy Awards. She also brought him as her date to the 2011 Oscars.Fans definitely noticed that Johansson and Evans were seated next to each other in the theater, and they may have read too much into it:I shipp scarlett johansson & chris evans. (They also presented awards.)via GIPHYEvans and Renner are close buds from “The Avengers,” and it was with Renner that Evans watched his beloved Patriots win another Super Bowl. Like us on Facebook. (This was right after his split from Jenny Slate, but you probably knew that.) According to PopSugar, the also recently single Johansson took her agent, Joe Machota, to the Oscars as her date. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. I AM SCREAMING. Marvel heroes Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, and Scarlett Johansson brought their A-for-Avengers game to the red carpet, and Evans and Johansson sat next to each other during the show. haters gonna hate #oscars
— Aly (@immadrid1sta) February 27, 2017Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans are sitting next to each other
I have been BLESSED #Oscars
— michelle vernikos (@mvernikos) February 27, 2017CHRIS EVANS AND SCARLETT JOHANSSON ARE SITTING NEXT TO EACH OTHER. ❤
(not my picture) #Oscars#Marvelpic.twitter.com/QGm1dI7Z2S
— Hema Malik (@Hema_ByrnesArmy) February 27, 2017chris evans and scarlett johansson sitting next to each other is everything #Oscarspic.twitter.com/u66IOZ98Tn
— jess lisette (@omgfabulous) February 27, 2017Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson sitting together at #Oscars made my night
— Patricia (@tonks76) February 27, 2017The “Avengers” stars should be pretty busy for a while, since “Avengers: Infinity War” is now in production for its May 4, 2018 release.Want more stuff like this?



In 2012, she earned a Best Actress nomination for her role Aibilene Clark in the big-screen adaptation of “The Help.”Davis’s Best Supporting Actress Oscar rounds out an awards season in which she’s already taken home a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, a Critics Choice Award, and a SAG Award for playing Rose Maxson in the film adaptation of August Wilson’s Tony-winning play.”Fences,” directed by and co-starring Denzel Washington, is in theaters and streaming now. Posted February 26, 2017 by Tim HayneThird time’s the charm for Viola Davis.The actress took home the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for “Fences,” her third nomination and first win. Her first Academy Award nomination came in 2009, when she received a Best Supporting Actress nod for her brief — but intensely memorable — turn in “Doubt,” co-starring Meryl Streep.



But [my husband] Josh [Dallas] reminded me that Bill loved all things Hollywood history and he would want you to be here.”Goodwin voices the lead character in the Best Animated Feature nominee “Zootopia,” so she and her “Once Upon a Time” co-star and husband Josh Dallas celebrated the film with their attendance.The actress told People that the second place Paxton would want to be, after hanging out with his family, would be at the Oscars. But he was nominated for an Emmy and several Golden Globe Awards, and he won a SAG Award for being in the cast of “Apollo 13.”)”Once Upon a Time” Season 6 returns from hiatus next Sunday, March 5.Want more stuff like this? She was a sister-wife.Goodwin played one of Paxton’s three wives on the HBO series “Big Love,” and she admitted to People that she struggled with the idea of still attending tonight’s 2017 Oscars just hours after hearing about his death:”It was hard to come here, it felt wrong to come and celebrate anything. Like us on Facebook. (Despite his long and impressive career, Paxton was never nominated for an Oscar. Posted February 26, 2017 by Gina CarboneFans were shocked to hear the news of actor Bill Paxton’s untimely death, but Ginnifer Goodwin was more than a fan.



And if “La La Land” wins Best Director, Damien Chazelle (32) will be the youngest filmmaker to ever win the award. So make sure to check back to see who won, and who lost.Best Costume Design”Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (Colleen Atwood) — WINNER”Allied” (Joanna Johnston)”Florence Foster Jenkins” (Consolata Boyle)”Jackie” (Madeline Fontaine)”La La Land” (Mary Zophres)Best Makeup and Hairstyling”Suicide Squad” — WINNER”A Man Called Ove””Star Trek Beyond” Best Supporting ActorMahershala Ali (“Moonlight”) — WINNERJeff Bridges (“Hell or High Water”)Lucas Hedges (“Manchester by the Sea”)Dev Patel (“Lion”)Michael Shannon (“Nocturnal Animals”)Best Supporting ActressViola Davis (“Fences”) Naomie Harris (“Moonlight”)Nicole Kidman (“Lion”)Octavia Spencer (“Hidden Figures”)Michelle Williams (“Manchester by the Sea”)Best Picture”Arrival””Fences””Hacksaw Ridge””Hell or High Water””Hidden Figures””La La Land””Lion””Manchester by the Sea””Moonlight”Best ActressIsabelle Huppert (“Elle”)Ruth Negga (“Loving”)Emma Stone (“La La Land”)Natalie Portman (“Jackie”)Meryl Streep (“Florence Foster Jenkins”)Best ActorCasey Affleck (“Manchester by the Sea”)Andrew Garfield (“Hacksaw Ridge”)Ryan Gosling (“La La Land”)Viggo Mortensen (“Captain Fantastic”)Denzel Washington (“Fences”)Best DirectorDenis Villeneuve (“Arrival”)Mel Gibson (“Hacksaw Ridge”)Damien Chazelle (“La La Land”)Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester by the Sea)Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”)Best Documentary Feature”Fire at Sea””I Am Not Your Negro””Life, Animated””O.J.: Made in America””The 13th”Best Cinematography”Arrival” (Bradford Young)”La La Land” (Linus Sandgren)”Lion” (Grieg Fraser)”Moonlight” (James Laxton)”Silence” (Rodrigo Prieto)Best Foreign Language Film”Land of Mine,” Denmark, Martin Zandvliet, director”A Man Called Ove,” Sweden, Hannes Holm, director”The Salesman,” Iran, Asghar Farhadi, director”Tanna,” Australia, Bentley Dean, Martin Butler, directors”Toni Erdmann,” Germany, Maren Ade, directorBest Original Score”Jackie” (Micachu)”La La Land” (Justin Hurwitz)”Lion” (Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka)”Moonlight” (Nicholas Britell)”Passengers” (Thomas Newman)Best Original Song”Audition” (“La La Land”)”Can’t Stop the Feeling” (“Trolls”)”City of Stars” (“La La Land”)”The Empty Chair” (“Jim: The James Foley Story”)”How Far I’ll Go” (“Moana”)Best Sound Editing”Arrival””Deepwater Horizon””Hacksaw Ridge””La La Land””Sully”Best Sound Mixing”Arrival””Hacksaw Ridge””La La Land””Rogue One: A Star Wars Story””13 Hours”Best Production Design”Arrival” (Patrice Vermette)”Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (Stuart Craig)”Hail Caesar””La La Land” (Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, David Wasco)”Passengers” (Guy Hendrix Dyas)Best Original Screenplay”Hell or High Water” (Taylor Sheridan)”La La Land” (Damien Chazelle)”The Lobster” (Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou)”Manchester by the Sea” (Kenneth Lonergan)”20th Century Women” (Mike Mills)Best Adapted Screenplay”Arrival” (Eric Heisserer)”Fences” (August Wilson)”Hidden Figures” (Allison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi)”Lion” (Luke Davies)”Moonlight” (Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McRaney)Best Animated Feature”Kubo and the Two Strings” (Focus Features)”Moana” (Disney)”My Life As a Zucchini” (GKIDS)”The Red Turtle” (Sony Classics)”Zootopia” (Disney)Best Animated Short”Blind Vaysha” (National Film Board of Canada)”Borrowed Time” (Quorum Films)”Pear Cider and Cigarettes” (Massive Swerve Studios and Passion Pictures Animation)”Pearl” (Google Spotlight Stories/Evil Eye Pictures)”Piper” (Pixar)Best Documentary Short”4.1 Miles” (University of California, Berkeley)”Extremis” (f/8 Filmworks in association with Motto Pictures)”Joe’s Violin” (Lucky Two Productions)”Watani: My Homeland” (ITN Productions)”The White Helmets” (Grain Media and Violet Films)Best Live Action Short”Ennemis Intérieurs””La Femme et le TGV””Silent Nights””Sing””Timecode”Best Film Editing”Arrival” (Joe Walker)”Hacksaw Ridge” (John Gilbert)”Hell or High Water” (Jake Roberts)”La La Land” (Tom Cross)”Moonlight” (Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders)Best Visual Effects”Deepwater Horizon””Doctor Strange””The Jungle Book””Kubo and the Two Strings””Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” Posted February 26, 2017 by Phil PirrelloAwards season comes to a glitzy end tonight with Sunday’s broadcast of the Academy Awards.Jimmy Kimmel hosts his first Oscars, which has “La La Land” leading the pack with 14 nominations — and it’s poised to go home with at least nine or ten statues for the mantle.The Oscars could also make history tonight; if Denzel Washington wins for “Fences,” he will be the fourth actor to have three Academy Awards — and the first African-American to pull off the feat. We’ll be updating the winners’ list throughout the show.



For now, you can catch him in the aforementioned Netflix series and “Moonlight,” and his latest movie, the Sundance entry “Roxanne Roxanne,” is due in theaters this year.If you haven’t seen “Moonlight,” do yourself a favor and watch it. It’s streaming now and will be available on DVD February 28th. Mahershala Ali for “Moonlight”!From Netflix’s “House of Cards” to “Marvel’s Luke Cage” to Academy Awards glory, that’s the near-term path for 2017’s Best Supporting Actor winner. Posted February 26, 2017 by Tim HayneAnd the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor goes to … Ali has already been nominated and picked up a handful of awards for “Moonlight,” including a SAG Award win and a Critics Choice Award. (It’s also worth noting that Ali took home a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for the critically acclaimed and crowd-pleasing “Hidden Figures.”)With all the recognition Ali has received this year, you’ll be seeing a lot more of him in the months and years to come.



Posted February 26, 2017 by Gary SusmanOn paper, “Get Out” may not have looked like much. Yet the movie feels even timelier now given the current state of the White House, with their nativist appeal and contempt for political correctness, seem to have given a lot of white racists permission to come out of the shadows. That is one of the lowest-openings ever for a movie opening on 2,000 or more screens. It did so just a month ago with “Split.” Which, in turn, helped “Get Out”; although a clever trailer for the Peele film had been showing since October, attaching the preview to the beginning of “Split” put “Get Out” in front of the eyeballs of many more horror fans.Getting “Get Out” screened at Sundance and cultivating the critics turned out to be smart moves, too, even though neither is part of Blumhouse’s usual playbook.4. 16 percent of the moviegoers were Hispanic, and 10 percent were Asian. Amazing BuzzSince New Year’s, the multiplex has been in the midst of a horror glut. Even the supposedly highbrow indie-film crowd at this year’s Sundance Film Festival raved about “Get Out.” This weekend’s audiences agreed; the A- they gave it at CinemaScore indicates excellent word-of-mouth. That’s one reason why recent horror movies like the huge bomb “A Cure for Wellness” or the recent “Rings” failed to put butts in seats. It’s another low-budget Blumhouse horror movie ($5 million), with no big-name stars, directed by a first-time filmmaker (“Key & Peele’s” Jordan Peele) better known for his work in front of the camera as a comedian. 3. Very Weak Competition”LEGO Batman” aside, “Get Out” had little to fear from its rivals this weekend. The Emmy-winning comic actor is more of a “name” to attract audiences than much of his cast (unless you think such recognizable actors as Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, and Catherine Keener can sell movie tickets). Fans of the genre, and of good movies in general, will turn out if the product warrants it. And Peele fans were no doubt curious to see how his satirical sensibility would translate to the horror genre. So it is with “Get Out,” which starts with a fear that anyone can relate to (meeting potential in-laws) and escalates it from there.Tapping into specific racial fears may have pushed the buttons of film critics and many minority moviegoers, but tapping into universal fears helped draw horror fans from across the board and make “Get Out” into a shocking smash. It helps that Peele is a media-savvy interview subject, and he’s been pretty much everywhere over the past few weeks talking up his movie to print and TV outlets. The Timing Couldn’t Be BetterPeele says he started working on the idea for “Get Out” back in 2008, when Barack Obama was first running for president. population. “Get Out,” of course, has a black hero (played by Daniel Kaluuya), and the alienation he feels at being outnumbered by white people who do not seem to have his best interests at heart is a feeling that’s all too recognizable for African-American viewers.It’s no wonder, then, that the film did so well among black moviegoers, who made up 38 percent of the audience, about three times their percentage of the U.S. The African-American AudienceBlack American viewers have long been underserved at the movies; even though they make up a high percentage of the frequent moviegoing population. (Most horror movies earn somewhere between a B- and a B.)2. “Collide,” a European-made car chase thriller set on the Autobahn, premiered in 13th place with a dismal $1.5 million. Both movies earned weak reviews and even weaker word-of-mouth.5. No doubt the film’s minority appeal has much to do with its treatment of racism, which brings us to…6. The fear that Kaluuya’s character feels when he meets his white girlfriend’s parents — that something sinister lies behind the off-putting way their white community treats him — fits in all too well with current events, though it’s never been too far from the surface.Still, even though the movie’s antagonists are white, “Get Out” still sold a healthy 35 percent of its tickets to white viewers. Here are six ways.1. And by all accounts, “Get Out” is better than good.Reviews don’t usually matter for horror films — unless those reviews are positive. “Get Out” managed to earn more by Friday afternoon than those two films combined earned all weekend.How did “Get Out” manage to shock everyone with its opening? Even its distributor, Universal, conservatively projected that the film would open below $20 million. You didn’t have to be a woman to identify with the heroines of those movies, who discovered that their paranoid conspiracy theories were entirely correct, that everyone else was in on it, and that the heroines themselves were the targets. Maybe that’s because Peele smartly used horror conventions to tap into more universal fears.Peele has said he was inspired by the classic horror film’s adapted from Ira Levin’s novels “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Stepford Wives,” both of which seamlessly wove feminist fears of patriarchy into horror narratives without seeming preachy or didactic. Despite opening on more than 2,000 screens each, neither “Rock Dog” (above) nor “Collide” even cracked the Top Ten.”Rock Dog,” a Chinese-American co-production opened in 11th place, with an estimated $3.7 million. Jordan PeeleWhile Peele has had more success on the small screen, making people laugh, his name is still a draw for scaring folks on the big screen. And yet, “Get Out” scared up an estimated $30.5 million, the fourth biggest debut of the year to date, and more than enough to outpace “LEGO Batman” (which came in second with an estimated $19.0 million).By the way, there were two other new wide releases this weekend, action thriller “Collide” and kiddie cartoon “Rock Dog,” and both bombed huge. In fact, it did well among minority viewers in general. And they couldn’t have been better for “Get Out,” which scored a rare 100 percent “Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes. Blumhouse FTWJason Blum’s production company has all but perfected the formula for turning low-budget, star-free horror films into smash hits.



Aleph was her Oscar good luck charm back in 2011, when she took home the Oscar for Best Actress in “Black Swan.” Portman was pregnant with Aleph at the time, and she gave birth to him in early June 2011.Want more stuff like this? I feel so lucky to be honored among my fellow nominees and wish them the most beautiful of weekends.”Portman’s baby is reportedly due right around 2017 Oscars time, so it’s probably best to spare her body the extra stress of going to awards shows; she can just watch the event from the comfort of home like the rest of us.Portman did not win the Spirit Award on Saturday, that went to Isabelle Huppert of “Elle,” and she was not expected to win the Best Actress Oscar either. In a statement to the Hollywood Reporter, Portman shared her reasons for missing both events:”Due to my pregnancy, I am unable to attend the Independent Spirit Awards and the Academy Awards. So there was very little pressure on her to attend this year’s events.Portman and her husband Benjamin Millepied are expecting their second child, to join son Aleph. Like us on Facebook. Posted February 26, 2017 by Gina CarboneNatalie Portman was nominated for two awards this weekend for her lead role in “Jackie,” but she skipped both events.Portman was up for Best Female Lead at Saturday’s 32nd annual Film Independent Spirit Awards, and Best Actress at Sunday’s 89th Academy Awards.