The Green Book Film Regarded as the Best Film of the Oscar Awards

The film entitled Bohemian Rhapsody inspired on the life of the British singer Freddie Mercury excelled the night of the Oscar film Award with four Oscar Awards in the edition of sound category, the best sound mixture, the best stage and the best main character categories.

The film entitled Green Book was granted the Oscar award in the best film category. There were many ones who thought that award was going to be granted to the film entitled´Roma´ by Alfonso Cuarón, but it was not that way and the Mexican director was regarded as the best one.

The ´Green Book´ Film Regarded as the Best Film of the Oscar Awards

Olivia Colman could achieve to get an award as the best actress category through the film entitled La favorita (the favourite) by the Greek Yorgos Lanthimos and the film entitled Spike Lee was awarded due to its script adapted from the one entitled Infiltrado en el KKKlan.

The film Black Panther on its part, obtained four awards (soundtrack, wardrobe and production design). Another technical award was granted to the film entitled First Man thanks to its special effects.

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Academy confirms Oscars will not have a host

A representative for The Academy has officially confirmed that the Oscars will go ahead without a host following the Kevin Hart controversy.

A publicist with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) confirmed to Fox News on Monday night that the 91st Academy Awards will have no official presenter after Hart stepped down from the post in December following the resurfacing of some old controversial tweets. It marks the first time the ceremony will be without a host since 1989.

On Monday they announced the first wave of presenters, which include Oscar winners Brie Larson and Whoopi Goldberg, Marvel Cinematic Universe stars Chris Evans and Tessa Thompson, Crazy Rich Asians co-stars Constance Wu and Awkwafina, as well as Jennifer Lopez, Daniel Craig, Charlize Theron and comediennes Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph. More talent will be announced in due course.

The announcement come weeks after a spokesman for actors’ union SAG-AFTRA put out a statement blasting AMPAS bosses, claiming they had been placing “extraordinary and unwarranted pressure” on celebrities, insisting they appear exclusively at the Oscars and no other ceremonies during this awards season.

In their press release on Monday, Oscars producers said the ceremony would honour the night’s nominees and “embrace the diversity of the global movie-going audience”.

“This is an important moment in Oscar history,” said Academy chief executive Dawn Hudson. “This year’s show maintains Oscar traditions, and is also evolving to reflect our global audience.”

The nominees took part in the annual Oscars luncheon and group photo on Monday. Notable nominees missing from the snap included Olivia Colman, Adam Driver and Emma Stone.

Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra will perform during the In Memoriam segment, while all five Best Original Song nominees will be performed. They include Shallow from A Star Is Born, All the Stars from Black Panther, The Place Where Lost Things Go from Mary Poppins Returns, I’ll Fight from RBG, and When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

The Oscars will take place on February 24 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

 

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SAG awards 2019: Black Panther wins top prize ahead of Oscars

Black Panther has won the top film award in at the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, putting it in strong contention for an Oscars win this February.

In a nomination pool that largely eschewed heavyweight Oscar contenders, Black Panther beat A Star is Born, Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Rich Asians and BlacKkKlansman to receive the award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture. It also took out the award for best stunt ensemble, announced prior to the awards telecast, which was hosted by Megan Mullally in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the best actor awards for film went to Glenn Close for The Wife and Rami Malek for his performance as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.

The SAG Awards are generally considered one of the most reliable bellwethers of the Academy Awards, with best picture winners at the Oscars nearly always winning the corresponding SAG award earlier in the year. But two of this year’s leading Oscar nominees, Roma and The Favourite, were bypassed in the main by the Actor’s Guild. While The Favourite received SAG nominations for its leading female actors, Roma was omitted entirely. Meanwhile, both films landed a massive 10 Oscar nominations each on Tuesday.

Emily Blunt won the award for best female actor in a supporting role in the motion picture section of the awards for her role in the horror film, A Quiet Place, beating Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, whose performances in The Favourite have caused significant Oscar buzz. Mahershala Ali took home the award for best male supporting actor for his role in Green Book.

Emily Blunt poses in the Winner’s Gallery during the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild AwardsEmily Blunt poses in the Winner’s Gallery during the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Photograph: Terence Patrick/Getty Images for Turner
 

In the TV categories, Sandra Oh’s much-lauded performance in Killing Eve netted her the award for best female actor in a drama series, while Jason Bateman received the corresponding award for a male performer for his performance in the money laundering family drama, Ozark.

The Marvelous Mrs Maisel won every category it was nominated in, with Tony Shalhoud and Rachel Brosnahan receiving the awards for outstanding male and female actor in a comedy series respectively, and the entire cast receiving the award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series.

Darren Criss’ performance in The Assassination of Gianni Versace and Patricia Arquette’s turn in Escape at Dannemora also received accolades. The cast of This is Us received the award for best ensemble in a drama series, while Glow, the Netflix series about professional women wrestlers, won best stunt ensemble in a comedy or drama series.

Ozark and The Marvelous Mrs Maisel both received the most nominations, with four nods in three categories. Barry, Glow, The Handmaid’s Tale and The Kominsky Method followed close behind with three nominations each.

The ceremony also saw Tom Hanks present the SAG Life Achievement Award to Alan Alda, who is most famous for playing Dr Hawkeye Pierce on M*A*S*H for 11 seasons. Throughout his career Alda has won six Emmy awards, six Golden Globes, been inducted into the Television Hall of Fame and undertaken extensive charity work.

“It may never have been more urgent to see the world through another person’s eyes,” Alda said when accepting his award on Sunday night. “And when the culture is divided so sharply, actors can help, at least a little, just by doing what we do.”

Ahead of this year’s show, the Screen Actors Guild took the unusual step of publicly criticising the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for pressuring stars to appear only on the Oscars. The film academy has declined to comment.

Associated Press contributed to this report

Full list of winners from the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

Film

  • Female actor in a leading role – Glenn Close, The Wife

  • Male actor in a leading role – Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

  • Female actor in a supporting role – Emily Blunt, A Quiet Place

  • Male actor in a supporting role – Mahershala Ali, Green Book

  • Cast in a motion picture – Black Panther

  • Stunt ensemble in a motion picture – Black Panther

Television

  • Female actor in a television movie or limited series – Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora

  • Male actor in a television movie or limited series – Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

  • Female actor in a drama series – Sandra Oh, Killing Eve

  • Male actor in a drama series – Jason Bateman, Ozark

  • Female actor in a comedy series – Rachel Brosnahan, The Marveous Mrs Maisel

  • Male actor in a comedy series – Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel

  • Ensemble in a drama series – This is Us

  • Ensemble in a comedy series – The Marvelous Mrs Maisel

  • Stunt ensemble in a comedy or drama series – Glow

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Mexican Actor Gael Garcia Bernal Slams Trump's Border Wall at Oscars

The Mexican star has blasted Trump in the past, and the Oscars were no exception.

Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal used his time on the Oscar’s stage Sunday to criticize President Donald Trump and his border wall plan as one of many celebrities to raise political themes during the Academy Awards ceremony.

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Presenting the Oscar for best animated film, Garcia Bernal slammed Trump’s promise to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Flesh and blood actors are migrant workers. We travel all over the world, we build families, we construct stories, we build life that cannot be divided,” he said.

“As a Mexican, as a Latin-American, as a migrant worker, as a human being, I’m against any form of wall that wants to separate us.”

Garcia Bernal, known for his performance in films including "The Motorcycle Diaries" and "Amores Perros" as well as the web television series "Mozart in the Jungle," has spoken out about Trump in the past.

After Trump’s Nov. 8 election, Garcia Bernal tweeted in Spanish, "Build your fucking wall. History will take care of the failed plan to make Mexico pay. And to open the holes that there will always be.”

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Weeks earlier, he told “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” that although Trump’s run for president was initially seen as a “joke” by Mexicans, his popularity eventually sparked “nervousness, fear and anger” — sentiments that have only increased since the reality TV star-turn-president took over the White House.

In another interview when Trump first launched his presidential campaign in 2015, Garcia Bernal told the Guardian that Trump characterization of Mexicans as “rapists and drug dealers” was “close-minded and fucking ignorant.”

“We started to give Donald Trump so much space, and we started to validate his opinion, as if it’s like, ‘You know, it’s a valid opinion.’ No, it’s not valid,” he continued. "It’s hate discourse, and what follows next is genocide or civil war. I mean, that’s how it begins.”

Garcia Bernal has starred in films depicting the plight of migrants on the perilous journey attempting to cross the U.S. border, including “Desierto” and “Who Is Dayani Cristal?” He also produced the 2009 film “Sin Nombre” about two desperate teens struggling to cross Mexico to reach the United States.

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35 shares 'Moonlight' wins Oscar after 'La La Land' accidentally announced as winner for best picture

It was a moment that would go down in Oscars history, for all the wrong reasons.

The movie "La La Land" won the Oscar for best picture -- until it didn't. Presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced the musical, directed by New Jersey's Damien Chazelle, as winner of the evening's most coveted award Sunday night, until people up on stage noticed that the envelope containing the name of the winner read "Moonlight." 

Beatty apologized, saying that he had somehow confused the envelope meant for "La La Land" actress Emma Stone winning best actress for the one intended for best picture. It's not yet clear how Beatty came into possession of the wrong envelope, especially since Emma Stone later said that she had her winning card the whole time.

"I f***ing love 'Moonlight," she said in a press conference after the show, later telling ABC that the other movie's eventual win was "the coolest outcome ever."

@Variety Warren Beatty makes mistake, wins best picture.

The mistake was perhaps the largest one ever made in announcing the awards, one host Jimmy Kimmel compared to Steve Harvey's flubbed announcement of the winner of Miss Universe in 2015.

"La La Land" producers, who had already begun to deliver their speeches, quickly ceded the stage to "Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins, who had earlier won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay.

"This is not a joke, 'Moonlight' has won best picture," said "La La Land" producer Jordan Horowitz, holding up the official winner's card so all could see (after a careful closeup).

@JarettSays Watching the producers slowly tell the team they didn't win Best Picture is WILD. Keep your eyes on the background

Chazelle, 32, who grew up in Princeton, earlier became the youngest person to win the Oscar for best director. Near the start of the ceremony, Mahershala Ali became the first Muslim actor to win an Academy Award after he won best supporting actor for his role in "Moonlight." 

"Moonlight" bests "Hidden Figures," "La La Land" (obviously), "Hacksaw Ridge," "Manchester by the Sea," "Lion," "Hell or High Water," "Arrival" and "Fences" to win the coveted award.

On Twitter, where media outlets scrambled to correct or nix their most recent tweets announcing the "La La Land" win, the reaction to the monumental mistake was swift (and yes, Steve Harvey was a running theme).

@WChrisDecker Warren Beatty It's On You Now!

@Kounikishi Could someone ask to to audit the next presidential election? Or Warren Beatty perhaps

@nathanielhaas2 Live look at the stage producer who handed Warren Beatty the wrong envelope

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Iran Reiterates Criticism of Trump by Praising Oscar for The Salesman

Tehran, Feb 27 (Prensa Latina) Iran received today the Oscar won by director Asghar Farhadi with ''The Salesman'' as another triumph for his cinematography and an occasion to lash out at US President Donald Trump's immigration policy.

In addition to the specialized press, all news media - printed, radio, television and digital - echoed the award given by the Hollywood Academy to the Best Foreign Language Film today (yesterday in Los Angeles), but above all, they highlighted the message of Farhadi.

The Persian director explained that his absence at the ceremony was 'out of respect for the people of my country and those six other nations who have been disrespected by the inhuman law that prohibits the entry of immigrants to the United States,' alluding to a recent and controversial decision by Trump.

Following a provision by the White House new tenant, the United States issued a visa veto for citizens of Iran and six other Muslim-majority countries, sparking widespread criticism from human rights organizations, social activists, and religious circles.

'Dividing the world into the us and our enemies categories creates fear,' said Farhadi, who already won a golden statuette in 2012 in the same category for his film 'A Separation' (2011).

His message was read to the public by two Iranian-Americans who represented the director at the 89th Academy Awards, Anousheh Ansari, the first engineer female space tourist, and Professor Firouz Naderi, former Director of Solar Systems Exploration at NASA.

Farhadi added that the stance of the new US Republican administration is 'a dishonest justification for aggression and war. These wars prevent democracy and human rights in countries that have been the victims of aggression.'

Meanwhile, sources in Tehran hailed the second laureate for Iranian filmmaking, particularly for Farhadi, but honored his position announced on January 29 of refusing to travel to Hollywood, even if he was granted an exception to the presidential order.

While Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was proud of the Oscar Award and the position of the film director, former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (2005-2013) issued an open letter to Trump, blaming him for his immigration policy, Middle East interventionism and treatment to women.

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Meryl Streep 'insulted' by James Corden at costume awards

Meryl Streep may be one of the most lauded film actresses of her generation - but she is also "a complete bitch".

That's according to James Corden, who went on to call his Into the Woods co-star "the worst" at a Hollywood bash.

Of course, the British chat show host was only joking as he presented Streep with a distinguished collaborator prize at the Costume Designers Guild Awards.

Oscar favourite La La Land and Marvel's Doctor Strange were among the films honoured at the Los Angeles event.

'She is the worst'

Corden was referring to Streep's spat with US president Donald Trump when he made his jokey remarks.

He claimed the first time he introduced himself to Streep, at a London restaurant, she mistook him for a waiter, saying: "I'll have the lemon-crusted salmon and a Diet Coke with no ice."

The Late Late Show host joked: "What I'm trying to say is, and it's time that someone said it, she's a complete bitch. She is the worst.

"Now listen, I disagree with almost everything Donald Trump has ever said but when he tweeted that... I'm joking, of course. It's great to see someone like Meryl finally recognised with an award."

Lily CollinsLily Collins was recognised for her "enduring commitment to excellence"/ AP

Streep - who starred as a fashion magazine editor in The Devil Wears Prada - was recognised for her "unwavering support of costume design and creative partnerships with costume designers".

Accepting the accolade, the three-time Oscar winner paid tribute to the "artistry" of the "many wonderful designers" she had worked with over the course of her long career.

She did not mention Mr Trump as she collected her award, but said she had wanted to be a costume designer herself.

"I have to dedicate this because it means a lot to me," she said. "Not because I wanted to be a costume designer - which I did - but because my mother really wanted to be a costume designer.

"Halloween was like the run-up to fashion week in my house."

Award for Thrones designer

La La Land beat Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie to the "excellence in contemporary film" prize, while Doctor Strange won the fantasy film equivalent.

Space race drama Hidden Figures received the excellence in period film award at an event that also saw Michele Clapton honoured for both The Crown and Game of Thrones.

It was the third year running that the Bafta-winning British costume designer was awarded for her work on Thrones.

Other winners on Tuesday included Lily Collins, who took home the guild's Spotlight award.

The award given to Collins, daughter of musician Phil Collins, is to honour an actor "whose talent and career personify an enduring commitment to excellence, including a special awareness of the role and importance of costume design".

Michele ClaptonMichele Clapton's necklace appeared to match the trophy she picked up for Game of Thrones / Getty Images

Musical romance La La Land is one of the five films up for this year's costume design Oscar, a nomination that has raised eyebrows in some quarters.

"Best costume design?" spluttered Screen Junkies' "Trailer Guy" in its annual "honest" round-up of the year's best picture contenders. "They're just wearing clothes!"

Allied, Jackie and Florence Foster Jenkins are also in contention for the award, as is Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

The 89th Academy Awards will be held on Sunday at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre.

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Gender Fluid Star Nominated for Both Male and Female Oscars

The Academy has only taken into account the biological gender of the person competing for an award in the past.

Kelly Mantle has made Academy Awards history for being the first person ever nominated in both the female and male categories for the comedy “Confessions of a Womanizer” starring as Candy, a transgender sex worker.

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After competing in the U.S. reality show, “RuPaul's Drag Race,” in its 6th season, it became known that the 40-year-old was born male and now defines as “gender fluid.”

"The Academy Awards have confirmed that Kelly Mantle will be considered for both the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Confessions of a Womanizer" — this is in recognition of her androgynous identity," commented the movie's director Miguel Ali, according to Sputnik News.

"I firmly believe that our androgynous/transgender acting community is the most untapped resource in Hollywood,” he added. “We need to bring them more attention, and by doing so, we will create more empathy for our androgynous/transgender brothers and sisters."

This is the first time the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decided to nominate someone in both categories, unlike in the past when it would only take into account the biological gender of the person competing.

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