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The Oral History of Oscar’s Epic Best Picture Fiasco



One year after the craziest, most improbable and downright embarrassing moment in Academy Awards history, 29 key players open up (many for the first time) about the onstage chaos, backstage bickering and who’s really to blame for Envelopegate and the two minutes and 23 seconds that ‘La La Land’ beat ‘Moonlight.’

Since the first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929, Hollywood’s biggest night has produced its share of drama. But nothing — nothing — can hold a candle to the otherworldly insanity that unfolded at the very end of the 89th Oscars on Feb. 26, 2017, when the wrong best picture winner was announced. Ahead of the one-year anniversary of “Envelopegate,” THRspent months interviewing dozens of key players from that ceremony to document the incredible series of events that led the teams behind two films, Moonlight and La La Land, to collide on the same stage. A few of them said they would prefer to leave that awkward (and, for some, painful) night in the past; many, however, were willing to look back and laugh at an Oscars that neither they, nor anyone else, will ever forget.

*All subjects were interviewed for this story with the exception of Beatty (whose comments were on The Graham Norton Show), Gosling (Entertainment Tonight), De Luca (KCRW’s The Business), Bening (Jimmy Kimmel Live!) and Natoli (The Wrap).


A few weeks before the show, Oscars producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd recruit Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway to present the best picture Oscar.

JENNIFER TODD, Producer, 89th Oscars Being that it was the 50th anniversary of Bonnie and Clyde, we thought, “These two people would be so spec­tacular to get!”

PEGGY SIEGAL, Publicist, hosted events for La La Land and Moonlight Warren and Faye have not had the greatest relationship over the years. This is common knowledge. It’s a strained pairing because Faye is impossible.

Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz of PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm that has overseen the Oscars since 1934, are brought back as “balloting leaders,” a role that includes tabulating ballots and handing presenters envelopes. Concerns are raised even before the show.

TENI MELIDONIAN, Managing director, publicity and corporate communications, the Academy I met Brian four years ago when he first became a balloting leader. Very dedicated, loved the Oscars, enjoyed being there. Sometime that week [of the show], my department had told PwC’s PR department that Brian was not allowed to do any social media backstage because he was very engaged with social media during the week leading up to the show.

DAWN HUDSON, CEO, the Academy It was brought to my attention.

TODD I had several exchanges with PwC about them wanting to know how much we could feature them during the broadcast. Brian did a bit at the end in the Neil Patrick Harris year [2015], so he was curious to see if there was anything on the show this year.

JIMMY KIMMEL, Host I think the primary issue at rehearsal — and this was something that was in my head when that envelope moment happened — was how well [Beatty and Dunaway] could see the teleprompter.

GLENN WEISS, Telecast director I’d just call it “an interesting dynamic” between the two of them.

LISA TABACK, Awards consultant, worked on both La La Land and Moonlightcampaigns I saw Faye the day before the Oscars at the Sally Hershberger salon on La Cienega. She’d been driving the staff crazy for the past three days, trying to get her blond hair just right. When I walked in, the staff was ready to throw her out the window.


By the day of the ceremony, almost all indicators pointed to a big night for La La Land.

TODD On Sunday morning, our three art deco tower set pieces fell down. It sounded like somebody set a bomb off. We had to bring in 60 stagehands to repair everything before the show. We had to push the opening of the theater — they usually open the doors at 4 p.m., but we didn’t open them until 4:45. And we never got to rehearse the back half of the show.

MELIDONIAN We were thinking, “OK, this is the worst that it’s going to be. We’re good.”

HUDSON “Blue skies from here.”

The show starts with a performance of “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake, followed by Kimmel’s well-received monologue.

HUDSON Everyone in that whole theater was dancing. Things couldn’t have gone better.

KIMMEL If you get through the monologue successfully, you’re like 75 percent of the way there. It went very well.

NICOLETTE AIZENBERG, Head of publicity at A24, which financed and distributed Moonlight Mahershala [Ali] won best supporting actor early on, and I was so happy for him. Then Barry [Jenkins, Moonlight‘s director and co-writer] and Tarell [Alvin McCraney, who also wrote the play upon which Moonlight is based] won best adapted screenplay. Those were the two awards we were expected to win.

TABACK I was sitting next to [La La Land director] Damien [Chazelle]’s parents, so I had to play it cool when La La Land lost a number of categories it was expected to win. They kept saying, “Is this a bad thing?” [But] after Damien’s win [for director], I was able to relax. I was sure that La La Land was going home with best picture.

CHERYL BOONE ISAACS, Then-president, the Academy Mike and Jen did what they said they’d wanted to do — an incredibly entertaining show that moved along.

TODD [ABC] likes you to hit the last commercial before midnight [ET]. When Emma Stone walked offstage [with the best actress Oscar] and it went to black and we cut to commercial, it was 11:59:59, so we were like, “We made it!” Somebody put a glass of champagne down in front of me.

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Top 5 Celebrity Couples Who Have Stayed Strong




Staying in a relationship is no easy task, but with your life constantly being bugged by Paparazzi, it becomes a task for the mountains. While the world has been regressive on the fundamentals of relationships, some celebrities have found their way into the legions of the old school.

Here are the top 5 celebrity couples who have been together for a long time, and continue to do so –

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith

Back in 2008, Will Smith was an upcoming leading man, working on blockbusters such as Men in Black, Hancock, etc. Jada on the other hand, was just venturing into writing and directing, along side handling baby Jaden and Willow.

Cut to 2018, both of them have stayed strong, along with putting their foot firm in the industry. Not only their relationship flourished, but also the young Smith clan have made their way on their own.

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka

How I Met Your Mother and CSI stars Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka had been together for a while, making their relationship public just around 2008.

A decade later, whilst making a successful career, they have an adorable family that has set goals for generations hence.

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel

Both of them extremely glamorous in their own ways, they were both in a period of transition and rise to prominence, having starred in a bunch of films that performed extraordinary.

A decade later, they are married, have a child, and have ventured positively in their careers.

David and Victoria Beckham

Back in 2008, Posh launched her hugely popular fashion brand, and the brilliant footballer had just signed a loan transfer to AC Milan.

Cut to 2018, they still stay strong, with both of them enjoying a great family life, and Victoria’s ventures have been a success story across the globe.

Michelle and Barack Obama

The former President of the United States of America was elected exactly a decade ago, in 2008. While the relationship has blossomed into a beautiful First family at the White House, this has set precedence for couples across the globe.

Currently, Barack and Michelle have been living a dream life.

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Top 5 Highest Paid Actors in Hollywood




On-screen characters and performing artists are a portion of the most generously compensated individuals on the planet alongside specialists. This article will investigate the Top 5 male Actors on the planet in 2017 in light of profit. The positioning of this rundown has been made utilizing the most up and coming information accessible on every performing artist’s income as indicated by forbes, at the same time, please know that a portion of the pay information may not be 100% exact the same number of on-screen characters don’t freely proclaim their profit. Be cautioned we have a few amazements pausing.

How about we investigate the most generously compensated performing artists in 2017!

5. Jackie Chan

Income: $49 million

Touted the king of action by numerous individuals, his astonishing KungFu aptitudes have figured out how to make him one of the most elevated acquiring performers on the planet. Yet, it’s not only his acting that makes him a great deal of cash. Jackie additionally has an apparel line and different business intrigues that net him a clean benefit.

4. Adam Sandler

Income: $50.5 million

Adore him or detest him the comic has figured out how to push his way into the best 10 most generously compensated performers this year fundamentally by marking lucrative manages Netflix to deliver his own particular motion pictures.

3. Vin Diesel

Income: $54.5 million

His essential pay has originated from his onscreen appearance as an extreme person illicit road racer in every one of the 8 Fast and Furious movies. Be that as it may, this isn’t his lone wellspring of wage as he likewise plays the character Riddick in the Riddick motion picture arrangement and Groot in the comic book sensation Guardians of the Galaxy.

2. Dwayne Johnson

Income: $65 million

The monstrous astonishment this year is Dwayne the “Rock” Johnson. The previous wrestler turned activity star has figured out how to wind up the second most generously compensated performer on the planet utilizing a blend of his monstrous size and comical inclination. He won’t not be very in the same class as Johnny Depp, but rather in his own words he has an awesome grin and can kick ass superior to any other person in Hollywood. Featuring in the best netting drama of 2016 (Central Intelligence) and HBO arrangement Ballers most likely helped support his income a considerable amount.

1. Mark Wahlberg

Income: $68 million

Marky Mark, or whatever you need to call him has progressed significantly from his sketchy music vocation (sorry in the event that you adored him). Presently he is a standout amongst the most sought after performing artists in Hollywood and the most astounding procuring performer in 2017. The reason he has earned such a monstrous measure of cash is featuring in motion pictures, for example, Daddy’s Home 2 and Transformers: The Last Knight and additionally his world show ‘Wahlburgers’ and chain of eateries. What’s more, before you say anything, we realize that these were not his best motion pictures, but rather tragically it’s once in a while a performer’s best films that make them rich.

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Laura Dern – If you want to join, you can make it happen wherever you are




At the March 1 news directions, people said no one was intentionally overlooked. “Hollywood breeds a slant dismissal for people,” Rhimes said. “There’s this slant this must be something that the pleasure is all mine to in light of the fact that everything else in this town depends on that idea, yet this essentially doesn’t work that way.”

“If you have to oblige, you can make them go wherever you are,” said Laura Dern, who said that social affairs formed while she was on the zone in Atlanta in light of the fact that a crewmember proposed it. Other Time’s Up people exhort the people who need to take an intrigue should just demand to be put on the mailing once-over and come to social occasions.

Regardless, at in any case, in any occasion, it wasn’t precisely so basic, says one official who says she made a couple of calls intending to go to the inaugural social affair, with no outcome. “I chatted with a great deal of women who were anomalous state and couldn’t get invited and were amazingly exasperates,” she says. “It took after, ‘We’re exhaustive, in any case, unless you’re a movie star or a farmworker, you’re not invited. In the event that you’re an EVP, we needn’t bother with you.’ I chatted with a pack of showrunners who expressed, ‘Aren’t we the all inclusive community who are giving people livelihoods? Shouldn’t we be fused?’ It transformed into everybody’s point at lunch for the accompanying two weeks.” Nonetheless, she says, “I think we were condemning them for being exclusionary when it was just creating torments.”

A couple of women who are incorporated are up ’til now cloudy or uneasy about how the social occasion is setting its inspiration. People should discuss what proceeds at meetings, yet sources say that at the get-together at Paramount in February, Kerry Washington exhibited women from Alianza Nacional de Campesinas (the National Farmworkers Women’s Alliance). Speakers joined a divider painting specialist who discussed the piece of workmanship in accomplishing change. Seth Godin, essayist of books including Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, talked about how to start improvement.

“Prior to the complete of the essential hour, people were on their phones,” says one who went to. Another says the social event felt like “an address course of action,” including, “I trust there’s so far a failure about action wanders.” At a party after the get-together in Transparent creator Jill Soloway’s working environments, this individual says, one of the women demonstrate expressed, “A lot of us here are producers. Give us a remark!” Overall, this individual says, “I feel there’s a nonattendance of care on the most capable strategy to best supervise it. There’s some different there. I don’t trust it’s consider.”

“When you start advancement, the essential thing people do is endeavor to peel you away, to redirect you from the mission,” says one section. “We have given our lives to this industry. Is this what we require our legacy to be — that we were setbacks of baiting? I require my legacy to be that I was a bit of a get-together which saw an issue and was a bit of the game plan.”

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