As La La Land producer Fred Berger was giving his acceptance speech after Damien Chazelle’s original musical had seemingly won Best Picture at the Oscars last night, his fellow colleagues standing behind him began to realize something had gone wrong the moment Oscar producers hurried onto the stage bearing yet another red envelope.
“Guys, guys, I’m sorry, no, there’s a mistake. Moonlight, you guys won Best Picture,” Jordan Horowitz, another La La Land producer, told the audience. “This is not a joke. Come up here.” As host Jimmy Kimmel jokingly told the producers that they should keep the awards anyway, Horowitz said, “I’m going to be really proud to hand this to my friends from Moonlight.”
While many were quick to put the blame on presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, it turns out that the mix-up had nothing to do with them at all. According to a statement from accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, the presenters “had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected.”
PwC apparently has two briefcases that are nearly identical to each other as well as two entire sets of winning envelopes. During the commotion on-stage, Beatty stepped up to the microphone once again to explain what had happened. “I opened the envelope and it said: Emma Stone, La La Land. That’s why I took such a long look at Faye and at you. I wasn’t trying to be funny,” he remarked.
“We sincerely apologize to Moonlight, La La Land, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture,” PwC said in their statement. “We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred.”
As things finally began to settle down, the cast and crew of Moonlight were able to deliver their own acceptance speeches with director Barry Jenkins moving the audience with his touching story of how his Oscar-winning film came to be and how he’s done with dreams.
“Very clearly, very clearly, even in my dreams, this could not be true. But to hell with dreams, I’m done with it, ’cause this is true. Oh my goodness,” Jenkins told a delighted audience. “And I have to say and it is true, it’s not fake. We’ve been on the road with these guys for so long and that was so gracious, so generous of them. My love to La La Land, my love to everybody.”
He continued, “There was a time when I thought this movie was impossible because I couldn’t bring it to fruition, I couldn’t bring myself to tell another story. “And so everybody behind me on this stage said, “no, that is not acceptable.” So I just want to thank everybody up here behind me, everybody out there in that room, because we didn’t do this, you guys chose us. Thank you for the choice. I appreciate it. Much love.”
You can watch what transpired in the clip below.
Author’s note: Congratulations to the cast and crew of Moonlight. This was an extremely well-deserved honor for a groundbreaking film.
Max Landis is an abusive piece of shit who deserves to be blacklisted in Hollywood
In a bombshell exposé published by The Daily Beast this morning, eight women detailed the emotional, physical, and sexual abuse that they suffered at the hands of Bright and Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis, which is not particularly surprising given the fact that we’ve heard about this kind of stuff about Landis before—but no one did anything about it.
Before we go any further, a quick warning: the exposé is disturbing, to say the least, and contains graphic descriptions of the aforementioned abuse. Reader discretion is most definitely advised.
In one part of the story, an ex-girlfriend and former friend of Landis going by the name of Julie (some of the names used in the story are aliases so as to protect the anonymity of the victims) describes how she “didn’t realize that I had been raped consistently and deliberately by this man for two years until today, when I wrote it down.”
Julie, after detailing some of the emotional abuse Landis inflicted upon her, goes on to say, “He choked me until I passed out and did humiliating, degrading things to me that I still can’t manage to write out on paper.”
Another ex-girlfriend, Kerry, wrote about how Landis “choked me and told me he wanted to kill me. And I would wind up reassuring him that he wasn’t a monster when he felt bad about it. Because I felt bad that he was so sick.”
Ani Baker, who also had a romantic relationship with Landis at one point, described a similar event in which Landis snapped, put his hands around her throat, and got very close to her face, saying, “I will fucking kill you. Do you understand what I’m saying? I will fucking kill you.”
These are just a few of the very harrowing accounts Landis’ victims tell in the exposé and help paint a picture that shows who Landis truly is: a violent sexual abuser. You can read the piece by Daily Beast entertainment reporter by Amy Zimmerman in its entirety here. (Again, please keep in mind that the exposé contains graphic descriptions of abuse and you should only read it at your own discretion.)
Samara Weaving finds herself in a deadly game of hide and seek in the ‘Ready or Not’ trailer
The first trailer for Ready or Not reveals the latest offering from Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, two-thirds of the filmmaking collective Radio Silence, which has brought us wonderfully fucked-up genre works like the Rosemary’s Baby riff Devil’s Due and the 10/31/98 segment from the V/H/S anthology.
Ready or Not appears to be equally (if not more) fucked-up than Radio Silence’s previous efforts and follows a young bride named Grace (Samara Weaving) as she joins her new husband’s (Mark O’Brien) rich, eccentric family for some sort of time-honored tradition.
Little does Grace know, though, that this time-honored tradition is about to turn into a lethal game of hide-and-go-seek that, by the looks of the trailer, will have everyone fighting for their survival—not just Grace.
I don’t know about you, but I’m getting some very strong Clue and You’re Next vibes from this trailer and everything about it just looks absolutely phenomenal. Plus, there’s something about a bunch of rich white people killing each other for the hell of it that I find particularly interesting. Consider me sold.
Ready or Not also stars Adam Brody, Henry Czerny, and Andie MacDowell, and will hit theaters on August 23 via Fox Searchlight. Let me know your thoughts on the trailer by sounding off in the comments section below.
The first official image from Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ certainly looks, uh, very beige
20th Century Fox debuted a first look image from Steven Spielberg‘s adaptation of West Side Story this morning and, uh, it certainly looks very beige. Like, there literally appears to be no other color present in this image other than beige.
I mean, you would think that a Spielberg take (or any take, for that matter) on West Side Story would be colorful and vibrant, but this first look image is pretty damn underwhelming and does nothing but make the movie’s entire aesthetic look lifeless and drab as hell.
Also, perhaps I’m suffering from a case of mistaken memory here, but didn’t Fox originally say this was going to be a more modern, present-day version of West Side Story? Because that certainly doesn’t appear to be the case anymore if it ever was.
Criticisms aside, though, I’m still really looking forward to seeing what Spielberg does here, especially given his passion for the source material and long-standing desire to tackle a musical. Plus, it’s great to see him reunite with his Lincoln screenwriter Tony Kushner and tap a lead as wonderful and charming as Ansel Elgort is (do not fucking @ me, Film Twitter).
Pictured left to right in the first look image above we have Jets members Anybodys (Ezra Menas), Mouthpiece (Ben Cook), Action (Sean Harrison Jones); Jets leader Riff (Mike Faist); Baby John (Patrick Higgins); Tony (Ansel Elgort) and Maria (Rachel Zegler); Maria’s brother and Sharks leader Bernardo (David Alvarez); and Sharks members Quique (Julius Anthony Rubio), Chago (Ricardo Zayas), Chino (Josh Andrés Rivera), Braulio (Sebastian Serra) and Pipo (Carlos Sánchez Falú).
We still have yet to see the rest of the cast, which includes Ariana DeBose as Anita, Brian d’Arcy James as Officer Krupke, Corey Stoll as Lieutenant Schrank, and Rita Moreno, who won an Oscar for her role as Anita in Robert Wise’s 1961 adaptation of West Side Story, as Valentina.
West Side Story will hit theaters on December 18, 2020.