Trailer drops for Paul Thomas Anderson's "Phantom Thread"                The Big Sick, Jamie Bell and Stand Up for Something to be Honored at Hollywood Film Awards                "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri": October Oscar predictions                "Get Out" leads the Gotham Award nominations                'Blade Runner 2049,' 'The Disaster Artist' to be Honored at Hollywood Film Awards                Hollywood Contenders – Looking at Best Original Screenplay hopefuls                Todd Haynes explores the world of children with "Wonderstruck"                MUDBOUND and COCO to be Honored at Hollywood Film Awards                "The Killing of a Sacred Deer" pairs Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman once again                "Wonder Wheel" closes NYFF with a commanding Kate Winslet turn                Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney to Receive Hollywood Supporting Actor and Hollywood Supporting Actress Awards at "Hollywood Film Awards"                Hollywood Contenders – Looking at Best Adapted Screenplay hopefuls                "Breathe" aims to return Andrew Garfield to Oscar contention                Mary J. Blige, Timothée Chalamet and the Cast of "I, Tonya" - Margot Robbie, Allison Janney, Sebastian Stan, Paul Walter Hauser to be honored at the 21st Annual "Hollywood Film Awards."                New Trailer drops for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"        

Oscar’s Nightmare: 89th Academy Awards

By Michael Russnow

Co-presenter Warren Beatty seemed to toy with the crowd as he fiddled with the card, which he then showed to Faye Dunaway, who told the world what it expected: La La Land won the Oscar.

Suddenly, it was revealed Beatty was given the wrong envelope and La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz said Moonlight was the winner. There were attempts amidst gasps to be a good sport and I give lots of credit to the La La Land folks who scurried to the side as astonished Moonlight winners hurried onstage.

Beatty later said his envelope revealed Emma Stone and La La Land, which is why he’d reacted as he did, though one wonders why he didn’t call attention to this. However, given the tension of live television, even for pros like Beatty and Dunaway they can be forgiven for an act that should cause PriceWaterhouseCooper (PWC) heads to roll when the Academy meets to dissect the events.

Sure, mistakes happen, but this is the first such in Academy history. The closest to this was when Sammy Davis, Jr. read the wrong name in the sixties, which was for a different music category he was also to give. He made a joke about reporting it to the NAACP. But the name he gave was in fact a winner later on. In this case, it was horrific, and I feel for the La La Land people, even as the Moonlight people clearly had mixed reactions with their win.

Interestingly, I’d read an article in Huff Post about what goes on at the accounting firm, wherein two folks in charge, Martha Ruiz and Brian Cullinan were singularly responsible for counting ballots and double checking his/her partner. They memorized the winners, and it was mentioned if such a situation happened each was in the wings ready to alert a stage manager who would call the producer, hence the stage manager scurrying forth to deal with this terrible situation.

TO READ MORE GO TO:www.huffingtonpost.com

Michael Russnow
ramproductionsinternational.com

Read his new book, Hollywood on the Danube, available at www.createspace.com and on Kindle & Amazon sites.

About HollywoodNews.com

Doing our best to bring you "The Pulse of New Hollywood®." Follow us @hollywoodnews

Follow us

Breaking Hollywood News   


UPDATES BY EMAIL

Comments are closed.