Weekend News Roundup! The Oscars and Meryl vs. Karl
Happy Monday. Here’s our compendium of pop culture news you may have missed while you were doing more important things over the weekend.
• The Oscars happened! Moonlight won Best Picture, Supporting Actor (for Mahershala Ali), and Adapted Screenplay. La La Land took home Best Actress (Emma Stone), Director (Damien Chazelle), Cinematography (Linus Sandgren), Original Score (Justin Hurwitz), Original Song, and Production Design. Manchester by the Sea got Best Actor (Casey Affleck) and Original Screenplay (Kenneth Lonergan). Fences got Best Supporting Actress (Viola Davis). The Salesman won Best Foreign Language feature, though director Asghar Farhadi did not attend the awards in protest of Trump’s Muslim majority travel ban. Oh, and Suicide Squad won an Oscar too. [Oscars]
• Jimmy Kimmel presented the awards, and everything was going okay until he decided to bring a bus load of tourists on stage. The biggest mistake of the evening, however, came when someone handed Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, presenters of the Best Picture Award, the envelope for Best Actress, and they accidentally awarded Best Picture to La La Land instead of Moonlight. The error was corrected, but not until the La La Land team was already on stage, and they had to leave to make room for Moonlight. [WP]
• Actor and director Bill Paxton passed away on Saturday. He was 61. [Deadline]
• Neil Fingelton, Britain’s tallest man, a former professional, and an actor in Game of Thrones, also passed away. He was 36. [BBC]
• No one messes with Meryl. No one. [WWD]