Showbiz Sandbox 357: Oscars Can’t Win For Losing This Year

February 27, 2017


In a moment that will be discussed for years to come, this year’s Academy Awards ended with the wrong film being announced as the Best Picture winner. Ultimately it wasn’t “La La Land” that took home the prize as many predicted, but rather the socially conscious, racially diverse indie film “Moonlight” that won the award. Anne Thompson, Indiewire’s editor at large, tells us that by choosing “Moonlight” for its top award the Academy was making a statement about who they want to be as an industry.

Thompson also brings us backstage at this year’s Oscars, walking us through how such a huge mistake could actually happen, and what it was like in the press room when the error became apparent. Naturally, we touch on the some of this year’s Oscar winners as well.

Meanwhile, the way movies get distributed continues to be a contentious topic in Hollywood, with studios and cinema owners reportedly in negotiations on an agreement that might see new releases available for home viewing in as little as two weeks.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including how Netflix continues to book comedians, CBS cancels a brand new series and Beyoncé cancels her Coachella gig.


2017 Oscars: A Tale of Two Oscar Stories and One Very Big Gaffe

Beyonce Cancels Coachella, Ticket Prices Drop 12 Percent

Bookstores Brace for rush of Murakami’s fans on Feb. 24

comScore Announces Official Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of February 26, 2017

Patrick Stewart Is Retiring from X-Men

‘Elle’ Wins Best Film, Actress for Isabelle Huppert at France’s Cesar Awards

‘Moonlight’ Wins Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature Film

2017 Independent Spirit Awards: Full Winners List

Academy Rescinds Oscar Nomination for Violation of Campaign Rules

Oscars: Australian Producer Jan Chapman Devastated by Mistaken In-Memoriam Photo

“Irma La Douce” and “Tom Jones” Winning Music Oscars

Moonlight Wins In Unprecedented Upset During a Night of Many Firsts

Divided We Stand by Marjorie J. Spruill – BookFilter

The Horseman by Tim Pears – BookFilter

Dodge City by Tom Clavin – BookFilter

A Million Little Things by Susan Mallery – BookFilter

Gerard Butler, Neal Moritz Team to Adapt Fantasy Novel ‘A Darker Shade of Magic’

Judge Pauses Enforcement of IMDb Age Censorship Law

Facebook In Talks to Stream MLB Games Once a Week

Milo Yiannopoulos Resigns From Breitbart News Amid Pedophilia Controversy

Donald Trump Says He Will Not Attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Tracy Morgan Heads to Netflix for Stand-Up Special

Katherine Heigl Starrer ‘Doubt’ Canceled at CBS After 2 Episodes

Studios Push for $50 Early Home Movie Rentals, But Negotiations Are Complex

Joseph A. Wapner, Judge on ‘The People’s Court,’ Dies at 97

Judge Judy Shopping Her Old Reruns for $200 Million

Bill Paxton, ‘Titanic’ and ‘Big Love’ Star, Dies at 61


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