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

February 27, 2017

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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.

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2017 Oscars: A Tale of Two Oscar Stories and One Very Big Gaffe
http://www.indiewire.com/2017/02/oscar-analysis-moonlight-la-la-land-1201787380/

Beyonce Cancels Coachella, Ticket Prices Drop 12 Percent
http://www.billboard.com/articles/business/7701917/beyonce-cancels-coachella-ticket-price-secondary-market

Bookstores Brace for rush of Murakami’s fans on Feb. 24
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201702230043.html

comScore Announces Official Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of February 26, 2017
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/comscore-announces-official-worldwide-box-office-results-for-weekend-of-february-26-2017-300413674.html

Patrick Stewart Is Retiring from X-Men
http://www.esquire.com/entertainment/news/a53436/patrick-stewart-x-men/

‘Elle’ Wins Best Film, Actress for Isabelle Huppert at France’s Cesar Awards
https://variety.com/2017/film/news/cesar-awards-2017-1201996053/

‘Moonlight’ Wins Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature Film
http://www.indiewire.com/2017/02/moonlight-wins-independent-spirit-awards-best-feature-1201786979/

2017 Independent Spirit Awards: Full Winners List
http://www.indiewire.com/2017/02/2017-independent-spirit-awards-winners-list-1201786911/

Academy Rescinds Oscar Nomination for Violation of Campaign Rules
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/academy-rescinds-oscar-nomination-violation-campaign-rules-979979

Oscars: Australian Producer Jan Chapman Devastated by Mistaken In-Memoriam Photo
https://variety.com/2017/film/awards/oscars-in-memoriam-segment-janet-patterson-wrong-photo-jan-chapman-1201997597/

“Irma La Douce” and “Tom Jones” Winning Music Oscars
https://www.youtube.com/embed/mmmi9ksOtt4

Moonlight Wins In Unprecedented Upset During a Night of Many Firsts
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-oscars-2017-academy-awards-news-20170226-story.html

Divided We Stand by Marjorie J. Spruill – BookFilter
http://bookfilter.com/2016/05/03/divided-we-stand/

The Horseman by Tim Pears – BookFilter
http://bookfilter.com/2016/05/03/the-horseman-2/

Dodge City by Tom Clavin – BookFilter
http://bookfilter.com/2016/04/19/dodge-city/

A Million Little Things by Susan Mallery – BookFilter
http://bookfilter.com/2016/08/31/a-million-little-things-2/

Gerard Butler, Neal Moritz Team to Adapt Fantasy Novel ‘A Darker Shade of Magic’
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/gerard-butler-neal-moritz-team-adapt-fantasy-novel-a-darker-shade-magic-978771

Judge Pauses Enforcement of IMDb Age Censorship Law
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/judge-pauses-enforcement-imdb-age-censorship-law-978797

Facebook In Talks to Stream MLB Games Once a Week
http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2017022546312/facebook-in-talks-to-stream-mlb-games-once-a-week.html

Milo Yiannopoulos Resigns From Breitbart News Amid Pedophilia Controversy
https://variety.com/2017/biz/news/milo-yiannopoulos-resigns-breitbart-pedophilia-1201993063/

Donald Trump Says He Will Not Attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/donald-trump-says-he-will-not-attend-white-house-correspondents-dinner-979943

Tracy Morgan Heads to Netflix for Stand-Up Special
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tracy-morgan-netflix-stand-up-special-979429

Katherine Heigl Starrer ‘Doubt’ Canceled at CBS After 2 Episodes
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/doubt-canceled-katherine-heigl-drama-pulled-cbs-schedule-979792

Studios Push for $50 Early Home Movie Rentals, But Negotiations Are Complex
https://variety.com/2017/film/news/vod-early-home-rentals-studios-theaters-1201994060/

Joseph A. Wapner, Judge on ‘The People’s Court,’ Dies at 97
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/26/arts/television/joseph-a-wapner-judge-on-the-peoples-court-dies-at-97.html

Judge Judy Shopping Her Old Reruns for $200 Million
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/judge-judy-shopping-her-old-reruns-200-million-977804

Bill Paxton, ‘Titanic’ and ‘Big Love’ Star, Dies at 61
https://variety.com/2017/film/news/bill-paxton-dead-dies-1201996712/

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