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CELEBS REACT TO “AWKWARD” BEST PICTURE MISTAKE AT 2017 OSCARS

Caroline Slusarczyk

Reuters

Reuters

On Sunday night, the 89th Academy Awards were held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.  The night was full of memorable moments, from host Jimmy Kimmel’s teasing of Matt Damon, Viola Davis and Mahershala Ali’s important Oscar wins, to several political statements throughout the night.

But perhaps the most unforgettable moment came right at the tail end of the ceremony when “La La Land” was mistakenly named Best Picture instead of the real winner, “Moonlight.”  Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway took the stage to open the Best Picture envelope and read off the film’s name, during which Beatty seemed to pause for comic effect before announcing, “La La Land.”  The “La La Land” crew took the stage to accept the award and even started giving speeches before the mistake was realized.  “La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz went up to the mic and said, “You guys, I’m sorry, no.  There’s a mistake.  ‘Moonlight,’ you guys won Best Picture.”  After a few moments, the “Moonlight” cast and crew ascended the stage where they exchanged hugs and words with the “La La Land” team.  Beatty chimed in later: “I want to tell you what 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.”

Watch the entire awkward moment below.

Celebrities who tuned in to watch the ceremony reacted with shock and cracked jokes at the Best Picture flub on Twitter.  THE WANNA has gathered the best celeb reactions below.

WHO WILL TAKE HOME AN AWARD AT THE 2017 OSCARS?

Caroline Slusarczyk

Oscar.go.com

Oscar.go.com

On Sunday, the 89th Academy Awards will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.  Hollywood’s most elite actors, writers, directors and industry members will show up looking their best on the red carpet before heading in to watch the awards ceremony.  It’s anybody’s guess who will win the Academy Award for each category, but part of the fun is making Oscar win predictions beforehand.  THE WANNA has created our own list of which celebrities and films will take home the biggest prize of the industry on Sunday night.  Check it out below!

•Best Picture: La La Land

•Best Adapted Screenplay: Moonlight

•Original Screenplay: Manchester by the Sea

•Best Foreign Language Film: The Salesman

•Best Director: TIE between Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) and Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

•Best Actress: Emma Stone (La La Land)

•Best Actor: Casey Affleck (Mike's personal pick would be Denzel Washington Fences)

•Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis (Fences)

•Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)

 

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SAG WINNER, ACTOR MAHERSHALA ALI GIVES THE MOST MOVING AND GLOBAL MESSAGE OF THE NIGHT!

Caroline Slusarczyk

Dave McNary/Reuters

Dave McNary/Reuters

The 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards were held Sunday night at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA.  The SAG Awards followed in the wake of President Trump’s Muslim ban and executive order to practice “extreme vetting” upon immigrants and refugees entering the United States.  Many SAG Award-nominated celebrities were outraged by Trump’s actions, which led to an emotional and politically-charged night in Hollywood.

Mahershala Ali, who won for his supporting role in Moonlight, gave a personal and emotional speech about being a Muslim during Trump’s immigration ban.  In his speech, Ali explained how the film Moonlight teaches acceptance of those who are different instead of persecution.  Ali said, “I hope that we do a better job of that,” to the sounds of cheers and applause from the audience.  Ali continued to say how each person is unique and that we must accept each other, rather than “go to war.”  Ali revealed that his mother, an ordained minister, was not thrilled when he converted to Islam.  Ali said, “We put things to the side, and I’m able to see her, she’s able to see me.  We love each other, the love has grown, and that stuff is minutiae.  It’s not that important.”  You can watch the rest of Ali’s moving speech below.

Several other celebrities came to the SAG Awards with Trump’s immigration ban in mind.  Kerry Washington and Simon Helberg both showed up on the red carpet with visual protests of the Muslim ban.  Other celebrities who took the stage during the SAG Awards, including Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), Taraji P. Henson (Hidden Figures), and David Harbour (Stranger Things) used the opportunity to address Trump’s actions and share poignant messages of unity.  THE WANNA has gathered some of the most moving and politically-minded moments of the 2017 SAG Awards below for you to enjoy.

Simon Helberg Holds Protest Sign

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

 

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CELEBS AND MOVIES TO WATCH FOR AT THE 2017 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

Caroline Slusarczyk

Kevin Sawyer

Kevin Sawyer

The 33rd annual Sundance Film Festival kicks off this year on January 19th in Park City, Utah.  The Sundance film festival is the largest independent film festival in the United States, and each year thousands of attendees turn up to see the most anticipated films of the coming year.  If you plan to head to Sundance this year, you may catch a glimpse of a few celebrities as they make their way around the streets of Park City for the festival.  Celebrities with films in the 2017 festival include Kristen Stewart, Jeremy Renner, Cate Blanchett, Kiefer Sutherland, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jon Hamm, Mahershala Ali, Mary J. Blige, Jason Segel, Rooney Mara, Elijah Wood, Elle Fanning, Aubrey Plaza, Jennifer Aniston, and so many more.  This year’s Sundance jury includes Peter Dinklage, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Patton Oswalt.

This year, there are several highly anticipated films that you will WANNA know about.  The WANNA has gathered some of the biggest films of the 2017 Sundance film festival for you to keep an eye out for below.

Where Is Kyra?

“A drama set in Brooklyn, Kyra loses her job and struggles to survive on her ailing mother's income. As the weeks and months go on, her problems worsen. This leads her on a risky and enigmatic path that threatens her life.” 

Directed by Andrew Dosunmu

Starring Kiefer Sutherland, Michelle Pfeiffer

Marjorie Prime

“A service that provides holographic recreations of deceased loved ones and allows a man to come face-to-face with the younger version of his late father-in-law.” 

Directed by Michael Almereyda

Starring John Hamm, Geena Davis, Tim Robbins

A Ghost Story

“This is the story of a ghost and the house he haunts.” 

Directed by David Lowery

Starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck

Come Swim (Short)

“A diptych of one man's day; half impressionist and half realist portraits.” 

Directed by Kristen Stewart

Starring Kristen Stewart

Sidney Hall

“Sidney Hall finds accidental success and unexpected love at an early age, then disappears without a trace.” 

Directed by Shawn Christensen

Starring Elle Fanning, Logan Lerman, Michelle Monaghan, Kyle Chandler

Ingrid Goes West

“Ingrid Thorburn, a mentally disturbed young woman, becomes obsessed with Taylor Sloane, a social media star who appears to have the perfect life. But when Ingrid decides to drop everything and move west to befriend Taylor, her behavior turns unsettling and increasingly dangerous.” 

Directed by Matt Spicer

Starring Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen

The Yellow Birds

“Two young soldiers, Bartle (21) and Murph (18) navigate the terrors of the Iraq war under the command of the older, troubled Sergeant Sterling. All the while, Bartle is tortured by a promise he made to Murph's mother before their deployment.” 

Directed by Alexandre Moors

Starring Alden Ehrenrich, Jennifer Aniston, Toni Collette, Tye Sheridan

Wind River

“An FBI agent teams with the town's veteran game tracker to investigate a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation.” 

Directed by Taylor Sheridan

Starring Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Jon Bernthal

Manifesto

“Cate Blanchett performs manifestos as a series of striking monologues.” 

Directed by Julian Rosefeldt

Starring Cate Blanchett

The Discovery

“A love story set one year after the existence of the afterlife is scientifically verified.” 

Directed by Charlie McDowell

Starring Jason Segel, Rooney Mara, Robert Redford

Mudbound

“Two men return home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi where they struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after war.” 

Directed by Dee Rees

Starring Garrett Hedlund, Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Mary J. Blige

Make sure to check out The WANNA’s exclusive coverage from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival of the films Dope, Cop Car and Diary of a Teenage Girl.  Enjoy!

 

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