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Caroline Slusarczyk

Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Christopher Polk/Getty Images

On Tuesday, Casey Affleck spoke about his past sexual harassment allegations after he faced backlash for winning Best Actor at the 89th Academy Awards.  Affleck sat down for an interview with the Boston Globe, where he was asked about the widespread criticism of his Oscars win.  Affleck said, “I believe that any kind of mistreatment of anyone for any reason is unacceptable and abhorrent, and everyone deserves to be treated with respect in the workplace and anywhere else.  There’s really nothing I can do about it.  Other than live my life the way I know I live it and to speak to what my own values are and how I try to live by them all the time.”

In 2010, Affleck was sued for sexual harassment by producer Amanda White and cinematographer Magdalena Gorka, who both worked on “I’m Still Here” with him.  The women alleged that Affleck and other male crew members harangued them with unwanted sexual comments, advances and intimidation throughout filming.  Both lawsuits were settled out of court, and Affleck has continued to deny the claims.

After Affleck took home the Best Actor Academy Award on Sunday, many people on Twitter reacted with frustration.  Actor B.J. Novak tweeted:

One Twitter account called Feminist Frequency posted:

Writer and producer Gary Janetti chimed in:


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Caroline Slusarczyk



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.


Caroline Slusarczyk

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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Caroline Slusarczyk

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A Syrian refugee, Hala Kamil, who’s family was featured in an Oscar-nominated short plans to attend the awards ceremony to spread a message about the Syrian refugees’ plight.  The short documentary film, “Watani: My Homeland,” follows Kamil and her four children as they escape from Aleppo after her husband, Abu Ali Slaibeh, was captured by Islamic State militants in 2013.  The film, directed by Marcel Mettelsiefen, documents the family’s journey to a Turkish refugee camp and later, Germany.

Kamil was originally unable to attend the Oscars ceremony due to Donald Trump’s travel ban, which is currently halted.  Upon hearing the news that she can now go, Kamil wrote a statement in response.   Kamil stated: “When I heard that I might have the opportunity of attending the Oscars to represent ‘Watani: My Homeland,’ I felt incredibly proud and happy but bittersweet.”  Kamil said she and her husband used to enjoy the Academy Awards together: “Abu Ali and I would stay up late every year to watch the Oscars live on television.  Sipping coffee together as we always did, we’d try to recall the names of all the famous actors and actresses as they graced the red carpet, in complete awe of this huge event.”

Kamil explained that she wants to use her time at the Oscars to help spread a message throughout the world about refugees, especially from Syria.  Kamil wrote:  “I want to tell the world about a small country called Syria, a country that has been burnt alive, its people torn up from the soil they once thrived on.  All this destruction and displacement needs the concerted effort of the whole world working together, to help these people back to their roots, the roots they hold so dear.  We need people to understand that we are not terrorists despite what the media and the politicians might say, all we are is human.”

You can read Kamil’s full statement here, and watch the moving trailer for “Watani: My Homeland” below.


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This Saturday, don't miss MOVIES YOU WANNA WATCH's exclusive coverage of the hit indie films, MEADOWLAND and ROOM!

ROOM is a harrowing film about Jack, a five year old boy who has been trapped in a room with his mother for his entire life.  In the movie, JACOB TREMBLAY plays Jack, who escapes the Room and finds a way to rescue his mom!  The MYWW team interviewed Jacob at the Hamptons International Film Festival, and he told us all about his role in the movie, which is getting some SERIOUS Oscar buzz.

MEADOWLAND is a gripping drama starring Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson.  In MEADOWLAND, Sarah (Olivia Wilde) and Phil (Luke Wilson) try to cope with life and keep their marriage together one year after the disappearance of their only child.  Wilde's performance in the film has been universally acclaimed and there's some definite Oscar buzz surrounding her.

We also interview the director of MEADOWLAND, Reed Morano, a super talented cinematographer turned director, and her new professional relationship with Olivia Wilde! 

Plus, check out our interviews with the rest of the cast of MEADOWLAND: Mark Feuerstein, Giovanni Ribisi, and Ty Simpkins!

Be sure to tune into MOVIES YOU WANNA WATCH, Saturday, 11/7/15 @ 11a.m. & 11p.m. EST. on VVH- TV (Fios Ch. 14 and Cablevision Ch. 78) to catch our exclusive coverage of the 2015 HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Starring;  Olivia Wilde, Reed Morano, Jacob Tremblay and more!

If you don’t live in the NYC TRI-STATE area, then tune in ANYWHERE in the world and watch our show streaming live HERE on APPLE TV!

Some exciting news for MYWW fans…  MYWW which premiered as a segment on the syndicated award winning series, IN THE MIXX, has become an “indie” hit that inspired our team to expand programming to a new series which includes numerous entertainment genres including:  Movies You Wanna Watch, TV You Wanna Watch, Music You Wanna Hear, Books You Wanna Read, Fashion You Wanna Wear,  Food You Wanna Eat,  Life You Wanna Experience...It’s the best of the best in everything entertainment.

For more programming details on our new series and the latest updates, log onto our new website, THEWANNA.COM!

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