Oscars Opens With a Shout-Out to Times Up


Los Angeles( AP) — The Latest on the 90 th annual Academy Awards, which are being bestowed Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood( all hours local ):

7: 40 p.m.

“Get Out” has won the Academy Award for best original screenplay, devoting writer-director Jordan Peele a historic win.

Peele is the first African-American writer to win in the category.

His win was was well received by thunderous applause in the Dolby Theatre, which Peele tried to quiet. He said in his acceptance speech that he stopped writing his horror sensation “about 20 times because I thought it was impossible.”

But Peele says he kept writing because he knew if it get attained, he knew “people would hear it and see it.”

Peele is also nominated for best director and “Get Out” is competing in the best picture category.


7: 30 p.m.

“Call Me By Your Name” has won the Academy Award for best accommodated screenplay, attaining screenwriter James Ivory the oldest Oscar winner ever.

Ivory is 89 years old and was half of the famed independent filmmaking duo along with the Ismail Merchant, who died in 2015.

Ivory had wanted to co-direct “Call Me By Your Name, ” but ran into trouble with investors. He has said he has no plans to retire, and is working on a new screenplay.

“Call Me By Your Name” is an adaptation of a 2007 fiction by Andre Aciman. Ivory thanked Aciman first during his acceptance speech, saying it’s his policy to always thank the person whose work he accommodated first.

He also thanked Merchant and their collaborator, the late writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.


7: 25 p.m.

Allison Janney has emerged with not just an Oscar but a theater full of fans for both her award-winning role in “I, Tonya” and her charming acceptance speech.

After capturing the Oscar for best supporting actress, Janney returned to the theater where she was immediately swamped during the course of its next commercial breaking by people wanting to take selfies with her.

During her speech Janney credited not only her co-stars and others who worked on the film but even the scene-stealing bird that appeared in the dark comedy about the Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan skating rivalry that resulted in an attack on Kerrigan just before the 1994 Olympics.

— Andrew Dalton (@ andyjamesdalton) from inside the Dolby Theatre


7: 15 p.m.

If they were dedicate out Oscars for the most popular arrival in the Oscar backstage press room, the hands-down winner would be Kobe Bryant.

The former Los Angeles Lakers star arrived in the press room to a near standing ovation and was inundated with the most questions of the evening so far. Bryant won for the animated short cinema he wrote, “Dear Basketball.”

Bryant told reporters, “I feel better than winning a championship, to be honest with you. I swear I do.”

When he told people he wanted to write and tell tales after retiring from basketball, Bryant said he the reaction was, “That’s cute, you’ll be depressed when your career’s over. To be here now and have this sense of validation, this is crazy man.”

— John Rogers in the Oscars interview room


6: 40 p.m.

“Coco” is the winner of the best animated feature Academy Award.

The Disney and Pixar collaboration tells the story of a Mexican boy who dreams of has become a musician despite his family’s wishes.

“Coco” has described widespread kudo for the culturally authentic way it presents Mexico’s “Day of the Dead” culture.

Its signature song, “Remember Me, ” is also nominated in the best original ballad category.

The best animated short Oscar was awarded to “Dear Basketball, ” making former Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant an Oscar winner.


6: 30 p.m.

Allison Janney has won the best supporting actress Oscar for her role in “I, Tonya.”

Janney won for her caustic portraying of Tonya Harding’s mother, LaVona Harding in the film about the figure skater’s life.

It is Janney’s first Oscar win. She has won seven Emmys for her roles on the NBC drama “The West Wing” and the CBS comedy “Mom.”

The actress started her adoption speech by joking, “I did it all by myself.” She speedily changed course, saying, “Nothing could be further from the truth.”


6: 25 p.m.

Chile’s “A Fantastic Woman” has been named the winner of the best foreign speech cinema Academy Award.

The film from director Sebastian Lelio stars transgender actress Daniela Vega as a woman who faces acrimony and scrutiny after the death of her devotee. Lelio called Vega the inspiration for the film.


6: 10 p.m.

Working in a slapstick bit from one of the signature moments of the Oscar-nominated film “Get Out, ” Jimmy Kimmel has told this year’s wins that if they jogged in their acceptance speeches they wouldn’t be played offstage by music.

Instead, Kimmel had actor Lakeith Stanfield race on stage and scream, “Get out, ” just as he did in the movie.

Only Stanfield didn’t get out when the bit was over — at least not initially.

Instead, he remained on center stage, dressed in his “Get Out” get-up, long after the bit was over and the television cameras had cut away from him.

Finally a crew member came out and ushered him off stage.

— Andrew Dalton (@ andyjamesdalton) from inside the Dolby Theatre


5: 40 p.m.

“Icarus” has won the best documentary feature Academy Award.

The film tells the story of a doping program used by Russian athletes through accounts from the man who says he oversaw it.

Director Bryan Fogel said in his acceptance speech that he hopes the cinema is a wake-up call about the dangers of Russia.


5: 30 p.m.

Ryan Seacrest typically gets the most sought-after interviews on the red carpet, but on Oscars night he had a lot of idle time.

Some of the key nominees and superstars did not stop for interviews with the host of E !’ s Oscars red carpet show. Timothee Chalamet, Margot Robbie and others walked past him, as did Oscar winner Viola Davis. Octavia Spencer told him he appeared handsome but did not do an interview. Director Dee Rees seemed to wave no when someone asked if she wanted to stop.

Several superstars, including Mary J. Blige, Allison Janney and Whoopi Goldberg did stop to speak to Seacrest.

There was speculation that starrings would avoid Seacrest because of sexual harassment accusations levied against him by a former employee. E! Said it analyse the claims and found insufficient evidence of the woman’s claims.


5: 15 p.m.

Sam Rockwell’s portrayal of a racist sheriff’s deputy in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” has won the best supporting actor Oscar.

Rockwell had been considered the favorite to win the awarding, after picking up the same honor at the Screen Actors Guild Awards last month and other honors.

His character has been the focus of backlash against “Three Billboards” by some who see its portrayal of racism as simplistic.

Rockwell’s acceptance speech focused on his love of movies, which he says his father helped foster by pulling him out of school when he was a young boy to go see a film.


5: 05 p.m.

Jimmy Kimmel has opened the 90 th annual Academy Award by telling winners to pause a beat before coming up to the stage.

Kimmel’s joke was a reference to last year’s best painting fiasco. He also poked fun at accounting firm PwC, which caused the error last year. Kimmel says he turned down a skit on the accountants last year and the mistaken reading of “La La Land” was a result of the accountants trying to do comedy.

The late-night host also referenced the sexual harassment scandal that has roiled Hollywood, mentioning humiliation film mogul Harvey Weinstein by name and saying he deserved to be expelled from the academy most of all. He also joked the Oscar statuette is the ideal embodiment of the moment — because it lacked a penis.

Kimmel joked about the statue, “He is literally a statute of limitations.'”

He also dedicated a shout-out to the # MeToo and Time’s Up movements, saying the audience could expect to hear more about them later in the show.

The show opened with a black-and-white newsreel-style montage prove footage from Sunday, poking fun at some of the nominees including Gary Oldman, last year’s best actress win Emma Stone and others.


4: 55 p.m.

And the Oscar goes to …

The tuxedoed indicate workers who worked tirelessly for hours to make sure everyone got into place properly at the Oscar show and on time with as few hitches as possible.

With just a few minutes until demonstrate day, and their work largely done, some three dozen tuxedoed demonstrate employees waited in line for a chance to snap cellphone photos of themselves holding an Oscar statuette.

Everyone who posed had to don a pair of white gloves first.

With just a few minutes before the prove started, host Jimmy Kimmel and his squad emerged from his dressing room chanting, “Let’s get it right this time! Best show ever! Best show ever !! “

— Sandy Cohen (@ YouKnowSandy) from backstage at the Dolby Theatre


4: 45 p.m.

Rita Moreno says it was time for her gown from the 1962 Oscars to make a comeback, so she decided to wear it for Sunday’s Oscars ceremony.

The 86 -year-old actress told the story behind the gown she wore 56 years ago and how she never expected to win best supporting actress for her role in “West Side Story.”

Moreno recounted how she came to the 1962 Oscars “never dreaming I would win” because she was up against Judy Garland.

The Puerto Rican actress and singer flew in from the Philippines where she was “making a really crappy World War II movie, playing yet another native girl” and had a dress maker in Manila attain the gown.

She recollects the dressmaker’s name: Jose Moreno. No relation.

Moreno says she hopes he was watching and “gets to see this extraordinary dress again.”

She told The Associated Press the dress has been hanging in her closet ever since, and needed a bit of adjusting in the back in order to wear on Sunday.

— Marcela Isaza( misaza) and Jocelyn Gecker (@ jgecker)


4: 20 p.m.

Best supporting actress Oscar nominee Mary J. Blige says Ryan Seacrest is “fighting for his life right now.”

Speaking Sunday on the red carpet for the Academy Awards, Blige says that she loves Seacrest and that she doesn’t know the whole truth of what happened. The E! host has been accused of sexual misconduct by his former personal stylist. He’s denied the allegations.

Blige was one of several superstars, including Diane Warren and Allison Janney, who spoke to Seacrest on the Oscars red carpet.

The Grammy winner says she’s a supporter of the #MeToo movement and stressed how important it is for women to be liberated and set free by telling the truth.

Blige is nominated for best supporting actress for her role in the period drama “Mudbound.”

— Nicole Evatt (@ NicoleEvatt) and Lindsey Bahr (@ ldbahr)


4: 05 p.m.

Mexican director Alejandro Inarritu is aroused to see his countryman and friend Guillermo del Toro make a big statement today.

Inarritu says he hopes del Toro’s movie “The Shape of Water” wins best picture because he says it’s his most beautiful cinema and it’s “very relevant politically.”

“The Shape of Water” is up for a leading 13 Academy Awards Sunday, including best director and acting nominations for superstars Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer and Richard Jenkins.

Inarritu was sporting a pin on his lapel Sunday to support immigrants. He also says wishings productions to become more open in the future to having Latin American actors and actresses have bigger roles.

Inarritu has won Oscars for “The Revenant” and “Birdman” and last year was honored with a special achievement award for his virtual reality cinema “Carne y Arena.”

— Nicole Evatt (@ NicoleEvatt) and Lindsey Bahr (@ ldbahr)


3: 50 p.m.

Oscar nominees Richard Jenkins and Sam Rockwell are sharing in a little bromance on the Oscars red carpet.

When the best supporting actor nominees intersected tracks on the carpet Sunday they didn’t look at one another as wary challengers, instead engaging a warm bear hug of an embrace.

The 70 -year-old Jenkins is nominated for his role as the reclusive neighbour who kindly lends his assistance to a sea animal being held by the government in “The Shape of Water.”

Rockwell is also a supporting actor nominee for his role as the racist small-town sheriff’s deputy who, following a fiery epiphany, attempts to help Frances McDormand find her daughter’s murderer in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

This is Rockwell’s first Oscar nomination. Jenkins received a supporting actor nomination in 2009 for “The Visitor.”

— Sandy Cohen (@ YouKnowSandy) and John C. Rogers


3: 40 p.m.

There may not be a blackout dress code like there was at the Golden Globes, but Time’s Up has remained a hot topic on the Oscars red carpet.

A few men flaunted their Time’s Up pins again, like “The Greatest Showman” songwriter Justin Paul, Bradley Whitford and best supporting actor nominees Richard Jenkins and Sam Rockwell. “Get Out” actor Lil Rel Howery says his pin is on his jean jacket, which he wears out more often than his Oscars tux.

Eva Marie Saint, who is presenting Sunday night, says she thinks the movement will be good for men and women. Whitford says it’s time to focus on non-Hollywood Time’s Up situations too.

Tarana Burke, the creator of the viral #MeToo movement, strolled the carpet Sunday with her sister. Burke says that it is still a joyous occasion and that they’re at the Oscars to celebrate how much the movement has grown in less than six months.

Burke says they did the “dress code thing” and now they’re doing the work.

— Nicole Evatt (@ NicoleEvatt) and Lindsey Bahr (@ ldbahr)


3: 15 p.m.

World skiing champion Lindsey Vonn says her heart was racing faster on the Oscars red carpet than it did at the Olympics.

Vonn was one of the early arrivals Sunday for the 90 th Academy Awards and says being there creates nervousnes on a totally different level than racing down a ski slope.

The Olympic gold medalist and World Cup champion says she’s excited to be around so many strong and powerful women who are presenting awards at Sunday’s Oscars and plans to just soak in the evening’s atmosphere.

Vonn says she also hopes the Time’s Up movement can change world culture for both entertainment and sports figures.

— Nicole Evatt (@ NicoleEvatt) and Lindsey Bahr (@ ldbahr)


3: 05 p.m.

Oscar nominee Diane Warren says she did not hesitate to stop to do an interview with E! host Ryan Seacrest on the Oscars red carpet Sunday.

Seacrest is facing allegations of sex misconduct and there have been questions around whether Time’s Up advocates will stop to talk to him on the carpet in spite of that. Seacrest has denied wrongdoing, and E! says it conducted an investigation and did find any issues with the host’s conduct.

Warren says she knows Seacrest and has for a long time. She also says she’s a big supporter of the Time’s Up movement. Allison Janney, considered the front-runner for the best supporting actress Oscar, was among those who also spoke to Seacrest on Sunday.

Warren is nominated for best original song for “Stand Up for Something” from the film “Marshall.”

Warren has been nominated for nine Oscars, and her previous nomination was for the song “Til It Happens to You” from “The Hunting Ground, ” a 2015 documentary about campus rape.

— Nicole Evatt (@ NicoleEvatt) and Lindsey Bahr (@ ldbahr)


2: 55 p.m.

“Strong Island” director Yance Ford says that it has been an incredible experience being the first openly transgender nominee.

Ford’s says Sunday that his presence on the Oscars red carpet speaks for itself and that he plans to enjoy himself no matter what the outcome when the envelope is opened later in the evening.

The film is a harrowing portrait of how Ford’s household was affected in accordance with the deaths among his brother in 1992 in Long Island. A white grand jury did not indict the white man who shot him.

“Strong Island” is competing for best documentary against “Last Men in Aleppo, ” ” Icarus, ” ” Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” and “Faces Places.”

— Nicole Evatt (@ NicoleEvatt) and Lindsey Bahr (@ ldbahr)


2: 45 p.m.

With a little more than two hours to go until Oscar showtime, a sense of calm before the blizzard has set in backstage at the 90 th annual Academy Awards.

Several show employees appear to be enjoying the reprieve, sitting backstage softly chatting while one employee diligently wipes away smudges in preparation of celebrities’ imminent arrival on the red carpet.

There is no mention of the stunning envelope fiasco that closed last year’s show.

— Sandy Cohen (@ YouKnowSandy)


2: 35 p.m.

“Last Men in Aleppo” director Firas Fayyad says that art is more powerful than the voices of Vladimir Putin or Donald Trump.

Fayyad’s documentary about a group of first responders in the White Helmets and the Syrian civil war is nominated for best documentary at the 90 th Academy Awards Sunday. The film is up against “Faces Places, ” ” Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, ” ” Icarus” and “Strong Island.”

Fayyed said Sunday on the Oscars red carpet said that he is honored to be there and that it’s an important space to share this story. He said it was one of the most powerful platforms in the world countries. He has been openly critical of Russia and Putin while promoting the film.

The filmmakers had faced some visa issues and were unsure if they were going to make it to the Oscars, but access came through for Fayyed, his producer and his cinematographer. Syria is one of the countries included in a traveling ban.

— Nicole Evatt (@ NicoleEvatt) and Lindsey Bahr (@ ldbahr)


1: 30 p.m.

It’s an hour before the stars start arriving on the Oscars red carpet, and final preparations are in full swing.

E! red carpet host Giuliana Rancic posed for photos in front of fan bleachers wearing a flowing yellow dress. Journalists worked to get into their positions on the carpet, some snapping their last selfies before the depict. The carpet is scheduled to open at 5:30 p.m. Eastern.

Fans cheered as they recorded a well-wishes message to host Jimmy Kimmel, who returns as Oscars host for the second time.

Two workers from Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant carried a huge tray of food that will be served inside the post-show Governors Ball, including chocolates and lox shaped like Oscars statuettes. Puck followed the platter, hurling snacks to cheering fans in the bleachers and saying, “Alright, who wants an Oscar? “

A massive tent was erected over the carpet to protect it from two days of rain. But the skies had cleared Sunday and temperatures were the low 60 s, although it was considerably hotter for fans and journalists under the tent.


6 a.m.

The( right) envelope, please.

The Oscars will hope to live down their most infamous gaffe at the 90 th Academy Awards. The rite begins at 8 p. m. EST. But more than redemption is on the line Sunday. The ceremony promises to be rife with references to the #MeToo movement triggered by the Harvey Weinstein revelations.

Host Jimmy Kimmel will be tasked with not just ensuring the correct wins are read Sunday, but also with confronting a traumatic year for Hollywood. No dress-code protest is planned by Time’s Up organizers, as to occur in January’s Golden Globes.

The night’s top honor, best image, is considered especially up for grabs this year, with challengers including “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, ” ” The Shape of Water” and “Get Out.”

— AP Film Writer Jake Coyle (@ jakecoyleAP)


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