Mar 012017
2017 Oscar Styles: Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra at the 2017 Oscars ©A.M.P.A.S.

The main topic of conversation in the days following the Oscars is the Oscars and Red Carpet fashion. Critics praised the glamorous Oscar gowns of Emma Stone, Nicole Kidman, Viola Davis and Kirsten Dunst. They bashed and ridiculed the style of several other stars. Personally, I believe that Oscar gowns are not only a matter of fashion, style is the expression of personality. Criticizing gowns is OK, but passing judgment on a personality? I’d say that the stars shone. The beauty of each of the female stars is – and should be! – unique. 2017 Oscars featured glitz and glamour in many different shades which made the celebration itself original and entertaining. See for yourself:

2017 Oscars Emma Stone

Gorgeous gown, isn’t it?
2017 Oscars: Emma Stone with her Oscar.
Photo credit: Mike Baker / ©A.M.P.A.S.

2017 Oscars Halley Berry

Interesting gown…
Halley Berry, presenter, arrives on the red carpet of The 89th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 26, 2017.
Photo credit: Mike Baker / ©A.M.P.A.S.

2017 Oscars: Justin Timberlake And Jessica Biel

Golden and powerful.
Oscar®-nominee Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel arrive at The 89th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 26, 2017.
Photo credit: Mike Baker / ©A.M.P.A.S.

2017 Oscars: Taraji P. Henson

Simply HOT!
Taraji P. Henson arrives on the red carpet of The 89th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 26, 2017.
Photo credit: Mike Baker / ©A.M.P.A.S.

2017 Oscars: Leslie Mann And Judd Apatow

Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow arrive at The 89th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 26, 2017.
Photo credit: Mike Baker / ©A.M.P.A.S.

2016 Oscars: Janelle Monae

Fairytale princess?
Janelle Monae arrives at The 89th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 26, 2017.
Photo credit: Mike Baker / ©A.M.P.A.S.

2017 Oscars: Nicole Kidman And Keith Urban

Nude and spectacular.
Nicole Kidman, Oscar® nominee, and Keith Urban arrive on the red carpet of The 89th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 26, 2017.
Photo credit: Mike Baker / ©A.M.P.A.S.

2017 Oscars: ViolaDavis

Great color, great style, great fit: PERFECTION!
Viola Davis, Oscar® nominee, and her husband arrive on the red carpet of The 89th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 26, 2017.
Photo credit: Mike Baker / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Many viewers wondered about the significance of blue ribbons many stars were wearing. The ribbons symbolize the stars’ commitment to ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) the organization that fights to preserve American values which are under siege today.




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Feb 272017
2017 Oscar Winners

Backstage posing with their Oscars®, Mahershala Ali, Actor in a Supporting Role; Emma Stone, Actress in a Leading Role; Viola Davis, Actress in a Supporting Role; and Casey Affleck, Actor in a Leading Role backstage during The 89th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 26, 2017. Credit: Mike Baker / ©A.M.P.A.S.

The 89th Oscars® took place at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 26, 2017. The Academy Awards, the greatest annual film industry’s event, are an extravaganza of entertainment, celebrities, fashion and social trends every year. The Oscars are always perfectly organized and flawless. This year, was a bit different.

Some Of 2017 Oscars Winners:

2017 Oscar Winners

2017 Oscar Winners in acting categories ©A.M.P.A.S.

  • Best Film: Moonlight
  • Best Actor: Casey Affleck
  • Best Actress: Emma Stone
  • Best Actor In A Supporting Role: Mahershala Ali
  • Best Actress In A Supporting Role: Viola Davis

2017 Oscars Highlights

The main events of the Oscars take place on stage. As much as each of the awards is the main event to each Oscar winner, in terms of 2017 Oscars highlights these were the most notable:

The first big snafu in the Oscars 90 year history: Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway – stars of 1967’s Bonnie and Clyde – announced the Best Picture Winner erroneously! The situation has been clarified since.

In a statement PriceWaterHouseCoopers said: ”We sincerely apologize to “Moonlight,” “La La Land,” Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture. The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred.
We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation.”

Still, the moment was tough on everyone: the La La Land team who delivered meaningful acceptance speeches and yes, the Moonlight team who had to deal with a loss and then a win just seconds apart. The live and TV viewer audiences were confused, too….

In the end the team of Moonlight set us all at ease. Berry Jenkins said in a backstage interview:

“I think all the movies that were nominated were worthy, so I accepted the results. I applauded like everyone else. I noticed the commotion that was happening, and I thought something strange had occurred. And then I’m sure everybody saw my face. But I was speechless when the result that was awkward, because I’ve watched the Academy Awards, and I’ve never seen that happen before. And so it made a very special feeling even more special, but not in the way I expected.”

Asked what explanation he was given for the mixup, Jenkins replied:

“No explanation. Things just happen, you know? But I will say I saw two cards. And so things just happen, you know? I did but and because I wanted to see the card to see the card. And Warren refused to show the card to anybody before he showed it to me. And so he did. He came upstairs, and he walked over to me, and he he showed the card. Everybody was asking, Can I see the card? And he’s like, No, Barry Jenkins has to see the card. I need him to know. And he showed it to me, and I felt better about what had happened. I will say to all you people, please write this down: The folks from LA LA LAND were so gracious. I can’t imagine being in their position and having to do that. We spent a lot of time together over the last six months, and I can’t imagine being in their position and having to do that. So it’s why I wasn’t speechless because we won. I was speechless because I it was so gracious of them to do that.”

Moonlight 2017 Best Motion Picture

Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski and Barry Jenkins pose backstage with the Oscar® for Best motion picture of the year, for work on “Moonlight” during the live ABC Telecast of The 89th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 26, 2017.
Credit: Mike Baker / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Not to worry, La La Land is by no means a loser! It has won unprecedented SIX Oscars: The film won six Oscars: Best Directing (Damien Chazelle), Best Actress (Emma Stone), Best Original Score (Justin Hurwitz), Best Song (“City of Stars”), Best Cinematography (Linus Sandgren), and Best Production Design (David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco). Not bad for a musical!

The win of Iranian director Ashgar Farhadi for Best Foreign Language Film of the year, for “The Salesman”. Farhadi didn’t attend the ceremony due to the mess caused by President Trump’s travel ban. He was however represented by Firouz Naderi and Anousheh Ansari, the latter delivered a moving statement from Farhadi:

“It’s a great honor to be receiving this valuable award for the second time. I would like to thank the members of the Academy, my crew in Iran, my producer Alexandre Mallet-Guy, Cohen Media, Amazon and my fellow nominees in the foreign film category. I’m sorry I’m not with you tonight. My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of other six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S. Dividing the world into the us and our enemies categories creates fear. A deceitful justification for aggression and war. These wars prevent democracy and human rights in countries which have themselves been victims of aggression. Filmmakers can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions. They create empathy between us and others. An empathy which we need today more than ever. Thank you on behalf of Mr. Farhadi.”

Farhadi's Oscar For Best Foreign Language Film

Firouz Naderi and Anousheh Ansari pose backstage with Ashgar Farhadi’s Oscar® for Best foreign language film of the year, for work on “The Salesman” from Iran during the live ABC Telecast of The 89th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 26, 2017.
Credit: Mike Baker / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Viola Davis’ Best Actress In A Supporting Role win. Her Oscar acceptance speech will go into history as one of the best Oscar speeches of all time. The 89th Oscar Winner for best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (for her performance in “Fences”) said:

“Thank you to the Academy. You know, there’s one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered. One place. And that’s the graveyard. People ask me all the time, “What kind of stories do you want to tell, Viola?” And I say, exhume those bodies. Exhume those stories. The stories of the people who dreamed big and never saw those dreams to fruition. People who fell in love and lost. I became an artist, and thank god I did, because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life. So here’s to August Wilson, who exhumed and exalted the ordinary people.

And to Bron Pictures, Paramount, MACRO, Todd Black, Molly Allen, Scott Rudin for being the cheerleaders for a movie that is about people, and words, and life, and forgiveness and grace. And to Mykelti Williamson, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Russell Hornsby, Jovan Adepo, Saniyya Sidney for being the most wonderful artists I’ve ever worked with. And, “O captain, my captain,” Denzel Washington. Thank you for puttin’ two entities in the driving seat: August and God.

And they served you well. And to Dan and Mae Alice Davis, who were the—and are the center of my universe. The people who taught me good or bad, how to fail, how to love, how to hold an award, how to lose: my parents. I’m so thankful that God chose you to bring me into this world. To my sisters. My sister Deloris, who’s here, who played Jaji and Jaja with me. We were rich white women in the tea party games. Thank you for the imagination. And to my husband and my daughter, my heart, you and Genesis. You teach me every day how to live, how to love. I’m so glad that you are the foundation of my life. Thank you to the Academy. Thank you.”

Viola Davis, 2017 Oscar Winner

Viola Davis poses backstage with the Oscar® for Performance by an actress in a supporting role, for work on “Fences” during the live ABC Telecast of The 89th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 26, 2017.
Credit: Mike Baker / ©A.M.P.A.S.

(Viola Davis is the first African American actress to have earned an Oscar, Emmy and Tony and only the 23rd person to have won all three.)

Last but not least, bringing a group of star-struck tourists on the Oscars stage was a stroke of genius: it gave us all the opportunity to experience the stars and their audience together.

It is unfair to pick Oscars “highlights”, it is our privilege to share priceless, personal moments of every Oscar winner. Winning an Oscar is a culmination of years of work and a life-altering event. We congratulate ALL 2017 Oscar winners in ALL categories!

Justin Timberlake’s opening performance not only brought the 89th Oscars audience to its feet, it set the tone for a high energy evening and inspired spontaneous dancing in the aisles. Sara Bareilles sung like an angel during the In Memoriam tribute to the stars we lost in 2016. John Legend, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Auli’i Cravalho were wonderful, but the most memorable performance of the night was Sting’s. “The Empty Chair” ballad from “Jim: The James Foley Story” was poignant and memorable. The film honors James Foley, the journalist killed by terrorists. Sting’s performance concluded with a Foley’s quote showed on a large screen: “If I don’t have the moral courage to challenge authority … we don’t have journalism.” Wise words that remain just as relevant today as when Foley has spoken them.
Jimmy Kimmel was his usual warm and entertaining self. Relatively controversy-free, the soon-to-be father, made a gracious Oscars host.

The 89th Oscars weren’t mistake-free. One was the erroneous announcement of the Best Picture winner. Another blunder sneaked into the In Memoriam segment: a picture of a living Australian production designer (Chapman) was used in a tribute to a recently diseased Australian production designer (Patterson), misidentifying her in the photo’s caption as well.

For once, we’ve seen Oscars highs AND lows. The 2017 Oscars’ glitches didn’t diminish either the image or the magic of The Academy Awards. The Academy is a venerated institution and no snafu can diminish its image.

Oscars have always been, are and will forever be, exciting, glamorous and inspiring. If anything, the massive mistake in the Best Picture winner announcement proves that Oscars aren’t run by divine beings but imperfect humans just like us. Imperfections can be endearing.

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Entertainment Editor, I. Sturm




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Feb 052017

2017 Oscars Nominees To Be Celebrated At Academy Luncheon



More than 165 Oscar® nominees will come together at noon on Monday, February 6, at the Beverly Hilton when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honors this year’s Oscar contenders at its annual Nominees Luncheon.

Among the Lead Actor and Actress nominees, Casey Affleck, Ryan Gosling, Isabelle Huppert, Viggo Mortensen, Ruth Negga, Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, Meryl Streep and Denzel Washington are expected to attend the pre-Oscars® event. Supporting Actor and Actress nominees Mahershala Ali, Jeff Bridges, Viola Davis, Naomie Harris, Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel, Octavia Spencer and Michelle Williams also will join in the celebratory lunch.

All five nominees in the Directing category – Damien Chazelle, Mel Gibson, Barry Jenkins, Kenneth Lonergan and Denis Villeneuve – are expected to attend as well.

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.




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Jan 092017
2017 Golden Globes

Meryl Streep, the 2017 Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, gives her acceptance speech at the Golden Globe Awards. (Photo: Getty Images)

The much anticipated 74th Golden Globes didn’t disappoint! The Hollywood Foreign Press Association bestowed its awards on leading domestic and foreign artists of film and television as well as the best films and TV shows.

There was excitement, high energy, high fashion and a constellation of Hollywood’s – and the world’s – movie stars. The master of ceremony, Jimmy Fallon was entertaining, current and irreverent. This year’s Miss Golden Globes were Sylvester Stallone’s daughters Sistine, Scarlet and Sophia. The ultimate Winner of the 74th Golden Globes – with a record seven awards! – is the musical “La La Land”.

Congratulations to all 74th Golden Globes Winners! Here is the complete list:


WINNER: Moonlight

Comedy or musical
WINNER: La La Land

Actor, drama
WINNER: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Actress, drama
WINNER: Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Thank you for letting me be who I am.

WINNER: Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Actor, comedy or musical
WINNER: Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Actress, comedy or musical
WINNER: Emma Stone, La La Land

Supporting actor
WINNER: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nocturnal Animals

Supporting actress
WINNER: Viola Davis, Fences

Foreign language

Animated film
WINNER: Zootopia

WINNER: Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Original score
WINNER: Justin Hurwitz, La La Land

Original song (songwriter’s award)
WINNER: City of Stars (from La La Land)


WINNER: The Crown

Series, comedy or musical
WINNER: Atlanta

Actress, drama
WINNER: Claire Foy, The Crown

Actor, drama
WINNER: Billy Bob Thornton, Goliath

Actress, miniseries or TV movie
WINNER: Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Actor, miniseries or TV movie
WINNER: Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager

Supporting actor, series, miniseries or TV movie
WINNER: Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager

Supporting actress, series, miniseries or TV movie
WINNER: Olivia Colman, The Night Manager

Miniseries or TV movie
WINNER: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Actress, comedy or musical
WINNER: Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish

Actor, comedy or musical
WINNER: Donald Glover, Atlanta

Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award
WINNER: Meryl Streep


Memorable moments of 2017 Golden Globes:


Jimmy Fallon’s teleprompter malfunction: the veteran of Saturday Night Live took it in stride. Fallon didn’t lose control and carried on the show as if nothing happened.

Meryl Streep’s acceptance speech, in addition to her appreciation for the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, shared her thoughts on the arts, journalism and freedom of the press. It was a strong political statement.
What makes an artist great is sensitivity and passion. Meryl Streep is the greatest American actress of our time: the body of her work, the awards she received and her immense popularity prove it. She has extra-ordinary sensitivity and passion. Her Golden Globes acceptance speech – which came from the same sensitivity and passion that make her one-of-a-kind artist – made her the target of the President Elect’s wrath. Aren’t artists SUPPOSED TO BE the conscience of a country?…. (Read about the impact of Streep’s speech.)

Viola Davis – 2017 Golden Globe Supporting Actress Winner (for Fences) dramatic acceptance speech and a moving introduction for Meryl Streep. (Later on, backstage Davis was asked by a reporter about her reaction to Meryl Streep’s speech. To paraphrase, Viola Davis said: there is no way that we can have a President that doesn’t represent our values. If we do, what does it say about us?)

The closing words of this brief report on the 2017 Golden Globes belong to this year’s Golden Globe Best Actress In Drama Winner, the magnificent French actress Isabelle Huppert (for her role in Elle), who expressed the feelings of the entertainment industry best: “Don’t expect the cinema to set walls and borders.”



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Jan 082017
Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star For Viola Davis

Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star For Viola Davis

The first Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star of 2017 was dedicated to Viola Davis!

Davis’ tour de force performance – in a supporting role – in the film Doubt (2008) took movie audiences and the film industry by storm and resulted in her getting an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination, Golden Globe and SAG nominations. The 2011 box-office hit The Help further cemented her position as an outstanding talent and brought her not only numerous award nominations (Academy Award for Best Actress, BAFTA and Golden Globe) but the prestigious SAG award.

The television drama How to Get Away with Murder gave Viola Davis the stage on which to showcase a fuller range of her talent. Her portrayal of the lawyer, Annalise Keating, led to not just nominations but awards. In 2015 she became the first black woman to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. In 2015 and 2016 she won Screen Actors Guild Awards for the role.

She’s currently amazing moviegoers as Rose Maxson (Denzel Washington character’s wife) in August Wilson’s drama “Fences” in a film produced by Washington. Her performance in the film takes acting on the big screen to another level: she is raw, multidimensional and profound.

This may be as good time as any to mention that Davis is a graduate of the famous Juilliard School and is as accomplished on stage as on screen. The role of Rose Maxson isn’t new to her, she played her before, in front of live audiences on Broadway. Her theatre performance earned a Tony Award in 2010. Her big screen performance is likely to earn her an Oscar.

Viola Davis isn’t a celebrity famous for being famous. She isn’t a starlet that’s risen to fame suddenly, only to fade soon after. Viola Davis built her career on a sound foundation of incredible talent, consistently high quality work, hard work and patience. She is here to stay.

During the ceremony for Viola Davis on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood Chamber President and CEO, Leron Gubler and Walk of Fame producer, Ana Martinez helped the actress unveil her star.
It’s no coincidence that the greatest actress of our time, Meryl Streep (also a Walk Of Famer) spoke during the ceremony honoring Davis. Talent can’t be measured or compared. Streep and Davis are very different. Each has unconventional beauty and unparalleled depth as an artist. They are too different to ever be compared or in competition. But they have something in common, too: both, are extra-ordinary artists: each, a star in her own right.

Viola Davis is quoted as saying: “The happily ever after comes after you’ve done the work.” She’s certainly done much of hers.

Anything L.A. Magazine congratulates Ms. Viola Davis on her professional and personal success. We are not only her fans but have plenty of respect for Davis as a person and a survivor.

Viola Davis’ star in the Motion Picture category (Star #2,596 on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame) is located in front of Marshalls Department Store at 7013 Hollywood Boulevard across the street from the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Entertainment Editor, I. Sturm



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