FRANCES McDORMAND’S OSCAR IS STOLEN
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Just hours after Frances McDormand won the best actress Oscar for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” the trophy disappeared. Los Angeles police say they have arrested 47-year-old Terry Bryant on suspicion of grand theft for taking McDormand’s Oscar during the Governors Ball, the official after-party following the Academy Awards. Police say Bryant had a ticket for the party. He’s being held on $20,000 bail. Bryant had posted a Facebook video showing him kissing an Oscar and saying, “My team got this tonight. This is mine.” During a later party, when people asked McDormand where her Oscar was, she kept saying, “I lost it.” Her publicist says McDormand and her Oscar are reunited and they celebrated with a double cheeseburger.
134-w-22-(Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH’-tah), AP entertainment correspondent)–Los Angeles police say they have arrested a man for stealing Frances McDormand’s best actress Oscar. AP entertainment correspondent Margie Szaroleta has more. (5 Mar 2018)
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135-c-13-(Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH’-tah), AP entertainment correspondent)-“McDormand’s trophy disappeared”-AP Entertainment Correspondent Margie Szaroleta reports Los Angeles police are holding a man for allegedly taking Frances McDormand’s best actress Oscar. (5 Mar 2018)
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WHAT HAPPENS AT THE PARTIES AFTER THE OSCARS
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After the Oscars, those elegant celebrities in their fabulous clothes and expensive jewels were pigging out on fast food. The Vanity Fair party featured In-N-Out burgers served by workers in uniform telling the partiers they didn’t have to starve themselves anymore to fit into their tuxes and gowns. Frances McDormand had trouble eating her burger because of all the people congratulating her on her win for best actress. “Lady Bird” director Greta Gerwig changed into a pair of Vans checkered sneakers. Saoirse (SEHR’-shuh) Ronan ditched her shoes and walked around barefoot.
FRANCES McDORMAND: WHAT’S AN “INCLUSION RIDER”?
LOS ANGELES (AP) — What was Frances McDormand talking about when she said at the Oscars last night, “I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider”? It’s a clause in business contracts that mandates gender and racial diversity in casting and hiring. The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California explained the concept in a paper published in December. McDormand told reporters backstage she just learned of such a clause last week, even though she’s been in the film business for 35 years.
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OSCAR WINNER ALLISON JANNEY WAS BACK ON THE SET OF “MOM” TODAY
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Allison Janney could not party it up all night after her Oscar win for best supporting actress for “I, Tonya.” She had to work this morning. Janney told reporters backstage she had to do a table read for her CBS sitcom “Mom” at 10 a.m. today. She’s grateful that she has a job to go to. Janney says winning an Oscar can go to a person’s head and the staff at “Mom” will keep her going. Last night was Janney’s first time at the Oscars. She says she’s been invited before but she did not want to attend until she got a nomination.
RITA MORENO WEARS HER 1962 OSCARS DRESS
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Celebrities rarely wear the same dress twice to a high-profile event, but Rita Moreno did. The gown she wore to the Oscars last night was the same one she wore to the Oscars in 1962, when she won best supporting actress for “West Side Story.” Moreno says the dress has been hanging in her closet for the past 56 years. It just needed some adjusting in the back for her to wear it again. Moreno says she still remembers the dressmaker’s name: Jose Moreno. He’s not any relation but she hopes he was watching.
GRETA GERWIG AND LAURA DERN CROWD-SOURCED THEIR STAGE ENTRANCE
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was the crew backstage who suggested “Lady Bird” director Greta Gerwig and actress Laura Dern walk out hand in hand to present the documentary Oscar last night. Gerwig took a quick vote of the backstage workers to find out if they should walk out holding hands or arm in arm. As she put it, “We crowd-sourced it.” Gerwig and Dern also gave each other pep talks before presenting. Dern advised Gerwig not to slouch or lean into the microphone. Gerwig assured Dern that her eyeglasses made her look “hot.”
“METOO” FOUNDER: ENOUGH DRESS CODE, LET’S GET TO WORK
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The founder of the “MeToo” movement says women made their points with the dress codes at previous awards show and are moving on with the Oscars. Tarana Burke says they did “the dress code thing” with all black for the Golden Globes and white roses for the Grammys, “and now we’re doing the work.” She says it’s time to address the millions of people who used the “MeToo” hashtag because they all have stories to tell.
RYAN SEACREST GETS SNUBBED ON RED CARPET
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Among the causes celebrities took sides on at the Oscars last night: do you talk to Ryan Seacrest or don’t you? Seacrest hosted E!’s red carpet show after facing allegations of sexual harassment. Seacrest denies the allegations. E! says it investigated and found insufficient evidence to support the woman’s claims. Still, Timothee Chalamet (SHAL’-eh-may), Margot (MAR’-goh) Robbie and Viola Davis passed on letting him interview them. Octavia Spencer simply said Seacrest looked handsome but did not do an interview. Allison Janney and Whoopi Goldberg talked to Seacrest. So did Mary J. Blige, who says she loves Seacrest and she doesn’t know the whole truth about him. Songwriter Diane Warren says she did not hesitate to talk to Seacrest because she’s known him a long time.
ROBERT LOPEZ MAKES EGOT HISTORY
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s a big deal for an entertainer to achieve an EGOT — winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Last night, songwriter Robert Lopez became the first double EGOT. Lopez and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, won the best original song Oscar last night for writing “Remember Me” from “Coco.” They also won that award four years ago for writing “Let It Go” from “Frozen.” Lopez also has two Daytime Emmys, three Grammys and three Tonys.
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JAMES IVORY, JORDAN PEELE MAKE HISTORY WITH SCREENPLAY OSCARS
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Screenwriter James Ivory is now the oldest winner of an Oscar in any category. He’s 89. He won the adapted screenplay award last night for “Call Me By Your Name.” In spite of his work on films like “Remains of the Day,” ”Howard’s End” and “A Room With A View,” Ivory had never won an Oscar. Ivory joked backstage a big part of him did not want to win because he doesn’t like that kind of attention. Jordan Peele became the first African-American to win the original screenplay Oscar. Peele told reporters backstage he almost did not become a director because there were so few role models for him. He says Spike Lee and John Singleton were the “exceptions to the rule.”
“THE EMOJI MOVIE” DOMINATES THE RAZZIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In case you missed it, “The Emoji Movie” also won four awards this weekend, but not the kind filmmakers brag about. It won worst picture, worst screenplay and two other Razzie Awards, given for the worst in film for the past year. The Razzies organizers say “The Emoji Movie” had a “toxic-level lack of originality.” Tyler Perry took the worst actress award for “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween.” Tom Cruise took worst actor for the reboot of “The Mummy.” He now has two Razzies but no Oscars.
JUDGE DENIES REQUEST TO THROW OUT COSBY CASE
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A judge in Pennsylvania has denied requests from Bill Cosby’s lawyers to throw out his sexual assault case. Cosby’s lawyers argued the alleged assault that led to his arrest couldn’t have happened in January 2004, as accuser Andrea Constand has testified, and also that it falls outside the statute of limitations. Judge Steven O’Neill said he’d leave that for the jury to decide. Prosecutors are trying to persuade the judge to allow as many as 19 other accusers to testify as the retrial. They say the testimony is needed to counter the defense team’s “inevitable attacks” on Constand’s credibility.
ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER TELLS HIS LIFE STORY IN “UNMASKED”
NEW YORK (AP) — Had things worked out differently, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber would have been cast as Mozart in the film “Amadeus.” That’s one of the stories he reveals in his new autobiography, “Unmasked.” He also reveals Judy Garland inspired his song “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.” He once uncorked a bottle of champagne all over Barbra Streisand’s hors d’oeuvres. Clearly she has no hard feelings about that. Her version of Webber’s song “With One Look” appears on an upcoming boxed set of his work, also called “Unmasked.”
NO BUYER FOR JAMES DEAN’S JACKET
MIAMI (AP) — James Dean’s red nylon jacket from the film “Rebel Without A Cause” failed to sell at auction over the weekend. Palm Beach Modern Auctions says the jacket did not meet the confidential reserve price. The jacket was expected to go for as much as $600,000. Interested bidders now can negotiate privately for a sale. The current owner got it from a friend whose uncle was the wardrobe supervisor for the film.
By Margie Szaroleta