OSCARS 2017: VIOLA DAVIS, ‘MOONLIGHT’ AND ‘LA LA LAND’ AMONG WINNERS 0 186

Sunday night saw Hollywood’s greatest gather for the annual Academy Awards, which recognises the best films from the last year.

The night was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and went considerably smoothly until the end of the ceremony when chaos took over.

Due to a mistake in envelope exchanges, La La Land was incorrectly read out as the winner of Best Picture in error, before it was given to Moonlight. The La La Land producers were in the middle of their acceptance speeches when the mistake was discovered.

PriceWaterhouseCooper, the accountancy firm responsible for counting the ballots, apologised for the mix-up.

La La Land still ended up the biggest winner of the night, taking home six Oscars including a best actress award for Emma Stone.

Moonlight‘s surprise best picture win took its haul to three, with the low-budget film having earlier won the adapted screenplay award and a best supporting actor prize for Mahershala Ali.

Casey Affleck was named best actor for Manchester By The Sea, while Viola Davis was named best supporting actress for Fences.

Damien Chazelle, La La Land‘s 32-year-old director, became the youngest film-maker to win the best director Oscar.

Despite all the wins and touching speeches, particularly the one given by Viola Davis, this year’s Oscars will most likely be remembered for THAT one moment at the very end of the show, which really got viewers using social media talking.

Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway arrived on stage to announced the best picture winner, both unaware that Beatty had been mistakenly handed the previous winner’s envelope, containing a card that said Emma Stone had won best actress for La La Land.

It was this card that Dunaway read from, mistakenly declaring La La Land to be best picture and creating what Stone later described as “the craziest Oscar moment of all time”. You can watch the moment – and the confusion that followed – below.

PriceWaterhouseCooper later released a statement apologising for the mistake:

Graciously and with deep humility, it was La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz who announced there had been a mistake and as Moonlight picked up the award, this was the reaction of La La Land‘s stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling:

As he picked up the Oscar, Moonlight director Barry Jenkins said:

“Very clearly even in my dreams this can’t be true. But to hell with it because this is true. It’s true, it’s not fake.”

We went on to pay tribute to the team behind La La Land for the way they handled the mistake, adding:

“We have been on the road with these guys and it was so gracious and so generous of them.”

Speaking backstage, Emma Stone said it had been: an “amazing thing to hear La La Land” named best picture, and added:

“But we are so excited for Moonlight. I think it is one of the best films of all time. Is that the craziest Oscar moment of all time? Cool! It’s going to be history.”

La La Land‘s other Oscars came for its cinematography, score and production design.

The Hollywood musical romance also won the best original song award for “City of Stars.”

Kenneth Lonergan received the best original screenplay prize for Manchester by The Sea, which he also directed and there were two awards too for Mel Gibson’s war film Hacksaw Ridge, which was recognised for its editing and its sound mixing.

A full list of winners, excepts from their speeches where applicable and some social media reactions, is below:

Emma Stone: La La Land – Best Actress
“A moment like this is a huge confluence of luck and opportunity.”

Casey Affleck: Manchester By The Sea – Best Actor
“I’m really proud to be a part of this community.”

Damien Chazelle: La La Land – Best Director
“This was a movie about love, and I was lucky enough to fall in love while making it.”

Barry Jenkins: Moonlight – Best Adapted Screenplay
“All you people out there who feel like there’s no mirror out there, that your life is not reflected, the Academy has your back, the ACLU has your back, we have your back.”

Benj Pasek: “City of Stars” La La Land – Best Song
“This is dedicated to all the kids who sing in the rain and all the moms who let them.”

Alan Barillaro: Piper – Best Animated Short
“May you always have the courage to face your fears.”

Asghar Farhadi: The Salesman – Foreigh Language Film
“Filmmakers can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions.”

Viola Davis: Fences – Best Supporting Actress
“I became an artist, and thank God I did, because we are the only profession that celebrities what it means to live a life.”

Mahershala Ali: Moonlight – Best Supporting Actor
“It’s not about you, it’s about these characters.”

Best Picture: Moonlight

Best Original Screenplay: Manchester By The Sea
Best Score: La La Land
Best Cinematography: La La Land
Best Documentary Short: The White Helmets

Best Live Action Short: Sing

Best Film Editing: Hacksaw Ridge
Best Visual Effects: The Jungle Book

Best Production Design: La La Land
Best Animated Feature: Zootopia

Best Sound Mixing: Hacksaw Ridge

Best Sound Editing: Arrival
Best Documentary: OJ Made In America
Best Costume Design: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

Best Makeup & Hairstyling: Suicide Squad

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EMMERDALE ANNOUNCE FIRST TRANSGENDER CHARACTER 0 37

Emmerdale has cast the soap’s first transgender character as Moira Dingle will recognise an intruder at Butler’s Farm as her daughter Hannah Barton – who has since become Matty.

Thinking that the farm has been broken into, Cain punches and knocks out Matty Barton mistaking him for an intruder. However, when Moira arrives she instantly recognises him as her daughter Hannah.

Matty will be played by Ash Palmisciano who has already begun filming with the show. Ash who has previously appeared in ‘Boy Meets Girl’ and ‘Mum’ will appear on screen at the end of the month.

“Matty is a man trying to shake off his past and find acceptance in the present,” says Emmerdale producer Kate Brookes. “His story is full of emotion, humour and ultimately hope as he settles back into rural village life, reconnecting with old friends and forging new relationships along the way.

“The character certainly knows how to make an impact: cheeky, effervescent, quick-witted and headstrong, and it’s not long before he’s charmed his way into the affections of all those who meet him.”

Speaking about his new role, Palmisciano says: “I’m very excited to be joining the very welcoming Emmerdale family. From nervous auditions to now working alongside the team daily has been truly amazing. Matty’s a groundbreaking character to play and I can’t wait to see what’s ahead for him.”

Previously played by Grace Cassidy between 2009 and 2012, Matty left the village for a fresh start in London.

JANGO FLASH CHATS “PERSEID 45”, SOCIAL MEDIA & ULTIMATE AMBITIONS 0 79

With his “kamikaze pop” sound already having caught the attention of BBC Introducing and BBC 6 Music, Jack Angus Golightly, AKA Jango Flash, is slowly but surely making a name for himself, and his latest single “Perseid 45” is sure to have more music fans and critics alike talking. ThisIsTheLatest caught up with Jango to talk song-writing inspiration and his big plans for the future.

TITL: Please introduce yourself if you would.

Jango Flash: Hi my names Jack, AKA “Tasty Daniels”, AKA “Ooo what’s in dem briefs”, AKA “Jango Flash”.

TITL: Where did the name Jango Flash come from?

JF: It was two nicknames which I ended up gluing together. All of my close friends call me “Jango” because it kinda acts as an Abbreviation of (J)ack (An)gus (Go)lightly, and when I worked in a kitchen, I used to get called “Flash” because of how fast I could chop onions. I feel like every artist at some stage has made a list of “cool” sounding words to put together, like I did. But I ended up hating the process of deciding on something that felt concrete, because it was always so over analysed and contrived. I guess that’s why some people have went back to using online generators for sourcing a name without much thought, or just adding 5 more letters in or around a word. If you’re looking for a good name, it’s usually right on your doorstep.

TITL: What would you say your artist unique selling point is?

JF: That’s a tricky one, I never really think about USP’s in music but I guess it would have to be my hands, apparently I’ve got lucky thumbs.

TITL: Which three artists or bands would you say you’ve been and are most influenced/inspired by? What impact do they have on the music you make?

JF: Damn, that’s tough. Subconsciously I guess I’m inspired by early 2000’s music like t.A.T.u. because they came about at a really weird time in my life. I remember seeing the music video for “All The Things She Said” on Kerrang! and just feeling so many different emotions. They have this wonderful ability of being able to take darker, guitar driven music and then re-purpose it in a huge girl band style, it’s bad ass! I think there’s something to be said about their influences and how they decided to express that in their music. Death Grips are another group I love. From the get go, they’ve had an entire fan-base in the palm of their hands because they are masters at toying with peoples expectations. They’ve got a powerful presence on and off stage, and I can admire that they still do everything them selves, they are essentially modern day punks. Them Things is the band I play drums in, and I’m influenced by everything that we do together. Everyone in Them Things is full of fire and we’re all pretty free thinkers. We’ve fought badly with each other in the past and equally seen each other through a lot as friends, so I find it hard to imagine not being with those guys.

TITL: Is there a story behind your latest single “Perseid 45” and is there an EP or album in the works?

JF: I’ll have a fully illustrated, four track E.P finished by the end of July time. I have a second single ready to release in June called “Deeper Thrill”, and two music videos in the works. The story behind “Perseid 45” came from a time when me and my partner took some duvets and deck chairs out into a field in Edinburgh and watched the Perseid meteor shower. I found it so strange to see that many in one night, it was pure magic. We had gone through a really rough time together when I wrote this song and I guess that was the first thing I thought about. It’s a blown out projection of extra terrestrial pondering, experiences shared and dark feelings of existentialism brought on by losing someone who you may have took for granted.

TITL: When it comes to song-writing, where or how would you say you most find your inspiration?

JF: Inspiration usually strikes me at the worst times, it sucks. I’ll be on public transport with a melody rattling around my head and I’ll have to pull out my phone to record it, but somehow play down looking like a fruit loop by casually whistling to myself. Sometimes it’s circumstantial, like I woke up one morning and my partner was humming something, so I was like “what is that” and she went “oh, it’s chamber of reflection by Mac Demarco” and I say “nah it’s not, it sounds nothing like that”. I loved it so much that I ran downstairs to record it and it ended up being the guitar hook in “Perseid 45.” In terms of writing lyrics, I write a hell of a lot… like every day. When my first MacBook broke I lost around 600 notes full of stories, lyrics, poems and ideas. I just keep writing down my thoughts until I’ve struck something that makes me feel good, or accurately conveys a particular emotion. Other times I’ll highlight a phrase that sticks out to me in a sentence. Maybe the person talking is a character I can live through for a while, and they can be the ones writing. I try and pay attention to oddities that throw me off kilter.

TITL: Which song, by another band or artist, do you wish you could have written, and why?

I’m sure I thought about this again last month, and it would probably be Carol King ‘s “Too Late.” Every time it comes on I just well up, because in it’s essence it’s so full of warmth and forgiveness, whilst ultimately saying “well I guess this is us then, bye”. It’s totally heart breaking in the best of ways, and it’s got to be one of my favourite songs in the world.

TITL: Are there any tour or performance plans you can tell me about? 

JF: I don’t actually have a band together yet, it’s all just me at the minute. I have a few close friends on standby who are whole-heartedly ready to play with me should I be called for duty. Hopefully this year I can play my first show, but for now I want to create a body of work I can be proud of.

TITL: Which venue in the world would you most like to play and which four bands or artists, living or dead, would you like to share the bill with? 

JF: Jesus. I’m not really au fait with venues, I’ve never been a big dreamer on where it is I’d like to play, I’m always just happy playing live in general. I’ve always been more into dive bars though, they seem to have more character than academies etc which usually feel like glorified sports halls with overpriced drinks. If I were to choose though, it would have been CBGB’s when that was still around. I watched a documentary all about that place, it’s a great shame that somewhere with such colourful history got shut down. As for the acts – The Doors, Trash Talk, Timber Timbre and Babylon Zoo. I’m ready to hire in for parties.

TITL: As someone who’s already caught the attention of BBC Introducing and BBC 6 Music, do you pay much attention to what the media says/writes about you, or are you more concerned with what your fans think? 

JF: I haven’t really had much written press until now with blogs starting to show interest in my work, plus my fans are still very much local at the moment. The thing I care about the most is how all of it is represented, I feel strongly about my work and it’s the only thing I really care about right now besides Them Things, my partner, my friends and my family. If those people are enjoying my music right now, I’m happy.

TITL: As a modern day artist in a technology obsessed world, how do you feel about the power the likes of Twitter and other sites can and do have in terms of helping an artist grow their fan-base and keep themselves current? Have you found using social media to be a help or a hindrance when it comes to your career?

JF: I think on the DL I don’t like the fact that artists almost have to use social media if they want to be counted. At the same time though I don’t see it doing any harm because it’s helping people to connect with one another in creative ways. Not to sound all TED X about it, but I think we’re going to see a lot of expansion on the platforms we’re using, and that will bring in new and exciting ways to promote content, so that excites me. As much as I’d sometimes love to scrap social media, I’m still guilty of sitting up and scrolling through spicy ass memes. If you want to make money in today’s world, here’s a tip… create top quality original memes, watermark them and build an empire, THEN become a musician.

TITL: Finally then, what’s your ultimate goal? What would you like people to remember you for in terms of your music and what would you like your legacy to be? 

JF: I have far too many crazy goals, but I’m trying to take this project one step at a time. I’d love to have my own podcast, direct videos, produce music for film and TV and write my own screenplays. Right now though the wheels are in motion, I’m happy making my own music and seeing where it takes me, I just need to keep pushing myself out of my comfort zone.

Check out “Perseid 45” below and for more information on Jango Flash, give his page a like on Facebook or follow him on Twitter. You can also see Jango Flash live on June 8th in Newcastle, as support for Ty Segal & The Freedom Band.