OSCARS 2017: VIOLA DAVIS, ‘MOONLIGHT’ AND ‘LA LA LAND’ AMONG WINNERS 159

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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ITV TO AIR WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE 20TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIALS NEXT WEEK 36

To mark the 20th anniversary of the global hit game show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, the iconic programme will return to ITV for a week of celebratory episodes, starting this Saturday. Airing as a stripped event across the week, the 7×60 minute episodes will play out every night and will be hosted by brand new presenter, Jeremy Clarkson.

The show will offer members of the public the chance to win £1,000,000. Each contestant will have the opportunity to answer 15 questions on their way to hopefully winning this life changing prize.

The contestants will be helped along the way by familiar lifelines of ‘Ask The Audience’, ‘Phone a Friend’ and ’50:50’, plus a brand new fourth lifeline; ‘Ask The Host’.

This brand new, additional lifeline allows the contestant to ‘Ask The Host’ if he [Jeremy Clarkson] knows the answer or if he has an opinion on what it might be. Jeremy never sees the questions ahead of the contestants so there is no guarantee he will know the answer. Will Jeremy be able to help someone along the way to winning one million pounds or will it cost them everything?

In another twist, contestants will be able to set their own second safety net amount. There is a fixed safety net at £1,000, meaning once a contestant has successfully answered Question 5 and won £1,000, that’s the minimum they will take home.

Traditionally, the second safety net was automatically set at £32,000. However, in these seven celebratory episodes, this new twist will allow the second safety net to be set by each contestant. Once they have banked £1,000, they will be given the opportunity to set their safety net ahead of the next question being asked. They can set their safety net only once and anywhere from £2,000 to £500,000. Will contestants be brave enough to risk losing big money in the hope to go all the way?

Jeremy Clarkson said “If the contestant chooses that lifeline [Ask The Host], they get to ask me if I know the answer. God help them. Anyone who doesn’t win £1,000,000 is bound, at some point, to ask me if I know the answer. And if it’s 1970’s prog rock music, I probably will. If it’s anything other than that, I probably won’t.”

On talking about the safety net changes, Jeremy Clarkson added “They can choose where it goes. So they choose how much they are going to lose at any given moment, which is a very clever idea. That requires balls of steel. To go beyond, say £32,000, when you’re going to drop back to £1,000 if you get it wrong. To say, ‘no I’ll set it at £64,000 and risk losing £63,000 if I get it wrong’, balls of steel.”

The series will be produced by Stellify Media with filming taking place in Manchester. Commissioned for ITV by Siobhan Greene, Head of Entertainment, with Ben Kelly Commissioning Editor, it will be executive produced by Fiona Clark and Stellify’s joint managing directors Kieran Doherty and Matthew Worthy, with Julia Knowles as Director. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is a Sony Pictures Television format.

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? starts Saturday 5th May at 9.15pm on ITV and continues nightly thorough-out the week at 9pm

More Details on All The Format of The Show:
In each episode, six different contestants will play ‘fastest finger first’ for the chance to win a place in the coveted chair and play the game. If a game concludes with one contestant, the remaining contestants will play ‘fastest finger first’ again for another opportunity to play for one million pounds.

Each contestant can see the question, answers, use their lifelines and still choose not to play the question and walk away with any money they have banked. The host is never shown the answer in advance of the contestant deciding to play the question and locking in their answer by saying ‘Final Answer’. The host does not have an earpiece or have any way to find out the answer.

Fastest finger first
The host will read out a question and four answers. Contestants will need to put the answers in the correct order. Fastest finger first questions are timed and the contestant who answers correctly in the fastest time, wins a place in the chair to play for one million pounds.

The contestants will face 15 questions for the chance to win one million pounds. Money will increase in the following increments:

Question 1 – £100
Question 2 – £200
Question 3 – £300
Question 4 – £500
Question 5 – £1,000
Question 6 – £2,000
Question 7 – £4,000
Question 8 – £8,000
Question 9 – £16,000
Question 10 – £32,000
Question 11 – £64,000
Question 12 – £125,000
Question 13 – £250,000
Question 14 – £500,000
Question 15 – £1,000,000

Safety Nets
There is a fixed safety net at £1,000. This means that once a contestant has answered the £1,000 question correctly, this is the minimum they will take home. Traditionally, the second safety net was automatically set at £32,000.

However, in these seven celebratory episodes, a new twist will allow the second safety net to be set by each contestant in play. Once they have successfully answered Question 5 and won £1,000, they will be given the opportunity to set their safety net ahead of the next question being asked. They can set their safety net anywhere from £2,000 to £500,000. The can only set this once during their game and until they set their second safety net, they will be asked ahead of seeing the next question. If they choose to set their safety net at the next question, they must correctly answer that question for it to be set and be in play. For example; A contestant has successfully answered Question 10 and won £32,000, they could then be asked if they want to set their safety net at £64,000. If they say yes, they will then see the question, four possible answers and can decide if they want to play. If they play and correctly answer the question, the minimum they will go home with is £64,000. They can continue the game and their safety net will remain at £64,000. This cannot be moved or reset. If they answer the question incorrectly, they will lose £31,000 and leave with £1,000.

Four lifelines are available to all contestants to use once at any point in their game, one more than was traditionally available.

The four lifelines available to each contestant in the chair are:

50/50
Contestants can choose to use this lifeline to remove two random wrong answers, leaving one correct answer and one random wrong answer. Even after they have used this lifeline, the contestant can still choose to not answer the question and take the money that they have currently banked.

Ask The Audience
If a contestant decides to use this lifeline, the host will read the question and all possible answers. The host will ask the audience to vote for the answer they think is correct via an electronic keypad within an allotted time. The audience will not have access to any device where they could find out the answer from a third party or Internet. The contestant does not need to take the advice given nor continue playing the game. The contestant can still choose to take the money they have currently banked.

Phone A Friend
If the contestant wants to contact a friend, the host will lead the call and explain to the chosen friend that the contestant needs assistance on a question. Once the host hands the call over, the contestant will have 30 seconds to read the question, possible answers and have any discussions. The ‘friend’ will not see the countdown clock. The contestant does not need to take the advice given nor continue playing the game. They can still choose to take the money they have currently banked.

Prior to arriving to set, each contestant will be asked to select two ‘phone a friends’ and give their details. On the day that each contestant is set to play the game (six contestants per episode), Production will send an independent security team to all phone a friend residents in that episode. Once a contestant plays fastest finger first and wins a place in the chair, the security team will enter both of the ‘phone a friends’ residents. This is to ensure that if and when phoned, the friend does not source outside help to answer the question. Once the contestant has finished their game or used their lifeline, security will leave.

Ask The Host
This is a brand new, additional lifeline available once to all contestants. This lifeline allows the contestant to ‘Ask The Host’ if he [Jeremy Clarkson] knows the answer or if he has an opinion on what it might be. The host can give his opinion, answer or share his thoughts but there is no guarantee he will know the answer. Once he has shared his thoughts / given as much as he can, he will say ‘That’s my final answer’ which signifies the end of his assistance and the contestant can not ask the host any more questions. The host is never shown the answers in advance of the contestant saying this is my ‘Final Answer’. The contestant does not need to take the advice given nor continue playing the game and can still choose to take any money they have currently banked. If the contestant does decide to play, the contestant will select the answer and say ‘final answer’. Once the answer is locked in, the contestant and host will have the answer revealed at the same time.

BRITISH SOAP AWARDS 2018 TO AIR LIVE; SHORTLIST NOMINATIONS REVEALED 23

The British Soap Awards returns to ITV in June and for the first time in the show’s history will be broadcast live. Celebrating its big 2-0, the annual awards will take place in London at The Hackney Empire and will honour the nation’s biggest and most-loved TV shows.

Celebrating another mammoth year in soap opera, the awards will look back on twelve months of murder, mystery, make-ups, break ups, trials, tribulations and tears. An incredible year in which the Slater family returned to Albert Square in EastEnders, Phelan’s reign of terror continued in Coronation Street, Lily self harmed on Hollyoaks, Ross Barton’s life changed forever in Emmerdale and PC Rob Hollins life was shattered after Ayesha’s Mum died on his watch in Doctors.

The five biggest soaps – Coronation Street, Doctors, EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks – will be battling it out to win recognition for their work over the past year.  Some of the biggest faces from all five soaps will be hitting the red carpet for the most star-studded and glamorous event in the soap calendar. 

Hosted by Phillip Schofield, the live awards will be presented by an array of well-known faces from across the TV and showbiz world. 

The British Soap Awards recognise outstanding achievement in the country’s most popular television genre.  There are 16 awards voted for either by the public or a panel of expert judges.

Here, we presents the full Soap Awards shortlist.

VIEWER-VOTED CATEGORIES

Best British Soap
Coronation Street
Doctors
EastEnders
Emmerdale
Hollyoaks

Best Actor
Connor McIntyre (Pat Phelan, Coronation Street)
Jack P Shepherd (David Platt, Coronation Street)
Michael Parr (Ross Barton, Emmerdale)
Ryan Hawley (Robert Sugden, Emmerdale)
Theo Graham (Hunter McQueen, Hollyoaks)

Best Actress
Catherine Tyldesley (Eva Price, Coronation Street)
Lucy Fallon (Bethany Platt, Coronation Street)
Lacey Turner (Stacey Fowler, EastEnders)
Emma Atkins (Charity Dingle, Emmerdale)
Anna Passey (Sienna Blake, Hollyoaks)

Greatest Moment
Richard Hillman drives his family into the canal (Coronation Street, 2003)
Vivien’s rape (Doctors, 2008)
‘You ain’t my mother’ (EastEnders, 2001)
Hotten bypass crash (Emmerdale, 2016)
Jade says goodbye to Alfie (Hollyoaks, 2016)

PANEL-VOTED CATEGORIES

Villain of the Year
Connor McIntyre (Pat Phelan, Coronation Street)
Ryan Prescott (Liam Slade, Doctors)
Jake Wood (Max Branning, EastEnders)
Gillian Kearney (Emma Barton, Emmerdale)
David Easter (Mac Nightingale, Hollyoaks)

Best Male Dramatic Performance
Connor McIntyre (Pat Phelan, Coronation Street)
Chris Walker (Rob Hollins, Doctors)
Jake Wood (Max Branning, EastEnders)
Jeff Hordley (Cain Dingle, Emmerdale)
Ross Adams (Scott Drinkwell, Hollyoaks)

Best Female Dramatic Performance
Lucy Fallon (Bethany Platt, Coronation Street)
Laura Rollins (Ayesha Lee, Doctors)
Lacey Turner (Stacey Fowler, EastEnders)
Natalie J Robb (Moira Dingle, Emmerdale)
Nadine Mulkerrin (Cleo McQueen, Hollyoaks)

Best Storyline
Phelan’s reign of terror (Coronation Street)
‘Consequences’ – Rob Hollins’s PTSD (Doctors)
Karma for Max (EastEnders)
Who Killed Emma? (Emmerdale)
Lily’s self-harm (Hollyoaks)

Best Newcomer
Nicola Thorp (Nicola Rubinstein, Coronation Street)
Reis Bruce (Austin Lonsdale, Doctors)
Lorraine Stanley (Karen Taylor, EastEnders)
Andrew Scarborough (Graham Foster, Emmerdale)
Lauren McQueen (Lily McQueen, Hollyoaks)

Best Young Actor
Matilda Freeman (Summer Spellman, Coronation Street)
Maisie Smith (Tiffany Butcher, EastEnders)
Isobel Steele (Liv Flaherty, Emmerdale)
Ela-May Dermican (Leah Barnes, Hollyoaks)

Best On-Screen Partnership
Bhavna Limbachia and Faye Brookes (Rana Nazir and Kate Connor, Coronation Street)
Matthew Chambers and Elisabeth Dermot Walsh (Dr Daniel Granger and Dr Zara Carmichael, Doctors)
Lacey Turner and Jake Wood (Stacey Fowler and Max Branning, EastEnders)
Ned Porteous and Andrew Scarborough (Joe Tate and Graham Foster, Emmerdale)
Malique Thompson-Dwyer and Theo Graham (Prince McQueen and Hunter McQueen, Hollyoaks)

Best Single Episode
Eva and Aidan’s wedding debacle (Coronation Street)
‘Stop All The Clocks’ (Doctors)
Max’s last stand (EastEnders)
Cain and Faith flashback (Emmerdale)
Three Mothers, Three Daughters (Hollyoaks)

Best Comedy Performance
Louiza Patikas (Moira Pollock, Coronation Street)
Ian Midlane (Al Haskey, Doctors)
Nitin Ganatra (Masood Ahmed, EastEnders)
Sally Dexter (Faith Dingle, Emmerdale)
Nicole Barber-Lane (Myra McQueen, Hollyoaks)

Scene of the Year
The grooming of Bethany (Coronation Street)
Bollywood proposal (Doctors)
Lauren and Abi’s rooftop fall (EastEnders)
Emma meets her fate (Emmerdale)
Scott’s suicide note (Hollyoaks)

The winners of the Outstanding Achievement Award and The Tony Warren Award will be announced on the night.

The British Soap Awards 2018 will be held at London’s Hackney Empire on Saturday, June 2 and will air live on ITV for the first time in the ceremony’s history.