Feb 28, 2017
7:57 am

Was the Whole Oscars Fiasco Just a Jimmy Kimmel Prank? Apparently Not (TVWeek, ABC)

Not surprisingly, Jimmy Kimmel has been revisiting Sunday’s Academy Awards on his ABC late-night show — and milking the ceremony’s disastrous finale for any comedy gold it might yield.

Kimmel, who hosted the ceremony, offered his own version of what went on, complete with clips adding some perspective to the Best Picture meltdown.

Among other things, Kimmel — who has pulled off his share of pranks — reassured his audience that the incident was NOT just another one of his pranks. He also alluded to the logic behind the “two envelopes” policy.

Here’s a clip, posted by ABC …

Feb 28, 2017
7:17 am

What Really Happened Backstage at the Oscars, According to Kimmel (ABC)

Take it with however many grains of salt you wish, but ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” unveiled footage purported to reveal what happened backstage at the Oscars ceremony leading up to the disastrous envelope mixup.

Here it is …

Feb 27, 2017
4:58 pm

Donald Trump on the Oscars Disaster: It Was About Him (Breitbart, TVWeek)

Donald Trump offered his take on the disaster that took place Sunday night during the presentation of the Oscar for Best Picture, when the wrong movie was announced as the winner.

In an interview with Breitbart News in the Oval Office, Trump suggested the mistake occurred because of Hollywood’s preoccupation with politics, a clear reference to its attacks on Trump.

“Trump told Breitbart News in the exclusive interview that the Oscar fail may have been avoided had Hollywood’s finest focused less on attacking him and more on getting the event’s details right,” the news service reports.

The article quotes Trump saying: “I think they were focused so hard on politics that they didn’t get the act together at the end. It was a little sad. It took away from the glamour of the Oscars. It didn’t feel like a very glamorous evening. I’ve been to the Oscars. There was something very special missing, and then to end that way was sad.”

As we reported previously, “La La Land” was erroneously announced as the winner of Best Picture, and the acceptance speeches were in progress before the production team interrupted to put the word out that the actual winner was “Moonlight.”

The accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers took the blame for the mistake, offering an apology that you can read in full by clicking here.

Feb 27, 2017
1:49 pm

Oscars Meltdown Brings Apology, Puts Esteemed Firm’s Reputation at Risk (TVWeek, AP)

It was the kind of mistake that, once you hear how it happened, you almost can’t help wondering how it doesn’t happen all the time.

With two reps for the consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers being put in charge of two complete sets of 24 envelopes at two different access points to the stage — and those envelopes containing the names of the Oscar winners being handed to presenters just before they go to the podium — it seems almost inevitable that a wrong envelope might find its way into the mix.

And that’s what happened Sunday night, just as the most important moment of the Academy Awards was about to happen, with Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway unlucky enough to have been chosen as the Best Picture presenters.

After Beatty struggled to figure out what to do when he noticed the wrong card in the envelope, Dunaway — thinking Beatty was just goofing around — glanced at the card and blurted out “La La Land.” The card had the name of the movie on it along with that of Emma Stone, the Best Actress winner.

The actual Best Picture winner, as you may have heard by now, was “Moonlight.”

PricewaterhouseCoopers took the blame for the mess, issuing a statement apologizing for the incident. Here’s the complete statement from PwC:

“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.”

The AP reports that PwC may be dealing with more than regret over the matter. After 82 years handling the balloting for the Academy Awards, the London-based firm’s reputation was seen by many as unassailable.

“Now its hard-won image as a dependable partner is under threat,” the AP reports.

The report quotes London branding specialist Nigel Currie calling the error “as bad a mess-up as you could imagine.”

Currie adds: “They had a pretty simple job to do and messed it up spectacularly. They will be in deep crisis talks on how to deal with it.”

The AP notes: “Crisis managers say PwC has no other option than to front-up immediately and explain exactly what happened to contain the damage to its reputation and brand and plot a way forward where there’s no repeat.”

Adds Jeremy Robinson-Leon of the New York-based public relations firm Group Gordon: “There will certainly have to be accounting for this error. The onus will be on PwC, assuming they stay as partners, to institute controls to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”

Feb 27, 2017
1:47 pm

Viewer Turnout for Oscars Was Down From Last Year — Here Are the Numbers (TVWeek)

Even with a big finish to this year’s ceremony — albeit not exactly what the producers had in mind — Sunday’s Oscars broadcast saw a dip in viewers from last year’s event.

ABC reported that an average of 32.9 million total viewers watched the broadcast, based on Nielsen L+SD fast nationals. In the key demo of adults 18-49, the program delivered a 9.1 rating.

Last year’s Academy Awards pulled 34.3 million total viewers in the fast nationals, with that figure later adjusted upward in the nationals to 34.4 million. Accentuating the positive, ABC put it this way: “The 2017 Academy Awards held 96% of last year’s overall audience.”

ABC also noted that the ceremony was the top entertainment telecast in the year since last year’s Oscars in both total viewers and adults 18-49, that the Academy Awards dominated the broadcasts of the Golden Globes and the Grammys, and that ABC won Sunday night — by a lot.

“With its coverage of the ’89th Annual Academy Awards,’ ABC shot to the top of Sunday’s prime, outperforming its combined broadcast competition (CBS, NBC and Fox) by 177% in Total Viewers (27.4 million vs. 9.9 million) and by 270% in Adults 18-49 (7.4/23 vs. 2.0/6),” the network announced.

ABC also noted that leading into the ceremony, from 8:00-8:30 p.m., the network’s “Oscar’s Red Carpet Live” drew 20.9 million viewers on average.

“TV’s biggest awards show, ABC’s ‘The Oscars’ dominated over other key awards shows this year, outdrawing the 2017 ‘Golden Globe Awards’ by 12.9 million viewers and 65% in Adults 18-49 (20.0 million/5.5 rating in AD18-49 on 1/8/17) and the 2017 ‘Grammy Awards’ by 6.8 million viewers and 17% in Adults 18-49 (26.1 million/7.8 rating in AD18-49 on 2/12/17),” ABC noted.

The network reported that the Oscars telecast reached an estimated 59.0 million unique TV viewers across the country — unduplicated viewers 2+ watching 6 minutes or more during the broadcast.

Feb 27, 2017
1:44 pm

Comcast, Which Previously Integrated Netflix Into Its Set-Top Boxes, Is Doing the Same for the World’s Largest Video Service (Recode)

The country’s largest pay TV company and the world’s largest video service will soon be joining forces, as Recode reports that Comcast plans to integrate YouTube into its X1 set-top boxes.

“It’s the second big move Comcast has made to tie internet video into the traditional TV programming it sells; last year, the pay TV provider brought Netflix into the X1 box,” Recode notes.

The report adds: “The YouTube integration, which is supposed to happen later this year, will look a lot like the Netflix integration: X1 users will be able to access all of YouTube’s videos via a dedicated app on the box, and Comcast will also suggest some YouTube videos to video surfers alongside its traditional programming. All of it will be accessible via voice command.”

Comcast says almost half of its 22.5 million video customers have the relatively new X1 box.

Recode also observes: “Big picture: It’s 2017, and stuff you watch on a screen is stuff you watch on a screen, and sorting that stuff into groups labeled ‘TV’ and ‘web video’ makes less and less sense. So it’s good — and well past time — that Comcast and YouTube/Google/Alphabet figured out how to do this.”

Feb 27, 2017
12:44 pm

Another Oscar Gaffe: ‘Dead’ Woman Shown in Ceremony’s ‘In Memoriam’ Segment Is Still Alive (Variety, TVWeek)

A woman whose photo was featured in the “In Memoriam” segment during Sunday’s Oscars is still very much alive, in what turned out to be only the second-biggest screwup at this year’s ceremony.

Variety reports that Jan Chapman said she was “devastated” when she saw her photo during the segment paying tribute to industry people who have died during the past year. Her image appeared along with words identifying Janet Patterson, Costume Designer.

Chapman and Patterson, who are both Australian, were friends and frequent collaborators. Chapman is a film producer whose credits include “Lantana” and “The Last Days of Chez Nous.”

Patterson, a highly decorated costume designer and production designer whose honors include four Academy Award nominations, died on Oct. 21.

Variety quotes Chapman saying via email: “I was devastated by the use of my image in place of my great friend and long-time collaborator Janet Patterson. I had urged her agency to check any photograph which might be used and understand that they were told that the Academy had it covered. Janet was a great beauty and four-time Oscar nominee and it is very disappointing that the error was not picked up. I am alive and well and an active producer.”

Misidentified photo of Jan Chapman during Sunday’s
“In Memoriam” segment (YouTube)

Feb 27, 2017
12:41 pm

Steve Harvey — Who Had His Own High-Profile Gala Disaster — Celebrates Oscars Fiasco With a Few Choice Wisecracks
(TVWeek, Twitter)

If anybody can identify with the embarrassment felt by Oscar presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway after they announced the wrong Best Picture winner Sunday night, it’s Steve Harvey.

Harvey had his own awards ceremony disaster not that long ago. When he was hosting the 2015 Miss Universe pageant, he inadvertently named the wrong woman as the winner of the pageant on the live telecast. In fact, Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel made a reference to Harvey’s misstep during the on-stage chaos after “La La Land” was incorrectly named the winner of Best Picture — instead of “Moonlight,” the actual winner.

In the midst of the surreal moment on stage, as the scope of the disaster was becoming clear, Kimmel said: “Guys, this is very unfortunate, what happened.” Then he took the predictable, albeit timely, jab at Harvey: “Personally, I blame Steve Harvey for this.”

Harvey sent out a series of tweets today alluding to the Oscars calamity. In the first, he joked: “Good morning everybody! Went to sleep early last night. So… what I miss? #Oscars”

He later suggested Beatty get in touch for some counseling, tweeting: “Call me Warren Beatty. I can help you get through this!”

Meanwhile, posts from other Twitter users goofing on the Oscars incident were showing up on Harvey’s account. Here’s an example …

(Twitter post)

Feb 27, 2017
9:19 am

Nicole Kidman Roasted on Social Media For Clapping Like the Grinch (NY Post, The Telegraph, TVWeek, Twitter)

On a night of serious screwups at the Oscars, actress Nicole Kidman emerged as one of the most talked-about — and widely mocked — memes from Hollywood’s biggest night.

The New York Post’s Page Six reports that the actress — a four-time Academy Award nominee and an Oscar winner in 2003 for “The Hours” — is taking a beating on social media for what many observers say is her “Grinch-like” clapping during the ceremony.

Wrote Twitter user Chris Higgins: “Has Nicole Kidman never seen anyone clap before?”

The U.K. publication The Telegraph quotes a tweet from Luck o’ the Parrish saying: “Nicole Kidman forgot how to clap in the middle of clapping.”

Others on social media came to Kidman’s defense. The Twitter account @OKCTuxiecat posted this explanation: “People making fun of Nicole Kidman’s clapping have obviously never worn rings on both hands that could break or pinch when clapping.”

Judge for yourself — below is a sample posted by The Telegraph …

Feb 27, 2017
8:44 am

Reality Host Suffers Heart Attack (TMZ, TVWeek)

The host of a reality TV show was unconscious for two days following a serious heart attack. TMZ.com reports that Bob Harper, a fitness guru who hosts NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” collapsed while working out at a gym in New York City.

The incident reportedly occurred two weeks ago, and Harper is said to be recovering.

“A doctor who was also working out administered CPR and used paddles to keep Bob alive,” TMZ reports. “The 51-year-old was taken to the hospital and says he woke up 2 days later. He was hospitalized for 8 days and is still in NYC — he lives in L.A. — because his doctors have not cleared him to fly.”

Harper, whose exercise is limited to walking for the time being, reportedly said the heart attack was attributable to genetics, noting that his mother died from a heart attack.

Harper, 51, is a well-known fitness coach and personal trainer who has authored a number of fitness books and is featured in workout videos. He was involved with “The Biggest Loser” as a trainer going back to its first season in 2004, and was named the show’s host in 2015.

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