Oscar Coverage 2017 Articles


BWW Exclusive: A History of Tony Award Winning Plays Becoming Oscar Award Winning Movies
by Katherine Blauvelt - March 11, 2017

Late last month, Viola Davis took home the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Rose Maxson in FENCES. Based on the August Wilson play of the same name, FENCES is the story of an African-American family living in the Hill District of Pittsburgh in 1950s. (more...)
VIDEO: Wrong Best Picture Winner Announced in History-Making Oscar Moment; PwC, Academy Issue Statements
by Caryn Robbins - February 27, 2017

In a history-making Oscar moment, presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway erroneously announced that LA LA LAND was the winner of Best Picture, the evening's final prize. (more...)
VIDEO: Sara Bareilles Performs OSCARS 'In Memoriam' Tribute
by BWW News Desk - February 26, 2017

WAITRESS composer and soon-to-be star Sara Bareilles performed 'Both Sides Now' for the 'In Memoriam' segment of tonight's THE ACADEMY AWARDS. (more...)
VIDEO: Seth Rogen Performs HAMILTON's 'Schuyler Sisters' on Oscars
by BWW News Desk - February 26, 2017

Seth Rogen and Michael J. Fox took the stage to present at tonight's Academy Awards. During the appearance, Rogen had the opportunity to complete his bucket list by performing HAMILTON's 'The Schyyler Sisters' in front of the world. (more...)
VIDEO: MOANA's Lin-Manuel Miranda & Auli'i Cravalho Perform on Oscars
by TV News Desk - February 26, 2017

Auli'i Cravalho and Lin-Manuel Miranda performed the Oscar-nominated song, 'How Far I'll Go,' written for Disney's MOANA by Miranda. This marks Miranda's debut on the Oscars stage. (more...)
BroadwayWorld's Live 89th Academy Awards Live Blog
by Matt Tamanini - February 26, 2017

Tonight, BroadwayWorld's Senior TV and Film Critic, Matt Tamanini will be live blogging the 89th Academy Awards, so join him as ceremony gets underway at 8:30 p.m. EST. With movie-musical LA LA LAND and stage-to-screen adaptation FENCES nominated for Best Picture and playwrights Kenneth Lonergan, Tarell Alvin McCraney, and Robert Schenkkan with works nominated in the category as well, the ceremony is shaping up to be quite theatrical.  (more...)
VIDEO: HAMILTON Cast Has Surprise Message for Lin-Manuel Miranda on Oscar Red Carpet
by BWW News Desk - February 26, 2017

The cast of Lin-Manuel Miranda's smash-hit HAMILTON, including Mandy Gonzalez, Alysha Deslorieux, Lexi Lawson and Taran Killam  taped a special message to the Oscar-nominated playwright on tonight's red carpet. (more...)
BWW Interview: FENCES Star Russell Hornsby Discuss the Joys & Responsibilities of Performing August Wilson's Works
by Matt Tamanini - February 26, 2017

Since 2011, Russell Hornsby's career has taken him to Portland, OR as Detective Hank Griffin on NBC's supernatural drama, GRIMM. However, 2016 brought him back to his roots. Though he has had considerable success on screens large and small, the actor has always found a home in the works of August Wilson. Hornsby won a Drama Desk Award as part of the cast of the original Off-Broadway cast of JITNEY in 2000, and earned a Lortel nomination in 2007 for playing the title role in KING HEDLEY II. But, it was his Broadway debut in 2010's revival of FENCES set him on his path to the Academy Awards. (more...)
Social: Broadway's Best and Brightest Sound Off on a Very Theatrical Oscars
by Matt Smith - February 26, 2017

Grab your popcorn and get those tweeting fingers ready! Oscar Night is officially upon us! As mentioned earlier, while Hollywood's annual toast to the best in film is not as 'full-on Broadway' as, say, that other awards show typically held in June, this year's ceremony is looking to be a more theatrical, thanks in no small part to the overwhelming success of a certain little-known film called LA LA LAND (and hey… don't a couple people involved in that film have a big Broadway hit on their hands as well? Hmmm…???)  (more...)
BWW Feature: Building FENCES - A Journey From Stage To Screen and the Legacy of August Wilson
by Jeffrey Walker - February 26, 2017

From the Broadway stage to the Pulitzer Prize, back to Broadway, and now as a film adaptation with four Oscar nominations, FENCES has riveted audiences for more than 30 years. The film, directed by and starring Denzel Washington, is nominated for Best Picture, with Washington and Viola Davis nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress. The fourth nomination is for the drama's original playwright August Wilson for Best Adapted Screenplay. Wilson died in 2005. Wilson left behind an indelible legacy of dramatic work, having penned the ambitious American Century Cycle of ten plays focusing on the African-American experience in the 20th century. (more...)
BWW Profile: Oscar-Nominated Michelle Williams Of MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Makes Her Mark in Independent Film
by Jeffrey Walker - February 25, 2017

From BAYWATCH to BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN and beyond, actress Michelle Williams is making her mark in film. Nominated for Best Supporting Actress for a role with relatively little screen-time in MANCHESTER BY THE SEA. As Randi Chandler, wife of protagonist Lee Chandler - played by Casey Affleck - she was able to make a strong impression displaying the couple's complex relationship with just a handful of scenes. (more...)
Ryan Gosling, Meryl Streep and More Among Final Wave of Presenters for 89th OSCARS
by Movies News Desk - February 24, 2017

Oscar producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd announced the final slate of presenters for the 89th Oscars telecast. (more...)
BWW Profile: LION Oscar-Nominated Stage and Screen Star, Nicole Kidman
by Rachel Crawford - February 25, 2017

Nicole Kidman is a veteran in the entertainment industry, becoming a household name and garnering attention and awards for over 30 years of acting. This year, she is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her character Sue Brierley in LION, which has received five other Oscar nominations. This year is the first time Kidman has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress. (more...)
BWW Experts and Stage and Screen Stars Pick the 2017 Academy Award Winners
by Matt Tamanini - February 24, 2017

Time is running out to get your 2017 Oscars Pool picks in, so we here at BroadwayWorld have put together a team of experts and stage and screen stars to help you in your prognostication. The stars lending their acting and filmmaking expertise are Broadway and CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND star Donna Lynne Champlin; UNDATEABLE and the West End's Dewey Finn in SCHOOL OF ROCK, David Fynn; Broadway and CHICAGO MED star Patti Murin; and one of the stars of the new Broadway musical Caesar Samayoa. (more...)
BWW Flashback: A Look Back at Seven Times Oscar and Broadway Met in the Middle
by Matt Smith - February 24, 2017

Set your clocks and pop your popcorn... the Oscars are just TWO days away! While the annual salute to Hollywood's best and brightest has never been as 'full-on Broadway' as, say, that other theatrical celebration typically held in June, we can't deny that recent ceremonies have contained a bit more theatrical glitz than not, thanks in no small part to the rising popularity of the movie musical.  With Lin-Manuel Miranda among the roster of nominees, and Pasek and Paul's global phenom LA LA LAND poised to take home Oscar gold, there's no doubt that trend will continue throughout this Sunday's ceremony. (And trust me, we Broadway buffs couldn't be happier!)  So, to celebrate… we've compiled a list of the most prominent 'Broadway-fied' Oscar moments of the last decade, featuring Tony winners, big Broadway numbers, and a whole lotta that aforementioned flash. Take a walk down memory lane, and relive these seven glorious moments went Oscar 'went Broadway.'  (more...)
BWW Feature: MOANA's Oscar-Nominee Lin-Manuel Miranda Goes for the EGOT
by Jennifer McHugh - February 24, 2017

which rock you've been hiding. Sure, he created one of the biggest and most successful musicals in Broadway history and now has the possibility of claiming the exclusive EGOT (or PEGOT or MacPEGOT?), but first, let's look at the man himself. (I will do my best to keep the Hamilton puns to a minimum). (more...)
BWW Exclusive: Broadway, CHICAGO MED Fashion Maven, Patti Murin, is Live-Blogging the Oscars Red Carpet
by Patti Murin - February 26, 2017

It's that time of year again as the intense big screen awards season comes to an end this Sunday with the biggest party in Hollywood, the Academy Awards. For the second year in a row, BroadwayWorld's favorite fashion icon, Patti Murin, will be here chronicling all of the Red Carpet action.  (more...)
BWW Profile: Oscar-Nominated Star and Director of FENCES, Denzel Washington
by Jeffrey Walker - February 23, 2017

Television, film, the stage - As an actor, Denzel Washington has made an indelible mark in these arenas. His stature as an actor, director, and filmmaker has only been solidified this year with the release of the adaptation of FENCES, in which he not only costars with Viola Davis but directed. For the 89th Academy Awards, Fences is nominated for four Oscars: Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor, and Supporting Actress. Washington already has Oscars for his roles in the Civil War drama GLORY and the gritty TRAINING DAY. (more...)
BWW Profile: MANCHESTER BY THE SEA's Oscar-Nominated Stage and Screen Writer, Kenneth Lonergan
by Courtney Henley - February 23, 2017

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA is without a doubt one of the most praised films coming out of this awards season. It's been nominated for six Academy Awards, and has already taken home a Golden Globe and two BAFTAs. Starting Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, and Lucas Hedges, the film tells the story of a man who, in the wake of his brother's death, finds himself named sole guardian of his nephew. The movie, written and directed by four-time Oscar nominee Kenneth Lonergan, will make you cry, and if it doesn't, you need to watch it again because you clearly missed something the first time around. (more...)
BWW Feature: Throughout the Years, Movie Musicals have been Overlooked for Best Picture
by Rachel Crawford - February 23, 2017

In the 89 years that the Academy Awards have been held, over 40 musicals have either been nominated for or have won an Oscar for Best Picture, including this last December's LA LA LAND. The first musical to ever win Best Picture was THE BROADWAY MELODY at the second Academy Awards in 1929. The film starred Charles King, Eddie Kane, Bessie Love and Anita Page (more...)
VIDEO: Lin-Manuel Miranda Helps Mom Find Oscar Dress on RACHAEL RAY!
by TV News Desk - February 21, 2017

When Lin-Manuel Miranda takes his mom, Luz, as his date to the Oscars this Sunday, he'll be fulfilling a promise years in the making. (more...)
Lin-Manuel Miranda Would Pen OSCAR Opening Number But Has No Interest in Hosting!
by BWW News Desk - February 21, 2017

In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the star reveals that one gig you won't see him taking on is hosting the Oscars. (more...)
BWW Profile: FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS's Oscar-Nominated Stage and Screen, Meryl Streep
by Courtney Henley - February 21, 2017

It's simple: if you don't know Meryl Streep, or think she's overrated, you've been living under a rock for the past 30 years or so. She's dominated THE ACADEMY AWARDS since the early 1980s, earning a whopping 20 Oscar nominations for roles as varied as the colors of the rainbow. She's only won three of those coveted golden statues thus far (slacker), but fans are hoping that come February 26, she'll take home number four. (more...)
UPDATED BWW Flashback: Take a Look Back at Oscar-Winner Viola Davis' Tony-Winning Stage Career
by Matt Tamanini - February 20, 2017

Last night two-time Tony Award-winner Viola Davis made history as the first African-American to win an Emmy in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category. She was recognized for her role as the brilliant attorney and professor Annalise Keating on the Shonda Rhimes drama HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER. In addition to her Emmy and Tonys, Davis has won three Drama Desks and three SAG Awards. During her acceptance speech, Davis quoted Harriet Tubman and talked about breaking boundaries and redefining what Hollywood thinks of as beautiful. (more...)
Tony Winner Cynthia Erivo to Perform at Oscar's Governors Ball
by BWW News Desk - February 16, 2017

Cynthia Erivo is set to perform at the Oscars' Governors Ball for this year's winners and nominees, following THE ACADEMY AWARDS broadcast. (more...)

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