He has given us so many magical scores over the years. Here’s to legendary composer John Williams!!

Composer John Williams hints ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ will be his last

The 86-year old composer who recently received his 51st Oscar-nomination for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” admitted in a recent KUSC radio interview that after J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode IX,” he’s finished with writing music for “Star Wars” movies.

“We know J.J. Abrams is preparing one now for next year that I will hopefully do for him, and I look forward to it,” John Williams said. “It will round out a series of nine and be quite enough for me.”

The Oscar winner of such films as “Star Wars,” “Jaws,” “E.T.” and “Schindler’s List” said that when he wrote the music for the 1977 George Lucas movie, he never knew it would spawn sequels and sequels for decades to come. “It’s developed in the most amazing way,” said the composer.

As Disney has spun off new “Star Wars” titles outside of the Skywalker family episodic saga, other composers have gladly stepped to put their musical touches on the Lucasfilm franchise. Originally Alexandre Desplat was set to score “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” but his schedule didn’t permit him to do so. “Up” Oscar winner Michael Giacchino stepped in and delivered a robust epic score in just little over a month.

Oscar nominee John Powell is penning the music for Ron Howard’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story” complete with a guitar-brass-infused score.

Back in 2015 Williams hit the pause button on scoring for Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies” over health issues, the first time that the composer took a break from working with the blockbuster director during their 40-year-plus collaboration. Instead Thomas Newman took over. While Williams scored Spielberg’s last two movies, “The Post” and “The BFG,” Alan Silvestri penned musical notes for the director’s upcoming Easter release, “Ready Player One.”


Can’t wait!!!

‘Wonder Woman’ sequel coming out sooner than expected

The Amazonian warrior princess and the Force-infused Jedis will not be battling at the box office. Despite earlier reports that the “Wonder Woman” sequel and “Star Wars: Episode IX” would be released in theaters the same weekend – Dec. 20, 2019 – it appears that the competition seemed ill-advised.

Warner Bros. has just announced that it will be opening the next Wonder Woman movie six weeks earlier on Nov. 1, 2019. While the film will undoubtedly perform even better than the original, this earlier date allows fans of both franchises to not have to make a “Sophie’s Choice” at the ticket booth. Moreover, the original film spent several weeks atop the box office this summer and, if history is any indication, the sequel should do the same. Spreading out the two movies makes sense for both studios.

At the moment, no other big budget blockbuster is slated for that weekend. However, the next James Bond film is due out the following week on Nov. 8, setting up a showdown between the superhero and the super-spy during the Thanksgiving movie season that year.

Work on the “Wonder Woman” sequel has already begun. Both Israeli actress Gal Gadot and American director Patty Jenkins have signed on. “We’ve got a cool idea for the second one,” said Geoff Johns of DC Films.

Added Jenkins: “I’m excited for her to come to America and become the Wonder Woman we are all familiar with from having grown up around her as an American superhero,” Jenkins told the Toronto Sun. “I’d like to bring her a little farther along into the future and have a fun, exciting storyline that is its own thing. Wonder Woman 1 is so much about her becoming the person she is. I can’t wait to spring forward with who she is and have another great standalone superhero film.”

One strong theory circulating online is that the sequel will take place in the 1980s, which would give Wonder Woman a Cold War foe. (We here at From The Grapevine have even gone so far as recommending six trends from the 1980s that the sequel should embrace.)

The original “Wonder Woman” broke multiple records. The movie has made nearly a billion dollars worldwide and was recently ranked as the best superhero movie of all time. The Academy Awards is considering it for a Best Picture nod, potentially setting it up to be the first superhero flick to ever take home that award.

Meanwhile, for those of us who just can’t wait two more years, have no fear: Gadot’s Wonder Woman character is returning to theaters this weekend (yes, this weekend!) with the highly anticipated release of the “Justice League” movie.

In both “Justice League” and the “Wonder Woman” franchise, Gadot sees a broader message for life offscreen. “In the real world, we don’t fight monsters, we don’t have alien attacks. It’s us creating the problem,” Gadot said during a “Justice League” press conference this month. “I think it would’ve been wonderful if us humans could get together and come together, and just be and do good to each other, and try to make to make the world a better place.”


We should all know them all.

Lucy Maud who? Poll finds many Canadians can’t name achievements of famous women

A new poll suggests Canadians have a lot to learn about the accomplishments of some of the country’s most famous women.

The online survey, conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Historica Canada, found the majority of Canadians couldn’t name the achievements of such famous women as Emily Carr and Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Only 37 per cent of respondents to the poll could identify Carr’s accomplishments as a painter, while only 27 per cent knew that Montgomery’s fame sprang from her authorship of such Canadian literary classics as Anne of Green Gables.

When it comes to notable Indigenous women, recognition levels among respondents tumbled to between three and one per cent.

But the survey suggests Canadians are aware of the knowledge gap, with just 30 per cent of respondents saying the country is doing well at teaching youth about female accomplishment.

Historica Canada says the organization is seeing increasing demand to shine a light on women’s issues and successes.

Chief executive officer Anthony Wilson-Smith said Historica staff got a clear message from teachers and school boards who were asked where the organization needed to help fill in some key blanks from Canada’s past.

“People are saying, ‘look, yeah, tell us more about women’s history,”‘ Wilson-Smith said in a telephone interview. “‘Tell us more about who are the great Canadian women? What have they done?”‘

The survey presented respondents with a list of 15 women drawn largely from the ranks of Canadian artists, politicians and civil rights activists and asked if survey participants were familiar with their achievements.

Wilson-Smith said respondents were not asked to name individual works or recognize specific career milestones, only indicate whether they had a basic understanding of why the women were famous.

The number of poll participants who had never heard of any of the notable women surpassed the number who were familiar with one of Canada’s most famous artists.

The survey found 40 per cent of respondents were unfamiliar with any of the women compared to 37 per cent who had heard of Carr, a British Columbia-based painter celebrated for her depictions of Indigenous culture and Canadian nature scenes.

Montgomery, whose books about red-haired orphan Anne Shirley are globally renowned, received the second-highest recognition score of 27 per cent among respondents. Only 16 per cent had heard of suffragette Nellie McClung, who came third in the poll rankings.

Wilson-Smith said he’s encouraged by the finding suggesting people want to see more concerted efforts to step up education on women’s issues, saying the survey results should not be mistaken for lack of interest in Canada’s female icons.

“It’s not as though these are deliberate slights by people,” he said. “It just shows that … we have a lot of heroes and just a lot of very accomplished people whose work deserves to be known. We and other places have to continue to do everything we can to put them forward.”

The survey also explored Canadian responses to the #MeToo movement, finding that roughly half of respondents feel Canadians are succeeding at making women feel safe from sexual harassment on the job and in society at large. The survey found 51 per cent of male respondents felt Canada was making good progress on this issue, while 45 per cent of women surveyed held that view.

The poll of 1,001 Canadians was conducted online between Feb. 23 and 26. The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population.


Mmmmmmmmm…In-N-Out Burger!!

Man accused of stealing Frances McDormand’s Oscar trophy for best actress

A man was arrested and is accused of stealing Frances McDormand’s Oscars trophy after the Academy Awards on Sunday night, Los Angeles police said.

Terry Bryant, 47, was arrested on suspicion of felony grand theft, said officer Rosario Herrera, a police spokesperson.

Video captured by The Associated Press appears to show Bryant walking with the statuette out of the Governors Ball, the Oscars after-party where police say he took it.

The video shows a man in a tuxedo who appears to be Bryant holding an Oscar statuette highly and proudly as an onlooker cheers.

“All right baby boys and baby girls,” he says, walking quickly and nearly bumping into a woman.

He then quickly glances around him before walking out of frame, prominently holding the Oscar the entire time.

Another photographer who took Bryant’s picture at about the same time did not recognize him as a winner at the ceremony, and began following him, police said.

When he was confronted, Bryant handed back the statuette without a fight, police said.

He was detained by security guards at the event and arrested by Los Angeles police officers. The award was later returned to McDormand.

“After some brief time apart, Frances and her Oscar were happily reunited. They celebrated the reunion with a double cheeseburger from In-N-Out Burger,” McDormand’s publicist, Simon Halls, told the Associated Press.

McDormand received the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

The two-time Oscar winner, who swept trophies at the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, Independent Spirit and BAFTA ceremonies, beat out Sally Hawkins of The Shape of Water, Margot Robbie of I, Tonya, Saoirse Ronan of Lady Bird, and 21-time nominee Meryl Streep of The Post at Sunday’s Oscars.

In Three Billboards, McDormand played Mildred Hayes, a hardened woman seeking justice for her daughter’s murder in the crime drama.

Her first Oscar came for the 1996 film Fargo, directed by her husband Joel Coen.

Bryant was being held on $20,000 US bail Monday, police said.

There was no immediate reply to a message sent to one of Bryant’s social media profiles and it wasn’t clear if he had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

A video that posted live on a Facebook page that appeared to belong to Bryant showed him kissing and flaunting a statuette during the Governor’s Ball.

“Look it, baby. My team got this tonight. This is mine,” he said, turning the trophy toward the camera, before kissing it on the head.

As he spun around in a circle, Bryant solicited congratulations from those around him.

“Who wants to wish me congratulations?” he asked fellow revellers who were walking by, before posing for several selfies.

“You know what, I can’t believe I got this.”

No one named Terry Bryant won an Oscar on Sunday.


Here’s hoping he gets a copy!!

25 years later, Johnny Cash fan searches for lost photo with music legend

Frank Davis is on a quest to find evidence of his first, and only, encounter with his idol, Johnny Cash.

It was Good Friday in 1993 when the musician from St. John’s ran into the Man in Black at the Halifax airport.

A stranger with a camera snapped a photo of the pair, but 25 years later, Davis still hasn’t seen the image and he’s hoping the power of social media will reunite him with the mystery photographer.

“The woman who took that picture could be living on the next street from me or she could be in Timbuktu. You have no way of knowing,” said Davis, who put a call out on Facebook over the weekend. “I know it’s a long time, that’s 25 years, so the chances are pretty slim, but it’s out there anyway.”

Davis is a huge Cash fan, so when The Highwaymen came to Halifax in 1993, it was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.

The day after the concert, Davis had to return home for work, but his wife stayed behind to visit her sister.

“The last thing that she said to me as I left the hotel room was, ‘Leave the camera with me because I want to take a picture of [her sister] Susan’s baby.'”

That’s how Davis ended up camera-less in front of Cash at the arrivals terminal.

When Davis noticed him standing alone on the sidewalk, “I just about ran over people getting off the bus,” he said with a laugh.

“When I walked up to him, I said, ‘Man I’ve been waiting a long time to shake your hand.'”

Davis asked a woman who was standing nearby to take a photograph, and handed her his business card so she could send it to him.

He believes she used a film camera, but other than that, he knows nothing about her.

“Maybe she has that picture, maybe she lost the business card and has often wondered, ‘My god, I never got that picture to that man. I wonder who he is.'”

Over the years Davis has wondered, too. But it wasn’t until he heard about a fellow Newfoundlander who was reunited with his grandfather’s championship boxing belt that he turned to social media for help.

Davis has been playing music since he was a teenager, and regularly performs Johnny Cash songs at open mics around St. John’s.

“Johnny Cash, you know, he was just another country music singer, but he was different than the others. He had a different philosophy on life,” he said.

And what really irks him is that he has a friend who also happened to meet Cash.

“He keeps telling me about it, and he has a big picture hanging over his mantle piece of him and Johnny Cash, so I said, I’ve got to get my picture!”


There was actually more middle than high or low, but that’s not as catchy in a headline.

The Highs and Lows of the 2018 Oscars Ceremony

Warren and Faye got it right this time! For their second time around, the Best Picture presenters were given the correct envelope and thus correctly named The Shape of Water the night’s big winner – congrats to fish men, hardboiled eggs, and the hardworking Guillermo Del Toro. Throughout the 90th Academy Awards, Hollywood handed out trophies to the night’s expected winners, including Allison Janney, Gary Oldman, and an impassioned Frances McDormand. The night offered up a range of bits, from the charming (Tiffany Haddish shouting out Meryl Streep), to the exhausting (a trip to the TCL Chinese Theater where people were watching A Wrinkle in Time).

Here are the highest highs, cringiest lows, and one bizarre whoa from Sunday night’s ceremony.

HIGH Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue: The host references last year’s Moonlight mix-up, joking that he turned down the suggestion of doing comedy with the accountants, so “the accountants did comedy on their own.” Later, Kimmel summarizes Hollywood’s blind spots: “We made a movie called What Women Want and it starred Mel Gibson.”

LOW All of the red carpet coverage. E! worked hard to avoid any mention of the sexual-assault allegations hanging over Ryan Seacrest, which meant that the interviews the network got were painfully bland (with the exception of Taraji’s delicious “the universe has a way of taking care of the good people”) and the banter between the other hosts felt more forced. Few things are more painful than spending three hours with people who don’t want to be around each other, or talk about anything.

HIGH Kimmel offered a jet ski to whomever gave the shortest speech, prompting the world to wonder which nominee loves water sports more than the loved ones they wanted to thank from the stage. Helen Mirren showed off the Jet Ski with all the conviction of an Elsa understudy in Disney’s Frozen musical.

HIGH The ski, as it happens, went to Phantom Thread costume designer Mark Bridges, who rode it out in a life vest like he was rocking the finest couture from the House of Woodcock.

HIGH Gael García Bernal whisper-singing “Remember Me” with enough sweet conviction to make everyone both tear up and consider trying to watch Mozart in the Jungle.

WHOA Lakeith Stanfield ran onstage shouting “GET OUT” as part of a bit about what happens if people’s speeches run long.

HIGH Sufjan Stevens performing “Mystery of Love” backed by St. Vincent, with a simple directness that undercut a lot of the overblown ceremony and in a Gucci jacket that made us long for him to star in a tender and queer take on Music Man.

LOW Kobe Bryant wins Best Animated Short for the infuriatingly self-congratulatory Dear Basketball, a sign the Oscars really haven’t changed that much in the Time’s Up era – especially considering Bryant’s history.

HIGH Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph as the show’s best presenter duo. Tiffany: “We know what you’re thinking, are the Oscars too black now?” Maya: “Don’t worry. There are so many white people to come.” Give them a movie. Give them their own awards show. Give them whatever they want, really.

HIGH James Ivory honoring his late collaborators Ruth Jhabvala and Ismail Merchant while winning Best Adapted Screenplay, all while wearing a shirt emblazoned with Timothée Chalamet’s face. Total class, with just enough cheekiness.

HIGH Frances McDormand has all the female nominees in the room stand up, and then announces, “We all have stories to tell and need financed.” If those meetings don’t materialize, you just know McDormand is going to hunt down those executives one-by-one to make it happen. Oh, and they all better look up exactly what an inclusion rider is before then.

LOW In one super long, super random montage (it included clips from Shawshank Redemption to In the Heat of the Night to The Aviator to E.T. to Black Panther…?), the Academy thanked moviegoers for … movie-going? It’s a little unclear what the thinking was behind this lengthy supercut of every movie you’ve ever seen, but it ended with a slight explanation: “The Academy wishes to thank the audience for 90 years of going to the movies.” Sure!

LOW Your annual awkward bit involving Jimmy Kimmel’s obsession with embarrassing ordinary people: This time Kimmel and a band of misfits (including Ansel Elgort, Armie Hammer, Margot Robbie, and Guillermo del Toro) walked across the street to surprise an unsuspecting movie theater audience watching A Wrinkle in Time.


May he rest in peace.

Alan Alda pays tribute to M*A*S*H costar David Ogden Stiers

So long, friend.

On Sunday, Alan Alda paid tribute to his former M*A*S*H costar David Ogden Stiers, who died of cancer Saturday at the age of 75. Stiers played Maj. Charles Winchester on the CBS comedy from 1977-1983.

“David Ogden Stiers. I remember how you skateboarded to work every day down busy LA streets,” Alda wrote on Twitter. How, once you glided into Stage 9, you were Winchester to your core. How gentle you were, how kind, except when devising the most vicious practical jokes. We love you, David. Goodbye.”

Stiers earned two Emmy nominations for his role as a talented surgeon on M*A*S*H. He replaced Larry Linville (Frank Burns), who left the series in 1978.

Stiers went on to make regular appearances on North and South, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Matlock, Touched by an Angel, and Frasier. He earned a third Emmy nomination in 1984 for his portrayal of United States Olympic Committee founder William Milligan Sloane in the NBC miniseries The First Olympics: Athens 1896.


After another busy week I hope to see RED SPARROW, DEATH WISH and BLACK PANTHER this week!!

Black Panther easily fends off Red Sparrow and Death Wish at the box office

Black Panther has done it again. Disney’s latest Marvel blockbuster is on track to collect an estimated $65.7 million from 4,084 theaters in the U.S. and Canada this weekend, clobbering newcomers Red Sparrow and Death Wish while scoring the third best third weekend of all time (behind Star Wars: the Force Awakens and Avatar).

That figure would bring the Ryan Coogler-directed superhero tale to a $501.1 million domestic total after 17 days in theaters, a sum that ranks 10th all time (not adjusted for inflation) and puts it ahead of every other Marvel movie save 2012’s The Avengers.

Black Panther has also grossed about $396.6 overseas, including an estimated $56.2 million this weekend, putting its worldwide total on the doorstep of $900 million.

Marking the 18th installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as the titular superhero, a.k.a. T’Challa, who rules and protects the secretive, technologically advanced nation of Wakanda. The ensemble cast also includes Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Andy Serkis, and Letitia Wright. The film has garnered glowing reviews and an A-plus CinemaScore.

Alighting in second place this weekend is Fox’s R-rated espionage thriller Red Sparrow — starring Jennifer Lawrence as a Russian ballerina turned deadly spy — with an estimated $17 million from 3,056 theaters. That’s in the ballpark of last year’s similarly themed spy flick Atomic Blonde, which bowed to $18.3 million, and Lawrence’s 2016 sci-fi movie Passengers, which opened to $14.9 million.

Based on the novel by Jason Matthews (a former CIA operative), Red Sparrow reunites Lawrence with director Francis Lawrence (no relation), whom she worked with on three Hunger Games movies. The cast also includes Joel Edgerton, Matthias Shoenaerts, and Charlotte Rampling. Critics’ reviews were mixed, and audiences gave it a lukewarm B CinemaScore.

The weekend’s other major new release, MGM’s vigilante remake Death Wish, arrives with about $13 million from 2,847 theaters — on the low end of industry projections and good for the No. 3 spot.

Directed by Eli Roth and based on the 1974 Charles Bronson movie of the same name, Death Wish stars Bruce Willis as a Chicago doctor who exacts bloody revenge on the men who brutally attacked his family.

The film has been savaged by critics, though moviegoers gave it a decent B-plus CinemaScore.

Rounding out the top five are Warner Bros’. comedy Game Night, with about $10.7 million, and Sony’s animated movie Peter Rabbit, with about $10 million.

According to ComScore, overall box office is up 10.9 percent year-to-date. Check out the March 2-4 figures below.

1. Black Panther — $65.7 million
2. Red Sparrow — $17 million
3. Death Wish — $13 million
4. Game Night — $10.7 million
5. Peter Rabbit — $10 million
6. Annihilation — $5.7 million
7. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle — $4.5 million
8. Fifty Shades Freed — $3.3 million
9. The Greatest Showman — $2.7 million
10. Every Day — $1.6 million


Very sad news. Rest in peace, David Ogden Stiers.

’M.A.S.H.’ actor David Ogden Stiers dies at age 75

LOS ANGELES — David Ogden Stiers, a prolific actor best known for playing a surgeon on the “M.A.S.H.” television series, has died. He was 75.

The actor’s agent Mitchell Stubbs confirmed Saturday night in an email that Stiers died after battling bladder cancer.

No additional details were provided, but Stubbs’ agency tweeted that Stiers died at his home in Newport, Oregon, on Saturday.

In addition to playing the aristocratic Maj. Charles Winchester III on “M.A.S.H.” beginning in its sixth season, replacing Larry Linville after he left the series. Stiers’ character, while arrogant, also showed an empathy and wit his predecessor lacked.

Stiers did voice acting in several Disney animated films, voicing the character Cogsworth in “Beauty and the Beast” and played characters in “Lilo & Stitch” and “Pocahontas.” He was also the voice of an announcer in George Lucas’ 1971 feature directorial debut, “THX 1138.”

He had more than 150 film and television credits, including appearances on the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” and several Perry Mason television movies.


Another very predictable Academy Awards. I posted who I expected to win on Friday morning and got them all right. Still, I enjoyed it as always…I just wish it wasn’t so predictable!!

OSCARS: ’The Shape of Water’ wins best picture Oscar

The Cold War fantasy film “The Shape of Water” is the winner of the best picture Academy Award.

Director Guillermo del Toro’s film has been considered one of the front-runners for the evening’s top honour. It received a leading 13 nominations for this year’s Oscars, and won four Oscars on Sunday night.

It stars Sally Hawkins as a mute janitor who falls in love with an aquatic creature kept captive in a government lab.

Frances McDormand’s portrayal of a mother seeking justice for her murdered daughter in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” has won the best actress Academy Award.

It is McDormand’s second Oscar and comes for her blistering turn as a mother who feels authorities haven’t done enough to investigate her daughter’s rape and murder.

McDormand won a best supporting actress award for her role as a police officer in “Fargo.” Her win Sunday was not a surprise — she has swept the major awards this year.

The actress opened her speech by saying if she fell over during her speech, someone should pick her up because had “some things to say.” She thanked her family, telling them they fill her with everlasting joy.

She then set her Oscar on the stage and asked every female Oscar nominee to stand up, generating thunderous applause. McDormand looked joyous as she looked out on the women.

Gary Oldman’s transformation into Winston Churchill for “Darkest Hour” has won him the best actor Academy Award.

It is Oldman’s first win on only his second nomination, despite his lengthy career of compelling performances. The 59-year-old had been considered the front-runner for the honour, having swept awards season.

Oldman underwent hours of makeup to become Churchill for the film, which focuses on a pivotal time in the British leader’s career when he rallied his country to fight the Nazis. Oldman thanked Churchill in his acceptance speech, as well as those who worked with him on “Darkest Hour.”

He also thanked his 99-year-old mother, telling her, “thank you for your love and your support. Put the kettle on. I’m bringing Oscar home.”

A sense of change was palpable at the 90th Academy Awards as Hollywood sought to confront the post-Harvey Weinstein era and pivot to a vision of a more inclusive movie business.

The ceremony Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles was punctuated by political speeches and impassioned arguments for diversity. Jordan Peele won for his script to his horror sensation “Get Out,” becoming the first African-American to win for best original screenplay. Peele said he stopped writing it “20 times,” skeptical that it would ever get made.

“But I kept coming back to it because I knew if someone would let me make this movie, that people would hear it and people would see it,” said Peele. “So I want to dedicate this to all the people who raised my voice and let me make this movie.”

Guillermo del Toro’s monster fable “The Shape of Water,” which came in with a leading 13 nods, took best production design, best score and best director for del Toro. He became the third Mexican-born filmmaker to win the award, joining his friends and countrymen Alejandro Inarritu and Alfonso Cuaron — who together were years ago dubbed “the Three Amigos.”

“The greatest thing that art does, and that our industry does, is erase the lines in the sand,” said del Toro, alluding to his international career.

In a year lacking a clear front-runner the awards were spread around. Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic “Dunkirk” tied “Shape of Water” with a leading three awards, all for its technical craft: editing, sound editing and sound design.

But many of the show’s most powerful moments came in between the awards. Ashley Judd, Anabella Sciorra and Salma Hayek — who all made allegations of sexual misconduct against Weinstein — together assembled for a mid-show segment dedicated to the #MeToo movement that has followed the downfall of Weinstein, long an Oscar heavyweight. They were met by a standing ovation.

“We work together to make sure the next 90 years empower these limitless possibilities of equality, diversity, inclusion and intersectionality,” said Judd. “That’s what this year has promised us.”

Host Jimmy Kimmel opened with a monologue that mixed Weinstein punchlines with earnest comments about reforming gender equality in Hollywood. And of course, Kimmel — returning to the scene of the flub — dove straight into material about last year’s infamous best-picture mix-up.

“I do want to mention, this year, when you hear your name called, don’t get up right away,” said Kimmel. “Give us a minute.”

But while Kimmel spent a few moments on the fiasco known as Envelopegate, he expended far more minutes frankly and soberly discussing the parade of sexual harassment allegations in the wake of the revelations regarding Weinstein. Kimmel cited the industry’s poor record for female directors and equal pay.

“We can’t let bad behaviour slide anymore,” said Kimmel. “The world is watching us.”

Gesturing to a giant statue on the stage, he praised Oscar, himself for keeping “his hands where you can see them” and for having “no penis at all.” But Kimmel introduced the broadcast as “a night for positivity,” and cited, among other things, the box-office success of “Black Panther” and “Wonder Woman.”

“I remember a time when the major studios didn’t believe a woman or a minority could open a super hero movie — and the reason I remember that time is because it was March of last year,” said Kimmel.

The night’s acting honours were considered fairly locked for nominees, and things began as expected. Two widely admired veterans won their first Oscars: Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) took best supporting actress, and Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) won best supporting actor.

“I did it all by myself,” deadpanned Janney, who added after a pause: “Nothing could be further from the truth.”

Rockwell dedicated his award to his late friend and fellow New York actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died in 2014. “For my buddy, Phil Hoffman,” said Rockwell, raising his Oscar.

Several cinema legends won their first Oscar. James Ivory, 89, won best adapted screenplay for his script to the coming-of-age drama “Call Me By Your Name,” becoming the oldest winner ever. His script to the coming-of-age drama “Call Me By Your Name” won best adapted screenplay. In his 14 nomination, revered cinematographer Roger Deakins finally won for his photography on “Blade Runner 2049.” In the category, Rachel Morrison (“Mudbound”) became the first woman nominated for best cinematography.

Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani joined Kenyan-born Lupita Nyong’o to salute the so-called Dreamers — immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children and here without permanent protection from deportation. “Dreams are the foundation of Hollywood and dreams are the foundation of America. And, so, to all the Dreamers out there, we stand with you,” Nanjiani said.

Later, Pixar’s colorful ode to Mexican culture “Coco” won best animated film as well as best song for “Remember Me.” Best foreign language film went to Chile’s “A Fantastic Woman,” Sebastian Lelio’s drama starring transgender actress Daniela Vega.

“The biggest thank you of all to the people of Mexico,” said director Lee Unkrich to loud applause. “Marginalized people deserve to feel like they belong. Representation matters.”

Netflix scored its first feature-film Oscar, with best documentary going to “Icarus,” Bryan Fogel’s investigation into doping in sports, aided by the assistance of Grigory Rodchenkov, the head of the Russian anti-doping laboratory who candidly discussed the doping scheme under Vladimir Putin. Fogel dedicated the award to Rodchenkov, “our fearless whistleblower who now lives in grave danger.”

The Winston Churchill drama “Darkest Hour” won for best makeup. The period romance “Phantom Thread” won for costume design.

The ceremony was the crescendo of one of Hollywood’s most turbulent awards seasons ever — one that saw cascading allegations of sexual harassment topple movie moguls, upended Oscar campaigns and new movements launched to improve gender equality throughout the industry.

No Golden Globes-style fashion protest was held by organizers of Time’s Up, the initiative begun by several hundred prominent women in entertainment to combat sexual harassment. Their goals go beyond red carpets, organizers said in the lead-up to the Oscars. “We did the dress code thing and now we’re doing the work,” said #MeToo founder Tarana Burke on the red carpet.

The parade of sexual harassment allegations has made the normal superficial red carpet a place of sometimes more serious discussion than attire. Scrutiny was falling Sunday on E! host Ryan Seacrest after his former stylist, Suzie Hardy, alleged sexual harassment against the red-carpet regular. Seacrest has denied it and E! has supported him. Best supporting actress Oscar nominee Mary J. Blige said Seacrest is “fighting for his life right now.”

It’s been an unusually lengthy — and often unpredictable — awards season, already an increasingly protracted horse race begun as most of the contenders bowed at film festivals last September. The Academy Awards were moved a week later this year because of the Olympics.

Twenty years ago, a “Titanic” sweep won record ratings for the Oscar broadcast. But ratings have recently been declining. Last year’s show drew 32.9 million viewers for ABC, a four per cent drop from the prior year. Even more worrisome was a slide in the key demographic of adults aged 18-49, whose viewership was down 14 per cent from 2016.

Movie attendance also hit a 24-year low in 2017. But this year is already off to a strong start, thanks largely to Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther,” which many analysts believe will play a prominent role at next year’s Oscars. In three weeks, it has already grossed about $500 million domestically. The film’s star, Chadwick Boseman, was placed front-and-centre, at the Dolby Theatre.

This year, the academy prohibited the PwC accountants who handle the envelopes from using cellphones or social media during the show. Neither of the PwC representatives involved in the mishap last year, Brian Cullinan or Martha Ruiz, will return to the show.

With just a few minutes before the show started, Kimmel and his team emerged from his dressing room chanting, “Let’s get it right this time!”