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Oscars get 32.9 million viewers, lowest rating since 2008

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 1:34pm

The 32.9 million viewers tuning into Sunday's Academy Awards represented a drop-off of more than a million from last year and Oscar's smallest audience since 2008.

In Pittsburgh, 'Fences' and August Wilson's Hill District

Beth J. Harpaz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 1:24pm

Fans of "Fences" may be disappointed that the film won just one of its four Oscar nominations. But a pilgrimage to playwright August Wilson's hometown, Pittsburgh, might offer some consolation.

A peek at off-camera happenings at the Academy Awards

Sandy Cohen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 1:08pm

While the whole of Oscar night was eclipsed by the unprecedented best-picture flub at the show's conclusion, the Academy Awards is a starry celebration onscreen and off. For every memorable moment during the telecast, countless others occur away from the camera's eye in the wings of the Dolby Theatre stage.

Sequestered jury from outside area to decide Bill Cosby case

Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 1:05pm

A sequestered jury from an outside county will decide the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby, a suburban Philadelphia judge ruled Monday, rejecting a defense request to move the trial itself because of worldwide media reports that the actor's lawyers say brand him a "serial rapist."

Oscar envelopes explained: How presenters get winning names

Sandy Cohen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 1:00pm

A look at how the Academy Awards' winners envelopes are handled before being opened live onstage:

Oscar-winning Syrian group hopes award will stop 'massacres'

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 12:26pm

A young volunteer in the Syrian search-and-rescue group featured in an Academy Award-winning documentary said Monday he hopes the award will help stop "massacres" in his country, and described a U.S. decision to block him from traveling to Los Angeles for the Oscars as "America's loss."

Is that a joke? Oscar mix-up leads to funny memes, tweets

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 11:56am

The best picture Oscar blunder prompted snickering from Ryan Gosling and a cascade of politically tinged jokes on Twitter, with some even declaring Hillary Clinton the winner.

Ready for a new arena in life? Rome's Colosseum seeks a boss

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 11:54am

The Colosseum, Rome's ancient arena, is looking for a new boss.

Nazi's son returns art that his family looted in Poland

Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 11:46am

The son of a Nazi official has returned three artworks that his family had looted from the southern Polish city of Krakow during World War II.

Serial burglar guilty of costly raid at Simon Cowell's home

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 11:07am

A habitual burglar has been found guilty of stealing nearly 1 million pounds ($1.25 million) of jewelry from the home of entertainment mogul Simon Cowell.

Ursula K. Le Guin, Ann Patchett voted into arts academy

Hillel Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 10:46am

Not even an honorary National Book Award kept Ursula K. Le Guin from being surprised by her latest tribute: membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Oscars flap eclipses 'Moonlight' win, but civility reigns

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 9:57am

The 89th Academy Awards got off on the right foot, with a song and dance, but ended with the most stunning mistake ever to befall the esteemed awards show when the best picture Oscar was presented to the wrong movie. Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, holding an incorrect envelope, wrongly presented the top prize to "La La Land" instead of "Moonlight."

Lauryn Hill delays makeup concert for show that started late

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 9:16am

Singer-rapper Lauryn Hill has postponed a Pittsburgh concert that was scheduled to make up for one last month that started more than three hours late.

Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, more to honor Merle Haggard

Kristin M. Hall, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 8:05am

The late country star Merle Haggard will be honored a year after his death with an all-star concert featuring his longtime friend and duet partner Willie Nelson as well as Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, John Mellencamp and more.

Bankruptcy fraud sentencing for 'Dance Moms' star now May 8

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 5:28am

The federal court sentencing for "Dance Moms" reality TV star Abby Lee Miller will continue before a federal court judge in Pittsburgh on May 8.

Oops, our bad: 'Moonlight' really won in major mess-up

Sandy Cohen and Andrew Dalton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 1:47am

It was one of the most awkward moments in the history of the Oscars, of television, in entertainment, heck maybe in American history.

Here's what happened onstage during the Oscars' mistake

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 12:59am

or maybe farce — directors would surely reject it. But let's set the scene anyway for the Academy Awards drama over what film did, and didn't, win the Oscar for best picture on Sunday night.

Review: What happened? Oscar host Kimmel was unflappable

Frazier Moore, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 12:07am

True, Jimmy Kimmel can't bring together a divided country. But for a few hours Sunday as host of the Oscars, he helped all within earshot laugh more than a little at the nation's current discord.

Iran's Farhadi, absent at Oscars, pleads for empathy in win

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 11:49pm

A political context larger than that of films themselves swept Iran's "The Salesman" into the limelight and effectively solidified its win in the best foreign language category at the Oscars on Sunday. Iranian astronaut Anousheh Ansari accepted the award on behalf of director Asghar Farhadi, who was absent from the ceremony in protest of Donald Trump's travel ban.

Viola Davis wins supporting actress Oscar for 'Fences'

Beth Harris, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 11:21pm

Viola Davis needs to make room in her trophy case.