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February 27, 2017 10:20 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — For 82 years, accounting and consulting firm PwC has enjoyed a reputational boon from handling the balloting process at the Academy Awards.

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Mon Feb 27 10:42:39 EST 2017


The biggest flub in Oscars history happened Sunday night — so how did the partygoers inside Lionsgate’s official La La Land Oscar viewing party react to the movie being mistakenly announced as best picture?

Much like the crowd inside the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center, first there was celebration: The whole room at the Lionsgate party jumped up and cheered when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway first announced La La Land as the winner.

When it was revealed just seconds later that Moonlight actually won the award, the room was suddenly filled with shocked gasps. The disastrous flub truly became the talk of the night, with many partygoers in disbelief at what had happened.

And that wasn’t the only star-studded party where guests were stunned: At the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s viewing party and fundraiser in West Hollywood, the room erupted with applause when La La Land was believed to have won, followed swiftly by utter confusion. The room then fell into stunned silence as the Moonlight team took the stage to deliver their own acceptance speech.

Immediately after the snafu, Elton John took the stage and quipped: “Wow! Thank f— we didn’t have Warren Beatty do the auction.”

Check out PEOPLE’s full 2017 Academy Awards coverage and complete winners list!

Despite the fiasco, the crowd at the Lionsgate bash still enjoyed the evening. Presented by Bulleit Frontier Whiskey and held at Soho House West Hollywood, guests made the most of a La La Land-themed photo booth and a buffet of seafood, salad, veggies, cheese and crackers. Cookies and red velvet cupcakes were served for dessert, and Lionsgate movie trailers played on screens throughout the evening.

La La Land star Emma Stone, who won her first Academy Award for leading the cast of the Damien Chazelle modern musical, arrived at the party at around 12:30 a.m., sporting her ACLU ribbon pinned to a black blazer embellished with pearls.

When she was brought into the main party room, an emotional Stone, 28, embraced Chazelle, 32, and the two chatted while partygoers stopped to congratulate them. The actress took a few more photos with cast and crew members before leaving the party at around 12:40 a.m., Oscar in hand.

Chazelle, who took home the best director award for the film, also embraced with producer Jordan Horowitz. Chazelle was in good spirits despite the upset and was accompanied by his girlfriend Olivia Hamilton.

Also in attendance was Glee star Darren Criss, who posed with La La Land lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

RELATED VIDEO: Oscars 2017 Full Fashion Recap

Other partygoers included Vince Vaughn, Katharine McPhee and Mel Gibson.

Hacksaw Ridge director Gibson was accompanied by his girlfriend Rosalind Ross. The couple stood by their table for most of the evening, chatting and laughing with other guests, and Gibson was all smiles as he posed with Hacksaw Ridge producer Terry Benedict.

And at the end of the day, both La La Land and Moonlight handled the situation gracefully.

“I wanted to make sure that the right thing was done,” said La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz — who was the one to actually reveal the mix-up on stage Sunday — during a phone interview with Good Morning America on Monday morning.

“At that point, it was not about me,” added the filmmaker. “It was about making sure that Moonlight got the recognition it really deserves. Those guys are my friends and I wanted to make sure they had their moment.”

Mon Feb 27 10:42:28 EST 2017

While the Oscars red carpet is one of the biggest fashion events of the year, right up there with the Met Gala in terms of maximum couture per square footage, the major fashions of the evening don’t come to an end once the Best Picture winner is called (or in this year’s case, called and then recalled). Because after the ceremony is a slew of A-list after parties which require a second drop-dead gorgeous gown all unto itself, and for many who weren’t able to attend the main award show itself, it’s a chance to demonstrate their black tie prowess for the very first time.

At this point in her career, Emma Stone is a red carpet natural, wearing two very socially conscious dresses. The Best Actress-winner accepted her award wearing a gold, flapper-esque Givenchy Haute Couture gown and a very subtle Planned Parenthood pin before changing into a very on-trend white silk slip dress and a pearl-studded blazer pinned with a blue ACLU ribbon.

Janelle Monáe, on the other hand, kept her full ball gown glamour going all night long, beginning with an Elie Saab Couture gown with a sheer and sequin-embellished bodice and a full tulle skirt. For the Vanity Fair after party she kept the silhouette the same, but opted for a little less sparkle with just some simple gold embellishment along the waist and skirt slit in this Alexandre Vauthier Couture dress.

RELATED PHOTOS: The Oscars Weekend Dresses You Didn’t See – but Can’t Miss

While Kate Bosworth didn’t attend the Oscars, her after party look was pure Grace Kelly. The actress opted for a sage J. Mendel tulle dress cinched at the waist with a black band before exploding into a full skirt and finished off a diamond choker, a slicked back low bun, and a swipe of deep burgundy lipstick.

Naomie Harris ditched her super modern Calvin Klein by Raf Simons gown and mismatched yellow shoes to hit the after party circuit, keeping with her all-white color scheme but going for something much more traditional in a pleated one-shoulder Grecian gown.

RELATED PHOTOS: The Best Dresses at the Oscars – According to Our Editors

Zoë Kravitz went Old Hollywood with some platinum blonde pin curls, classic red lipstick and a simple black gown that showed off just the right amount of skin.

RELATED PHOTOS: Carat Queens! The Most Jaw-Dropping Jewels on the Oscars Red Carpet

Meanwhile, Gabrielle Union was pioneering black tie swimwear in this half gown, half bikini from Jean Paul Gaultier.

RELATED PHOTOS: The Most Memorable Trends on the Oscars Red Carpet

And Mariah Carey finally got to put her couture wardrobe and safe full of multi-million dollar jewels to good use, attending the after party in an animal print Philipp Plein gown with a ton of cleavage, a ton of leg, and even more carats.

But there are plenty of more gorgeous after party gowns where these came from. If you love these, make sure to check out every single post-Oscars outfit change here.

What do you think of these celebs after party looks?


Mon Feb 27 10:28:16 EST 2017


From Oscar winners to… underwear models?

Hot off a night of big wins—the cast of Moonlight took home Best Picture after a dramatic mistake on stage and Mahershala Ali was awarded the Best Supporting Actor Oscar—the leading lads have just scored a big campaign with Calvin Klein, just announced on the brand’s Instagram and website.

Trevante Rhodes, 27, Ashton Sanders, 21, and Alex R.Hibbert, 12, each played the lead character Chiron in different stages of his life, and star in the ads along with Ali. The three actors wore Calvin Klein suits to the Oscars, as did nominated costar Naomie Harris.

This series of nine photos, shot by Willy Vandeperre, marks the second major campaign (the first starred Millie Bobby Brown) for designer Raf Simons, the brand’s new creative director, who started in August. He debuted his first collection with the brand during men’s fashion week in January and launched his first full collection (which included both men’s and women’s looks) with a star-studded show during New York Fashion Week in February.

RELATED PHOTOS: The Best-Dressed Stars of the Night!

Calvin Klein has long featured celebrities in its underwear ads—Justin Bieber, Kendall JennerZoë Kravitz and more have rocked the brand’s signature skivvies—but featuring the cast from a feature film is unprecedented. To see all the photos, click here.

Even though all the actors seem totally at ease in front of the camera (even in their skivvies!) Ali doesn’t exactly consider himself a sex symbol, and laughs off his newfound heartthrob status. “However I can get a supporter, I’ll take it,” he told PEOPLE with a laugh back in November 2016. “I hope they always respond to the work, and then maybe a muscle or two can support the work. I’m flattered and appreciative, for sure.”

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby is back in a Pennsylvania courtroom as his legal team asks a judge to bring in outside jurors for his criminal sex assault trial.

LONDON (AP) — Britain's problem-plagued inquiry into child sex abuse has finally gotten under way, years after it was organized amid revelations that entertainers, clergy and senior politicians were involved in abuse.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The best picture mix-up apparently wasn't the only gaffe at Sunday night's Academy Awards. An Australian film producer says she's "alive and well" despite her photo's inclusion in the "In Memoriam" tribute at the Oscars.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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.

LONDON (AP) — Neil Fingleton, a 7-foot 7-inch actor who played the giant Mag the Mighty in "Game of Thrones" has died at 36. The Tall Persons Club says Fingleton, who was Britain's tallest man, died Saturday.

BEIRUT (AP) — 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.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians on Monday cheered the choice of one of their own for the best foreign film Oscar, lauding director Asghar Farhadi's boycott of the Hollywood ceremony for his film "The Salesman" as an act of defiance against the Trump administration.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Academy Awards after parties are always swanky and star-studded. But this year, even disparate celebrations had a conversation topic in common: The best-picture gaffe that saw Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway award the night's top prize to "La La Land," only to correct themselves and present it to "Moonlight."

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was one of the most awkward moments in the history of the Oscars, of television, in entertainment, heck maybe in American history.

Let's hope they all just went out and had a stiff drink together and laughed about it. As for us, forget everything that came before it — the political barbs and the calls for inclusiveness, the emotional crescendos and the floating cookies.

If it were in the screenplay of a Hollywood drama — 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.

NEW YORK (AP) — 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.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Viola Davis needs to make room in her trophy case. On Sunday she won the best supporting actress Oscar for "Fences," a role she originated in a Broadway revival seven years ago for which she won a Tony Award.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Emma Stone sang and danced her way to a best-actress Oscar for "La La Land," elevating the once struggling actress with roots in community theater to the heights of Hollywood.

And the red carpet goes to ... the women in red, for one, with equal accolades for shiny and shimmery gold worthy of the Oscars, this and all years.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the 89th Academy Awards (all times local): 9:15 p.m. The coming-of-age drama "Moonlight" is the winner of the best picture Academy Award.

List of winners for the 89th annual Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Best Picture: "Moonlight."

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Politics continued to pervade the Academy Awards Sunday as the 40-minute Netflix documentary "The White Helmets" took the best documentary short award.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An unsuspecting group of tourists got a trip right into the heart of Hollywood Sunday night that included kisses from Denzel Washington, selfies with Ryan Gosling and a chance to rub a newly won gold statuette called Oscar.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disney's witty and relevant "Zootopia," the box-office smash tale of a rural rabbit and a big-city fox who team up to investigate a string of animal disappearances, won the Oscar for best animated feature on Sunday.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kevin O'Connell finally has reason to celebrate at the Oscars. The sound re-recording engineer snapped an 0 for 20 skid on Sunday night, winning for sound mixing on "Hacksaw Ridge" with his 21st nomination.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ezra Edelman's nearly eight hour meditation on O.J. Simpson and the culture of race relations in the United States "O.J.: Made in America" emerged as the winner of an unusually strong and even thematically similar best documentary category.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — She said only "thank you," but it was one of the more moving moments of Sunday's Oscars ceremony. Katherine Johnson, 98, the former NASA mathematician played by Taraji P.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mahershala Ali is celebrating two little new ones. Ali won the best supporting actor Oscar for "Moonlight" at Sunday's ceremony.