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Tue Feb 28 09:06:42 EST 2017

Bella Thorne is remembering her childhood on-screen dad Bill Paxton.

On Monday, 19-year-old took to Instagram to share a loving tribute to the actor who died over the weekend due to complications from surgery. He was 61.

“Oh my goodness… I don’t even know what to say thank you bill for being such a good tv dad to me and spreading love on every set you work on..my thoughts and prayers go out to your family. We love you,” the actress wrote.

She also took to Twitter to share her shock of the late actor’s passing.

Thorne played one of Paxton’s TV daughters, Tancy “Teeny” Henrickson, in the HBO hit series Big Love.

“Noooooo #BillPaxton f— ,” she tweeted. “I love you man.”

On Sunday, another one of Paxton’s Big Love costars, Ginnifer Goodwin, mourned the loss of his death while attending the 2017Academy Awards just hours after learning about his death.

“It was hard to come here, it felt wrong to come and celebrate anything,” Goodwin told PEOPLE Deputy Editor JD Heyman on the Oscars red carpet on Sunday. “But Josh reminded me that Bill loved all things Hollywood history and he would want you to be here.”


Tue Feb 28 09:04:00 EST 2017

Emma Stone looked like the Best Actress winner the second she stepped onto the red carpet at the Oscars. The La La Land star embodied a silver screen siren, appropriately paying tribute to her musical all about the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, in a custom Givenchy Haute Couture gown that took a jaw-dropping 1,700 hours to create.

Stone’s stylist Petra Flannery tells PEOPLE that it took a village to create the golden girl look designed by Riccardo Tisci, his last couture dress for the Givenchy house before departing earlier this month.

“The entire dress was hand beaded onto lace,” she says. “It took over 1,700 hours and a team of 11 from the Givenchy Atelier. It’s a beaded wonder. When you see it up close it’s a marvel of various golden colors, shapes and sizes.”

Flannery shares that the actress was on-board with the design as soon as she saw the sketches.

“The beaded fringe was the clincher,” she says.

Although Stone initially imagined the dress in silver, the way gold complemented her hair color and skin was too good to pass up.

“During a trip to Paris earlier in the year we saw the beading samples and we selected the beautiful gold, amber and crystal colors,” Flannery reveals.

RELATED VIDEO: Emma Stone Reveals Her Favorite Movie Moment of All Time

Stone’s red carpet style game has been on point this entire awards season, from her ethereal Valentino Haute Couture gown adorned with stars at the Golden Globe Awards to the whimsical lily pad-embroidered Alexander McQueen dress she wore to the Screen Actors Guild Awards. However, the gold Givenchy gown saved for Oscars night was directly influenced by Stone’s musical.

“I was very inspired by La La Land,” says Flannery. “The element of dancing, movement and Hollywood glamour definitely got to me. Both Emma and I wanted to capture this feeling in the dress. ”

Plus, the stylist shared some fun fashion trivia on her Instagram: Stone is the first actress since Audrey Hepburn to win an Oscar wearing Givenchy. (Hepburn picked up the Best Actress award in 1954 for Roman Holiday!) Not a bad club to be part of!


Tue Feb 28 08:29:29 EST 2017

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs was just as confused as everyone else when La La Land was mistakenly named Best Picture at the Oscars and chaos — all being televised on live TV — broke out on stage.

“Horror,” she told The New Yorker of her reaction in the immediate aftermath of the blunder. “I just thought, What? What? I looked out and I saw a member of Pricewaterhouse coming on the stage, and I was, like, Oh, no, what—what’s happening? What what WHAT? What could possibly . . . ? And then I just thought, Oh, my God, how does this happen? How. Does. This. Happen. And it was such a wonderful show.”

After PricewaterhouseCoopers has taken “full responsibility” for the errors that led to La La Land mistakenly being named Best Picture at the Oscars on Sunday night, the Academy has also released a statement apologizing for the mix-up and reviewing what action to take as it investigates the night and its relationship with PricewaterhouseCoopers, the worldwide accounting firm that has handled the Oscars balloting for 83 years.

“We deeply regret the mistakes that were made during the presentation of the Best Picture category during last night’s Oscar ceremony,” the Academy said in a statement. “We apologize to the entire cast and crew of La La Land and Moonlight whose experience was profoundly altered by this error. We salute the tremendous grace they displayed under the circumstances. To all involved — including our presenters  Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, the filmmakers, and our fans watching worldwide — we apologize.”

The statement continued, “For the last 83 years, the Academy has entrusted PwC to handle the critical tabulation process, including the accurate delivery of results. PwC has taken full responsibility for the breaches of established protocols that took place during the ceremony. We have spent last night and today investigating the circumstances, and will determine what actions are appropriate going forward. We are unwaveringly committed to upholding the integrity of the Oscars and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.”

In a statement released to PEOPLE Monday, the accounting firm admitted the mistake stemmed from PwC partner Brian Cullinan, one of the two representatives tasked with calculating and memorizing the night’s winners then giving out the sealed envelopes at the ceremony, mistakenly handed the back-up envelope for Actress in a Leading Role instead of the envelope for Best Picture to the presenters.

PwC also said that Cullinan and his associate, Martha Ruiz, did not follow protocol for correcting the error “quickly enough.” They only appeared onstage after multiple La La Land creators gave speeches – more than two minutes after La La Land was incorrectly named the winner.

Ahead of the show, both Ruiz and Cullinan seemed assured that no mistake of that kind would be made.

Cullinan told the Huffington Post before the ceremony that if a wrong winner were to be called, “We would make sure that the correct person was known very quickly. Whether that entails stopping the show, us walking onstage, us signaling to the stage manager — that’s really a game-time decision, if something like that were to happen. ”

He added, “Again, it’s so unlikely.”

The pair told the outlet that they check each other “multiple times,” so that when they’re handing off the envelopes “we’re very confident they’re getting the right envelopes and the contents in them are accurate.”



NEW YORK (AP) — "Biggest Loser" host Bob Harper says he's "feeling better" and "taking it easy" two weeks after suffering a heart attack.

STUART, Fla. (AP) — An unaired interview Dr. Phil McGraw had with a Florida college student accused of randomly killing a couple and chewing on the dead man's face is expected to be released.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is apologizing to the cast and crews of the films "La La Land" and "Moonlight" for the mistaken announcement of the best picture winner during Sunday night's Oscars award ceremony.

MIAMI (AP) — Oscar winning film "Moonlight" presents a view of Miami that never shows up in a tourism video. Far from the sun and glamour of South Beach or the artists and hipsters of Wynwood, it shows predominantly black communities, truly known by few outside the people who live there.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Harvard University thinks Rihanna shines bright like a diamond when it comes to philanthropy. The Grammy Award-winning singer is being honored Tuesday as Harvard's 2017 Humanitarian of the Year.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel shared his perspective on the show's best-picture gaffe during his Monday monologue on "Jimmy Kimmel Live !" "As I'm sure you've at least heard, 'La La Land' was simultaneously somehow the biggest winner and loser last night," Kimmel said.

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly says he could have been clearer about a man who appeared on his show last week billed as a Swedish national security adviser.

NEW YORK (AP) — A British songwriter and guitarist is claiming that rock band U2 and lead singer Bono stole one of his songs for their 1991 album "Achtung Baby."

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The accounting firm responsible for the integrity of the Academy Awards said Monday that its staffers did not move quickly enough to correct the biggest error in Oscars history — the mistaken announcement of the best picture winner.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the fallout from the mistaken announcement of the best picture winner at Sunday's Academy Awards (all times local): 6:40 p.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A look at how the Academy Awards' winners envelopes are handled before being opened live onstage: — The consulting firm PwC, formerly Price Waterhouse Coopers, tabulates the winners based on ballots cast by the academy's 6,687 voting members.

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — 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 because of worldwide media reports that the actor's lawyers say brand him a "serial rapist."

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comedian Jordan Peele's directorial debut, "Get Out," did even better in its first weekend in theaters than initially projected.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma-based author Jay Cronley, whose books were made into movies starring some of Hollywood's most notable funnymen, has died at age 73.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is giving Sunday's Academy Awards two thumbs down, calling the botched ending "sad." The president said in an interview with Breitbart News on Monday that the Academy Awards "focused so hard on politics that they didn't get the act together at the end."

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Yes, the Great Mistake of Oscars 2017 made history in all the wrong kinds of ways. But a day later, advocacy groups and others overjoyed by the Cinderella win of "Moonlight" were saying, let's forget the snafu and move on — because "Moonlight" made history in all the right kinds of ways.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — 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.

NEW YORK (AP) — 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.

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.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The car in which rapper Tupac Shakur was fatally shot is for sale, with an asking price of $1.5 million. California memorabilia dealer Moments in Time has listed the 1996 BMW 750iL that once belonged to Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight on its website .

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

NEW YORK (AP) — 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.