Oops – The story as seen from the Academy Awards press room
















What?! What’s going on? How could this happen? What went wrong? WOW! Oh my God!  The F-word flying in the air.

In such a wild lightning bolt of a moment minds explode with a jumble of reactions and parallel narratives. Nervous laughter, adrenaline driven shouts, everyone guessing at an explanation, asking each other for an urgent reality check.

Call outs of “Is this a first? What Oscar mistakes have there been over the years?”

Eyes turn to the TV screen as the craziness continues to play out on the air. How are these people going to handle this beyond-belief moment? Take a look!

A bizarre calamity – some froze and panicked, some did their job and sped to make things right. Protocol and set plans for mistakes – out the window. Anger and bewilderment dominate.

The show goes off the air with a charged mix of joy and bafflement.

The buzz escalates. “What took so long to fix the error? Who caused this mess-up?” – and typical of a room full of reporters to ask, “Is someone going to make a statement?”

I wondered to myself. How would I have responded? Getting a dream of Best Picture snatched away in front of the world has got to be an emotional tsunami

I can only hope I’d be equal to Jordan Horowitz, “La La Land” producer. His grace and poise and out and out goodness superseded what had to be a thud of a let-down.

To quote Stephanie Merry and Lindsay Bever from The Washington Post:

“Amid the confusion, there was one person willing to take charge and explain, even though he had just given an acceptance speech for a career-defining award he did not actually win.

Horowitz marched up to the microphone to make an announcement.

“‘Moonlight won,” he declared.

“Guys, guys, I’m sorry. No. There’s a mistake,” Horowitz added. “‘Moonlight,’ you guys won best picture.”

“This is not a joke,” he continued.

“Come up here,” he commanded, motioning for the “Moonlight” team to come to the stage and collect the top Oscar that Horowitz briefly thought his film had just won.

While the people in the audience were gasping with surprise, Horowitz — as if to assure them this wasn’t fake news — held up the card just pulled from the correct award envelope, so that the cameras could zoom in.

“I’m going to be really thrilled to hand this to my friends from ‘Moonlight,’” he said.

Horowitz wasn’t just a gracious loser; he became the closest thing the Oscars can get to a folk hero.”

Ruth Negga Sees Herself in ‘Loving’

Ruth Negga, a lovely surprise in the Best Actress category, is the child of a mixed race couple. To her, ‘Loving’ is a story that is “quintessentially American.”

Rocky Carroll’s Toughest Actor to Direct? Mark Harmon!

Rocky Carroll and Mark Harmon NCIS

Rocky Carroll is having fun on NCIS, the most watched show on TV. He’s looking forward to a guest appearance on an episode of NCIS: New Orleans both for the opportunity to play his character with a different cast and to feast on some great food in The Big Easy.
But even more delicious – he’s continuing to direct episodes of NCIS and Rocky told me that one of the show’s stars won’t stop giving him grief!
Rocky: Mark Harmon, who is my biggest supporter and probably one of the main reasons I’ve been allowed to direct but I have to say that he has a lot of fun while I’m in the director’s chair.
Jeanne: Oh come on! Give me an example.
RC: He’s a real prankster, a real pain in the ass when I’m directing and he enjoys it. He loves to see me squirm. Let’s just put it that way. Any chance he can get to make me squirm in the chair, he’ll do it. He’s great though. Everybody is. They’re terrific.
JW: I’m sure everyone stands behind you as a director.
RC: It doesn’t hurt to have been on the show for nine seasons and to have that kind of camaraderie. I tell people that being a director is like being the royal wedding planner. You don’t realize how many details go into making an episode and the questions are nonstop. As an actor, you show up and go to makeup then your trailer until they call you to set. The director is just nonstop.
JW: So many actors have said to me that when they directed it made them such a better actor.
RC: It is true. I think every actor should have to do it. It’s like being in the Israeli army. You should have to do it for at least one year. I promise that you’ll never be late to set. When they ask you to go into hair and makeup, you’ll go. As a director, you have to wait for everyone to get ready and when you’re an actor, you don’t realize. When you’re the director, it changes everything.
You can see Rocky’s NCIS episode, Off the Grid, tonight on CBS at 8pm!