Morning Media Newsfeed: Birdman Nabs Best Picture | O’Reilly Responds to Critics

Birdman takes top Oscar prize. Bill O'Reilly fires back at critics. These stories and more in today's Morning Media Newsfeed

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Birdman Wins Best Picture, Director at Politically Charged Oscars (Variety)
Politics took center stage at the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday, as winners and presenters used the widely watched telecast to draw attention to everything from civil rights to whistleblowing. It was also a very good night for Birdman, which beat out its chief competitor Boyhood for best picture, director, original screenplay and cinematography honors. HuffPost Alejandro González Iñárritu’s tale of a washed-up actor’s attempt to stage a career renaissance previously won top prizes from the Screen Actors Guild, Directors Guild of America and Producers Guild of America. CBS News / AP All eight of the best-picture nominees took awards at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday: Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel for its hand-made craft; Whiplash for its pulsating pacing and J.K. Simmons’ drill-sergeant jazz instructor; The Imitation Game for adapted screenplay; Boyhood for Patricia Arquette’s moving mother; The Theory of Everything for its leading actor Eddie Redmayne; American Sniper for its war film sound editing; and Selma for Common and John Legend’s best song. TVNewser Neil Patrick Harris hosted the ceremony on ABC, but even TV newsers got in on the action. Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live From The Red Carpet aired at 7 p.m. ET on ABC, hosted by Robin Roberts, Lara Spencer and Michael Strahan. ABC’s Good Morning America has all five anchors live from Los Angeles on Monday to recap the night. Meanwhile, CNN went all out, with Don Lemon and Michaela Periera co-hosting the network’s 90-minute pre-Oscars red carpet special Sunday. Over on Fox News Channel, entertainment correspondent Michael Tammero worked the red carpet. On Monday, CBS This Morning has Nancy O’Dell from Entertainment Tonight breaking down the highlights of the event. SocialTimes Facebook created a Trending Oscars experience for users looking to join the conversation. Facebook also teamed up with ABC Entertainment, allowing fans to ask nominees questions via the Facebook page for GMA, as well as incorporating real-time Facebook data on the most-buzzed-about nominees into the television network’s red-carpet broadcast. The Verge So I’m watching the Oscars on the Internet with my colleague Lizzie Plaugic and suddenly The Social Network starts playing. From the beginning. It appears ABC may also have forced some Oscars viewers to watch Jeopardy.

Bill O’Reilly on ‘Kill Zone’ Remark: ‘Simply A Slang Expression’ (TVNewser)
Bill O’Reilly explained a remark he made to TVNewser Thursday night, in which he says Mother Jones’ David Corn belongs “in the kill zone” for his critical piece on the Fox News host. O’Reilly said the phrase “is simply a slang expression.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media On Thursday, Corn published a report alleging that O’Reilly had lied about his experiences covering the Falklands War for CBS News in 1982. FishbowlDC Corn has been firing back at the Fox News host on Twitter ever since, attacking O’Reilly for spinning the story and name-calling. TVNewser Corn’s editors at Mother Jones emailed Fox News executives, asking that O’Reilly renounce the comment and apologize. TVNewser Two one-time CBS News colleagues battled it out on the two cable news media affairs programs Friday morning. In one corner, O’Reilly on Fox News’s MediaBuzz defending his coverage more than 30 years ago in Argentina when he was with CBS News. In the other corner, another former CBS News correspondent, Eric Engberg, on CNN’s Reliable Sources shooting down O’Reilly’s about his coverage. A fiery O’Reilly called in to MediaBuzz, taking a shot at Engberg’s work ethic: “His nickname was room service Eric… he never left the hotel,” O’Reilly said. Mediaite The Fox host accused Corn of being politically and personally motived to make such attacks. “Why does he have credibility anywhere?” O’Reilly shouted. “Why would CNN or anybody else taking anything he says seriously?”