The Oscars that left you amused, inspired and… confused?


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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Historic wins, unforgettable mess-ups, relentless roasting, moving speeches, snacks and… tourists? This year’s Oscars brought it all, and then some. In case you weren’t able to tune in to the award show Sunday night, here are some of the highlights.

 

Jimmy Kimmel started off the night with a great monologue that included a strong political statement about how to truly make America great again, a tip of the hat to Meryl Streep and a slew of roasting towards Mel Gibson, Denzel Washington and, of course, Matt Damon. Perhaps the most memorable moment of Kimmel’s fueling of the fake feud between the two friends was when he made the orchestra play Damon off the stage while he was presenting an award.

 

In tradition with previous years, the nominees for best original song were performed throughout the night before the winner was announced. Lin-Manuel Miranda and Auli’I Cravalho spiced it up a bit this year, Miranda started out the performance of “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana with a new prologue to the song, rapped over an orchestral piece, before he handed over the stage to 16-year old Cravalho. The young performer was accompanied by a group of dancers elegantly waving dazzling blue flags behind her, creating an overall mesmerizing performance.

 

Kimmel had some big shoes to fill after Ellen Degeneres ordered pizza a few years ago, and so he decided to take a different approach: snacks falling from the sky. Throughout the night, the host had candy, cookies and donuts parachuted down from the ceiling in little white bags to the Oscar attendees.

 

Speaking of Oscar-host shenanigans, Kimmel also mixed things up by doing something completely different. He tricked the passengers of a tour bus by bringing them into Dolby Theater without their knowledge. Success or not is still up for debate, but nonetheless, it was still entertaining to watch an engaged couple get “married” by Denzel Washington.

 

This year’s winners also provided us with some wonderfully moving speeches. Viola Davis, who won Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Fences,” gave a beautiful ode to the art of storytelling, stating, “I became an artist, and thank God I did, because we are the only profession to celebrate what it means to live a life.” Amongst other great speeches that tackled discrimination head on, Anousheh Ansari gave the acceptance speech for Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who did not only not attend out of protest to recent political events, but also won for the film “The Salesman.” She read a powerful statement from Farhadi, “Filmmakers can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions. They create empathy between us and others. An empathy which we need today more than ever.”

 

And of course, we can’t forget what might be the most unforgettable mishap in award show history. After being handed the wrong envelope, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced “La La Land” as the winner for Best Picture. It took about two minutes into their acceptance speech for the producers to fix the error. “Moonlight,” a movie following the life of a young, gay, black man, was the real winner of Best Picture, and after being reassured that it was, in fact, not a joke, the cast and crew came up and claimed their well-deserved spotlight. The “La La Land” crew gracefully handed over the award, with producer Jordan Horowitz stating, “I’m going to be really proud to hand this over to my friends from Moonlight.”

 

At the end of the day, Emma Stone  won her first Oscar, “Zootopia” won Best Animated Feature, “Suicide Squad” somehow walked away with an award for makeup, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” won for Best Costume Design and “La La Land” ended up with an impressive six Oscars.

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