If there is one word to describe the 89th Annual Academy Awards, it would definitely be: unforgettable. The award show took place on February 26, 2017 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California.
There were so many highlights from this year’s renowned award show which had a blend of just about everything – from live performances, to politics, many incredible celebrities and movies being honored with awards, and of course, what has become the trending topic: the big mistake of announcing the wrong winner for the “Best Picture” category.
Here are our 10 top moments from the 2017 Academy Awards:
The “Best Picture” Mistake
The first thing you woke up to this morning definitely had to have been tons of articles, tweets, and social media posts about the shocking mistake that took place at last night’s Academy Awards. The “Best Picture” award, which is one of the biggest awards of the night and the grand finale of the award show, was presented by Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty who announced the winner of the “Best Picture” category as La La Land.
A few moments later, after many of the filmmakers had already started their acceptance speeches, they were notified that the actual winner is the film, Moonlight. Despite the rather confusing and jaw-dropping moment, La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz handled the situation so professionally by passing on the award to Moonlight filmmakers.
Viola Davis Winning “Best Supporting Actress”
Another trending topic of the night was when actress Viola Davis won the award for “Best Supporting Actress” for her movie, Fences. It is a well-deserved win for the profound actress who brings so much grace and talent to any project that she works on.
After winning the award, Viola Davis became the first black actress to win an Oscar, Emmy and a Tony. Her outstanding speech left everyone in awe as she said, “People ask me all the time, what kind of stories do you want to tell, Viola? And I say, exhume those bodies, exhume those stories, the stories of people who dreamed.”
Jimmy Kimmel As The Host
Jimmy Kimmel had a variety of ways of making this award show interesting and the talk of the town. He included a special segment that is featured on his show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! called “Mean Tweets,” this time, the Oscars version. The segment included Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and more. In addition, he also invited a Hollywood tour bus to bring tourists inside the Dolby Theater to see the Oscar Awards live in person. Needless to say, it was a memorable moment for all of those lucky individuals.
Denzel Washington “Married” A Couple
During the moment when tourists were brought into the Oscars, one couple had a very special surprise – the one and only Denzel Washington “marrying” the couple! Denzel Washington gave a quick, mock ceremony to “marry” the couple in front of all of the Oscar attendees (and viewers at home). In fact, Vicky, the fiancee in the couple, even got a kiss on the cheek from everyone’s celebrity crush, the remarkable, Ryan Gosling. It was certainly a night to remember!
Celebrities Wearing An A.C.L.U. Ribbon
One of the many greatest parts about an award show is the red carpet attires and chic fashion exhibited at the event. This year, many celebrities added something special to their red carpet ensemble, a blue ribbon to show their support towards the American Civil Liberties Union (A.C.L.U.) Celebrities including Lin-Manuel Miranda and his mother, model Karlie Kloss, and actress Ruth Negga all wore a blue ribbon to show solidarity and “Stand With the ACLU” to help protect human rights.
Justin Timberlake Photo-bombing On The Red Carpet
Justin Timberlake definitely had some fun at last night’s Oscar Awards. Prior to opening the Oscars with his exceptional performance of his hit song, “Can’t Stop The Feeling,” Justin Timberlake made his rounds on the red carpet photo-bombing people including his wife, Jessica Biel and even La La Land star, Emma Stone.
The Live Performances
The Academy Awards is certainly not complete without some extraordinary performances and last night was filled with just that – from Justin Timberlake’s opening number to John Legend making everyone fall in love with La La Land all over again with his performance of “City of Stars.” Another stellar performance was from the outstanding Auli’i Cravalho, who mesmerized everyone with her performance of “How Far I’ll Go.” Auli’i Cravalho is known for voicing the role of Moana in the hit Disney movie of the same name.
Mahershala Ali Making History
History was made in many ways at the Academy Awards. It’s always wonderful to see deserving actors, actresses, movies, and the many geniuses behind movies (from producers, sound mixers, filmmakers, and beyond) be recognized for their work. Actor Mahershala Ali was honored with the “Best Supporting Actor” award for his role in Moonlight. He is the first Muslim actor to ever win an Oscar award.
The Hidden Figures Cast Brings Katherine Johnson On Stage
There is no question as to why Hidden Figures has become such a success. It’s a phenomenal and inspiring movie that has touched the lives of many. The spectacular ladies of the movie, Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae, and Octavia Spencer had a brilliant moment bringing NASA’s Katherine Johnson on stage, one of the pioneering women that the movie is based on and who was played by Taraji P. Henson. Katherine Johnson has made such an awe-inspiring impact and was greeted with a standing ovation from all of the Oscars attendees.
Candy Coming Down From The Ceiling
Who said celebrities aren’t just like you and me when it comes to getting excited over candy? Bags that contained boxes of Red Vines and Junior Mints candies came flying down from the ceiling and the best part of it all was seeing how happy all of these celebrities were to see their sweet treat.
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