89th Academy Awards


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Last night, this year’s movie awards season concluded at the 89th Academy Awards. The ceremony opened with a burst of energy with Justin Timberlake singing his Oscar-nominated and catchy hit “Can’t Stop the Feeling”. Host Jimmy Kimmel carried the momentum along with good natured jokes about the attendees (including initiating a sympathy standing ovation for Meryl Streep, a “lackluster actress”), pre-taped gags (nominees reading mean tweets about themselves), and tiny parachutes carrying snacks and candy periodically falling from the ceiling.

The funniest segment of the telecast came when Kimmel surprised a group of tourists on a Hollywood tour bus by bringing them into the theater, walking them along the front row, and introducing them to the A-list celebrities. I think we all wanted to be Gary from Chicago as he met Denzel Washington and took a selfie with Mahershala Ali’s brand new Oscar.

The biggest surprise of the night came at the end of the telecast when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, who were there to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bonnie & Clyde, came out to announce the Best Picture winner. After opening the envelope and stalling for a minute, they announced La La Land as the big winner of the night.

But while the La La Land producers were giving their speeches, it became obvious from all of the activity on the stage that something was wrong. As Beatty and Dunaway were announcing La La Land’s win, it was discovered that they had actually been handed a second envelope for Best Actress, and had announced the wrong winner. In a shocking twist, Jordan Horowitz, one of the La La Land producers took the microphone and said, “There’s a mistake. Moonlight, you guys won best picture.”

After assurances that this was not a joke, the Moonlight contingency came on stage to accept their award. Producers from both movies were gracious during the handover of awards, but the mistake cast an immediate shadow over what should have been a moment of great joy. Both Moonlight and La La Land were deserving of the win, but only one movie could walk away with the Best Picture title. In the end, viewers at home and in the Dolby Theater were left wondering how such a colossal mistake was made at such a crucial moment of the awards ceremony.


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If you missed the Academy Awards last night, or just couldn’t stay up late enough to catch the last speeches, you’re in luck! The Oscars website has video of the acceptance speeches, Kimmel’s opening monologue, the tour bus segment, the musical performances, and the In Memoriam accompanied by Sara Bareilles singing “Both Sides Now”. (Jennifer Aniston, who became choked up while acknowledging the death this weekend of beloved actor Bill Paxton, announced the In Memoriam.)

All told, it was an entertaining (and sometimes shocking!) ceremony that celebrated what Hollywood does best: entertain.

Picture: Moonlight
Director
: Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Actor
: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Actress
 : Emma Stone,  La La Land
Supporting Actor
: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Supporting Actress
: Viola Davis, Fences
Documentary Feature
: O.J.: Made in America
Foreign Language Film
: The Salesman (Iran)
Animated Feature Film: Zootopia
Song
: “City of Stars” from La La Land, Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul
Score: Justin Hurwitz, La La Land
Original Screenplay
: Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Adapted Screenplay
: Barry Jenkins & Tarell Alvin McCraney, Moonlight

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