The 89th Academy Awards, one of the most awaited award shows of the year has come to an end. Watching the Oscars as the awards are popularly called are a pain as it usually premiers live on a Monday morning that too at 5.30 or 6 am. We are generally sleeping or rushing off to offices or bundling up our kids for school. Watching the show live in all its glitzy glamour is a near impossible thing and ruefully we all have to wait for the repeat telecast at night by which the suspense is over and so is the excitement.
This year’s Academy Awards was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and he did a superb job in keeping the excitement level at par with Ellen Degeneres’s stint in 2014. He cracked quite a few jokes, without sounding rude or grotesque. This year’s Oscars will be remembered for many things, one among them would be the number of Black people who got nominated. The previous Academy Awards have been labeled racist and partial but this year the Academy nominated many people of coloured origins and stuck to the diktat that if they deserved then they will get a nomination. Mahershala Ali, Viola Davis, Denzel Washington all scooped up nominations for their performances. Casey Affleck who is embroiled in a sexual harassment charge nevertheless won his first Oscar in the Best Actor category. Meryl Streep created history with a record 20 nominations for the Academy Award. She was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role category for her portrayal of Florence Foster Jenkins, in the movie of the same name. Oscar Awards 2017: Meryl Streep won an Academy Award for these 3 movies!
Check out the top 10 most talked about moments from the Oscars 2017:
1. When Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced the wrong name for Best Picture
Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway accidently read La La Land as the Best Picture instead of Moonlight and did a Steve Harvey in this year’s Oscars. The entire team of La La Land came onto the stage and gave its acceptance speech as well before the blunder could be rectified. Jimmy Kimmel said that he blames Steve Harvey for the gaffe, reminiscent of his Miss Universe 2015 debacle where he announced Miss Columbia’s name instead of Miss Philippines. Oscars 2017 Mix up: Not La La Land but Moonlight wins Best Picture, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway pull a Steve Harvey at the Academy Awards
2. Jimmy Kimmel’s Monologue
The late night host took to the mic and trashed US President Donald Trump in more ways than one. In his first outing as Oscar host he took quite a few digs at the US President as well as mock rival Matt Damon. He said, “The country is divided right now, I’ve been been getting advice that I need to say something to unite us. Let me say something. I can’t do that. There is only one Braveheart in this room and he’s not going to do that either.I want to say thank you to President Trump. Remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist? It’s gone! It’s been an incredible year for movies: black people saved NASA and white people saved jazz. That’s what you call progress.”
Watch his opening monologue here:
3. Sweets at the Oscars
After Ellen DeGeneres’s mid-ceremony pizza delivery, there was some expectation for comfort food at the Oscars. This year it was candies which rained down from the ceiling. As Jimmy Kimmel rightly pointed out you can’t really have movies without candies.
4. Mahershala Ali’s emotional Best Supporting Actor acceptance speech
Mahershala Ali who created history by being the first Muslim to win an Oscar today won hearts all over not only for his performance in the Moonlight but also for his acceptance speech. He thanked his wife Amatus Sami-Karim who gave birth to their first child Bari Najma just days earlier. He said, “”Wow, I want to thank my teacher and my professors, they told me is that it’s not about you, it’s about the characters, you are in service to your character and your stories, I’m so blessed to have had this opportunity. My wife was in her third trimester doing awards seasons, we just had a daughter four days ago. I just want to thank her for being such a soldier through this process.”
5. Viola Davis’s tryst with destiny
The Best Supporting Actress and Actor category winners both created history. Viola Davis became the first black woman to have won at least one Oscar, Tony and Emmy award. With today’s win she joins an elite group of actors and actresses who have won this triad of awards. Her acceptance speech was as powerful as her performance in the Fences. She said, “I became an artist and thank God I did. Because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life. And to Dan and Mae Alice Davis, who were and are the center of my universe, the people who taught me good or bad, how to fail, how to love, how to hold, how to lose. My parents, I’m so thankful that God chose you to bring me into this world.” Viola Davis just became the first Black woman to win an Oscar, Emmy and a Tony Award
6. Politically motivated speeches
Unlike our award ceremonies the Hollywood Oscar ceremonies are always known for political speeches and outright lambasting of political leaders and government. The winning director of Best Foreign Language Film Asghar Farhadi, from Iran, skipped the ceremony in protest of President Trump’s travel ban. He said in a statement, “”I’m sorry I’m not with you. My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of other six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S.” Actor Gael Garcia Bernal, from Mexico who presented the Best Animated short film said, “As a Mexican, as a Latin American, as a migrant worker, as a human being, I am against any form of wall that wants to separate us.”
7. Tourists at Oscars
The surprise element was quite high in this year’s Oscar. A group of tourists on a Hollywood celebrity tour bus were told they would be going to see a celebrity dress collection but instead was surprised with a walk-through at the Oscars. Jennifer Aniston gave a pair of sunglasses and Denzel Washington played ‘best man’ to an engaged couple from the bus tour.
8. The New York Times took aim at US President Donald Trump with their new ad
The New York Times took to the Oscars to unveil their first TV ad in seven years taking a dig at President Donald Trump. The Truth is Hard ad was launched with statements like: “The truth is our nation is more divided than ever. The truth is alternative facts are lies. The truth is a woman should dress like a woman.”
9. Sunny Pawar gets lifted by Jimmy Kimmel and gets a hug by Chrissy Teigen
This year the young and adorable 8-year-old Sunny Pawar took to the Oscars red carpet like a boss. He was so amazing that he put many biggies to shame with his confidence. Even host Jimmy Kimmel could not shy away from his charisma. Chrissy Teigen who has been taken up by the young Lion star wanted to meet him for quite some time now, she finally got her wish and rushed to give him a warm hug on the red carpet as her husband John Legend tried to capture the moment. Sunny Pawar at the Oscar Awards 2017: Top 5 things to know about the Indian dapper dude from Lion!
It was definitely one of the better Oscar ceremonies and stayed true to being an entertaining and exciting show. Now that you know all about the best moments from the Academy Awards why don’t you go ahead and flaunt your knowledge?