The wait is over. The biggest night on the Hollywood’s calendar is upon us. The 89th Academy Awards are being held, as per tradition, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. With 14 nominations, La La Land is the firmest Oscar favourite in some years. A couple of prizes apiece for Moonlight and Manchester By The Sea are the closest threats to La La Land ruling the night. There is also an air of uncertainty as far as the attendance of some of the nominees. President Trump’s controversial immigration ban has meant that some people, such as the Syrian rescue workers, who appear in the Best Documentary Feature nominee The White Helmets may not be may not make it to the ceremony. So we can expect some incendiary acceptance speeches as the night goes on. If you are not able to watch it, fret not! Catch the Live updates right here:
# Dev Patel, who is nominated for Lion arrived at the red carpet. And so did his eight-year-old co-star Sunny Puwar. We have to admit, the latter has officially won the red carpet.
#Wearing a white gown, Priyanka Chopra arrives at the red carpet
#Viola Davis, who is nominated for Fences walked the red carpet wearing a red gown. This is her third Oscar nomination.
#As revealed on the red carpet, Justin Timberlake kick-started the ceremony with his performance on Can’t Stop The Feeling. And boy, what an epic start it was for everyone started grooving to Justin’s tunes.
#Jimmy Kimmel takes to the stage, joking: “Oh good I got a sitting ovation, awesome!” and that was just the beginning of the jokes as h said things like, “black people saved Nasa and white people saved jazz” – references to Hidden Figures and La La Land. Kimmel spots Meryl Streep in the audience and pays tribute to her “many uninspiring and overrated performances”, to much laughter from the audience.
#The first category of the night is actually one of the big ones – best supporting actor. Dev Patel was nominated in this category for Lion, but the award went to Mahershala Ali for Moonlight.
#Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson won the best make-up and hair styling for their amazing work in Suicide Squad
#Colleen Atwood took away the best costume design for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.
# Best documentary feature goes to OJ: Made in America
# Sofia Boutella present the best sound editing to Sylvain Bellemare, who was responsible for Arrival‘s sound.
#Best sound mixing goes to Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace for Hacksaw Ridge
#Viola Davis wins the best supporting actress for Fences. Receiving a standing ovation from the crowd as she accepts the Oscar from Mark Rylance, an emotional Viola said, “There’s one place where all the people with the greatest potential are gathered and that’s the graveyard. I say exhume those bodies – exhume the stories of the people who dreamed big and never saw those come to fruition. People who fell in love and lost. We’re the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.” She also thanked her parents.
#The best animated feature film goes to Zootopia
#It’s (surprisingly) the first award of the night for the musical. Yes, La La Land takes away the best production design
#Best film editing goes to John Gilbert for Hacksaw Ridge
# Jimmy Kimmel just spoke to Sunny Pawar, who he’d spotted in the audience. The young actor stars in Lion, but Kimmel appeared to mistake the film for The Lion King, as he hoisted Sunny up in the air. Or did he do that on purpose?
#Best documentary short – The White Helmets
#”We’re more than two hours into the show and Donald Trump hasn’t tweeted once, I’m starting to get worried about him,” Jimmy Kimmel says, as he live tweets the US President from the stage.
Jimmy also did a special edition of his popular Mean Tweets feature from his talk show. He pre-recorded several of tonight’s nominees reading out real insulting messages they received on Twitter. And obviously, it was quite a fun to watch this.
#Original score – Justin Hurwitz for La La Land
#Best original song: City of Stars – La La Land
# Best director goes to Damien Chazelle for La La Land thereby making him the youngest winner of this category in the Academy’s history
#Casey Afleck takes the best actor award for Manchester by the Sea
#As expected, Emma Stone bagged the trophy of best actress for her stellar act in La La Land. The award was presented by Leonardo DiCaprio.
#And lastly, the best picture award goes to La La Land. But nope, Warren Beatty read out the wrong winner. It looks like the actor was given the wrong envelope by mistake. “I opened the envelope and it said Emma Stone, La La Land – that’s why I took such a long look at you and Faye [Dunaway] I wasn’t trying to be funny,” said Beatty explaining his mistake.