On Tuesday, February 26th, 2017, actors, directors, cinematographers, and any other member of the film industry gathered in Dolby Theatre located in Hollywood, CA for the 89th Academy Awards.
Jimmy Kimmel hosted the awards ceremony that concluded the film year for 2016. Kimmel brought his hilarious antics to the stage with his entertaining skits and his roasts towards Donald Trump. Matt Damon also took part in the show and renewed the feud of Damon vs. Kimmel.
As many figured going into the Oscars, ‘La La Land’ won a good amount of Oscars, walking away with five awards out of the 14 they were nominated for. This tied the number of Academy Award nominations as ‘Titanic’ and ‘All About Eve’.
The biggest moment of the night for ‘La La Land’ was the card mix up for Best Picture. A little past midnight, the presenters for Best Picture announced that ‘La La Land’ had won the award. However, it was revealed that ‘Moonlight’ had actually won the Oscar for Best Picture.
According to Variety, the card mix-up was “one of the most equalizing and wonderful moments in Oscars history.” ‘La La Land’ then shared the stage with the members of ‘Moonlight’ and created a warm, heartfelt moment in the Oscars.
Diversity was represented as a huge factor for the Oscars this year after coming off a controversial awards show last year.
Last year, the LA Times wrote many small articles that pertained to the lack of diversity in the categories for each award which started the #OscarsSoWhite argument. Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs addressed the situation at the annual Oscar Luncheon last year to all who attended the awards show.
“This year, we all know there’s an elephant in the room. I have asked the elephant to leave,” said Cheryl Boone Isaacs.
This year would be different as almost all nominations included a non-white nominee. Viola Davis, Mahershala Ali, and ‘Moonlight’ would headline this historic change. They would walk away with awards such as Best Supporting Actress and Actor and even Best Picture.
Casey Affleck won the Academy Award for Best Lead Actor for his role in ‘Manchester by the Sea’, but an article on his sexual harassment allegations from the Wesleyan University newspaper overshadowed his great accomplishment. According to the Huffington Post, the article slams Affleck about the claims, but the article was described as a “tangle of illogic, misinformation and flat-out slander.” Director Kenneth Lonergan, who’s an alum of Wesleyan, defended Affleck on the incident.
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