The 2017 Oscars will go down in history as one of the most talked about award ceremonies of all time! Jimmy Kimmel did an excellent job hosting the show at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood California. The jokes were on point, the transitions were seamless, but the most esteemed award of the night, Best Picture, was a complete disaster! Here’s my take on the victories, disasters and snubs of this years Academy Awards.
After 2016’s #OscarsSoWhite debacle, when absolutely no actors or movies representing people of color were represented, this year, Academy director Sheryl Boone Issacs made sure that many new actors of color were inducted into the voting academy. The result was a much more diverse list of nominees and winners this award season! While, I still believe the biggest snub of the award season was Nate Parker and his film, Birth of a Nation. It was great to see some of our favorite stars nominated. Viola Davis took home the gold for her supporting role in Fences.
This made her the first Black actress to win a Tony, an Emmy and an Oscar! Also in the supporting category was Moonlight star Mahershala Ali, who won as well.
Ezra Eldemen won for best directing for his documentary OJ: Made in America. And the writer and director of Moonlight also won for best adapted screenplay!
Congrats to all the winners and the people of color who took home the win!
Now, many of us are still up in arms over the fact that Beyonce did not win Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards, and before we can get over that snub, we have another one to add to the list. Denzel Washington did not win for Best Actor in a Lead Role for his role in Fences (which he also directed). There was shock in the Dolby Theater and across America when his name was not called and instead Casey Afleck was awarded the trophy for Manchester by the Sea. While, I am a huge Denzel fan, I did see the films in question and there is no comparison. Denzel deserved that award hands down. And just like Adele gave respect to Beyonce when she beat her for Album of the Year, Casey said that Denzel taught him how to act. Nice words, but the academy messed up on that one. It felt like the year he lost for Malcom X all over again. Have you seen his performance in Malcolm X? Enough said.
For the disaster…the envelope please… Legendary actor Warren Beatty came out to present the Award for the Best Picture and after he opened the envelope he took an unusually long pause. While the viewers thought he was building suspense, the truth was, he was confused that the card in the envelope said, ‘Emma Stone – La La Land.’ So after a while, he announced La La Land. The cast and crew came on stage and did their acceptance speeches, while curiously, the production crew in headsets ran frantically back and forth on the stage. After several minutes of thank you’s Jimmy Kimmel came out to announce that there had been a mistake and Moonlight was actually the winner of Best Picture. Subsequently, the La La Land cast had to physically hand over their Oscar to the cast of Moonlight as they took the stage to make their acceptance speeches among the confusion. Yup, I couldn’t even write this myself! What a royal screw up! I feel for both cast and crew of both films.
In addition to the awards that were handed out, Justin Timberlake opened the show with a fantastic performance, of Can’t Stop the Feeling, that had the whole audience on their feet.
Jimmy Kimmel did a prank on an unsuspecting tour bus that dropped them off in the middle of the Oscars, where the fans went crazy when they realized their favorite stars were right in front of them.
And the most talked about look of the night came from Halle Berry. Not her dress, but the terrible wig she was wearing that had everyone talking.
Here is a list of the big winners of the night…I promise to get it right!
“Hell or High Water”
“La La Land”
“Manchester by the Sea”
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Casey Affleck in “Manchester by the Sea” (WINNER)
Andrew Garfield in “Hacksaw Ridge”
Ryan Gosling in “La La Land”
Viggo Mortensen in “Captain Fantastic”
Denzel Washington in “Fences”
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Jeff Bridges in “Hell or High Water”
Mahershala Ali in “Moonlight” (WINNER)
Lucas Hedges in “Manchester by the Sea”
Dev Patel in “Lion”
Michael Shannon in “Nocturnal Animals”
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Isabelle Huppert in “Elle”
Ruth Negga in “Loving”
Natalie Portman in “Jackie”
Emma Stone in “La La Land” (WINNER)
Meryl Streep in “Florence Foster Jenkins”
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Nicole Kidman in “Lion”
Viola Davis in “Fences”
Naomie Harris in “Moonlight”
Octavia Spencer in “Hidden Figures”
Michelle Williams in “Manchester by the Sea”
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
“Kubo and the Two Strings”
“My Life as a Zucchini”
“The Red Turtle”
“La La Land” (WINNER)
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (WINNER)
“Florence Foster Jenkins”
“La La Land”
“Arrival” – Denis Villeneuve
“Hacksaw Ridge” – Mel Gibson
“La La Land” – Damien Chazelle (WINNER)
“Manchester by the Sea” – Kenneth Lonergan
“Moonlight” – Barry Jenkins
“Fire at Sea”
“I Am Not Your Negro”
“O.J.: Made in America” (WINNER)
WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)
WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
“Hell or High Water”
“La La Land”
“Manchester by the Sea” (WINNER)
“20th Century Women”