Justin Timberlake kicked off the 89th Academy Awards in energetic style, getting the auditorium up on their feet, with his performance of “Can’t Stop the Feeling”.
Host Jimmy Kimmel took over with an opening monologue that was sharp and funny. He made political comments, attempted to put an end to his feud with “Matt Damon” and initiated a standing ovation for the “overrated” Meryl Streep.
Kimmel was great at moving the ceremony along with short sharp links.
There were lots of Trump mentions, his hilarious ongoing “feud” with Matt Damon was strong, and a few gimmicks were thrown in – candy dropping from the sky; a bunch of tourists walking into the auditorium; and celebs reading mean tweets.
While these “skits” were all amusing, this ceremony goes on forever, cutting them would be a start to shortening the ceremony’s running time (that said, I wonder if I feel that way because I am watching this at stupid o’clock. Would I feel differently if I was watching it at prime time?).
Who wants Candy?
The tour bus arrives
Mean Tweets Oscars Edition
Matt Damon Feud
Biggest News/Upset of the Night
Who would have thought that Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway would have been the biggest news of the night?! Well, when Dunaway read out the wrong winner for Best Picture, that’s when they became the story of the night.
Dunaway announced that “La La Land” had won Best Picture. After the producers had made their acceptance speech, one of them read the envelope and noticed that it wasn’t their names they were reading, instead the award belonged to “Moonlight”!
In what was a very awkward moment, Beatty explained that they had read the wrong envelope. He was reading Emma Stone’s Best Actress envelope – hence the confusion.
Both the producers of Moonlight and La La Land handled the very uncomfortable incident with such graciousness.
Even though “La La Land”, did not win Best Picture it did walk away with the most statuettes – 7, includingBest Director for Damien Chazelle and Best Actress for Emma Stone.
Moonlight walked away with 3 awards, taking out the prestigious Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali and Best Adapted Screenplay.
The other big winners of the night were Casey Affleck for Best Actor in a Lead Role and Viola Davis for Best Supporting Actress.
Below is the full list of winners
Best Picture- “Moonlight”
Best Actress in a Leading Role – Emma Stone, “La La Land”
First Oscar and 2nd nomination.
“To the women in this category, you are all so extraordinary and I look up to you and admire you more than I can put into words.
I realise that a moment like this is a huge confluence of luck and opportunity.”
Best Actor in a Leading Role – Casey Affleck, “Manchester By The Sea”
“That means so much to me. Thank you
One of the first people who taught me how to act was Denzel Washington and I just met him for the first time tonight … thank you.
Man I wish I had something bigger and more meaningful to day but I am proud to be a part of this community … and I am dumbfounded that I am included …”
Best Supporting Actor – Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
What a week it has been for Mahershala – he takes home the Oscar, the same week he takes home his new baby daughter. He thanked his wife who spent awards season in her third trimester – she was “a soldier during this process”.
He also thanked his teachers and professors who taught him that “it wasn’t about you, it’s about the characters. You’re a service to these characters.”
Best Supporting Actress – Viola Davis, “Fences”
A beautiful speech from Viola. Jimmy Kimmel said about the speech, “I don’t know if anyone is going to be able to follow that speech … Viola Davis just got nominated for an Emmy for that speech!”
Viola spoke about unfulfilled potential, her appreciation for her life (“Thank God I became an artist. It’s the only profession that celebrates to live a life”), her parents, sisters, husband and daughter.
Winning this award makes Viola Davis the first Black woman in to win a Tony, Emmy and Oscar for acting.
Best Director – Damien Chapelle, “La La Land”
At 32 years old, Damien is the youngest person in history to win best director.
“This was a movie about love and I was lucky enough to fall in love while making it”
Achievement in Make Up and Hairstyling – “Suicide Squad”
Achievement in Costume Design – Colleen Atwood “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
What a talented woman – this is Colleen’s 4th Academy Award from 12 nominations!
Best Documentary Feature – “OJ: Made in America” Ezra Edelman & Caroline Waterlow
The fabulous “Hidden Figures” ladies, Jannelle Monae, Taraji P Henson and Octavia Spencer, presented this award. The highlight was the real Katherine Johnson taking to the stage.
Ezra dedicated the win to victims of police violence.
Achievement in Sound Editing – Sylvain Bellemare, “Arrival”
Achievement in Sound Mixing – Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie & Peter Grace, “Hacksaw Ridge”
After 21 nominations, Kevin O’Connell has finally walked away with an Academy Award.
Best Foreign Language Film – “The Salesman”, Iran
Best Animated Short – “Piper”
Best Animated Feature Film – “Zootopia”
Achievement in Production Design & Set Decoration – David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, “La La Land”
Achievement in Visual Effects – Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones & Dan Lemmon, “The Jungle Book”
Achievement in Film Editing – John Gilbert, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Best Documentary Short Subject – “The White Helmets”
Best Live Action Short Film – “Sing”
Achievement in Cinematography – Linus Sandgren, “La La Land”
Best Original Score – “La La Land”, Justin Hurwitz
Best Original Song -“City of Stars”, “La La Land” – Justin Hurwitz, Benj Hasek & Justin Paul
Best Original Screenplay – “Manchester By The Sea”, Kenneth Lonergan
Best Adapted Screenplay – “Moonlight”, Barry Jenkins & Tarell Alvin McCraney
Many celebs were seen wearing a blue ribbon at the awards ceremony. This ribbon is support of a campaign by the American Civil Liberties Union. According to its website, the ACLU “works in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the constitution and laws of the United States”.