By: Tori Carlo
For anyone that didn’t tune in for the Oscars, you missed an epic failure. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway presented the last award for Best Picture in honor of Bonnie and Clyde’s 50th anniversary. After Beatty appeared to be confused, Dunaway announced La La Land as the winner. Halfway through the acceptance speech, there was scrambling in the background and then it was announced that Moonlight was in fact the winner of Best Picture. The crowd and nominees were all shocked and befuddled. Host Jimmy Kimmel and La La Land winners handled the situation with grace, though the media has turned it into a scandalous mistake that harkens back to Steve Harvey and the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant. Warren Beatty had apparently been handed the wrong envelope that said Emma Stone won for Best Actress in La La Land, which was the previous award.
That is how the night ended. It began with a performance of the nominated original song “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake for the movie Trolls. The other Best Original Song nominees were performed throughout the night and included Lin-Manuel Miranda and Auli’i Cravalho singing “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana, Sting performing “The Empty Chair” from Jim: The James Foley Story and John Legend singing “City of Stars” and “Audition” from La La Land. “City of Stars” took home the Oscar.
In a night full of surprises, Casey Affleck won Best Actor for Manchester by the Sea. Emma Stone won Best Actress, as expected, for La La Land. Viola Davis won Best Supporting Actress for Fences and gave a memorable acceptance speech about telling the untold stories and using the magic of the cinema as an art that gives meaning to life and can bring us all together. Newcomer Mahershala Ali won Best Supporting Actor for Moonlight. Best Director went to Damien Chazelle, who is the youngest to win that award at 32 for La La Land. La La Land was nominated for a record-tying 14 nominations but walked away with only six Oscars. Another shock of the night was that Best Makeup and Hair styling went to Suicide Squad. Best Animated Feature was no surprise when Zootopia won.
Jimmy Kimmel was a hilarious host. He made a lot of jabs at President Trump; he even tweeted at Trump during the show. Kimmel also focused a lot on his farcical feud with Matt Damon. Some memorable moments were when Jimmy had bags of candy dropped from the ceiling in mini parachutes to help the hungry stars out. In addition, many of the acceptance speeches were politically driven and expressed hope, love and the acceptance of diversity as ways to make the world a better place. The director of the Best Foreign Language Film The Salesman, from Iran, chose not to attend the Oscars in protest of Trump’s travel ban on certain countries. The 89th Academy Awards was certainly one for the books.