Sunday, February 26th marked the 89th Academy Awards. First time host Jimmy Kimmel began his opening monologue with a couple choice remarks to Trump and berated him for blasting Meryl Streep on Twitter giving Streep a standing ovation.
After the Oscars boycott in 2016 for the lack of racial diversity, this year was filled with firsts for the Oscars. It was first year in Oscar history to have an African American nominated in every single category, and it only took 89 years. After two previous nominations Viola Davis finally was given an Oscar for her role in Hidden Figures making her the first African American to win an Emmy, a Tony and an Oscar. Mahershala Ali also broke barriers becoming the first Muslim to take home an Oscar for acting. Hopefully Hollywood’s progress will continue to fuel our protests and strikes against anti-immigration, racism, sexism and all kinds of hate speech.
Justin Timberlake kicked off the performances for the evening. Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda introduced sixteen-year-old Auli’i Cravalho from the animated movie Moana, with a rap before she sang the hit “How Far I’ll Go.” Other performances included Sting and John Legend.
The night ended how we hoped the presidential election would have, the Oscar for Best Film mistakenly awarded to the wrong movie and then corrected. Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty initially presented La La Land with the award for Best Picture. Notable cast members, producer and director of La La Land made their way to the stage and began to make their acceptance speeches when producer Jordan Horowitz noticed they had mistakenly been awarded Best Picture instead of Moonlight, the real winner. Apparently the presenters were given the envelope for Best Actress in a Leading Role which said “Emma Stone, La La Land.” Confused, Dunaway and Beatty gave the honor to La La Land. After the mix-up was noted the crew of Moonlight graced the stage as the actual winners for Best Picture to claim their Oscar.
Actor in a Leading Role: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Actor in a Supporting Role: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Actress in a Leading Role: Emma Stone, La La Land
Actress in a Supporting Role: Viola Davis, Fences
Animated Feature Film: Zootopia, Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer
Cinematography: La La Land, Linus Sandgren
Costume Design: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Colleen Atwood
Directing: La La Land, Damien Chazelle
Documentary (Feature): O.J.: Made in America, Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow
Documentary (Short Feature): The White Helmets, Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara
Film Editing: Hacksaw Ridge, John Gilbert
Foreign Language Film: The Salesman (Iran)
Makeup and Hairstyling: Suicide Squad, Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson
Music (Original Score): La La Land, Justin Hurwitz
Music (Original Song): City of Stars, La La Land; Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Best Picture: Moonlight, Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers
Production Design: La La Land, Production Design: David Wasco; Set Decoration: Sandy Reynolds-Wasco
Short Film (Animated): Piper, Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer
Short Film (Live Action): Sing, Kristof Deák and Anna Udvardy
Sound Editing: Arrivals, Sylvain Bellemare
Sound Mixing: Hacksaw Ridge, Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace
Visual Effects: The Jungle Book, Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon
Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Moonlight, Screenplay by Barry Jenkins; Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney
Writing (Original Screenplay): Manchester by The Sea, Written by Kenneth Lonergan