It was an evening that saw candy fall from the ceiling of Dolby Theatre on little parachutes onto the likes of Taraji P. Henson and Pharrell Williams, Matt Damon mocked almost as much as Donald Trump, and La La Land mistakenly announced as the Best Picture winner – and Warren Beatty can only be blamed for one of the above. Here, Savoir Flair recaps the six must-know moments from the 89th Academy Awards.
The Opening Roast
It wouldn’t be an opening monologue without host Jimmy Kimmel humorously taking aim at whomever he possibly could in eight minutes and 50 seconds – Matt Damon’s weight, Mel Gibson’s religious practices, Damien Chazelle’s age, and – of course – Donald Trump tweeting “in all caps during his 5 a.m. bowel movement tomorrow” were all on the roster.
The Historic Win
Mahershala Ali took home the first award of the night, winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Juan in Moonlight, thereby becoming the first ever Muslim to win an Academy Award for acting. While the actor did not bring up his faith during his acceptance speech, he had proudly declared that he was a Muslim while accepting the SAG Award for Supporting Actor last month.
The Joke of the Night
Superhero film Suicide Squad won the award for Makeup and Hairstyling, quickly prompting people on the internet to collectively cringe and make their opinions heard. Now, as the world prepares to utter the words, “The Oscar-winning Suicide Squad…”, here is a look at a tweet that summarizes the current situation in Oscar history.
Shawshank Redemption: 0
12 Angry Men: 0
Taxi Driver: 0
It’s a Wonderful Life: 0
The Shining: 0
Suicide Squad: 1
— Brian J. Manzullo (@BrianManzullo) February 27, 2017
The One Who "Stole the Show"
Reminiscent of Ellen Degeneres’ pizza delivery to the Oscars in 2014, Kimmel escorted a sightseeing bus full of unsuspecting tourists into Dolby Theatre, right in the middle of the Oscars ceremony. The everyman who caught the world’s eye? Gary from Chicago, who handled the situation like a pro. Unashamedly carrying his fiancée Vicki’s handbag, he introduced himself to Kimmel, took photos of the front-row celebs, kissed Nicole Kidman on the hand, and even took a selfie with Ali while carrying his golden statuette.
The Act of Protest
Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who won the Oscar for The Salesman in the Best Foreign Language Film category, chose to boycott the awards ceremony due to Trump’s travel ban. Iranian astronaut Anousheh Ansari accepted the award on the director’s behalf, reading the following statement: “I’m sorry I’m not with you tonight. My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of the other six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S. Dividing the world into the ‘us’ and ‘our enemies’ categories creates fear. A deceitful justification for aggression and war. These wars prevent democracy and human rights in countries which have themselves been victims of aggression. Filmmakers can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions. They create empathy between us and others. An empathy which we need today more than ever.”
The Epic Flub
Creating a face-palm moment that the world will remember for years to come, La La Land was mistakenly announced as the winner in the Best Picture category by presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, who were caught in the mix-up after pulling the cue card for Best Actress (won by Emma Stone for La La Land). The real victor was, in fact, Moonlight – with the truth revealing itself after La La Land producers had started giving their speeches. Awkward.