The 89th annual Academy Awards were full of surprises, Hollywood stars rubbing elbows, and of course wonderful golden statues being handed out. Even after the huge mix-up for the Best Picture award, the star-studded event concluded with accolades of praise, recognition, and appreciation. The 2017 awards showed definite progress from 2016’s #OscarsSoWhite fiasco, with a diverse group of nominees and winners.
The night started off with the much-deserving Mahershala Ali winning the Best Supporting Actor award for his amazing performance in Moonlight. The new father gave an emotional speech, thanking his teachers over the years. Viola Davis took home an Oscar for her many-layered portrayal of Rose Maxson in Fences. Ms Davis’s speech was also particularly moving and definitely struck a chord with the audience. While the awarding of the Best Picture Oscar ended up being huge mis-step, ultimately the powerful and much-lauded film Moonlight took home the top award, giving director Barry Jenkins his second Oscar of the night. Earlier, along with Tarell Alvin McCraney, he accepted the award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film.
While Moonlight pulled ahead to win Best Picture, La La Land certainly didn’t have anything to be ashamed of as it swept the floor with awards in numerous categories, including: Best Actress for Emma Stone, Best Director for Damien Chazelle, Best Score, Cinematography, and Best Song. In other key categories, Casey Affleck won Best Actor for his role in Manchester by the Sea, and OJ: Made in America won over I Am Not your Negro and Ava Duvernay’s 13th to win Best Documentary.
In the end, another great night of Hollywood extravaganza, a bit of comedy, and of course a mishap or two during the program.