Oscars 2017: Of Diversity, Trump-Bashing and Cookies

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The biggest surprise of the night wasn’t cookies and doughnuts raining on the audience— it was Suicide Squad walking off with two Oscars.

Source: Oscars.org
Source: Oscars.org

The universally panned Razzie-nominated film now has any many Oscars as Citizen Kane. The night kickstarted with Justin Timberlake dancing backstage and making his way through the main stage singing his generic Oscar-nominated song— “Can’t stop the feeling”. Host Jimmy Kimmel started off his opening monologue by poking fun at Trump, “Remember when last year the Oscars were considered racist?” Later on, he live-tweeted the POTUS.

French actress and leading actress nominee Isabelle Huppert wasn’t spared either. “We didn’t see ‘Elle,’ but we absolutely loved it. I’m glad Homeland Security let you in tonight,” said Kimmel. The talk show host teased Matt Damon about passing up Oscar-nominated Manchester by the Sea star in a “Chinese ponytail movie instead and that movie went on to lose $80 million. Smooth move dumba***.”

Moonlight won best film after La La Land was incorrectly declared as winner by Warren Beatty.

Casey Affleck’s win for Manchester by the Sea was criticised, not for his performance, but that fact that two women have sued the actor for sexual harassment, something the Academy overlooked in their selection process. Emma Stone won best actress in a leading role for La La Land.

Diversity shone through the night with Mahershala Ali and Viola Davis picking up supporting actor awards. Barry Jenkins’ powerful speech after picking up the award for best screenplay (adapted) was inspiring.

La La Land picked up five Oscars: Best cinematography, best original score, best original song, best directing, best actress in a leading role.

Iranian Asghar Farhadi who boycotted the Oscars due to Trump’s travel ban won Best foreign language film for The Salesman. “I am sorry I am not with you tonight. My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of other six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S.”” said Farhadi.

Oscars.org
Oscars.org

Other highlights included Seth Rogen and Michael J. Fox presenting an award and John Legend performing ‘City of Stars’

Our Favourite Moment

Katherine Johnson, the NASA physicist portrayed by Taraji P. Henson in the film Hidden Figures, received a standing ovation. At a time when science, women’s rights and minorities are under attack, that moment seemed even more special.

WTF Moment

A tour bus was invited to the Oscars. Denzel Washington officiated a ‘marriage’ between two tourists and Gary (one of the guys on the bus) took a selfie with Mahershala Ali. Poorly scripted and some may say even divisive and racist.

Complete List of Winners

BEST PICTURE

Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight- Winner

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Zootopia- Winner

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Arrival
La La Land- Winner
Lion
Moonlight
Silence

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea- Winner
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences

COSTUME DESIGN

Allied
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them- Winner
Florence Foster Jenkins
Jackie
La La Land

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight- Winner
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel, Lion
Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

DIRECTING

Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land- Winner
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Emma Stone, La La Land- Winner
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life, Animated
O.J.: Made in America 13th- Winner

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Viola Davis, Fences- Winner
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

Extremis
4.1 Miles
Joe’s Violin
Watani: My Homeland
The White Helmets- Winner

FILM EDITING

Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge- Winner
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Moonlight

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

Ennemis Intérieurs
La Femme et le TGV
Silent Nights
Sing- Winner
Timecode

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Land of Mine
A Man Called Ove
The Salesman- Winner
Tanna
Toni Erdmann

SOUND EDITING

Arrival- Winner
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Sully

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad- Winner

SOUND MIXING

Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge- Winner
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

Jackie
La La Land- Winner
Lion
Moonlight
Passengers

VISUAL EFFECTS

Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
The Jungle Book- Winner
Kubo and the Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

“Audition (The Fools Who Dream),” La La Land
“Can’t Stop The Feeling,” Trolls
“City Of Stars,” La La Land- Winner
“The Empty Chair,” Jim: The James Foley Story
“How Far I’ll Go,” Moana

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

Arrival
Fences
Hidden Figures
Lion
Moonlight- Winner

PRODUCTION DESIGN

Arrival
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hail, Caesar!
La La Land- Winner
Passengers

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

Hell or High Water
La La Land
The Lobster
Manchester by the Sea- Winner
20th Century Women

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes Pearl
Piper- Winner