This year’s 89th Academy Awards certainly went off with a bang… However, rather than celebrating the best of floor-sweeping designer gowns, the host’s amicable humour and some of the best films of 2016/17, we instead witnessed one of the worst mix ups in Oscar History. So, who won Best Picture? Even though La La Land snatched the crown as was anticipated, Moonlight reappeared to steal the title, in the shape of a misplaced envelope. It isn’t film award season without a scandal emerging at the very end.
So, here it is! The best and the worst moments of this year’s Oscars, detailing, the good, the bad and the ugly…
The Mix-Up That Made History
Although this was a blunder that will be the centre of every film-based conversation for years to come, in terms of entertainment, it was one of the greatest highlights of all time. So, what was the mix-up exactly? Warren Beatty, wound up with the wrong envelope- the one pronouncing Emma Stone’s win for best actress. Faye Dunaway who was presenting the award for Best Picture, named the movie, La La Land, that Emma Stone starred in. The La La Land team rushed on stage, congratulating themselves and each other, beginning their mandatory gushy speeches before being stopped halfway through, to be told that Moonlight actually won… Although it was a mixed reception, after the initial confusion and disbelief, it was a special moment for the flabbergasted cast.
Award ceremony hosts can sometimes seem a little suffocating over the show as a whole, and so we were a little apprehensive about Jimmy Kimmel. However, Kimmel’s performance was well-balanced, being both adulating whilst providing the necessary amount of sarcasm, to give the ceremony a light-hearted touch. Rather than displaying cockiness in his meanness, he exuded a mischievous tone. Although there was one slight criticism… If you’re going to poke fun at people, especially world-class actors, make it funny. Making fun of people’s names in front of that crowd? Bad decision. Plus, inviting unsuspecting tourists into the ceremony, was only going to be a recipe of humiliation and teeth-gritting cringe-worthiness.
What’s with the ribbon?
There was a small blue ribbon that could be spotted on a few actors’ garments throughout the evening. So, what was it all about? It was a blue American Civil Liberties Union (A. C. L. U.) ribbon. Seen on the likes of Ruth Negga (nominated for best actress), who wore a classic red valentine dress, and the stunning Karlie Kloss, who attached hers to her white Stella McCartney gown.
Who wore it best?
Whilst this is a ceremony that celebrates the best in the movie industry, the designer dresses worn by our illustrious actors, often end up taking centre stage. The red carpet is now a global platform for designers to showcase some of their finest gowns on some of the world’s most respected women.
Emma Stone’s stunning gold Givenchy Haute couture gown and red lips exuded the 1920s-flapper girl, with fringing and Hollywood waves, completing the look. Dressed from head-to-toe in gold, she resembled the Oscar award itself, perhaps anticipating her victory. Actress Emma Roberts wore a Vintage Armani Prive dress from the brand’s 2005 collection which featured both a two-tiered skirt, similar to a fish-tail, and a plunging black bodice with crystal embellishment to compliment her flawless fair skin and peach locks. Hailee Steinfeld, known for her role in the new Pitch Perfect movie, wore an elaborate Ralph & Russi gown that was crafted from grey silk with floral applique and crystal embellishment, that really made a statement at this year’s awards.
Who won what?
Here’s a comprehensive list of all the awards and their winners this year:
Best Picture: Moonlight
Best Actress: Emma Stone
Best Actor: Casey Affleck
Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali
Best Director: La La Land– Damien Chazelle
Best original Screenplay: Manchester by the Sea- Kenneth Lonergan
Best Adapted Screenplay: Moonlight – Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney
Best Original Score: La La Land– Justin Hurwitz
Best Original Song: La La Land– ‘City of Stars’ by Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Best Cinematography: La La Land– Linus Sandgren
Best Foreign Language film: The Salesman– Iran
Best Costume Design: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Colleen Atwood
Best make-up and hairstyling: Suicide Squad – Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson
Best Documentary Feature: OJ: Made in America
Best Sound Editing: Arrival– Sylvain Bellemare
Best Sound Mixing: Hacksaw Ridge – Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace
Best Animated Short: Piper – Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer
Best Animated Feature: Zootopia
Best Production Design: La La Land – David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco
Best Visual Effects: The Jungle Book – Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R Jones and Dan Lemmon
Best Film Editing: Hacksaw Ridge– John Gilbert
Best Documentary Short: The White Helmets– Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara
Best Live Action Short: Sing – Kristof Deak and Anna Udvardy
Although mistakes were made and some moments were too cringe-y for their own good, would it really be the Oscars without tears, smiles and couture gowns? I don’t think so.
What was your favourite moment from the Oscars?
Text: Millie Bull
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