Over the years, the Academy Awards stage has seen all manner of historic, memorable and downright strange moments. Tears have been shed. Marlon Brando sent someone else to refuse his Oscar for him. Speeches have gotten heated. The jokes got a little racy.
But while we haven’t been around for all 89 years of the award show, we are fairly confident to say that the 2017 Oscars were especially jaw-dropping. Never before have we seen on that stage such devastation, awkwardness and triumph all at the same time.
Here are some of the biggest jaw-droppers from the 2017 Oscars:
Of course this is the top of the list! In what was one of the most shocking moments in Oscar’s history, the wrong movie was declared Best Picture at the end of the night. As the whole “La La Land” production team got onstage and three people had already said their thanks, it was revealed that “Moonlight” had actually won Best Picture. “This is not a joke, Moonlight has won Best Picture,” producer Jordan Horowitz said.
Apparently, Warren Beatty got the extra Best Actress envelope and according to him, that’s why he gave the card such a long look before his co-presenter, Faye Dunway read “La La Land” off the card. Even host Jimmy Kimmel didn’t know what to say and couldn’t even make a joke. It truly was a moment that no one will ever forget.
“La-La Land” Doesn’t Break Records
The movie was nominated for 14 awards. About an hour into the ceremony, the film’s chance at Oscar history was behind it, the awards for costume design, sound editing and sound mixing having gone elsewhere and therefore erasing the possibility of a record 12 Oscars. It could only have tied “Titanic”, “Ben-Hur” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” with 11 at that point- but it didn’t.
Instead, the beloved musical took home six awards including Best Actress for Emma Stone and Best Director for Damien Chazelle. (Though they thought for a second that they got seven…..)
History at the Oscars
Barry Jenkins became the first African-American to direct a Best Picture winner and the “Moonlight’s structure and subject matter overall marked a first for the Academy. Mahershala Ali won Best Supporting Actor for Moonlight, and became the first Muslim to win an Oscar. And Best Supporting Actress winner, Viola Davis, became the first black actress to have an Emmy, a Tony and now, an Oscar.
“The Salesman” Rejection
Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for “The Salesman” but chose not to attend and a statement was read on his behalf. The statement read “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.”
Suicide Squad Is An Oscar Winner
That is right! “Suicide Squad” is an Oscar winner but films like “Lion” and “Shawshank Redemption” are not. The comic book film may have lacked any semblance of a plot, but it did feature outstanding makeup. But if anyone thinks that “Suicide Squad” is more worthy of an Oscar than the other films then they are very mistaken.