- Seth Woolcock and Carl Wells
- The Penn staff
With anything hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, you never really know what you’re going to get. The 2017 Academy Awards were no exception to that rule. With a crazy mix-up happening at the conclusion, Hollywood’s biggest night was certainly out of the ordinary.
Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were set to present the Oscar for Best Picture. Beatty, with a somewhat uncertain voice, announced “La La Land” the winner of the award. As the cast and producers were thanking their family and friends, “Moonlight” was then announced the winner.
According to Beatty following the show, the mix-up happened when he accidentally received the wrong card. He had actually received the envelope for Best Actress. When he opened the envelope, it read, “Emma Stone, La La Land.”
“This moment to me truly represented the community that the film/theatre business is,” Erin Murray (theater) said. “‘La La Land’ thought they had won the Oscar, but in finding out they didn’t, they simply stepped aside and let the cast and crew of ‘Moonlight’ have their moment. Yes, they were probably disappointed, but you could still see on their faces the appreciation for the people involved.”
After opening the show, Kimmel brought politics back to the surface as he read a monologue that asked viewers, both liberal and conservative, to come together and have positive conversations. Doing this, Kimmel said, “will make America great again.”
At different intervals of the award show, Kimmel also catered food to the audience along with his comedy. Different snacks parachuted from the ceiling, such as doughnuts and candy. At one point, he even joked that he would release coffee.
Awards were handed out by presenters such as last year’s Best Actor winner Leonardo DiCaprio and last year’s Best Actress Brie Larson.
Casey Affleck, known to some as Ben Affleck’s younger brother, won the Oscar for Best Actor for his work in “Manchester by the Sea.” This came as a surprise to some, as Affleck was up against the likes of bigger A-listers Ryan Gosling, Andrew Garfield and Denzel Washington.
Stone, who starred in “La La Land,” beat out Meryl Streep and Natalie Portman for Best Actress.
After last year’s #OscarsSoWhite fiasco, this year’s Academy Awards brought with it much more diverse winners such as Mahershala Ali, who won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for “Moonlight.”
The trend continued as Viola Davis, an African-American actress, won Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her role in “Fences.”
“La La Land” then went on to win five more awards for cinematography, directing, music, original song and production design.
ESPN’s feature “O.J.: Made in America” won Best Documentary, and the new adaption of “The Jungle Book” proved to be a success as it won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects.
“Hacksaw Ridge,” the World War II story of a heroic medic, won two Oscars: film editing and sound mixing. Fan favorite “Suicide Squad” won for makeup and hair.