ByVaria Fedko-Blake, writer at
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Varia Fedko-Blake

Every year, the Academy Awards are riddled with memorable moments, whether it's an actress plummeting face first onto the floor after tripping on her dress (cough, cough, looking at you Jennifer Lawrence), a viral Twitter group selfie, a political boycott, Meryl Streep winning for the upteenth time or a Hollywood icon making an impassioned speech about an issue they strongly believe in.

And this year was no different, with the offering up its fair share of delightful moments and in the process, setting a number of notable milestones. Below, take a look at some of the significant records that were set in the Dolby Theatre in 2017:

10. Mahershala Ali Became The First Ever Muslim Actor To Pick Up An Academy Award

At the SAG Awards, Moonlight star Mahersala Ali revealed how he had converted to Islam 17 years ago and this year, he became the first Muslim in Oscars' history to get an Academy Award for acting. In his heartfelt acceptance speech, he thanked his teacher who once told him:

"It's not about you... You're in service to these stories and these characters."

9. Sound Editor Kevin O’Connell Finally Won After 21 Nominations

21st time lucky for Kevin O'Connell [Credit: ABC]
21st time lucky for Kevin O'Connell [Credit: ABC]

Finally, after a whopping 21 nominations spanning his vibrant career, sound editor Kevin O'Connell was granted the pleasure of ascending to the podium of the Dolby Theatre. Picking up an Oscar for sound mixing for Hacksaw Ridge, he ended the longest losing streak ever recorded at the Academy Awards.

8. 32-Year-Old Damien Chazelle Became The Youngest Director To Win An Oscar

At just 32-years-old, Damien Chazelle is now the youngest director to scoop up an Oscar in the awards' history.

Before his big win for musical , Norman Taurog held the record for 86 years, after winning in 1930 for comedy Skippy. At the time, the director was also 32 but still a few months older than Chazelle.

7. More Than 3 Black Nominees Won An Oscar — A First In Academy History!

Mahershala Ali won big on the night [Credit: ABC]
Mahershala Ali won big on the night [Credit: ABC]

It may seem astonishing and somewhat shocking, but this year's Oscars signalled the first time in the award show's history that more than three black creatives took home a golden gong for their work in the industry. These included Mahershala Ali for Best Supporting Actor for , Viola Davis for Best Supporting Actress for Fences, O.J.: Made in America director-producer Ezra Edelman for Best Documentary Feature and Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney for Best Adapted Screenplay for Moonlight.

Notably, Viola Davis also became the first black person to receive the prestigious triple crown of acting — an Oscar, Emmy and Tony. Admittedly, although Whoopi Goldberg also has all three, her Emmy wasn't for acting.

6. Amazon And Netflix Each Scored Their First Academy Awards

'Manchester by the Sea' won for Amazon [Credit: Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions]
'Manchester by the Sea' won for Amazon [Credit: Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions]

Without a doubt, Netflix and Amazon are big players in the world of online streaming and now, it seems that the Academy Awards' playing field has opened itself up to them too.

This year, Netflix won its first Oscar in the Best Documentary Short category for The White Helmets. Amazon also picked up awards for The Salesman for Best Foreign Film and Manchester by the Sea for Best Original Screenplay.

5. 'Moonlight' Set A New Record For Lowest Budget For Best Picture Winner

With a low budget of just $1.5 million (compared to the $30 million spent to make La La Land), Moonlight became one of the lowest budget movies to ever be named Best Picture winner.

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4. At 7 Hours And 47 Minutes, 'O.J.: Made In America' Is The Longest Film To Ever Win An Oscar

Ezra Edelman's documentary O.J.: Made In America became the longest film to ever get its mitts on an Academy Award statuette. The ESPN-produced project took home the prize for Best Documentary Feature for its hefty seven hours and 47 minutes worth of content focusing on the infamous O.J. Simpson trial.

It beat 1969's War and Peace by half an hour.

3. 'Moonlight' Became First LGBTQ-Themed Film To Win Best Picture

Moonlight may have been an enormous triumph for the black community, but it was also an incredible win for all LGBTQ individuals all over the world. That's because it became the first film in movie history that had a queer storyline and managed to grab hold of the Academy's most prestigious award — the Best Picture Oscar.

2. The Harry Potter Series Finally Got Recognition With 'Fantastic Beasts'

'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' was also honored [Credit: Warner Bros.]
'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' was also honored [Credit: Warner Bros.]

After all this time with none of the eight movies actually managing to cross the finish line to Oscar glory, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them finally got the franchise the recognition it deserves in 2017. J. K. Rowling's latest wizarding adventure won for Best Achievement in Costume Design.

1. And Finally, It Was The First Time Such A Terrible Mix-Up Happened

Who would have thought that one envelope could create such turmoil and confusion? A bizarre scene unfolded when La La Land was announced as the winner for Best Picture, an honour that was then cruelly taken away and bestowed upon Moonlight.

We cringed, we laughed, we picked our jaws up off the floor in what was the Academy Awards' most embarrassing and shocking mix-up ever. Bring on 2018.

Which 2017 Oscars record was the most impressive?

[Credit: ABC]
[Credit: ABC]


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