The #Oscars have been and gone and while there was a lot of predictability when compared to previous ceremonies, there was an abundance of fun, great moments and controversy throughout the magical night. So let's take a look at some of the highlights of the 89th Academy Awards.
1. Jimmy Kimmel Rocks His Opening
In recent years we've had some amazing Oscar hosts including Seth McFarlane, Ellen DeGeneres, Neil Patrick Harris and Chris Rock. With that in mind, many people had high expectations for host #JimmyKimmel and whether he would be a better host than his No. 1 rival Jimmy Fallon, who hosted this year's Golden Globes. Kimmel did a phenomenal job, starting off strong with a hilarious opening monolog that had viewers sitting at home, giggling and asking themselves, "Did he really just say that?"
Kimmel definitely got political in his opening, yet it wasn't as blistering as it could have been. Rather, his jokes offered something for everyone, regardless of their political opinion or leaning, that we could all laugh along with. The host started off by calling Mel Gibson "the only #Braveheart in the room" and saying even he can't unite us. He then began taking shots, saying to French actress Isabelle Huppert, "We didn't see Elle, but we absolutely loved it. I'm glad Homeland Security let you in tonight." And of course we will never forget Kimmel's epic roast of Matt Damon!
2. Suicide Squad Brings Home An Oscar
#SuicideSquad had to be one of the most disappointing movies of 2016. Warner Bros. panicked after the negative response toward Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and decided to rip apart the entire movie ahead of its release. As a result, we received an incoherent mess sprinkled with shining moments that were few and far between. One of the highlights of the movie was the colorful makeup, but I didn't even consider the fact that the movie would not only be nominated but win the Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
Sure, Suicide Squad didn't have much competition, as it only ran against two other movies in its category that many people didn't see, but it was no less of a surprising win. We are fully aware the academy doesn't love comic book movies, but this shows that the people do have a voice, seeing as many people enjoyed the hell out of this movie. Also, I have to give credit to the people who worked on Suicide Squad for their extreme diligence. They should not be to blame for Warner Bros.' slip-up.
3. Viola Davis Gives Another Emotional Speech
#ViolaDavis has a history of giving the most moving speeches that will make you tear up. At the Golden Globes, Davis gave not one but two powerful speeches and she continued that tradition at the Oscars. Davis winning Supporting Actress for Fences was almost a given and didn't surprise anyone. Nonetheless, when she got to the podium, we were still taken away by her emotional words.
She talked about how artists enjoy the one profession that truly gets the best out of life and of "the people who dreamed big and never saw those dreams to fruition." She gave thanks to everyone she worked with on Fences, her family, and God for giving her an extraordinary career. As Kimmel later joked, "Viola Davis just got nominated for an Emmy for that speech."
4. Hollywood Tour Takes Over The Oscars
A couple of years ago at the Oscars, DeGeneres hilariously had a pizza delivery guy come to the theater and deliver cheesy pies during the show. Kimmel raised the bar and brought an entire busload of tourists into Hollywood's Dolby Theatre, right in the middle of the Oscars, and while it might have been terrifically awkward for some attendees, it was hilarious to watch it go down.
The lucky sightseers got to meet famous celebrities such as Nicole Kidman, Casey Affleck, Meryl Streep — and not #MattDamon. Perhaps one of the funniest moments during this moment was watching Denzel Washington unofficially marry two of the tourists who were set to be wed in just a few months' time.
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5. The Tear-Jerking In Memoriam Reel
The internet shamed the year 2016 for taking so many amazing people from the world, including Gene Wilder, Prince, and our one and only princess Carrie Fisher. With so many deaths, the In Memoriam reel was destined to make us cry — and it did. Not only did the reel focus on A-list performers, but on those talented behind-the-scenes people whose passings may have slipped under our radars. We can only hope another year doesn't pass by that takes as many people as 2016 did.
6. Casey Affleck Wins Best Actor
Most of the winners this year were obvious, especially the ones in which La La Land was a contender. However, the Lead Actor category seemed to be a two-horse race between #DenzelWashington and Casey Affleck. In the end, Affleck was awarded the gold statuette. Both actors put their hearts and souls into their performances, but perhaps most watchers were thinking it was a shoo-in for Washington. Affleck winning for his performance in Manchester by the Sea was one of the most surprising moments of the night.
7. Moonlight Beats La La Land In A Huge Twist
We all knew La La Land would sweep the Oscars, and a film that receives 14 nominations is going to at least win Best Picture, right? La La Land was the winner of the Best Picture Oscar for only a minute, until the winners realized that the card was somehow wrong and that the true winner was #Moonlight. This is like that Steve Harvey moment but on steroids, a colossal mistake that will go down in Hollywood history.
While I still believe La La Land was deserving of Best Picture, I am not upset that Moonlight won as that was also a fantastic, moving film with a great story, great acting and a very important message. To me, the switch-up seemed a bit too artificial and perhaps not a complete accident. Obviously this stunt was unlikely to have been on purpose, but something fishy definitely happened behind the scenes.
8. La La Land Still Sweeps The Oscars
We all expected #LaLaLand to do very well at this year's Academy Awards, and it still won an astonishing six Oscars including Best Actress, Best Director and Best Original Score. Even though it lost the Best Picture category to Moonlight and it won fewer awards than expected, La La Land is still the true victor of the 89th Academy Awards.
Perhaps La La Land would have won more Oscars if it wasn't for the public backlash. Regardless, there were so many phenomenal movies in 2016 not limited to the likes of Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea and Hacksaw Ridge. At the end of the day, this was a very enjoyable awards show and an overall incredible year in film.
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