The Oscars just wrapped up, and what a ride! Unexpectedly, La La Land didn’t sweep the awards but did end up with 6 (including actress, director and not picture). Manchester by the Sea and Hacksaw Ridge each left with two awards, and the Affleck’s have become the newest family to have multiple Oscar winners in their ranks.
The weird twist? La La Land was announced as the Best Picture winner and started giving a speech when suddenly… someone pulled a Steve Harvey and announced that actually, Moonlight had won. I still can’t tell how that really happened, but what a way to end the show! Everyone was incredibly gracious and I was really impressed with that… but wow my stress levels went up a notch there.
You’ll find all the winners below with my thoughts, and check out The Plot Demands It‘s podcast – I’ll be on next week talking all things Oscars!
It seems Justin Timberlake is a hit this awards season, participating in Jimmy Fallon’s Golden Globes opener and bringing everyone into the Oscars with his nominated song “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” It brought a bit of the Grammy’s feel into the show, with lots of the audience dancing and singing along, and that’s a great way to bring more viewers to the show. I will never forget how much Javier Bardem was into that song.
Jimmy Kimmel came out next and immediately addressed the biggest topic of the night: Donald Trump, racism, and everybody coming together. It was a pretty serious start, but he managed to keep it light by turning to his feud with Matt Damon. The audience seems really into everything like they’re on some high after Fallon’s unsuccessful Golden Globes hosting gig. The only hitch came when he made an OJ joke, and even Mel Gibson beside him looked a little taken aback – “Almost halfway into the broadcast and the crowd turned on Jimmy.”
Later in the show, he threw in a Mean Tweets section that was a little too tame and a tourist gag that was kind of funny but didn’t live up to his best stuff: the Matt Damon feud. Kimmel playing Damon off while presenting was the best thing ever.
Lin Manuel-Miranda does an original prologue to “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana and the whole thing is stunning. This year, the Oscars are really leaning into the musical performances which is great, until Sting shows up – that was a boring song. And I know John Legend is the actual musician from La La Land, but they do realise I wanted to see Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone sing their songs themselves, right? Because that’s all I wanted.
And the winners are…
Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Suicide Squad
Best Costume: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Best Documentary Feature: OJ: Made in America
Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, Fences
Best Foreign Film: The Salesman, Iran
Best Animated Short: Piper
Best Animated Feature: Zootopia
Best Production Design: La La Land
Best Visual Effects: The Jungle Book
Best Documentary Short: The White Helmets
Best Cinematography: La La Land
Best Score: La La Land
Best Song: “City of Stars,” La La Land
Best Original Screenplay: Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Best Adapted Screenplay: Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Best Director: Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Best Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Best Actress: Emma Stone, La La Land
Best Picture: Moonlight