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Laughter and Confusion Top 2017 Academy Awards

Warren Beatty Announces Wrong Winner for Best Picture

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The 2017 Academy Awards presented cinema’s biggest superstars in high fashion, some tear-jerking speeches, and declarative political standpoints.

Justin Timberlake opened the night with a performance of “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” which received a nomination for best original song for the film “Trolls.” Timberlake performed from within the crowd of stars present before presenting Jimmy Kimmel as the host.

The 2017 Oscar’s is the first that Kimmel has hosted in his career. Kimmel joked about his longstanding rivalry with actor Matt Damon, and also thanked President Donald Trump for making the Oscars seem less racist. Kimmel also joked about the feud between Meryl Streep and Trump, asking the crowd for a round of applause for Hollywood’s “most overrated” actress. Kimmel literally showered Oscar attendees with sweets as candies of all sorts parachuted from the sky for all in attendance to enjoy.

Oscar Politics

Many of the speeches given tonight focused by Oscar winners focused on the controversial immigration reform. Best Makeup Award winner Alessandro Bertolazzi threw a direct jab at Trump by dedicating his award to all immigrants.

“I’m from Italy. This is for all the immigrants,” said Bertolazzi.

Trump was the butt of many jokes throughout the night which seemed to fit the Academy Award theme of Inspiration.

As for the awards, Mahershala Ali won Best Supporting Actor for his role in the drama “Moonlight,” the first award handed out tonight. Ali is best known for his role as Remy Danton in Netflix’s hit series “House of Cards.” Ali won the award over the highly favored “Lion” actor Dev Patel. Fan favorite Viola Davis won her first Oscar as the Best Supporting Actress in “Fences” where she starred alongside Denzel Washington. Viola makes history with her Oscar win for being the first African-American woman to win the Oscar, Emmy, and Tony.

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Casey Affleck attained the Best Actor award for acting as Lee Chandler in “Manchester by the Sea.” In his speech, Affleck thanked actor Denzel Washington for teaching Affleck how to act.

In true Steve Harvey fashion, “La La Land” was mistakenly awarded  Best Picture  by Warren Beatty, who then explained that the award was actually for “Moonlight.” However,  “La La Land,” which grossed more than $140 million at the box office, did win Best Original Score, Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Production Design. The Best Actress award went to Emma Stone, for her first Oscar win, for her portrayal as “Mia.”

The American Civil Liberties Union was well represented throughout the night as actors and actresses donned blue ribbons in support of the cause. ACLU works to defend civil rights guaranteed to all those living in the United States, according to the ACLU website. Lin-Manuel Miranda, Busy Phillips, and Ruth Negga all wore blue ribbons in support of civil liberties. Politics were discussed by may presenters and winners as a clear symbol of the turmoil felt by celebrities and civilians alike.

The night ended with a shocking twist with the confusion by an incorrect announcement for Best Picture winner between the “La La Land” and “Moonlight” camps. Surely Twitter will have the last laugh.

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