From the Best Picture faux pax to the Jimmy Kimmel’s digs at President Trump, the Oscars 2017 has been one hell of a Hollywood ride. History was made (We are looking at you, Viola Davis and Mahershala Ali!), a bus load of tourists were pranked and there were some amazing performances. Here are our highlights of the Oscars 2017.

 

Justin Timberlake gets everyone on their feet

There hasn’t been as high-octane an opener to the ceremony in recent years, as Justin Timberlake kicking off the show with a performance of “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” his high-energy tune from Trolls that was nominated for best original song, getting everyone in the house up on their feet. Taraji P Henson and Jackie Chan were the ones who became an immediate GIF – she really couldn’t stop the feeling.

 

Jimmy Kimmel Roasts President Trump

“I want to say thank you to President Trump. Remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist? That’s gone, thanks to him,” said Kimmel as he kicked off the show, referencing the #OscarsSoWhite controversies of the last two ceremonies. And that was just one of many digs he took at Trump throughout the evening.

Referencing this week’s blocking of various news outlets, including the Guardian, Kimmel said: “If there’s anyone from CNN, the New York Times … anything with Times in it, even the Medieval Times, we’d like you to leave the building … Fake tans we love, but not fake news.”

Mahershala Ali the first Muslim actor Best Supporting Actor

Recognised for his role in Moonlight, Ali became the first Muslim actor to win an Academy Award. The actor thanked his teachers with “I want to thank my teachers and professors, I had so many wonderful teachers, and one thing they consistently told me was that it’s not about you, it’s about these characters. You’re a servant, you’re in service to these stories and these characters.”

After thanking the producers, he then went on to acknowledge his wife who had just given birth. “I also want to thank my wife, we just had our daughter four days ago, so I just want to thank her for being such a soldier through this process and really carrying me through it all. Thank you, peace and blessings.”

Viola Davis aces the Oscar on her third nomination 

Thanks to Ali and Davis, this was the first Oscars in a decade with more than one black acting winner. Davis, a three-time nominee, Davis also became the first black actor to win an Oscar, an Emmy and a Tony. (Whoopi Goldberg also has all three, but the Emmy wasn’t for acting.) Acing the Oscar for the Best Supporting Actress for her part in Fences, Viola Davis was on top form again giving another passionate speech on Wilson August and the power of cinema to tell the stories of ordinary people.

“Thank you to the Academy. You know, there’s one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered. One place. And that’s the graveyard […] I became an artist, and thank God I did, because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.”

Sound mixer Kevin O’Connell finally won an Oscar

Let’s face it; when we found out he was nominated a grand total of 21 times, we were rooting for sound mixer Kevin O’Connell to win. When he did, it was with such grace. In the speech he had waited to give since he was first nominated for the 1983 drama Terms of Endearment, he thanked his mother, Skippy O’Connell, who helped get him his first job in sound. He recalled: “When I asked her, ‘Ma, how can I ever thank you?’ she looked at me and she said, ‘You know, I’ll tell you how you can thank me: You can work hard, you can work really hard, and some day you can go win yourself an Oscar, and you can stand up on that stage and you can thank me in front of the whole world. Mom, I know you’re looking down on me tonight. So, thank you.”

Tourbus Tourists get the surprise of a lifetime 

If Degeneres had the pizza delivery and the Oscars selfie, Kimmel had the little parachutes full of sweets and cookies falling from the sky and a tour bus full of tourists on a Hollywood tour. In a gag that could have gone horribly wrong, Kimmel managed to get the unsuspecting tourists into the ceremony, make small talk with them as well as introduce them to some of the heavyweights for selfies, an impromptu wedding ceremony and some Oscar-stroking.

The Academy pulls a Steve Harvey on La La Land 

And the Oscar goes to… Oh what, wait a minute! After the whole cast and crew of La La Land were called on stage, speeches were made, celebrations were in order, it soon transpired that the presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway  were given the wrong envelope and the actual winner of Best Picture was Moonlight. Cue possibly the worst faux pas in the history of the Academy Awards. We can only commend the host Jimmy Kimmel, the presenters and the producers of La La Land on how graciously they handled the mix-up.

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