The 2017 Academy Awards took place on Sunday night. The event was hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel, a first for the American after he hosted both the Emmy Awards and American Music Awards in 2016. While he excelled in the role, this years Awards will forever be remembered for the Best Picture gaffe.
The final award of the night brought about one of the biggest controversy’s the Oscars has ever seen. Presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway received the wrong envelope and thus announced La La Land as the Best Picture winner when in fact the winner was Moonlight. Midway through his winning speech, La La Land producer, Jordan Horowitz announced “There’s a mistake. Moonlight you won Best Picture” to the gasps of a shocked crowd.
Away from the controversy, the big winners of the night were Casey Affleck, Emma Stone and Damien Chazelle. Affleck received the Best Actor award for his role in Manchester by the Sea. It was Casey’s second nomination and first award, he said on winning the award “Man, I wish I had something bigger and more meaningful to say, but I’m just glad to be a part of this community. I’m dumbfounded to be included.”
The Best Actress Award went to Emma Stone for her role in the musical La La Land. She starred alongside Ryan Gosling who was also nominated for the Best Actor Award. Stone gave an emotional speech saying “You are all so extraordinary and I look up to you and I admire you more than I can put into words,” and then went on to thank her family and friends. “I’m going to hug the hell out of you when the feeling re-enters my body.”
Damien Chazelle, director of La La Land, picked up the Best Director Award. At just 32 years of age, he is the youngest person to take home the award. They may not have won Best Picture but it was still a great night for La La Land as they took home five awards.
This years Oscars will be remembered for all the wrong reasons, but it was a successful night for host Jimmy Kimmel, the award winners and of course the dress makers (for the most part).