Everything you need to know about the 89th Academy Awards ceremony
1 host, 24 categories, 39 films and 122 nominees, all gathered in the Dolby Theatre to determine: who are Hollywood’s finest? Here’s a brief overview of everything you need to know about the 89th Academy Awards ceremony 2017.
If you ask me, this year was one of the best in film history, bringing us films as beautifully human as “Kubo and the Two Strings” and “Fences”. Some have definitely earned the little golden man whereas others didn’t make it to the spotlight although they should have if you ask me.
Among the highlights was “Moonlight”, which won three categories including Best Picture. Being the first LGBT-related film and the first all-black cast to ever win an Oscar, this a truly break-through film. But while “Moonlight” won Best Picture it was “La La Land” that stole the show, winning six awards following a staggering number of 14 nominations (record-tying with Titanic and All About Eve). For me, though, it’s films like “Manchester by the Sea” that restore my faith in the whole award-granting industry. Directed by Kenneth Lonergan and winning the Best Original Screenplay category, this is a fantastic film starring the wonderfully talented rising stars Lucas Hedges and
Casey Affleck (yes, he is Ben’s brother) who also won Best Actor.
The big mix-up
And now to what you’ve all been waiting to talk about: the announcement of the wrong winner of the Best Picture category. What will probably be remembered as the most awkward mix-up in Oscars history was the result of the wrong envelope ending up in the hands of Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway at the most crucial moment of the entire ceremony. Beatty, seeing Emma Stone’s (who, by the way, won Best Actress) name on the card beneath the “La La Land” title mistook (quite understandably) this to be the winning film. A few moments later, with Marc Platt announcing the mistake and having to reiterate that “this is not a joke”, the “La La Land” producers had to give up their place for “Moonlight”.
And here is the song from “La La Land” which my wife loves so much (and not just her apparently) :