The Oscars ceremony took place in the US overnight, and it certainly proved to be the glamorous, controversial, and exciting awards ceremony we expected.
The stars turned out in force to attend the prestigious Hollywood evening, and film of the year La La Land inevitably lead the way in the awards, winning 6 of their 14 nominations, including best Cinematography and Production Design. But the biggest award of the night went to Moonlight, who won the coveted Best Picture statue.
A host of fantastic actresses were up for the coveted prize of Leading Actress, including Meryl Streep for Florence Foster Jenkins, and Natalie Portman for historical biopic Jackie. However, the award went to hotly tipped Emma Stone, for her performance in La La Land.
Meanwhile, the Leading Actor category saw Casey Affleck, for Manchester By The Sea, Denzel Washington for Fences, Ryan Gosling for La La Land, Viggo Mortenstein for Captain Fantastic, and Andrew Garfield for Hacksaw Ridge all compete to bag the award. But Casey Affleck was the lucky, if controversial, winner, for his performance in the hard-hitting drama Manchester by the Sea.
The winner of the Best Supporting Actress category was Viola Davis for Fences, marking her first Oscar win ever. The Best Supporting Actor statue was also awarded to Mahershala Ali, star of Moonlight. The actor has also just had a baby with his wife four days ago – so bravo for attending, we say.
But it’s not just about who won what. Here are five of the most hilarious, bizarre moments from the Oscars awards ceremony, including a couple that you may well have missed…
1. It was announced that La La Land had won Best Picture – but Moonlight had actually won the award
In perhaps the strangest moment of the night, presenter Warren Beatty announced that Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling’s musical La La Land
had won the biggest award of the evening, Best Picture. But just
moments later, a man rushed on stage to announce that actually,
Moonlight had won the award. The La La Land team graciously walked off stage as the cast of Moonlight came up to excitedly accept the award.
Warren Beatty explained the error by saying that the card he’d been given had Emma Stone’s name and La La Land
on it – could he have been given the wrong envelope? Who knows – but it
certainly ended the exciting awards evening with a bang!
2. Meryl Streep fought back against the Trump controversy
The actress quickly became the centre of attention as the
ceremony begun, as the first actress to ever receive a standing
ovation (as ordered by host Jimmy Kimmel, who sarcastically called her
“overrated”) during the opening monologue.
The applause may well have
been delivered because of President Donald Trump’s comments after the
Golden Globes ceremony, when Meryl openly spoke out against him in her speech. The speech later caused the President to retaliate by tweeting “Meryl
Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know
me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes.”
Meryl herself commented on the controversy when presenting an award. After Javier Bardem paid homage to one of her films, the actress thanked him, saying “I was starting to feel a bit overlooked tonight…”
3. She also tried to avoid the red carpet
She’s one of the biggest stars on the planet, so she could be forgiven for wanting to skip past the furore of the Oscars red carpet, with it’s reporters, cameras and fellow celebs. Meryl chose to walk down the red carpet at the last minute before the ceremony began – almost without being spotted. But alas, the star proved too recognisable to slip by unnoticed, and was caught by the cameras just before entering the Dobly Theatre for the evening.
But could it be that the actress was trying to avoid an awkward red carpet moment? Recently, Meryl found herself embroiled in a scandal with designer Karl Lagerfeld, who reportedly backed out of wearing a dress designed by him in favour of one from a designer who would pay her for wearing their dress. Meryl fervently denies these claims. And in the end, she wore a stunning blue Elie Saab number – so perhaps her speed down the red carpet was all because she wanted to avoid another spat in the press.
4. Host Jimmy Kimmel brought members of the public onto the front row of the ceremony
As part of his job as host, Jimmy Kimmel made sure to pull a few hilarious stunts during the evening. And perhaps the biggest one of the night was when he brought in a bus-load of tourists into the Dolby Theatre, to meet a few of the celebrities on the front row of the arena.
Perhaps one of the best moments came when one of the star-struck couples announced that they were engaged to be married in July. And then, after announcing the Denzel Washington was one of their favourite actors, the star came up to hug the excited couple and to announce ‘I now pronounce you man and wife…you may kiss the bride.’ Best wedding ceremony ever?
5. Bags of sweets rained from the sky
The Oscars is typically a long ceremony, and this year’s event was no exception. Because of this, host Jimmy Kimmell kindly decided that the awaiting A-list needed a snack between award announcements. Bags of sweets slowly floated down from the sky on his command, with stars Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling all grabbing a bag to munch on during the ceremony. Later, piles of doughnuts and cookies were even gifted to the famous faces! Even celebrities need to eat…
6. Michael J Fox received a standing ovation as he presented the award for Best Editing
At the 89th Annual Academy Awards Michael J Fox presented the award for Best Editing, alongside fellow actor Seth Rogan. The pair made an entrance by stepping out from a DeLorean, the iconic car in the Back To The Future franchise. The duo were met by an enormous applause and overwhelming standing ovation – to which Rogan joked: “I’m going to pretend that applause was for me, even though it was not.”
For more than a quarter of a century Michael J Fox has been battling Parkinson’s disease and he was officially diagnosed back in 1991. Over the years he has shown few symptoms but has revealed he’s been taking drugs to control the disease. He also had a thalamotomy in 1998 to control tremors.
Earlier in the evening Michael J Fox confidently took the the red carpet, posing for pictures with his wife Tracy Pollan who wore a stunning blue trailing dress.
7. Jennifer Aniston paid tribute to the late Bill Paxton during The Memoriam Segment
Jennifer took to the stage to present the In Memoriam section of the ceremony, to remember those who have passed away in the last year. An emotional Aniston held back tears as she paid tribute to acting legend Bill Paxton, who died just the day before, following complications with surgery.
The Friends actress addressed the ceremony, stating: “As we celebrate together, we also take a moment to mourn the many legends we lost this past year.”
She continued: “Each and every one was a cherished member of our Hollywood family. As was beloved actor and friend, who left us yesterday, Bill Paxton. All were loved and all will be missed.”
Over the course of his acting career Paxton starred in many hit films, including Titanic, Alien, Twister, and Apollo 13.
8. Stars proudly wore blue ribbons on the red carpet
A-listers hit the red carpet to showcase their stunning gowns and sharp suits – but one accessory in particular seemed to standout among the stars… a simple blue ribbon. Actress Ruth Negga pinned one to her vibrant red Valentino gown and supermodel Karlie Koss sported one on top of her all-white Stella McCartney dress.
The blue ribbons were in aid of the new “Stand with ACLU” campaign, which defends and protects the individual rights of citizens. ACLU reached out to all major nominees ahead of the ceremony to request their participation. Many celebs showed their support for the cause on the red carpet, including actor Lin Manuel Miranda (and his mother) as well as Moonlight director Barry Jenkins.