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PopWrapped | Awards

89th Academy Awards Highlights

Matt Mitchell | PopWrapped Author

Matt Mitchell

Updated 03/9/2017 6:11pm
89th Academy Awards Highlights | Awards

The 89th Academy Awards, Hollywood's biggest night of the year, took place on Sunday. In case you couldn't watch the Oscars ceremony (or were busy with The Walking Dead), these were the highlights of the night.

The stars took to the red carpet before the event for photos and interviews. Several stars were wearing accessories to promote awareness for causes important to them. Ruth Negga, nominated for Best Actress, wore a blue ribbon supporting the American Civil Liberties Union. Lin-Manuel Miranda and his mother also wore ACLU blue ribbons.

Awards THE OSCARS(r) - The 89th Oscars(r) broadcasts live on Oscar(r) SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2017, on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Tyler Golden)
RUTH NEGGA

After Justin Timberlake opened the show with "Can't Stop The Feeling", host Jimmy Kimmel walked on stage to a sitting ovation. He introduced some of the nominated celebrities while making a few jabs at Mel Gibson. Talking about how we need to unite in these tough times, he said there is only one Braveheart here, but "he’s not going to reunite us either." Kimmel's statements were clearly referencing the current political climate under President Trump, and this wasn't the last time in the show he took aim at Trump. He jokingly asked CNN and any "Times" press to be removed, saying "fake tans we love, but fake news..." Regarding Trump's immigration ban policy, Kimmel reminisced "remember when the Oscars seemed racist?" Later in the show, Kimmel was surprised Trump hadn't commented on the ceremony yet. He live tweeted from the stage to check if Trump was awake.

Awards THE OSCARS(r) - The 89th Oscars(r) broadcasts live on Oscar(r) SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2017, on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Eddy Chen)
JIMMY KIMMEL

Many other nominees and winners vocalized their opposition to Trump not supporting the arts and his policy on immigration. Iranian director Asghar Farhadi won Best Foreign Film for The Salesman. In an acceptance statement read on Farhadi's behalf, it was revealed the Farhadi choose not to attend the ceremony to protest immigrants being prevented from entering the United States. While presenting an award, Gael Garcia Bernal stated his opposition to the building of a wall as a Mexican and a human being.

Every year there are jokes about the starving celebrities during the ceremony. You may remember back in 2014 when Ellen DeGeneres had pizza delivered during the show. This year was no different, Kimmel rained bags of candy treats with tiny parachutes from the ceiling. First Red Vines and Junior Mints, then Lemonheads and Mike & Ikes as Kimmel lifted Lion star Sunny Pawar like Simba in The Lion King. When that wasn't enough, Kimmel dropped cookies and donuts.

Awards THE OSCARS(r) - The 89th Oscars(r) broadcasts live on Oscar(r) SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2017, on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Eddy Chen)
JIMMY KIMMEL, SUNNY PAWAR

Kimmel entertained the audience with a special Oscars edition of his Mean Tweets series (watch below). He continued his running joke of feuding with Matt Damon and attempted to settle their beef while dissing his performance in We Bought a Zoo. Damon, sitting second row with his fellow Manchester by the Sea nominees, tripped Kimmel as he walked the aisle. Coming on stage to present the nominees for Best Original Screenplay, the voiceover announced "Ben Affleck and guest". Affleck started off the presentation and, then, as Damon went to speak, the orchestra conducted by Kimmel began to play him off. Damon had to speak over the swelling music to introduce the nominees.

Kimmel's big stunt brought a star tour bus group through the theater to meet all the celebrities. Expecting to see a special Oscar gowns exhibit, the severely undressed tourists found themselves on live TV. Gary Allan Cole (#GaryFromChicago) stole Kimmel's spotlight as he kissed Nicole Kidman's hand, took selfies, held Mahershala Ali's Oscar statue, and got pronounced husband and wife by his favorite actor, Denzel Washington. The whole thing was a kind of awkward-funny watching tourists mingle with the stars dressed in their elegant tuxedos and gowns. Had to be an unbelievable experience for those lucky tourists, though.

Awards THE OSCARS(r) - The 89th Oscars(r) broadcasts live on Oscar(r) SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2017, on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Eddy Chen)
JIMMY KIMMEL

As far as the winners go, you can find a complete list of the award winners here. Some standouts were Viola Davis winning Best Supporting Actress, as predicted by her young Fences co-star Saniyya Sidney #EarnThatOscar. Davis gave a teary, emotional speech that captivated the audience. Moonlight won Best Adapted Screenplay, whereas it won Best Original Screenplay at the Writer's Guild of America Awards. Damien Chazelle became the youngest director ever to win at age 32 for La La Land. Denzel Washington appeared to be holding back tears as his direction for Fences lost. Clearly the film and recognition for the story meant a lot to him. Emma Stone won Best Actress in a Lead Role (no surprise here), for playing a struggling actress. Meryl Streep did not win this year but received a standing ovation for her "overrated" 20 nominations. La La Land won six of its record-tying 14 nominations. A record number of African Americas were nominated, and a record number won. Mahershala Ali, Ezra Edelman, Viola Davis, Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney all took home Oscar statues.

Awards THE OSCARS(r) - The 89th Oscars(r) broadcasts live on Oscar(r) SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2017, on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Eddy Chen)
JORDAN HOROWITZ, WARREN BEATTY, JIMMY KIMMEL

The ceremony was coming to a close and had been a fairly typical ceremony with nothing hugely outstanding occurring -- that is, until the Best Picture announcement. Warren Beatty was presenting the award with his Faye Dunaway. Upon opening the envelope, his confusion was mistaken for being funny and building tension. Dunaway announced La La Land as the winner, when, in actual fact, they had been given the Best Actress envelope for Emma Stone's win. While the La La Land producers gave their acceptance speeches, the cast and crew flooded the stage, and a man in a headset began frantically checking all the envelopes on stage to find the correct one. The La La Land team graciously revealed the error and handed off their statues to Moonlight, which actually won Best Picture. The huge mix up was shocking and confused everyone watching live. Certainly the biggest moment of the night and one to be remembered for many years to come!

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