The Oscars recap


Jimmy Kimmel, left, and Warren Beatty onstage at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night. Credit Patrick T. Fallon

Hollywood celebrated it’s biggest night on Sunday; the famed Academy Awards hold the reputation of being the highest honor for those involved in the film industry. Sunday marked the 89th year of the award show.

Moonlight, took home the highest honor of the night, the Oscar for Best Original Picture. Among those nominated were Hidden Figures, La La Land, Manchester by the Sea, Lion, Hell or High Water, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, and Arrival.

Mahershala Ali made history by becoming the first Muslim to win an Academy Award. Ali starred as Juan in Moonlight taking home the trophy for Best Supporting Actor, beating out the other nominees: Jeff Bridges, Lucas Hedges, Dev Patel, and Michael Shannon.

Naomie Harris, Michelle Williams, Octavia Spencer, and Nicole Kidman were beat out by Viola Davis for Best Supporting Actress. Davis’ speech soon rose to it’s own fame as she remarked  “I became an artist and thank God I did, because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.”

No surprise came when Emma Stone took home the Best Actress award for her role in La La Land. Casey Affleck soon joined his brother Ben in the Oscar winner circle, after winning Best Actor for his part in Manchester by the Sea.
The most talked about part of the night, however, was the Best Picture mishap. Warren Beaty and Faye Dunaway were given the task to present the Oscar for Best Picture. They announced the winner as La La Land. The cast of La La Land were halfway through their speeches before Beaty corrected the mistake. Beaty and Dunaway were accidentally given the wrong envelope. Moonlight was the real winner of Best Picture.
The Oscars had a much calmer vibe this year, after the racial discrimination protest that plagued last year’s proceedings. Jimmy Kimmel definitely delivered in his task of host well, and what seemed to be a frantic year for Hollywood was lightened by the events of Sunday night.