It was Jimmy Kimmel’s first round hosting the Oscars 2017. He hosted the Emmy Awards, the American Music Awards and now Oscars 2017 which turned out to be one of the biggest shockers in history.
The stars came out for the 89th Academy Awards which was broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center.
Justin Timberlake opened the show dancing through the audience singing with his Oscar nominated song, Can’t Stop the Feeling. It was a great stage presentation of dancers and singers and the audience stood and danced along.
Justin then sang A Lovely Day. He danced back into the audience and gave Denzel Washington a high-five. He got the audience up dancing, clapping and sing along. It was a great upbeat beginning to a very long night.
Justin introduced Jimmy Kimmel to the stage. He complained, “Oh good I got a sitting ovations,” because the audience sat down when Timberlake stopped singing. Justin also threw his mike on the stage and it flew past Jimmy. Odd, and Justin made a series of weird faces as he walked away.
Jimmy welcomed everyone to the show and said congratulations to everyone who was nominated. One of his first political jokes came when he said this year the Oscars will be seen in, “More than 225 countries that now hate us. And I think that’s an amazing thing.”
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He told Mel Gibson, “Mel you look great. I think the Scientology is working.” He also encouraged people to sit down and talk out their political difference.
That was his transition into bothering Matt Damon. (Does Matt like this.)
He said Matt was selfish, but he did an unselfish thing by not taking the lead role in Manchester by the Sea and instead giving it to his childhood friend Casey Affleck. He told him it was a stupid thing to do. And trashed him for the movie he chose to do instead, The Wall and how it was no where near as successful.
“I want to say thank you to President Trump. Remember last year when we though the Oscars were racists.”
Jimmy also joked to Meryl Streep about the comment Trump about her. “Meryl Streep has phoned it in … The highly overrated Meryl Streep.”
Best Supporting Actor was the first category of the evening. They showed a montage of small clips from acceptance speeches from past winners of the award.
The Best Supporting Actor Oscar 2017 went to Mahershala Ali for Moonlight. A wonderful surprise for him and he received a long standing ovation.
“My grandma would want me to button up.” He thanked his teachers and professors. He was told he was “A servant to these characters and these stories.” He ended by thanking his manager, the cast, the academy and his wife for the birth of their daughter four days ago.
The next category was Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling and the Oscar went to Suicide Squad. The Custom Design Oscar went to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The Best Documentary Feature Award was presented by the ladies of Hidden Figures, Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, and Janelle Monae. The audience gave them a standing ovation. The big surprise came when Taraji called Katherine Johnson, the real star behind the story of Hidden Figures to the stage. She received a rousing standing ovation. The Oscar went to O.J.: Made in America.
The Rock was the next presenter. He introduced Lin-Manuel Miranda who performed an incredible rap to introduce Auli’i Cravalho of Moana who sang the Oscar nominated song, How Far I’ll Go.
Jimmy introduced the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with a dig to the current president saying she’s, “A president who believes in both arts and sciences.” Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs covered many points, but mentioned that, “Art has no borders.”
Arrival won the Oscars 2017 Award for sound editing and the Oscar for Sound Mixing went to Hacksaw Ridge.
Jimmy asked if the audience was enjoying their Junior Mints after handing out candying to the audience earlier. It was not sandwiches made by his mother, but candy will do.
Vince Vaughn joked about Jackie Chan doing everything in his films before introducing a video honoring Jackie and several others who received the Honorary Award at the Governors Awards.
Next came a video of winners of Best Supporting Actress acceptance speeches. The excerpts were great throwbacks and very moving.
The Best Supporting Actress Oscars 2017 award went to Viola Davis for Fences her first Oscar and third nomination. She received a very long standing ovation.
“I became an artist and thank God I did because we are the only profession to celebrate what it means to live a life.” She honored August Wilson and others for being the cheerleaders for the movie. She was masterful at fitting many, many names into her speech, include Denzel Washington as she cried throughout. She also thanked her husband, her daughter and the Academy.
Jimmy joked who can give an acceptance speech after Viola Davis? He added that Viola just got nominated for her Oscar speech.
Jimmy said David Letterman inspired him as he introduced a video featuring Charlize Theron speaking of her inspiration, Shirley MacLaine. After the video they took the stage together to introduce the Best Foreign Language film. The Oscar went to The Salesman.
Director Asghar Farhadi was not there to acceptance his Academy Award and his speech was read in protest of the ban of immigrants from the U.S.
Sting performed a moving rendition of The Empty Chair.
The Oscar for Best Animated Short Film went to Piper. The Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film went to Zootopia.
The Oscar for Best Production Design went to La La Land.
Kimmel let a row of people into the audience as he told them to call out Mahershala’s name. He introduced them to Nicole, Octavia and Ryan Gosslin. (Where were these people from?) Jimmy asked one woman who her favorite actor was and she said Denzel Washington and he performed an impromptu wedding. Bizarre.
He introduced Merly Streep to them saying again, “Overrated.”
These folks posed with the stars as they moved past the front row and touched Merhersals’ Oscar as they left.
The next Oscar went to The Jungle Book for Achievement in Visual Effect.
Seth Rogan and Michael J. Fox made a big entrance as they came to the stage in a DeLorean. Michael struggled through his speech, but delivered it like a champ.
The Oscar for Film Editing went to Hacksaw Ridge.
Jimmy interviewed the child star Sunny Pawar from Lion in the audience. He asked him about the Lion King before holding the young man in the air to the theme from the Lion King.
The Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject went to The White Helmets which was another political acceptance speech in the broadcast.
Best Live Action Short Film went to Sing.
Jimmy mentioned at two hours into the broadcast that Trump had not tweeted to him yet. Jimmy then sent a tweet to Trump live instead.
Javier Bardem and Meryl Streep presented the Oscar for Achievement in Cinematography and the Oscar went to La La Land.
Jimmy made a joke in reference to Trumps remarks about Sweden and followed with a video of actors reading ‘Mean Tweets.’ Leave it to Robert De Niro to end video with, “F++k You!.” Hilarious.
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone introduced John Legend’s beautiful performance of the Oscar nominated song, City of Stars from La La Land.
The Oscar for Best Original Score went to La La Land as well. This is were La La Land started to pick up steam. Best Original Song went to City of Stars for La La Land. “This is dedicated to all the kids that sing in the rain and all the mom’s who let them.”
The In Memoriam segment was introduced by Jennifer Aniston. She mentioned the passing of Bill Paxton before Sara Bareilles sang Both Sides Now.
Jimmy took a moment to further raze Matt Damon with the movie, We Bought a Zoo saying, “He has almost no discernible talent, but he works.”
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon followed to present Original Screenplay Jimmy had the band play over Matt Damon has he tried to present the nominees for Best Original Screen play for Manchester by the Sea.
The Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay went to Moonlight. “Two boys from Liberty City.” “Thank you, thank you. This is for you.”
Jimmy rained down cookies and donuts next as the show went on long and said, “No more fooling around I promise.”
Halle Berry announced the Best Directing category and the Oscar went to La La Land director Damien Chazelle.
Best Actor Oscar went to Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea. He received a standing ovation as well. He thanked Denzel Washington for teaching him how to actor. He rambled a bit, but ended with, “Ben I love you, you ain’t heavy. You’re my brother.”
Leonardo DiCaprio announced the Best Actress category and the Oscar went to Emma Stone for La La Land. Even before the awards, everyone suspected it would be La La Land’s night.
Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway presented the award for Best Picture. Beatty mixed a light tough of politics in his speech before he introduced the nominees for Best Picture.
The Oscar went to La La Land at first, but wait!
Oh No – what! There was some kind of confusion.
“This is not a joke! Moonlight won Best Picture.”
Faye Dunaway actually read the wrong winner not Warren Beatty!
But Moonlight was the real winner. Beatty said, “I wasn’t trying to be funny.” What a shocker!!! People were stunned in total disbelief.
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Moonlight director Barry Jenkins came to the stage in the mist of all the confusion and delivered his acceptance speech. He thanked everyone and ended with, “We didn’t do this. You guys chose us. Thank You!” Everyone was gracious throughout the onstage chaos.
“I blame myself for this” said Jimmy. “I knew I would screw this show up. I really did.”
Oscars 2017 got political and was certainly a shocker! This is one for the books!
Wow, you can’t make this stuff up.