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Oscar Recap 2017

La La Land wins six, but it's this year's indie darling Moonlight that takes Best Picture.

The first 12 awards went to different movies, then it became the La La Land and Moonlight show in the second half of the evening, culminating in the most embarrassing event in the history of the Academy Awards. To explain: Best Picture presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were given the wrong envelope and announced La La Land as the winner, causing the "La La" team to come on stage. Moments later, producers ran out on stage with the correct envelope and it was announced that Moonlight actually won Best Picture. Unbelievable.

As for the rest of the evening, the love was spread around quite democratically, with Manchester By The Sea and Hacksaw Ridge winning two apiece, and no other movie winning more than one. Host Jimmy Kimmel had some hits and misses, but overall may have been too inconsistent to be invited back next year. Here are my thoughts as the show went on. A complete list of winners is at the bottom.

8:30 p.m. (ET) - Such a cool and smart way to start with Justin Timberlake singing "Can't Stop the Feeling!" from Trolls. Great, positive energy, and one of the best openings to an Oscar ceremony that I can remember.

8:36 - A bit surprised host Jimmy Kimmel would go political, but he has a nice message: Have a conversation with someone you disagree with, and listen. Still, have to wonder if people are turning the show off because they don't want to hear Hollywood go political. But let's remember: This type of humor is what he does on his late night show, so it's certainly not out of character.

8:43 - Nice gesture by Kimmel in getting the crowd to give an ovation to the "overrated" 20(!) time Oscar nominee Meryl Streep.

8:46 - Too much spray tan on Alicia Vikander. She looks orange.

8:49 - Congrats, Remy! Mahershala Ali wins supporting actor for Moonlight. I still wish he was in more than a third of the movie. This was not a sure bet, but his gracious acceptance speech at the Screen Actors Guild awards no doubt endeared him to voters.

8:56 - Kimmel returning to political jabs by mentioning that "Times" news outlets aren't welcome. This will likely continue throughout the evening, and from more than just Kimmel.

8:58 - Suicide Squad wins for makeup. Many (including me) thought this would go to Star Trek: Beyond.

9:01 - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes costume design. For La La Land fans here, it's rare for a modern movie to win this. Fantasy/period movies have an inherent advantage in voter's minds.

9:09 - What a moment to have the real Katherine Johnson there! She is 98 years young. Wow. Relatedly, Taraji P. Henson (who played Johnson in Hidden Figures) easily could've been nominated for Lead Actress.

9:12 - "O.J.: Made In America" wins Documentary Feature, and deservedly so. It's an astonishing piece of work.

9:26 - Nice of Kimmel to give Junior Mints and Red Vines to the audience. Wonder how much each company paid for the product placement.

9:27 - Arrival wins Sound Editing. No joke: Wife called this right before it was announced. I've always said she's smarter than I am.

9:31 - Hacksaw Ridge win Sound Mixing. Kevin O'Connell has finally won after 21 nominations!

9:43 - Viola Davis wins supporting actress for Fences in a very tough category. It's her third nomination (previously nommed for "Doubt" and The Help), first win, and she absolutely deserves it. And she gave a lovely, heartfelt speech to top it all off.

9:56 - Wonderful to have Charlize Theron extol the virtues of Shirley MacLaine's "The Apartment," then have them present Foreign Language Film together. You may recall that when Kevin Spacey won best actor for "American Beauty," he referenced Jack Lemmon's performance in "The Apartment" as one of the finest he's ever seen. Spacey also said he sat with director Sam Mendes and watched "The Apartment" prior to shooting "American Beauty." The 1960 Billy Wilder film is a great, great movie.

9:58 - "The Salesman" wins foreign language film, expectedly so. This is a political win, with Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (who previously won in this category for "A Separation") refusing to attend out of protest of President Trump's immigration policy. No doubt liberal-oriented Hollywood couldn't help but support him by voting for him. 

10:09 - "Piper" wins animated short film. You may recall that it played in front of Finding Dory in theaters over the summer.

10:12 - Zootopia wins animated feature -- yay! It's an absolute delight of a movie. Though let it be said: Kubo and the Two Strings is a damn fine movie as well, and also would've been a worthy winner.

10:13 - Dakota Johnson's dress looks like something my grandma would've worn.

10:14 - La La Land wins its first award of the night, for production design. How cute that it's a husband and wife team that won this together.

10:17 - Funny bit with bringing in people from a tour bus to mingle with the stars in the front row. You have to wonder two things: 1) If these people cared about the Oscars, wouldn't they be watching it and not on a tour? and 2) Are these real tourists? I'll give the benefit of the doubt and say they're real tourists. It's a funny, human and warm moment. 

10:31 - The Jungle Book wins visual effects. I would've given it to Doctor Strange, but you can't really argue here.  

10:34 - Cool tribute from Seth Rogen to Michael J. Fox and "Back To The Future" prior to them presenting film editing. Notice that Rogen is wearing the self-lacing Nike shoes from "Back To The Future Part II?" Also, Fox doesn't seem to age. Remarkable.

10:36 - Hacksaw Ridge is the first repeat winner of the night, taking the Oscar for film editing.

10:45 - "The White Helmets" wins documentary short subject. Haven't seen it.

10:48 - "Sing" wins live action short. Haven't seen it.

10:57 - Javier Bardem gives a touching tribute to Meryl Streep prior to them presenting cinematography. His affection for her work is touching, and given that his experience happened in Madrid, it reminds us how universal film can be.

11:00 - La La Land wins cinematography. Who-hooo!

11:02 - Oscar edition of Kimmel's staple "Mean Tweets" segment -- love it! My favorites were Tilda Swinton (the joke: she looks like a dog) and Jeff Bridges (the joke: he looks like he doesn't wear pants).

11:12 - Did you notice Matt Damon trip Kimmel as Kimmel walked by him? HA! 

11:16 - Justin Hurwitz takes the Oscar for original score for La La Land. Yipppeee! Then he wins again a few minutes later for original song. The thing is, he won the song Oscar for "City Of Stars," which isn't even close to being the best song in the movie. My favorite was "Someone in the Crowd."

11:30 - Hilarious spoof of the tribute pieces airing tonight as Kimmel "pays tribute" to Matt Damon's "We Bought A Zoo." Hilarious that Kimmel then "plays off" Damon as he's presenting original screenplay. Probably Kimmel's best bit of the night.

11:31 - Kenneth Lonergan wins original screenplay for Manchester By The Sea. This is deserved. It's a phenomenal script.

11:34 - Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney win adapted screenplay for Moonlight. I had issues with the movie, but kudos to them for the message and success they achieved.

11:41 - Halle Berry's dress is great, but what the hell is she doing with her hair? My GOD! 

11:44 - Damien Chazelle wins Director for La La Land. At 32, he's the youngest winner ever in this category. Oh yeahhhh!

11:51 - This was a tough one to call, and no doubt the vote was close, but you can't argue with Casey Affleck winning lead actor for Manchester By The Sea.

11:56 - Emma Stone wins Lead Actress for La La Land. She was wonderful, but I would've given it to Isabelle Huppert for "Elle."

12:09 - Moonlight takes best picture after the most embarrassing moment in Academy history, giving it three for the evening. TOTAL SHOCKER!

 

Full list of Oscar winners:

Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Costume Design: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 
Makeup and Hair: Suicide Squad
Documentary Feature: O.J.: Made In America
Sound Editing: Arrival
Sound Mixing: Hacksaw Ridge
Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, Fences
Foreign Language: The Salesman
Animated Short: Piper
Animated Feature: Zootopia
Production Design: La La Land
Visual Effects: The Jungle Book
Film Editing: Hacksaw Ridge
Live Action Short: Sing
Documentary Short: The White Helmets
Cinematography: La La Land
Original Score: La La Land
Original Song: La La Land
Original Screenplay: Manchester By The Sea
Adapted Screenplay: Moonlight
Director: Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Lead Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester By The Sea
Lead Actress: Emma Stone, La La Land
Best Picture: Moonlight

Total wins by movie:

Moonlight - 3
La La Land - 6
Suicide Squad - 1
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - 1
O.J.: Made In America - 1
Arrival - 1
Hacksaw Ridge - 2
Fences - 1
The Salesman - 1
Piper - 1
Zootopia - 1
The Jungle Book - 1
The White Helmets - 1
Sing - 1
Manchester By The Sea - 2