It’s the biggest night of awards season as the great and the good of Hollywood gather at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre to find out the winners of this year’s Academy Awards. There’s no event in the entertainment calendar quite like it, with the world’s film royalty all crammed into one space, and this year brought us plenty of dramatic moments, both on the red carpet and inside the ceremony itself. Read on below for a round up of the best bits…
1. The Best Picture Oscar goes to…
All talking points from this year’s ceremony pale in comparison to the shock twist a the end of the night. When Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway took to the stage to present the last award of the night – the coveted Best Picture – they announced La La Land as the recipient. But as the film’s cast and crew gathered on stage to collect their prize, and even began delivering their acceptance speeches, organisers rushed on stage to reveal that it was in fact Moonlight who had won the award. Cue an awkward curfuffle as La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz graciously handed over his statue to Barry Jenkins and the rest of the Moonlight team.
What happened? Well, it appears Beatty and Dunaway were given the wrong envelope which explains the actor’s confused expression before he announced the (wrong) winner:
Has the Oscars ever ended in such dramatic fashion? Read more on the moment here – and viewers’ reaction here.
2. Jimmy Kimmel roasts Matt Damon
With their long-running ‘feud’ often grabbing headlines, it comes as no surprise that first-time Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel took the opportunity to get in a dig at his rival Matt Damon whose movie Manchester by the Sea was nominated for Best Film. Having spent days building up to it on his Twitter account…
Remember 2014 host Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscars selfie? This might just have a shot at breaking her record.
4. Katherine Johnson takes to the stage
Despite heading home empty handed, Hidden Figures has been one of the best-loved films on this year’s awards season circuit as Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae depicted African American mathematicians and scientists working at NASA during the Space Race in the 1960s. But as the trio took to the stage to present Best Documentary Feature, they welcomed a very special guest to the stage – Katherine Johnson, whom Henson portrayed in the film. The physicist – who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015 – came up to the mic in a wheelchair and thanked the audience who were all on their feet in spontaneous applause.
Many thought Denzel Washington might land his third Oscar but it was Casey Affleck who was named Best Actor for his performance in Manchester by the Sea. The actor had many people to thank during his acceptance speech but he saved our favourite until last, ending his big moment with a nod to his Oscar-winning brother: “Thanks to my mother and my father. And Ben I love you”. N’awww.