And the Oscar Goes To….

Yesterday the Oscars or lesser known as the Academy Awards were held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. It was the 89th time that the Oscars were presented to movie makers in it’s widest.

Before the results are revealed here is some news about the show itself.

The show was opened by Justin Timberlake warming the crowd up with his song “Can’t Stop The Feeling” from Trolls and introducing Jimmy Kimmel as this year’s host.

 

As you can see (if you have watched above clip) the theatre in which it is held is absolutely stunning. It gave the whole show a nice ambience.

After an upbeat introduction by Justin Timberlake, the shows gets slowly started with some lame ass jokes in my opinion. And even though award events tend to get a bit political lately this one was not so bad in my opinion. Some of Kimmel‘s jokes were borderline for me. But taste can’t be argued. So to each his or her own. And be a judge for yourself.

Kimmel honoured Meryl Streep (20 time Oscar nominee) for her many uninspiring and overrated performances, from her mediocre early work in Deer Hunter to her underwhelming Kramer vs. Kramer. Kimmel asked Streep to stand up to get a very underserved round of applause.  She got a standing ovation from the entire theatre as to acknowledge the fact that yes she is indeed a good actress. I love the fact that she was a good sport about it all.

Shows like these are often scripted. And sadly I must admit that I was not a fan of this year’s script or jokes. Don’t even get me started on the presenters of these awards. I know it takes skill to read from a Teleprompter, but some lacked so much enthusiasm that is was hard to watch for me. Luckily for me, as the show progressed at least the presenters were better at their jobs. And it became more enjoyable to watch.

Apparently, the Oscar show is said to have a theme: Inspiration. Well, you could have fooled me. I didn’t recognise it until it was said out loud. Maybe I am not the brightest in that department I don’t get hidden clues.

The musical intermezzo was performed by top artists like Sting and John Legend, but both could not capture me. Auli’i Cravalho got hit by a rogue wave during her performance. But she got through it all. What a performance for a 16-year old.

Jennifer Aniston was visibly shaken while introducing Sarah Bareilles for the In Memoriam segment. Aniston reminded us that Bill Paxton left us this Saturday but that his work and his life as those of the others that are not amongst us anymore should not be forgotten. The song Sarah Bareilles sang was “Both Sides Now”, a cover from Joni Mitchell. It seems a bit standard during In Memoriam, but some were left out, and in this case, even a wrong picture was shown.

As most of you might know there is a bit of rivalry between Kimmel and Matt Damon. And although some of it is fun, I don’t think the Oscars or any other award show for that matter is the place to play this kind of shenanigans. A funny bit, however, was when Ben Affleck got introduced with guest, which was, of course, his trusted friend for many years Matt Damon.

So as the show comes to an end, Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty are to present the most prestigious award of the show. And it didn’t go without a hitch, to say the least. A Steve Harvey was pulled, announcing the wrong winner. Yikes. I do feel bad for the people of La La Land who were at the stage giving their acceptance speech when the mishap was discovered. Awkward much. But their reaction, on camera at least, was very sportsman like.

So now without further delay here are the winners.

BEST PICTURE

  • Arrival
  • Fences
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • Hidden Figures
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight

BEST DIRECTOR

  • Denis Villeneuve, Arrival
  • Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
  • Damien Chazelle, La La Land
  • Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
  • Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

  • Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
  • Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
  • Ryan Gosling, La La Land
  • Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
  • Denzel Washington, Fences

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

  • Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
  • Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
  • Dev Patel, Lion
  • Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
  • Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

  • Isabelle Huppert, Elle
  • Ruth Negga, Loving
  • Natalie Portman, Jackie
  • Emma Stone, La La Land
  • Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  • Viola Davis, Fences
  • Naomi Harris, Moonlight
  • Nicole Kidman, Lion
  • Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
  • Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Moana
  • My Life as a Zucchini
  • The Red Turtle
  • Zootopia

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM

  • Blind Vaysha
  • Borrowed Time
  • Pear Cider and Cigarettes
  • Pearl
  • Piper

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • Arrival
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Moonlight
  • Silence

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

  • Allied
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Jackie
  • La La Land

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

  • Fire at Sea
  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • Life
  • O.J.: Made in America
  • 13th

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

  • Extremis
  • 4.1 Miles
  • Joe’s Violin
  • Watani: My Homeland 
  • The White Helmets 

BEST FILM EDITING

  • Arrival
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • La La Land
  • Moonlight

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

  • Land of Mine (Denmark)
  • A Man Called Ove (Sweden)
  • The Salesman (Iran)
  • Tanna (Australia)
  • Toni Erdmann (Germany)

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

  • Ennemis Interieurs
  • La Femme et le TGV
  • Silent Nights
  • Sing
  • Timecode

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

  • A Man Called Ove
  • Star Trek Beyond
  • Suicide Squad

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

  • Jackie
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Moonlight
  • Passengers

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

  • “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)”, La La Land
  • “Can’t Stop the Feeling”, Trolls
  • “City of Stars”, La La Land
  • “The Empty Chair”, Jim: The James Foley Story
  • “How Far I’ll Go”, Moana

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

  • Arrival
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Hail, Caesar!
  • La La Land
  • Passengers

BEST SOUND EDITING

  • Arrival
  • Deepwater Horizon
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • La La Land
  • Sully

BEST SOUND MIXING

  • Arrival
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • La La Land
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

  • Deepwater Horizon
  • Doctor Strange
  • The Jungle Book
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

BEST WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

  • Arrival
  • Fences
  • Hidden Figures
  • Lion
  • Moonlight

BEST WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

  • Hell or High Water
  • La La Land
  • The Lobster
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • 20th Century Women

So after that long list of winners do you think that the right movie or person won. Let us know your views about the Oscar show.

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