Don’t ever let the Academy Awards think they are too important. The red carpet coverage discussed the possibilities of what you can do with pockets in a dress. (You can put your phone in there! You pose with your hands in your pockets or out!) Honestly, they can’t even be trusted with announcing the correct winner. There are many moments that expose the silliness of taking the awards too seriously and yet, we still return year after year. There is something about the Oscars that makes everyone feel like their opinion is correct and must be heard. Even Dickie V. had a hot take about a ceremony celebrating movies he has most definitely never watched…
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) February 27, 2017
Here are some of the moments that make all of the dress/pocket analysis worthy of our time:
- Best Picture Confusion- Whether the confusion about who won was genuine or a prank, the result was still entertaining. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunnaway’s bumbled announcement is all that anyone will ever remember about this show. As an American, I’m beginning to have a lot of trust issues with election results and this “Moon-land” debacle doesn’t help. Regardless, the mistake did help to take the “stuffy air” out of the ceremony. Jordan Horowitz’s revelation might be the most genuine thing on screen the whole night.
- The Hidden Figures Photo-Op:
Katherine Johnson and the cast of Hidden Figures’ moment early in the broadcast might be forgotten, but the moment is still cool nonetheless.
- Viola Davis: she deserves an Academy Award for her acceptance speech. Davis said, “We are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.” Live your life. Speak your truth. Win your award Ms. Davis. It is a pretty self-important thing to say, but why put so much effort and creativity into something that isn’t worthy of your time and effort?
- The Tourist Bit-
In an attempt to make a stuffy ceremony seem more off the cuff, producers dropped a bus full of Hollywood tourists off at the venue. They were adorable. I could watch Gary and Jackie schmooze with celebrities all day. Denzel married them with his wonky fingers! GARY WAS HOLDING HER PURSE THE WHOLE TIME! It was so kind of them to let the common folk in their fancy award ceremony.
- Presenters Paired People Who Inspire Them – Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan proved that sometimes co-stars dislike each other and forcing them to present is painful. Producers might as well pair actors with people who inspire them like Charlize Theron and Shirley MacLaine and Seth Rogan and Michael J. Fox. The pairings are more natural and interesting. It also speaks to the theme that movies are awesome!
For every important moment, there are a few moments that fell short:
- Best Picture Confusion- I’m torn about the “Moon-Land” mistake. I don’t want to encourage more ceremonies to mess with the results. We are now in a “Boy cried wolf” situation and we don’t need to encourage this type of behavior. As a side note, can you imagine how much Twitter would riot if they had announced that Moonlight won and then had to re-gift it to La La Land?
- Dropping snack food from the ceiling – In an attempt to create a viral, food-centered award show moment, candy was dropped from the ceiling. It truly added nothing to the show.
- The Receipt Overkill- Now that Amazon is in the movie business, Wal-Mart felt the need to expand as well. The “competing” trailers for fictitious movie just reminds me that audiences can easily be tricked into wanting to watch a movie that is literally impossible to watch. (Which speaks to the theme that movie trailers are fake news.)
- Live Tweets – I get uncomfortable when I watch people who are not proficient at operating phones try to tweet. Jimmy Kimmel attempted to live tweet the President. His fumbling fingers were painful to watch, but he does get bonus points for the #MerylSaysHi.
You can read all of the results after the jump!
Supporting Actor – Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Costume Design – Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
Makeup and Hairstyling – Suicide Squad
Documentary Feature – O.J. Made In America
Sound Editing – Arrival
Sound Mixing- Hacksaw Ridge
Supporting Actress – Viola Davis, Fences
Foreign Language Film – 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 – “City of Stars” – La La Land
Original Screenplay – Manchester by the Sea
Adapted Screenplay – Moonlight
Directing – Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Leading Actor – Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Leading Actress – Emma Stone, La La Land
Best Picture –
La La Land Moonlight