Oscars 2017 – Reaction

As you probably will have heard by now, there was a teeny tiny little mix up in awarding of Best Picture at last night’s Academy Awards.

What Happened

Somehow the envelope containing the award slip for Best Picture was misplaced and the presenters of the final award of the evening, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, ended up announcing La La Land as Best Picture when in-fact they had in their hands, the award slip for Best Actress, won earlier that evening by La La Land’s Emma Stone. The error was clear to see on the faces of the presenters as the cast and crew of La La Land came up to claim the award. It wasn’t until mid-way through the acceptance speech that host Jimmy Kimmel and a man in a headset, came bustling through the crowd on stage with the correct envelope in hand.

In the end it was Jordan Horowitz, a producer of La La Land, who finally made the announcement that the true winner of the Best Picture award was in fact Moonlight. Viewers looked on in confusion as the belated winners of the award took their rightful place on stage. Crazy stuff!

Notable Winners

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Setting aside the most monumental cock-up of the evening, many awards were handed out without incident and enormous confusion surrounding them.

La La Land picked up six awards, the most of any film: Best Director, Best Actress, Best Original Score, Best Original Song, Best Production Design and Best Cinematography.

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As mentioned earlier, Moonlight won best picture but the win is likely to be tarnished among all the confusion of the envelope mix-up.

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Emma Stone won Best Actress for a wonderful performance in La La Land.

Casey Affleck won Best Actor after starring in Manchester By The Sea.

Best Animated Feature Film was won by Zootropilis (Zootopia) and rightly so as it is a delightful film.

Disney’s ‘live-action’ Jungle Book won the award for Best Visual Effects. I am slightly disappointed that Rogue One and its recreations of Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin and Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia didn’t get more recognition but to be fair to The Jungle Book, the CGI in that film is absolutely stunning.

Moonlight’s Mahershala Ali picked up the award for Best Supporting Actor.

Viola Davis of Fences won Best Supporting Actress after an incredible performance alongside Denzel Washington.

Another film featuring Viola Davis, Suicide Squad also picked up an Oscar, something I never thought I’d be saying! It won Best Makeup and Hairstyling, I guess The Joker’s green hair is Oscar worthy now.

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Did La La Land deserve the 6 Oscars it won?

Absolutely! Although some of the other films in the categories La La Land was nominated for could possibly have stolen La La Land’s crown but the film itself is a fantastic piece of art and there is a sense that each shot has been taken straight out of a classic film from the 40s or 50s.

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It may not be the best film ever made but it uses elements and characteristics from films that define the industry of cinema and the successful use of said elements is what has gained La La Land the plaudits it has received and whole-heartedly deserves.

Despite it being set in the present day, an obvious fact with the use of iPhones and Toyota Pirus’ amongst other things, almost every shot of this film feels meticulously created to make it seem as if this movie was not released in 2017 but in 1947, an homage to classic cinema.

The Ceremony was held on the evening of February 26, 2017

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