Humility is alive and well…
The talking point on everybody’s lips was one of the biggest mistakes in the history of the Oscars, which saw the best film award wrongly given to La La Land.
Yet it wasn’t until the team behind La La Land were on stage, with Oscars in hand and acceptance speeches nearly finished, that the embarrassing gaffe came to light.
Oddly it was La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz who stepped in to sort the mayhem out, rather than the source of the error, actor Warren Beatty.
Horowitz, who drew praise on Twitter for his actions, even stayed on stage to hand the Oscar to the correct winners, the team from the film Moonlight.
Full respect to the producer of La La Land who announced Moonlight as the winner. Pure grace. 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 #Oscars2017— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) February 27, 2017
This year was more diverse
Last year the near-monopoly of white actors among the nominations for the Oscars prompted something of an outcry in Hollywood.
This time around, however, six black actors were nominated, a record.
Two black actors won Oscars.
Mahershala Ali became the first Muslim to win an Oscar for his supporting role in Moonlight and Viola Davis triumphed in the best supporting actress category.
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You can’t escape Donald Trump…
The new US president was the centre of attention at the Golden Globes in January after criticism from actress Meryl Streep. At the time, Trump hit back at Streep calling her one of the “most overrated actresses in Hollywood”.
Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel parodied Trump’s reaction at last night’s ceremony.
“Of all the great actors here in Hollywood, one in particular has stood the test of time for her many uninspiring and underrated performances,” he joked. “From her mediocre early work in The Deerhunter and Out Of Africa … Meryl Streep has phoned it in for more than 50 films over the course of her lacklustre career. This is Meryl’s 20th Oscar nomination.”
Trump was the butt of numerous jokes during the ceremony, but there was nothing on the scale of Streep’s January broadside.
Kimmel, referencing the fact Trump uses Twitter a lot, said he was concerned the US president had not tweeted during Sunday’s show.
… or his controversial policies
Several celebrities wore blue ribbons in support of the American Civil Liberties Union that worked to get Trump’s travel ban overturned.
“I'm wearing an ACLU ribbon because they're fighting incredible fights right now for American ideals.” –
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Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, whose work The Salesman was named best foreign language film, boycotted the ceremony over the law.
“My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of other six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the US,” said Farhadi in a statement read on his behalf by Iranian-American Anousheh Ansari, the first female space tourist.
Streep had her night spoiled over dress accusation
Meryl Streep accused designer Karl Lagerfeld of spoiling her night at the Academy Awards ceremony by falsely accusing her of being paid to wear a gown on the Oscars red carpet.
Lagerfeld had said Streep decided against wearing a Chanel gown at Sunday’s Oscar ceremony because she could get paid by wearing a dress from a different designer.
“The story was picked up globally, and continues, globally, to overwhelm my appearance at the Oscars, on the occasion of my record breaking 20th nomination, and to eclipse this honor [sic] in the eyes of the media, my colleagues and the audience,” Streep, 67, said in a statement.
She dismissed an apology earlier on Saturday from Lagerfeld, who admitted he had “misunderstood that Ms. Streep may have chosen another designer due to remuneration” and said he regretted the controversy.
“Mr. Lagerfeld’s generic ‘statement’ of regret for this ‘controversy’ was not an apology,” the actress said.