In an Oscar upset never before seen, after the Best Picture win was called for La La Land, and the entire above the line department for the film including producers and the director got up on stage to thank their families, including, oddly enough, one of the producers “blue-eyed” wives, then suddenly a commotion took place on stage and there seemed to be a #BlackJesus switching the cards moment, and incredibly, Moonlight was confusingly announced to be the Best Picture Winner!
We don’t know what happened or why it happened, and while we are upset that Moonlight didn’t get that moment of glory when you hear your name being called, we are happy that they won! You go, Barry Jenkins! It was a truly shocking ending to a night that featured otherwise mostly predictable winners.
In addition to Best Picture, Moonlight also took home Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali.
La La Land took home six trophies, including Best Actress Emma Stone and Best Director Damien Chazelle. The musical went into the night with a record 14 nominations and had the chance to beat the record (11) for most-ever Oscar wins in a night. Manchester by the Sea was also a big winner in the ceremony’s major categories, taking home Best Original Screenplay Kenneth Lonergan and Best Actor Casey Affleck beat out everyone’s favorite Denzel Washington.
Viola Davis rounded out the winners in the acting categories with her Best Supporting Actress win for her turn in Fences. Viola Davis made history when she became the only black actress to be nominated for an Oscar three times. This was her second win.
We were very disappointed that Hidden Figures didn’t bring home any gold, but it has brought in almost $150 million at the box office, so that’s the only gold that really matters. Plus the special moment when the real Katherine Johnson, played by Taraji P. Henson, came on stage in her wheelchair at age 98 and looking stunning in a blue evening pant ensemble. There had been rumors that Mrs. Johnson would be in attendance.
Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 89th annual award show, which was full of political and comedic bits, including a running joke about his “feud” with Matt Damon, as well as a few jabs at President Donald Trump. Jimmy did a pretty good job keeping the three and a half hour show lively including bringing in an unsuspecting group of people on a Hollywood tour bus who had no idea they would end up at the Oscars. One engaged couple in the group even had Denzel perform a mock wedding.
Yes it was that kind of a night.