Well, I must say, the message of #OscarsSoWhite definitely fell on open minds and listening ears, because this year's Academy Awards were nothing short of amazing or diverse.
As Jimmy Kimmel acted as the host of the show, Justin Timberlake opened the show. After the opening Kimmel joked about politics, including Donald Trump, made a joke about last year's #OscarsSoWhite controversy by using nominated films Hidden Figures and La La Land as the pun, and made a very inappropriate but humorous sexual joke about Moonlight.
Other than humor, the Oscars were filled with joy as the audience received free candy and donuts. Jimmy Kimmel not only reenacted the famous opening scene from The Lion King with Lion star Sunny Pawar, but brought a group of tourist to the Oscars, each one of them excited to see the stars. They got to touch Mahershala Ali's Oscar award, and one tourist, in particular, Chicago native, Gary, not only openly admitted he's only shaking hands with the African-American stars, but got a chance to take a picture with Denzel Washington with a woman who wanted to meet him and also officiate her upcoming wedding.
The performances and appearances were magical. Dwayne Johnson introduced Lin-Manuel Miranda and Auli'i Cravalho to perform the hit song, "How Far I'll Go", from the hit Disney movie, Moana. John Legend also brought his talents as he performed a "La La Land Medley". If that wasn’t magical enough, the crowd stood as Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae, and Octavia Spencer introduced Katherine Johnson, the woman Henson portrayed in Hidden Figures, to the Academy’s audience.
The spirit of hope and faith didn’t stop there.
Mahershala Ali not only took the first award of the night (best Supporting Actor, Moonlight), but he also became the first Muslim-American to win an Oscar.
Viola Davis won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Fences, and once again giving us a speech to remember. In her speech, Davis said, “I became an artist and thank God I did because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.” Davis also made history by becoming the first African American actress to win an Oscar, Emmy, and a Tony award for acting.
OJ: Made In America won Best Documentary, and during his acceptance speech, director Ezra Edelman dedicated his speech to victims of police brutality.
Moonlight took an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay and dedicated their award to non-gender conforming boys, and La La Land took home an award for Best Director (Damien Chazelle) and Best Actress (Emma Stone). La La Land also took home Best Picture…so they THOUGHT! In a crazy mix-up, Moonlight actually won Best Picture and again dedicated the award to marginalized groups and hope the film gave young black boys hope. Moonlight is the first LGBT film to win an Oscar.
How are you recovering from last night’s Oscar’s mix up? Let us know!