The glitzy stage was set. Many starry-eyed were about to see their dreams come true. The golden statuettes waited to be given away. As fans awaited in anticipation, there was an influx of the smiling icons who graced the red-carpet, impeccably dressed with a graceful gait. It was the OSCARS, 2017.
The 89th Academy Awards Ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), was organized at the Dolby Theatre of Hollywood in the City of Angels, California on February 26, 2017. The AMPAS presented awards in 24 categories. With comedian Jimmy Kimmel as the host for evening, bonhomie was palpable in the air.
Priyanka Chopra, Dev Patel, Anushka Sharma were few Indians who walked the red-carpet with panache. But that one Indian who stood out and won everyone’s heart was none other than little Sunny Pawar, child start of Lion in his cute suit and sneakers. As Jimmy Kimmel held the Mumbai kid on his shoulder and ran around, the world gushed over him.
When there is so much glitz, can the shenanigans be far behind? Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, presenters of ‘Best Picture’ title announcing the wrong winner (La La Land instead of Moonlight) left audience flabbergasted. The furore created was calmly handled by the La La Land team who congratulated the Moonlight cast and crew for the win.
Asghar Farhadi, director of The Salesman, an Iranian film that bagged the ‘Best Foreign Film’ title boycotted the event condemning US’s recent travel ban on Iranis. With great disappointment he quoted, “I have decided to not attend the Academy Awards ceremony alongside my fellow members of the cinematic community.”
A ray of hope was seen this year as the academy tried to clean its tracks and make up for last year’s lack of racial diversity by nominating black and minority actors in each acting category. Viola Davis became the first African-American actress to bag three Academy nominations. Bradford Yong became the first black to be nominated for best cinematography while Joi McMillon became the first Afro-American to be nominated for Best Film-Editing. However, the National Hispanic Media Coalition expressed its displeasure on not giving enough opportunities to Latino actors. On the other hand, he Asian Pacific American Media Coalition condemned omission of Asian actors from the nominations list (with only Dev Patel) stating that there are still not enough opportunities for Asian actors.
Many hilarious moments marked this year’s Oscars. While Priyanka Chopra was on fire with her quips and guffaws, she made several heads turn with her friendly banter with Jennifer Aniston. Justin Timberlake was the ‘Photo-bombing King’ at the event who photo-bombed at every possible opportunity. And not to forget the epic bromance moment with Dev Patel, Andrew Garfield, Orlando Bloom and Viggo Mortensen.
While it is a tradition of having atleast one iconic photograph of the Oscars every year, the last year’s being the Legen—(wait for it!)—dary selfie of Ellen Degeneres featuring many biggies, this year was no different as the La La Land Star greeted one of the visitors much to her shock and setting the social media abuzz. The Twitterati went crazy and uncountable epic ‘Ryan Gosling Whispering’ memes emerged out of the ceremony.
CATEGORY WINNER MOVIE
Best Picture Dede Gardner, Adele Romanski and Jeremy Kleiner Moonlight
Best Actor Casey Affleck Manchester by the sea
Best Actress Emma Stone La La Land
Best Director Damien Chazelle La La Land
Best Screenplay Kenneth Lonergan Manchester by the sea
Best Animated Film Byran Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer Zootopia
Best Foreign Film Asghar farhadi The Salesman
Best Cinematography Linus Sandgren La La Land