Academy Awards 2017: Here Are All the Best Moments


We can’t talk about the best moments from the 89th Academy Awards — here’s a list of the winners — without acknowledging the confusing conclusion to the show, in which La La Land was mistakenly announced as Best Picture winner instead of Moonlight, which actually received the award.

It turns out that two identical envelopes are prepared for each award and somehow the wrong envelope was handed to presenter Warren Beatty. In any event, the mistake was corrected and Moonlight took home the award. It’s quite a remarkable feat for the highly acclaimed, low-budget independent drama, which was also won awards for Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali, above) and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Justin Timberlake got the show off to a rousing start by performing “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” nominated for an Academy Award as Best Song from Trolls. The exquisitely dressed crowd stood up, clapped and danced along to the musical number as best they could.

Current #Oscars Mood = Jackie Chan dancing

— Fandango (@Fandango) February 27, 2017

Kate McKinnon and Jason Bateman presented the award for makeup and hairstyling to a rather surprising recipient.

Enjoy it DC fans, you can now argue that SUICIDE SQUAD is an Oscar

— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) February 27, 2017

The Best Documentary Feature award was presented by the three stars of Hidden Figures, who first introduced Katherine G. Johnson, the real-life inspiration for the character portrayed by Taraji P. Henson.

Did you see Katherine Johnson appear at the #Oscars? At age 98, her story continues to inspire:

— NASA History Office (@NASAhistory) February 27, 2017

Dwayne Johnson sang a bit from Moana before introducing an original prologue in song by Lin-Manuel Miranda, which then led to young Auli’i Cravahlho, who gave a great performance of the Oscar-nominated song “How Far I’ll Go,” accompanied by a fabric-filled stage show.

Watch @Lin_Manuel and @auliicravalho deliver a heartfelt performance from the #Oscars stage. Presented by @ATT.

— #Oscars (@Oscars2017_Live) February 27, 2017

Special Oscar for any 16-year-old girl who can keep her cool when some stupid fabric hits her in the head.

— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) February 27, 2017

Host Jimmy Kimmel teased the audience with a sweet comedy bit.

Yup, this happened.#Oscars#RedVines#TwizzlersAreBetter ??

— Fandango (@Fandango) February 27, 2017

Mark Rylance presented the Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role to Viola Davis for her performance in Fences. Her acceptance speech was quite stirring.

Well said, @violadavis.

— The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 27, 2017

The Salesman won the Best Foreign Language Film award; director Asghar Farhadi was not pressent for the occasion and explained why in a statement that was read in his behalf.

“I am sorry I am not with you. My absence is out of respect for the people of my country…” Asghar Farhadi

— IndieWire (@IndieWire) February 27, 2017

Kimmel then brought out a bus-tour group, introducing them to the front row of celebrities seated in the auditorium, which sparked a surprising reaction on social media, as noted by CNN’s Brian Stelter:

That Oscars stunt was more polarizing than the election.

— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 27, 2017

Keith Urban, attending with his wife (and Oscar nominee) Nicole Kidman, shared his view from the front row:

Sharing the love !!!!!!!!!

— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) February 27, 2017

Kimmel presented an amusing edition of his late show’s regular feature, “Mean Tweets.”

NEW #MeanTweets#Oscars edition @RyanGosling Natalie Portman @SamuelLJackson Felicity Jones @WhoopiGoldberg Emma Stone @Jes_Chastain & more

— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) February 27, 2017

Leonardo DiCaprio presented the award for Best Actress, won by Emma Stone for La La Land. Her acceptance speech was touching.

As noted, the show concluded with several minutes of confusion, but the biggest takeaway is that the indie movie Moonlight walked away with the big prize.

Here is the official statement from PWC (PriceWaterhouseCooper):

We sincerely apologize to “Moonlight,” “La La Land,” Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture. The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred.

We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation.

Here are some of the most memorable acceptance speeches in capsule form.

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