By Michael Holloman
The Oscars are the pinnacle of awards season in Hollywood. Every year stars break out their best gowns, hairdos and jewelry to celebrate the year’s best films. The 2017 telecast certainly did not disappoint and had plenty of great moments. Here are just a few:
This moment had everyone scratching their heads and wondering what was going on. “La La Land” was originally announced as the winner of the evening’s biggest award, best picture.
The cast and crew’s celebration was short-lived when the film’s producer — Justin Horowitz — broke the news that “Moonlight” was the real winner of the best picture trophy. Though there are no definitive answer as to what went on there is no doubt that this moment will live on in Oscars infamy.
Moonlight Winning Best Picture
Though “envelope-gate” might be deemed a more newsworthy topic, no one can deny that “Moonlight” winning Best Picture is a monumental achievement. The film about a gay black man coming to terms with his sexuality was created by black director and playwright – Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney respectively — and features an all-black cast.
Terell Alvin McCraney (left) Barry Jenkins (right) Source: Twitter
There was outrage last year when The Academy nominated no actors of color for the evening’s major awards. They certainly made up for it this year. A person of color was nominated in every acting category and Mahershala Ali, from “Moonlight,” became the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar (best actor in a supporting role).
One of the most poignant moments came from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi who won best-foreign language film for his movie “The Salesman.” The director refused to attend the show in protest of President Trump’s executive order restricting travel from seven Muslim-majority nations, including Iran. Though he did not appear, his words struck a chord with the audience.
Viola Davis’ Speech
There is no doubt that Viola Davis is an incredible actress. There is also no doubt that she gives incredible speeches when winning awards. She’s so good that you root for her just so she can give an inspiring speech that stirs up the depths of your soul.
Her speech while accepting her Oscar for best actress in a supporting role for “Fences” might just be her best yet. Davis is just a Grammy award away from EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony). Can someone put all her award-winning speeches on CD so she can win a Grammy in 2018?
Hidden Figures Cast and Katherine Johnson
This was one of the most heartwarming parts of the telecast. The “Hidden Figures” cast —who looked stunning — brought physicist and mathematician Katherine Johnson to the Oscars stage. “Hidden Figures” is based on the experiences of Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson — three Black women who worked at NASA during the height of both Jim Crow and the Space Race. Johnson is the only surviving “Hidden Figure” and at 98-years-old it’s great to see her getting honored for her achievements.
From left to right: Janelle Monae, Katherine Johnson, Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer. Source: Newsmax