Just when you think it’s going to be a flawless show filled with beautiful gowns, inspiring acceptance speeches and some witty banter from a brilliant host, the mother of all mix up happens. And so it was last night at the Oscars. Jimmy Kimmel did a phenomenal job of keeping it lighthearted, yet getting some solid political barbs in every now and again. Checking in on Twitter, letting Trump know #Merylsayshi is pretty priceless. But it was the final award of the night that truly stole the show.
While the details are still being investigated, Warren Beaty and Faye Dunaway, announced the wrong winner for Best Picture, giving it to La La Land. Mid acceptance, the team realized what had happened and graciously clarified the true winner: Moonlight. The stunned faces, the baffled reaction then unadulterated joy from the Moonlight team was incredible to see. Major kudos to the team from La La Land, handling an incredibly awkward situation with grace and dignity, and huge congratulations to Moonlight for a brilliant film. For the complete list of Oscar winners, see here.
Sparking many a humorous and ironic tweet, it was quite a finale to an otherwise beautiful show. Highlighting awards were of course Viola Davis, winning best supporting actress for Fences and moving us to tears with her powerful acceptance speech. “I became an artist and thank God I did because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.”
There were political statements made off the stage as well. We loved Emma Stone’s subtle nod to Planned Parenthood with her gold PP pin perfectly accessorize on the strap of her Givenchy shimmering gold flapper dress. Dakota Johnson also rocked the PP pin, wearing it on her clutch. Karlie Kloss, Ruth Negga and Lin-Manuel Miranda chose blue ribbons in support of the ACLU.
Another historic moment was captured when Katherine Johnson, one of the NASA research mathematicians portrayed in the Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures, received a standing ovation. Johnson, now 98, portrayed in the movie by Taraji P. Henson, worked for NASA as a research mathematician for more than 30 years.
The red carpet shimmered with classic Hollywood elegance from start to finish. Here are some of our personal favorites.