Oscars Review – Glamour and Gaffs


Ah, the Oscars. The award show that always leaves the audience looking to go see the great movies that they have missed and always gives the media something to fuss about. This year, it was extremely controversial because they added politics into the mix. Whether we saw it or not, the 89th Academy Awards gave us all something to talk about.

This year’s award show was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, who ensured that the night was filled with laughter. His jokes never missed a beat and kept the audience on their toes as they moved from segment to segment. Among many of his best one-liners was: “‘Maybe this is not a popular thing to say, but I want to say thank you to President Trump. Remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist? That is gone, thanks to him.’” From witty banter with Matt Damon to asking whether Meryl Streep’s dress was an Ivanka, Kimmel was on par with his hosting skills.  

This year, there was a plethora of different movies to be nominated. Amongst many others, La La Land, Moonlight, Lion, and Manchester by the Sea were notable since they got many nominations. The Oscars are also known for their stars and what they are wearing.  Dev Patel and co-star Sunny Pawar rocked their simple but stylish suits. Jennifer Aniston wore a shimmering, floor length black dress. Viola Davis slayed in her all-white pantsuit.

But there is always something wrong with every single award show. Every Oscar show has an “In Memoriam” segment, paying tribute to every single member of the Hollywood family that had passed away last year. Jennifer Aniston sweetly, but sadly, introduced us to the 2017 segment. The slideshow was exceptional, except for one little blunder. Janet Patterson, a costume designer had passed away last year, was memorialized with a picture of Jan Chapman, who is very much alive. Upon further investigation, it was revealed that this was not the Academy’s fault, rather it was due to a faulty search that was conducted.

Even mixing up a deceased person’s picture with someone alive is not bad compared to the biggest blunder of the night. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were in charge of presenting the most important award of the night: Best Picture. Beatty opened the envelope and seemed to look at it for a few moments, then he glanced at the audience with a confused expression on his face. Dunaway and the audience thought that Beatty was simply trying to keep them in suspense, but that was far from the truth. Dunaway finally asked him what he was doing, and in response, he handed her the envelope. She took a look, then announced into the microphone that La La Land had won.

As the cast and crew of La La Land made it up on stage, chaos and confusion ensued behind the stage. As the cast gave their speeches, people on headsets swarmed on stage until a man came running to the microphone that Moonlight had won. For a few moments, it was silent, and no one actually thought that what was unfolding was actually true. Then, having the actual envelope, the man turned it and showed that Moonlight was actually was the winner of Best Picture. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the wrong envelope was taken/handed, and it was an envelope for an award that had already been given. Luckily, the La La Land team gracefully gave the awards to the Moonlight team and stepped down. (As Daniel “Kibblesmith” said on Twitter, “Hey, La La Land, remember when you gave us that fake happy ending and then took it away?” We are still triggered.)

Aside from all the drama and all the blunders, the 89th Academy Awards were excellent.  But the actual Oscar goes to Steve Harvey, who tweeted out an offer to help Warren Beatty after his blunder.