89TH OSCARS® IN PICTURES
HOLLYWOOD, CA – The evening of February 26, 2017, started like any other Oscars® night. With a crowd of movie fans screaming at the corner of Hollywood and Highland, celebrities arriving at the DOLBY® Theatre, and female movie stars displaying their jewelry and designers’ gowns as they walked on the Red Carpet stopping when the press asked them questions.
Inside the building, the celebrities were welcomed by statues of Oscars® of different sizes. There was a tall one standing in front of a wall constructed by three rows of white cardboard inverted triangles. And inside each space between the triangles, stood a small Oscars ® statuette. There were three whole rows of them. (see photograph)
The parade of celebrities, guests and movie stars lasted over an hour. And this year the women jewelry, and their gowns, many of them white, silver, gold or black, were fabulous.
WOLFGANG PUCK displays the food. Photo by:Phil McCarlen/@A.M.P.A.S.
Inside the auditorium, Oscar® 89th opened with nominee/singer JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE dancing down the isles of the DOLBY® theatre singing “Can’t stop the feeling” from the animated film “Trolls”
The Host for the 89Th Academy Awards was TV Host/comedian JIMMY KIMMEL
Politics were also “touched lightly” by Mexican Director and Actor GAEL BERNAL who as presenter declared to be a “Migrant worker", and as a Mexican, and human being, to be against the wall,”
The Latino nominee that night was composer/actor LIN MANUEL MIRANDA (Creator of the hit musical “Hamilton,”) who rapped the introduction to “How Far I will Go” his Oscar® nominated song for the movie “MOANA, that was interpreted by AULI’I CRAVALHO during the Oscar® ceremony.
The evening continued with the following nominations and Oscars® winners:
The Best supporting Actress role, went to Actress VIOLA DAVIS, for her performance in the film “Fences.” In her acceptance speech she said: “I became an artist, and thanks God I did, because we (artists) are the only profession to celebrate what it means to live a life”.
VIOLA DAVIS Photo: Scott Diussa/@A.M.P.A.S.
The Oscar® for Best Supporting Actor this year went to MAHERSHALA ALI, who was born in Oakland and grew up in Hayward, for his role in the film “Moonlight” (Buttoning his Jacket as he walked to the stage he said” My grandma would want me to button up.”
The Oscar® for Best Actor went to CASEY AFFLECK for his role in “Manchester by the Sea.” “One of the first people who taught me how to act was DENZEL WASHINGTON,” he said “and I just met him tonight for the first time.”
Her announcement was followed by pandemonium, as the two tabulators of Pricewaterhouse Cooper raced on the stage to stop the acceptance speech of the “La La Land” producer JORDAN HOROWITZ.
It had been discovered by the tabulators (the only one who knew the winners) that Presenter WARREN BEATTY had been given the wrong envelope, (He was given the copy of the envelope for Best Actress instead of the envelope for Best Picture. It had STONE’s name in it and the name “La La Land” because that was the name of the picture where she had acted) Immediately after, producer JORDAN HOROWITZ grabbed the microphone, and told the audience: Guys, guys, I’m sorry no, there’s a mistake. “Moonlight, you guys won the best picture.
MARC PLAT repeated to the audience: “Moonlight won.”
MATT PLAT repeated “Moonlight Won”
JORDAN HOROWITZ addressed the audience again from the stage: “This is not a joke.” he said as he invited BARRY JENKINS to come to the stage and handled him his Oscar® statuette.
“Even in my dreams, this cannot be true” said the astonished JENKINS from the stage.
He probable had forgotten that Hollywood is the place for dreamers, and that this time, his dream had come true.