The 89TH OSCARS 2017 – Review

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2017oscars.jpgby Gilbert Seah

This year, the most unbelievable mistake was the announcement of the year’s BEST PICTURE.  Warren Beatty announced LA LA LAND instead of MOONLIGHT.  A mistake that will be remembered FOREVER!

MOONLIGHT is the BEST PICTURE.  NOT LA LA LAND!

The Red Carpet that began an hour or so before the actual ceremonies is the normal show of glamour – designer gowns (Valentino’s red gown worn by Ruth Negga, Armani’s white one worn by Isabelle Huppert, just to name 2 of the best), make-up, hair. etc.  One big difference this year is the spotlight on mothers.  A lot of celebrities brought their ‘mom’s as their guests, among them, Matt Damon, Dev Patel, Russell Brand, Leonardo DiCaprio and Bradley Cooper.

The Golden Globes had Jimmy Fallon as host.  The Oscars have Jimmy Kimmel.  Which talk show hosts did the better job?  Your judgement, not mine.  Kimmel has 14 years of experience hosting Jimmy Kimmel Live! in addition to hosting the Emmy Awards in 2016 and also the American Music Awards.

Kimmel performs a funny enough 10-minute comic opening poking fun at among others, Mel Gibson, Matt Damon including and yes, Donald Trump.  The best joke was the the undeserved round of applause given for Meryl Streep, the most under-rated actress in Hollywood.  A close second was the joke on Hollywood doing white people jazz and black people NASA.  

Political statements?  Last year’s host Chris Rock criticized diversity and this year saw, as a result, a record number of African American films nominated that included MOONLIGHT, FENCES, HIDDEN FIGURES, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO and LOVING with an African American nominated in each of all 4 acting categories.  This year, the statement was made by the director of the Best Foreign Film THE SALESMAN, Asghar Farhadi who refused to attend the ceremonies because of Trump’s travel ban.  This was his second win after UNE SEPARATION.

The best speech is arguably from Viola Davis, the sure shoo-in for the win for FENCES.  She likely prepared and rehearsed her speech before the win, many times.  She cried and made the audience cry as well for her moving speech about the glory of acting.

The Golden Globes have the advantage of being first.   The Golden Globes and Fallon did an excellent opening musical number with him singing and stuck in his car en route to the Golden Globes as in the musical highway number in LA LA LAND.  This one cannot be topped by any thing done in the Oscar ceremonies.   Justin Timberlake tries hard with his opening song and dance number from the animated TROLLS. 

As usual, the most sombre part of the evening is the obituaries segment.  This year saw the passing on of a high number of talent, too many to mention – among them, Debbie Reynolds, Prince, Bill Paxton, John Hurt, Carrie Fisher, Gene Wilder and Anton Yelchin.

But this year’s Oscar controversy might not be over yet.  Trump might still ‘tweet’ in.

Hands down, the best and most hilarious presenters were John Cho and Leslie Mann.

Below is the complete list of nominees.  In bold are the ones the Oscar went to, and the underlined are the ones in my opinion, should have gone to.  (The word ‘winner’ is a no-no during the Oscars).

BEST PICTURE

Arrival

Fences

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

La La Land

Lion

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

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ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington, Fences

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ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Ruth Negga, Loving

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Emma Stone, La La Land

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

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ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

Dev Patel, Lion

Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

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ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Viola Davis, Fences

Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

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ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Kubo and the Two Strings

Moana

My Life as a Zucchini

The Red Turtle

Zootopia

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CINEMATOGRAPHY

Arrival

La La Land

Lion

Moonlight

Silence

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COSTUME DESIGN

Allied

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Florence Foster Jenkins

Jackie

La La Land

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DIRECTING

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

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DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

Fire at Sea

I Am Not Your Negro

Life, Animated

O.J.: Made in America

13th

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DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

Extremis

4.1 Miles

Joe’s Violin

Watani: My Homeland

The White Helmets

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FILM EDITING

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

La La Land

Moonlight

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FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Land of Mine

A Man Called Ove

The Salesman

Tanna

Toni Erdmann

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MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

A Man Called Ove

Star Trek Beyond

Suicide Squad

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MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

Jackie

La La Land

Lion

MoonlightPassengers

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MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

“Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from La La Land

Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

“Can’t Stop The Feeling” from Trolls

Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster

“City Of Stars” from La La Land

Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

“The Empty Chair” from Jim: The James Foley Story

Music and Lyric by J. Ralph and Sting

“How Far I’ll Go” from Moana

Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

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PRODUCTION DESIGN

Arrival

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hail, Caesar!

La La Land

Passengers

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SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

Blind Vaysha

Borrowed Time

Pear Cider and Cigarettes

Pearl

Piper

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SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

Ennemis Intérieurs

La Femme et le TGV

Silent Nights

Sing

Timecode

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SOUND EDITING

Arrival

Deepwater Horizon

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Sully

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SOUND MIXING

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

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VISUAL EFFECTS

Deepwater Horizon

Doctor Strange

The Jungle Book

Kubo and the Two Strings

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

Arrival

Fences

Hidden Figures

Lion

Moonlight

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WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

Hell or High Water

La La Land

The Lobster

Manchester by the Sea

20th Century Women

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