What started as a formulaic, if not somewhat protest laden ceremony, last night’s 89th Academy Awards spectacularly stumbled at the final hurdle, making for an unforgettable and mysterious end.
The show began innocently enough, with a shrewdly outsourced opening number and a fairly decent Kimmel making the expected jabs at Trump as part of a satisfactory opening monologue.
He quickly tried to replicate Ellen Degeneres’ success from a couple of years ago, pulling increasingly strained stunts to try and stir up the twitter retweet machine.
Most of these segments, however, fell flat.
Despite this, his faux beef with Matt Damon will always entertain, and his risqué Moonlight joke was probably the funniest of the night.
His tweet to Donald Trump also brought a wry smile.
The awards themselves were for the most part as expected, besides one monumental cock up.
At a stage in the night where everyone was looking over their shoulder for the silhouette of John Travolta to appear and weird everyone out, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway became a more controversial duo than Travolta and Adele Dazeem ever could have.
The two, along with a supporting team of La La Land cast and crew, have created a mystery for the ages.
Upon announcing the award for Best Picture, Warren Beatty seemed to look confused, at what was on the card.
At this point, he handed the card to Faye Dunaway who promptly read out ‘La La Land‘ without much hesitation.
After the expected jovial reaction, we could see that all was not well aongst the triumphant musical’s crew, as news was disseminating that they had not in fact received the golden gong.
It was in fact the far superior Moonlight that had stolen the show, and not the aforementioned frontrunner.
What followed next was sheer confusion, and a graceful handing over of the statues to the victorious cast and crew.
Nobody is 100 per cent sure as to what happened yet, though the predominant theory is that the announcement duo were given the wrong card, in fact carrying the card for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
I wrote the ending of the academy awards 2017. @jimmykimmel we really got them!
— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) February 27, 2017
Before this, the awards served as a platform for passionate protest and calls for compassion and togetherness.
Notable in his absence was the director of the award for Best Film in a Foreign Language, Asghar Farhadi, who did not attend the awards in solidarity with his native Iran and the other six nations who are currently subject to immigration restrictions under Trumps travel ban.
Another memorable moment was Mahershala Ali’s early win for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, for which he received a standing ovation, becoming the first ever Muslim to win an acting award at the ceremony.
Viola Davis’ impassioned speech had people calling for her to win an Emmy at next years awards.
With the likes of Manchester By The Sea winning the much deserved award for Best Original Screenplay and Affleck taking home Best Actor in a Leading Role, La La Land did not sweep up in the way that was expected.
All in all, a rather successful year for the Academy, and nowhere near as much of a one horse race as was expected.
— Alex Watt (@AlexWatt187) February 27, 2017
Still, with the Shyamalan-esque twist, and its pained comedy sketches, it will more likely be remembered for its mistakes than its merits.
P.S. Suicide Squad is now an Oscar winning movie.
Overall: 4 stars
Kimmel: 3 stars
Awards: 4 stars
Controversy: 5 stars