Well, after sitting down and watching the Oscars for over three hours, I can safely say that it was a wild ride.
Firstly, I’ll state all of the results of the 89th Academy Awards, then I’ll give some of my thoughts:
Best Sound Mixing: Hacksaw Ridge
Best Hair and Makeup: Suicide Squad
Best Costume Design: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Best Production Design: La La Land
Best Sound Editing: Arrival
Best Film Editing: Hacksaw Ridge
Best Visual Effects: The Jungle Book
Best Short Documentary: The White Helmets
Best Animated Short Film: Piper
Best Live Action Short Film: Sing
Best Cinematography: La La Land
Best Adapted Screenplay: Moonlight
Best Original Song: City of Stars (La La Land)
Best Original Screenplay: Manchester by the Sea
Best Original Music Score: La La Land
Best Director: Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Best Animated Feature Film: Zootopia
Best Documentary: O.J Made in America
Best Foreign Language Film: The Salesman
Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)
Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis (Fences)
Best Actor: Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
Best Actress: Emma Stone (La La Land)
Best Picture: Moonlight
So, first off, Best Picture. Sheesh. That was awkward. For those of you that didn’t know, La La Land was called out for the winner of Best Picture and the cast and producers etc hopped up on stage and begun delivering speeches. Almost finished, they were interrupted by the revelation that La La Land had not won, instead, Moonlight had won Best Picture. I just feel a bit sorry for the La La Land crew because that must have been one hell of a blow, but congratulations to Moonlight. While I am a huge fan of La La Land, I am very happy with the outcome and feel that Moonlight, as a film, deserves best picture more than it’s adversary.
All in all I feel like this was a good show. I’m happy with majority of the results, except for Best Original Song and Best Animated Feature, both of which, I personally would have given to Moana. Casey Affleck definitely deserved Best Actor for Manchester by the Sea (Review Coming Soon) and Viola Davis was the obvious pick for Supporting Actress. Davis also had the best and most moving speech of the night and that was a very heartfelt moment. The rest of the awards, I personally had a couple of contenders for, but am overall pleased with the outcome.
The show itself was pretty good, I felt Kimmel was a serviceable host and definitely had some bright moments. His rivalry with Matt Damon was great and I especially enjoyed the way he fed his guests, I thought that was a nice touch. This was my first time watching the entirety of the show so this may be the usual occurrence but I was floored by how frequent the commercial breaks were. It was like every one or two awards entailed another commercial break which was crazy and make the show way longer than it needed to be. That may sound picky but I personally had no idea.
In the end, I’m happy with the results (save for a couple) and thought the show was very entertaining. I can’t wait for next years show and all of the films preceding it.