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Oscars 2017 Make History In More Ways Than One

About Last Night Anokhi Today Pop Culture News Feb 27, 2017

This year’s Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences delivered on what will be seen as the most memorable Oscar awards, complete with their own crazy plot twist. Oscars 2017 — who knew you had it in ya!  

In what was bound to be an emotionally charged night, the 89th Annual Academy Awards had a lot to live up to — not only to redeem themselves from the #OscarsSoWhite controversy from last year, but also to give vent to simmering political sentiments that could not be ignored on Hollywood’s biggest night.

Several presenters and winners subtly but clearly voiced their opinions about the climate of exclusion and discrimination in the United States ushered in by the Trump administration. The issue came into sharp focus as Iraqi director Asghar Farhadi won the award for Best Foreign Language Film for Salesman and The White Helmets took the award for Documentary Short. Farhadi previously said in a statement that he would not attend even if exceptions were made for him out of solidarity with the other nations affected by the “Muslim ban,” and his acceptance speech read out at the ceremony reiterated those feelings.

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Asghar Farhadi won his second Oscar last night but did not attend the Oscars 2017 ceremony. Photo Credit: Alchetron.com

The White Helmets cinematographer Khaled Khatib was denied entry into the United States on Saturday despite having a visa to attend. Khatib is also a member of the Syrian Civil Defense – the group profiled in the film. While accepting the award, filmmakers requested a standing ovation in support of those fighting to end the six-year war in the region and the local volunteers risking their lives to ease the strife of their fellow citizens.

 

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Joanna Natasegara and Orlando von Einsiedel are Oscars 2017 winners for Documentary (Short Subject) for The White Helmets. Photo Credit: Oscars.go.com/ Getty Images

 

The choices for the biggest awards of the night also seemed to make a statement about the values of diversity and inclusion that the Academy made a concentrated effort to honour this year.

While the number may sound insignificant, a record six African American actors were nominated in the acting categories, with black women dominating the Best Supporting Actress category. The award went to Viola Davis for her role in Fences, making Davis the first black actress to be nominated for an Oscar three times.

 

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Viola Davis, Oscars 2017 winner for Actress in a Supporting Role for Fences, poses in the press room during the 89th Academy Awards. Photo Credit: oscars.go.com/Getty Images

The winner in the best supporting actor category also made history. Mahershala Ali took the award for his role in Moonlight, becoming the first Muslim actor to ever win an Academy Award.

 

Mahershala Ali is an Oscars 2017 Winner for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Moonlight. Photo Credit: Oscars.go.com/Getty Images
Mahershala Ali is an Oscars 2017 Winner for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Moonlight. Photo Credit: Oscars.go.com/Getty Images

Best Actor went to Casey Affleck for Manchester by The Sea despite a fair amount of backlash online regarding his sexual assault lawsuits that were settled out of court nine years ago.

 

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Oscars 2017 winner for Actor in a Leading Role for Manchester by the Sea, poses in the press room during the 89th Academy Awards. Photo Credit: Oscars.go.com/AFP/Getty Images

Emma Stone took Best Actress somewhat surprisingly over some powerhouse nominees, including Meryl Streep and Natalie Portman, for La La Land.

 

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Emma Stone, Oscars 2017 winner for Actress in a Leading Role for La La Land, poses in the press room during the 89th Academy Awards. Photo Credit: Oscars.go.com/AFP/Getty Images

That wasn’t the biggest surprise for La La Land, of course, with the spectacular flub the cast and crew had to endure while accepting their Best Film award – which, in fact, wasn’t theirs to accept. Due to a series of confusing mix-ups backstage, veteran actor Warren Beatty was somehow handed the Best Actress envelope as he walked onto the stage to present the award with actress Faye Dunaway.

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The Oscars 2017 plot twist for the ages: Warren Beatty attempts to explain the confusion regarding the Best Picture winner as cast and crew of both La La Land and Moonlight crowd onto the stage. Photo Credit: Oscars.go.com

The rest is televised and well-documented history already, as the jaw-dropping mistake was awkwardly corrected and Moonlight was declared the rightful winner of the award. Many viewers were understandably annoyed at the unprecedented mistake that stole the spotlight away from a film that highlighted the black gay experience in America and how important its win actually was.

 

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Moonlight receives 2017 Oscar for Best Picture. Photo Credit: Oscars.go.com/Getty Images

And while the awards themselves ended on an unforgettable note, the parade of stunning fashions on the red carpet prior to the ceremony held its own as well. Here are our Top 5 picks from the night.

Janelle Monáe stunned in Elie Saab

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Janelle Monae arrives in Elie Saab on the Oscars 2017 red carpet for the 89th Academy Awards. Photo Credit: ExtraTV.com (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Best Actress nominee Ruth Negga was all class in a red Valentino haute couture gown custom designed for her by creative director Pierpaolo Picciolo.

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Ruth Negga arrives in Valentino wearing a blue ribbon to support of ACLU on the Oscars 2017 red carpet. Photo Credit: ABC.com

Riz Ahmed stood out in a brighter hue of blue, styled in Ermenegildo Zegna Couture.

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Riz Ahmed arrives in Ermenegildo Zegna on the Oscars  2017 red carpet for the 89th Academy Awards. Photo Credit: Oscars.go.com/Getty Images

 

Best Actress winner Emma Stone aptly channelled old Hollywood glam with a ’20s-inspired beaded and fringed creation by Givenchy.

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Emma Stone arrives in Givenchy on the Oscars 2017 red carpet for the 89th Academy Awards. Photo Credit: oscars.go.com/FilmMagic

 

Emma Roberts made a statement that went beyond fashion in a vintage Armani Privé gown – supporting the Red Carpet Green Dress initiative. The organisation has been creating Oscars fashions for eight years, spreading the importance of sustainable fashion and proving that stunning designer wear can also be good for the planet.

Emma Roberts arrives in Armani Privé on the Oscars red carpet for the 89th Academy Awards. Photo Credit: Oscars.go.com/Getty Images
Emma Roberts arrives in Armani Privé on the Oscars 2017 red carpet for the 89th Academy Awards. Photo Credit: Oscars.go.com/Getty Images

Along with our top 5, a special shout-out must go to South Asian stunner Priyanka Chopra, who kept it classy in Ralph & Russo.

 

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Priyanka Chopra arrives in Ralph & Russo on the Oscars 2017 red carpet for the 89th Academy Awards. Photo Credit: Oscars.go.com/Getty Images

And one of our personal favourites of the night – Dev Patel’s mom, Anita Patel, repping a classic black and gold sari on the Oscars red carpet, proudly standing by her son who was nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category.

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Dev Patel arrives on the Oscars 2017 red carpet for the 89th Academy Awards with his mother, Anita Patel, on his arm. Photo Credit: Hindustan Times/Reuters

 

Main Image Photo Credit: Oscars.go.com/Getty Images

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    Dilshad Burman is an award winning TV host and Canadian media personality.   Born in Mumbai, India, she was surrounded by its creative energy and grew up with a passion for music, film and television. While completing her Bachelor of Arts in English literature from The University of Mumbai, she i...

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