89th Annual Academy Awards Results and Commentary (2017)
- Date of Ceremony: Sunday, February 26, 2017
- For films released in: 2016
- Host(s): Jimmy Kimmel
Welcome to our coverage of the 89th Annual Academy Awards which were handed out on Sunday, February 26th, 2017.
The show opens with Justin Timberlake dancing through the audience performing the nominated song “Can’t Stop the Feeling” from the movie Trolls. Good way to get one of the nominated songs out of the way.
Our host, Jimmy Kimmel, takes to the stage, joking “Great, a sitting ovation.”
“I’ve never been to the Oscars before. And the way you go through hosts, I might not again.”
“I want to say thank you to President Trump. Remember last year when the Oscars seemed racist?”
“The only happy ending this year was the one in the middle of Moonlight.”
“In Hollywood we don’t discriminate based on the country your from. We discriminate based on age and weight.”
“Meryl Streep has phoned it in for over fifty films.”
Jimmy now announces the first category, Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. The presenter is last years Supporting Actress winner Alicia Vikander. And the Oscar goes to Mahershala Ali for Moonlight. He gets a standing ovation.
“Wow. I want to thank my teachers, my professors. I have so many wonderful teachers, and one thing that they consistently told me — Zelda Fichandler, Ron Van Lieu, Ken Washington — is that it wasn’t about you. It’s not about you. It’s about these characters you are serving. You’re in service to these stories and these characters, and I’m so blessed to have had an opportunity — it was about Juan, it was about Chiron, it was about Paula.” – Mahershala Ali
“I have no tolerance for fake news,” says Kimmel as he jokes about Trump’s press shenanigans. He then introduces Kate McKinnon and Jason Bateman, who are presenting Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling and Achievement in Costume Design. First up is the Makeup and Hairstyling category. And the Oscar goes to Suicide Squad’s Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson.
“What can I say? Thank you very much. And the last thing, I’m an immigrant. I come from Italy. I work around the world and this is for all the immigrants, for the immigrants.” – Alessandro Bertolazzi
On to the Costume category. And the Oscar goes to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’s Colleen Atwood. It’s Atwood’s fourth Oscar.
“Thank you. I’m truly floored. Sting told me I was gonna win tonight, and I didn’t believe him at all. I was like, what? Obviously I didn’t prepare anything.” – Colleen Atwood
“I want to honor the real heroes tonight,” says Kimmel. “The superheroes.” He then introduces the three female leads of Hidden Figures, Tariji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe. They in turn introduce one of the real NASA mathematicians that inspired the film, Katherine Johnson. They then present Documentary Feature. And the Oscar goes to Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow for O.J.: Made in America.
“But I want to acknowledge that I wouldn’t be standing here tonight if not for two people who aren’t here with us, Ron Goldman, Nicole Brown, this is for them and their families. It is also for others, the victims of police violence, police brutality, racially motivated violence and criminal injustice.” – Ezra Edelman
“O.J., you get an extra slice of bologna on your sandwich tonight,” says Kimmel, referring to the incarcerated athlete. Dwayne Johnson is out next to introduce the nominated song from Moana, “How Far I’ll Go”. The song’s writer, Lin-Manuel Miranda, raps the song’s context before Auli’i Cravalho sings it.
“The young men and women handing out the awards tonight are not models or Stallone girls, they’re actual winners of the Student Academy Awards.” He then introduces the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Cheryl Boone Isaacs. Kimmel then mentions how important candy is to the movie experience before tiny parachutes deliver candy to the audience.
Chris Evans and Sofia Boutella are now presenting Sound Editing. And the Oscar goes to Arrival’s Sylvain Bellemare.
“So this award by far is a collective award made by people from many countries around the world, led by the Quebec team, Cine Montreal.” – Sylvain Bellemare
Chris and Sofia now present the award for Sound Mixing. And the Oscar goes to Hacksaw Ridge’s Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace.
“And a special thank you tonight to my mother, Skippy O’Connell, who 39 years ago got me a job in sound and when I asked her, ‘Ma, how can I ever thank you?’ She looked at me and she said, ‘You know, I’ll tell you how you can thank me. You can work hard. You can work really hard and then someday, you go win yourself an Oscar and you can stand up there on that stage and you can thank me in front of the whole world.’ Mom, I know you’re looking down on me tonight. So thank you.” – Kevin O’Connell
Kimmel introduces tonight’s next presenter, from Hacksaw Ridge, Vince Vaughn. Vaughn discusses the Governors Awards, which were handed out late last year.
A clip sequence shows past winners of Supporting Actress. Last year’s Supporting Actor winner, Mark Rylance, presents the award. And the Oscar goes to the stellar Viola Davis for Fences.
“You know, there’s one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered. One place. And that’s the graveyard. People ask me all the time, ‘What kind of stories do you want to tell, Viola?’ And I say, exhume those bodies. Exhume those stories. The stories of the people who dreamed big and never saw those dreams to fruition. People who fell in love and lost. I became an artist, and thank god I did, because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life. So here’s to August Wilson, who exhumed and exalted the ordinary people.” – Viola Davis
“Viola Davis just got nominated for an Emmy for that speech on the Oscars,” says Kimmel. He then talks about inspiration before introducing a clip of Charlize Theron discussing her inspiration, Shirley MacLaine. The pair then come out to present Best Foreign Language Film. And the Oscar goes to Iran’s The Salesman and its director, Asghar Farhadi. He refused to come in solidarity with the people who would not be allowed in because of President Trump’s travel ban. A statement is read on his behalf by Iranian-American engineer and astronaut Anousheh Ansari.
“I’m sorry I’m not with you tonight. My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of other six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S. Dividing the world into the us and our enemies categories creates fear. A deceitful justification for aggression and war. These wars prevent democracy and human rights in countries which have themselves been victims of aggression. Filmmakers can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions. They create empathy between us and others. An empathy which we need today more than ever. “ – statement from Asghar Farhadi
Dev Patel, who was nominated tonight for Lion, introduces a performance by Sting of the song “The Empty Chair” written by J. Ralph and Sting, from the documentary Jim: The James Foley Story.
Kimmel discusses a prank involving some celebrity tour bus passengers before introducing the presenters for Best Animated Short Film, Hailee Steinfeld and Gael García Bernal. And the Oscar goes to Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer for Piper.
“Honestly, we’re only here because of the kind support and mentorship of many. I have to thank John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Lindsey Collins, Jim Morris and Ed Catmull. My parents, my wife Nancy, my three little pipers at home who inspired this story: Theo, Cora, Marcello. I love you, and may you always have the courage to face your fears.” – Alan Barillaro
The pair then present Best Animated Feature. And the Oscar goes to Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer for Zootopia.
“About five years ago, almost six now, oh my god, we got this crazy idea to talk about humanity with talking animals in the hopes that when the film came out, it would make the world just a slightly better place.” – Byron Howard
Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are now out to present Achievement in Production Design. And the Oscar goes to La La Land’s La La Land David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco. The film, which has 14 nominations is now 1 for 14.
“Damien, we wouldn’t be up here without you. Thank you so much. From our very first meetings together with Linus Sandgren and Mary Zophres, DP and costume designer, when you went through each page of the script with us, right up to the planning of the scenery for the finale and epilogue with Justin’s music and Mandy Moore’s choreography, you shared your vision with such joy, energy and precision that we couldn’t help but have captured it.” – David Wasco
The unsuspecting tour bus riders are now brought into the theatre. Kimmel introduces them to a few of the stars. Denzel Washington pretends to officiate the wedding of one couple.
We get a clip package about movies around the world.
Rogue One’s Felicity Jones and Riz Ahmed are now presenting Achievement in Visual Effects. And the Oscar goes to The Jungle Book’s Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon.
“And last but not least, these three gentleman geniuses behind me, who commandeered a thousand superb artists and contributed so greatly and made so many winning decisions that, you know, they actually got tired of winning. Like that’s a thing. I think I’m done. Thank you to all our artists. The next round of applause is for you, you deserve it as much as we do.” – Robert Legato
Seth Rogen talks about his inspiration, the movie Back to the Future and its lead Michael J. Fox. The pair are now onstage to present Achievement in Film Editing. And the Oscar goes to Hacksaw Ridge’s John Gilbert.
“Mel, I had a fabulous time working on this film with you, and you’re a great director, and I hope there’s plenty more where this came from.” – John Gilbert
Kimmel talks to the adorable Sunny Pawar from Lion before more candies fall from the rafters.
Salma Hayek and David Oyelowo are presenting Best Documentary Short Subject. And the Oscar goes to The White Helmets’ Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara.
“Sadly, Raed Saleh, the head of the White Helmets, is not able to join us tonight. We have a very short statement from him that we’d like to share with you: We’re so grateful that this film has highlighted our work to the world. Our organization is guided by a verse from the Koran: ‘to save one life is to save all of humanity.’ We have saved more than 82,000 civilian lives. I invite anyone here who hears me to work on the side of life, to stop the bloodshed in Syria and around the world.” – Orlando von Einsiedel
Salma and David now present Best Live Action Short Film. And the Oscar goes to Sing by Kristof Deák and Anna Udvardy.
“…this is dedicated to the only people who can basically make the world a better place for us: kids. So let’s try and raise them in a good way, try and raise them in a way that we can be proud of them.” – Kristof Deák
Kimmel is upset that we’re two hours into the show and Donald Trump hasn’t tweeted about them. He sends the President a couple of tweets. Leslie Mann and John Cho, who hosted the Science and Technology, discuss the ceremony.
Javier Bardem talks about his inspiration, the performance of Meryl Streep in Bridges of Madison County. He and Streep are now onstage together to present Achievement in Cinematography. And the Oscar goes to La La Land’s Linus Sandgren. The film is now 2 for 14.
“This is such an amazing honor. This film was made with so much love and passion and struggles. And it was all thanks to you, Damien. You’re a poetic genius. And I’m so happy I met you and I really love you, man. Emma, Ryan, I think you’re incredible. Thanks for all the collaboration.” – Linus Sandgren
Kimmel says “Linus, we want to say we’re sorry for what happened in Sweden last week.” It refers to Trump’s bizarre reference to something happening in Sweden when nothing did.
A clip package now has a variety celebrities reading mean tweets.
Jimmy introduces Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. They in turn introduce a performance by John Legend of two songs from La La Land, “City of Stars” and “Audition (The Fools Who Dream).”
After chatting with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kimmel gets tripped by nemesis Matt Damon, before introducing Samuel L. Jackson. He’s presenting Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original score). And the Oscar goes to La La Land’s Justin Hurwitz. The film is now 3 for 14.
“Thank you to all the L.A. musicians who played on this score. I just put notes on the page, and they’re the ones who made it beautiful and sound the way it does.” – Justin Hurwitz
Scarlett Johansson is now presenting Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original song). And the Oscar goes to La La Land’s “City of Stars” by Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The film is now 4 for 14.
“I want to thank my mom who is amazing and my date tonight and she let me quit the JCC soccer league to be in a school musical so this is dedicated to all the kids who sing in the rain and all the moms who let them. Thank you very much. I love you, Mom.” – Benj Pasek
Moving right along, Jennifer Aniston is now here to present the In Memoriam segment, adding a mention of Bill Paxton, whose death we learned of today. Sara Bareilles performs Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” as we see the clip package.
In a spoof on the inspiration theme, Kimmel talks about Matt Damon in We Bought a Zoo. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, introduced as “Two-time Oscar winner Ben Affleck and guest” are presenting Original Screenplay. Every time Damon speaks, the orchestra begins to play him off. And the Oscar goes to Manchester by the Sea’s Kenneth Lonergan.
“The movie’s about people trying to take care of each other in the face of terrible adversity. I have been taken care of my whole life by wonderful people who I love and who’ve loved me. I wouldn’t be holding this if not for Mara Buxbaum. I wouldn’t be here at all if it wasn’t for J. Smith-Cameron. Nellie Lonergan, I could not love you more, but I will try.” – Kenneth Lonergan
Amy Adams is now presenting Adapted Screenplay. And the Oscar goes to Moonlight’s Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney.
“I tell my students that I teach sometimes, be in love with the process not the result but I really wanted this result because a bajillion people are watching and all you people out there who feel like there’s no mirror for you, that your life is not reflected, the Academy has your back, the ACLU has your back, we have your back. And for the next four years, we will not leave you alone, we will not forget you.” – Barry Jenkins
Kimmel says “Just because a screenplay is adapted doesn’t mean we love it any less” before donuts and cookies parachute down from the rafters.
Halle Berry has been tasked with presenting Achievement in Directing. And the Oscar goes to Damien Chazelle for La La Land. At 32. he’s the youngest winner in the category. His flick is now 5 for 14.
“And finally, I want to thank Olivia, my love, sitting there. This was a movie about love, and I was lucky enough to fall in love while making it. And it means the world to me that you’re here sharing this with me.” – Damien Chazelle
A clip package shows past Best Actor winners. Last year’s Best Actress winner, Brie Larson is now here to present Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. And the Oscar goes to Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea.
“I’m only here, really, because of all the talents and good will of so many people, they’re impossible to name. But most of all, Kenneth Lonergan, who made this part and without this part and without his writing, I wouldn’t be here for sure. And he directed it. Man, I wish I had something bigger and more meaningful to say, but I just, I’m really proud to be part of this community in general. I look out at all of you as I have this whole year and I’m just dumbfounded that I’m included.” – Casey Affleck
And we go into another clip package showing past Best Actress winners. Last year’s Best Actor winner Leonardo DiCaprio is here to present Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. And the Oscar goes to Emma Stone for La La Land. The film is now 6 for 14.
“I still have a lot of growing and learning and work to do, and this guy is a really beautiful symbol to continue on that journey, and I’m so grateful for that. So thank you so much. Thank you.” – Emma Stone
“We’ve reached the halfway point,” quips Kimmel before introducing Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, who are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Bonnie and Clyde. They’re presenting Best Picture. And the Oscar goes to La La Land and producers Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz and Marc Platt. But wait…
In an error it turns out that Moonlight has won Best Picture as there was an error with the envelope. It turns out that there are duplicate envelopes held by the PricewaterhouseCoopers representives, one for each side of the stage. Apparently, Warren Beatty was handed the duplicate Best Actress envelope. As Beatty mention onstage, the envelope he opened said “Emma Stone – La La Land”
UPDATE: In a statement released by PricewaterhouseCoopers after the show, they said, “We sincerely apologize to Moonlight, La La Land, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture. The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred. We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation.”