Watching two movies win the Best Picture award at the Oscars last night (February 26) was confusing enough for us at home, but what about those on the stage at the time?
First Bonnie and Clyde co-stars Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced La La Land as the winner, before an official rushed on stage as the musical’s producers made their speeches, and broke the embarrassing news that the wrong envelope had been handed out.
The expression on Skyfall and Spectre star Naomie Harris‘s face said it all. She plays a crack-addicted mother named Paula in Moonlight, the film that eventually won out, and called the mix-up a “very strange moment” in an interview with the BBC afterwards.
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Later on she told The Los Angeles Times, “I thought it was a practical joke. When I walked onstage I had an expression of — well, I have no idea what kind of expression I had. Like a what-just-happened expression. I’m not sure I want to look at it.”
We’d say “what-just-happened” is a very good way of describing the stunned expression on Naomie’s face, while Emma Stone‘s was much more “oh my God”:
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Whereas the unflappable Ryan Gosling was more amused than anything:
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Other than that headline-grabbing mix up, there weren’t any major shockers among the night’s award winners.
As at the BAFTAs earlier this month, Casey Affleck won Best Lead Actor and Emma Stone took home the Best Lead Actress award, and Viola Davis won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Fences. The only acting award the BAFTAs failed to predict was Best Supporting Actor, which went to Moonlight‘s Mahershala Ali instead of Lion‘s Dev Patel.
And, just as he did in London, Kenneth Lonergan received the best original screenplay prize for Manchester by the Sea, but lost out to 32-year old Damien Chazelle, who became the youngest filmmaker to win the Best Director Prize. His movie La La Land won six of the awards it was nominated for, a good haul, though fewer than the 11 needed to rival record-breaking Oscar winning films like Titanic and Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
As for Best Foreign Language Film, it was won by The Salesman from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who boycotted the awards in protest at what he called President Trump’s “inhumane” travel bans.
Also unable to be there was Khaled Khatib, the 21-year-old cinematographer responsible for The White Helmets, a film about a Syrian defence group that won Best Documentary Short. OJ: Made in America won Best Documentary.
And there was a quiet victory you might not have spotted: the Harry Potter franchise of films finally won an Academy Award, just 16 years, 9 films, and 14 Oscar nominations since their Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone first premiered in 2001. The award was for Best Costume Design, won by Chicago and Alice in Wonderland costume designer Colleen Atwood for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Despite Jimmy Kimmel‘s best efforts, the stunts and the airborne candy, the 2017 Academy Awards will surely be remembered for the last-minute fiasco that had all the hallmarks of an M. Night Shyamalan plot twist. The comparison, it turns out, was not lost on the Sixth Sense director himself:
I wrote the ending of the academy awards 2017. @jimmykimmel we really got them!
— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) February 27, 2017