The 2017 Oscars will always be remembered for the blunder that saw La La Land mistakenly announced as the Best Picture winner over the actual winnner Moonlight. Up until, actually including the incident, it was the Best Oscar show in years.
The show didn’t start with a hokey musical number but rather with a great performance by Justin Timberlake singing his Oscar nominated song Can’t Stop this Feeling from the Trolls movie. Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue was funny, subtle and mostly free of jabs. Except for some zingers at Mel Gibson who should not have even been there, but damn he is a good Director. Kimmel also set the tone for what could have been a night full of political statements and told the crowd to just have conversations with people that you don’t agree with. The show wasn’t completely Trump free. He reminded the crowd how overrated Meryl Streep is, he tweeted Trump “are u up?” and #merylsayshi. Kimmel kept the rest of the show moving with his confidence and style.
There were a few political statements. The biggest one from Best Foreign Language winner Asghar Farhadi for The Salesman. He boycotted the Oscars to protest the travel ban and a representative read a statement from him.
A few things that could have fallen flat turned out to be great moments. Bringing tourists in who thought they were seeing a gown exhibit turned out to be a great, real moment. George from Chicago became one of the most talked about people on Twitter. George and his fiancé were truly surprised every time they saw a movie star that they recognized. They were even married by Denzel Washington. It was a real moment in an often fake world.
The feud between Jimmy Kimmel and Matt Damon is alaways funny. It doesn’t even matter that you don’t know how it started, but Kimmell playing Damon off from the orchestra was great stuff. The show itself was light on the number of people that they played off. It was refreshing to see the winners have their moment without the musical interuptions.
It was a shame that Moonlight didn’t get the spotlight that it deserved. The card mistake outshined what should have been a special moment for Moonlight. It was not a shock when La La Land was announced as the winner. It had been the front runner since September. Nobody saw the Moonlight win coming and it would have been a great moment had it been announced properly.