Last night's Oscars went pretty much as expected for the first three hours or so—there were a few big political statements, some tear-jerk moments and a couple of memes were born. But in the final minutes of the telecast, the show took a stunning turn when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway read out the wrong winner for Best Picture. From the cute to the truly confusing, here were the best moments of the 2017 Oscars.
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel share an adorable moment.
Timberlake kicked off the ceremony performing Oscar-nominated "Can't Stop the Feeling" from the animated film Trolls. The energetic performance went from meh to aww when the singer went into the audience and began dancing with his wife, Jessica Biel.
Jimmy Kimmel goes there.
Everyone assumed the award show would get political — it was just a question of how political and how quickly. Kimmel went there right away, taking digs at President Donald Trump in his opening monologue, saying, "I want to say thank you to President Trump — remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist?" Then, the host turned serious, telling the audience: There are millions of people watching right now and if every one of you took a minute to reach out to one person you disagree with, someone you like and have a positive, considerate conversation, not as liberals or conservatives, but as Americans, if we would all do that, we would make America great again. We really could. It starts with us.
Meryl Streep gets a standing ovation before the first award is even announced.
Kimmel ended his monologue by calling out Meryl Streep for "phoning it in for more than 50 films over the course of her lackluster film career." He continued: "This is Meryl's 20th nomination. Everyone join me in giving Meryl Streep a totally undeserved round of applause."
The joke was, of course, a sarcastic dig at Trump. The president called the celebrated actress "one of the most overrated actresses in Hollywood" after she used her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes to criticize Trump for mocking a disabled reporter and to defend a free press.
Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn't know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017
Streep played shy, hiding behind her husband, Don Gummer, as the crowd got on their feet. Later in the show, Kimmel tweeted Trump, "#MerylSaysHi."
Katherine Johnson steals the show.
Johnson, who was hired by NASA in 1953, is one of the real women who inspired the Oscar-nominated Hidden Figures. It was a powerful moment as the 98-year-old former research scientist, who is played in the film by Taraji P. Henson, was invited onstage with the film's cast and told the crowd "thank you," to a standing ovation.
The Harry Potter franchise won its first Oscar.
We know: how is that even possible? But Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them earned a Best Costume Design Oscar for Colleen Atwood—the first gold statue for the magical franchise.
Director Asghar Farhadi's absence is felt when his film wins.
The Iranian director announced weeks ago he would not be attending the Oscars ceremony, though his film The Salesman was nominated for Best Foreign Film. When the award was announced, two prominent Iranian-Americans—engineer Anousheh Ansari, known as the first female space tourist, and Firouz Naderi, a former director at NASA—accepted the statue his behalf, reading his powerful written statement.
Viola Davis brings everyone to tears.
Shockingly, Viola Davis had never won an Oscar before tonight. She finally got the award for her role in Fences, and her dynamic speech made everyone cry.
"I became an artist and thank God I did because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life," she said, as she fought off her own tears.
Kimmel summed it up nicely afterwards, saying: "Viola Davis, by the way, just got nominated for an Emmy for that speech."
It rained candy, cookies and donuts.
Providing food for A-listers is becoming a bit of an award-show tradition, beginning with Oscars host Ellen Degeneres ordering pizza in 2014. It started with candy early in the evening, and, as the show stretched towards midnight, Kimmel commanded cookies and donuts fall from the sky.
Gael Garcia Bernal denounces Trump’s border wall.
The Mexican actor took his moment presenting the award for Best Animated Short Film to make a big statement. He said: "As a Mexican, as a Latin-American, as a migrant worker, as a human being, I am against any form of wall that wants to separate us."
Denzel Washington plays wedding officiant.
The only bright spot in an otherwise lame gag bringing a bus of unsuspecting tourists into the Dolby Theater was when one of the fans told Kimmel she was there with her fiancé, Gary. She said the two were getting married this summer and mentioned that her favourite actor, Washington, was just a few feet away. Washington jumped right up and took a selfie with the couple and added, "I now pronounce you husband and wife."
The White Helmets directors deliver a strong statement about Syria.
The award for the film about "White Helmets," the name for those who rescue survivors in war-torn Syria, was accepted by directors Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara. Khaled Khateeb, the film's 21-year-old Syrian cinematographer, was denied entry into the U.S. There have been conflicting reports about the reason he was barred.
Von Einsiedel read a statement by Raed Al Saleh, the head of the White Helmets: "We are so grateful that this film has highlighted our work to the world. Our organization is guided by a verse in 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 to stop the bloodshed in Syria and around the world."
Mean Tweets: Greatest Hits Edition.
Kimmel brought his Mean Tweets late-night bit to the Oscars, and it was pretty, pretty funny.
Damien Chazelle sets a record.
La La Land went into the night as one of the most nominated films of all time, with 14 nods—but it didn't win quite as big as was expected. However, the film's 32-year-old director made history, becoming the youngest person to win the Best Director Oscar.
Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway pull a Steve Harvey.
In what was unquestionably one of the weirdest moments in award show history, Beatty opened the red envelope before pausing over the contents then passing it to Dunaway, who announced La La Land won Best Picture. After a few minutes of thank you speeches, the film's producer stepped back up to the mic to announce, "There's been a mistake. Moonlight, you guys won Best Picture."
It recalled the monumental 2015 flub when Steve Harvey announced the wrong Miss Universe winner.
Moonlight is the night's big winner.
After all that confusion, the Moonlight crew accepted their much-deserved award. The critically acclaimed film also earned Mahershala Ali the Best Supporting Actor award and Best Adapted Screenplay.
.@BandryBarry on Best Picture for "Moonlight": "Even in my dreams this could not be true. But to hell with dreams." https://t.co/bkJCcIs2Vw pic.twitter.com/olyJ2OD5FV— ABC News (@ABC) February 27, 2017