The 89th Academy Awards Ceremony


Alicia Vikander, left, presents Mahershala Ali with the award for best actor in a supporting role for "Moonlight" at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Photo by Chris Pizzello/AP)

Alicia Vikander, left, presents Mahershala Ali with the award for best actor in a supporting role for “Moonlight” at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Photo by Chris Pizzello/AP)

By Jordan Norkus

Arts & Entertainment Editor

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented the 89th Academy Awards ceremony, otherwise known as the Oscars, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 28.

Justin Timberlake opened the event with his latest single, “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”

Television host Jimmy Kimmel was the host of the ceremony and welcomed audience members and viewers at home. Like many of the other award ceremonies that have taken place since the election, politics and current events were brought up or mentioned in some of the speeches.

“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, as Americans; if we could all do that we could make America great again,” said Kimmel.

The first award category of the night was “Best Supporting Actor.” It was presented to Mahershala Ali for his performance as Juan in “Moonlight.” Ali became the first Muslim actor to ever win an Oscar.

Similar to when Ellen DeGeneres had a pizza delivered to the 86th Academy Awards, Kimmel incorporated food into the ceremony by having little parachutes of candy fall from the ceiling for audience members.

The next Oscar of the night, “Best Actress in a Supporting Role,” was presented to Viola Davis for her role as Rose Maxson in “Fences.”

The Academy Award for “Best Foreign Language Film” was presented to Iranian film director and screenwriter Asghar Farhadi for “The Salesman.”

Farhadi did not attend the ceremony to protest President Trump’s travel ban. Instead, he wrote a statement and had it read for the acceptance speech.

“I’m sorry I’m not with you tonight,” said Farhadi. “My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of other six nations who have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S.”

During the ceremony, Kimmel surprised a group of tourists who unknowingly walked into the ceremony. Ryan Gosling gave one tourist his candy, Denzel Washington took a selfie with an engaged couple and one woman went home with Jennifer Aniston’s sunglasses.

Netflix won its first Oscar with “Best Documentary Short Subject” for “The White Helmets” and “Best Live Action Short Film” was presented to “Sing.”

Kimmel has a segment on his talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” called “Mean Tweets” where celebrities read mean tweets about them from Twitter. For the ceremony, Kimmel showed an Oscars edition of “Mean Tweets” that included celebrities like Emma Stone, Miles Teller and Whoopi Goldberg.

John Legend performed a medley of “City of Stars” and “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from “La La Land.” The film proceeded to win both “Best Original Score” and “Best Original Song.”

The “In Memoriam” presentation was introduced by Aniston and she brought up Bill Paxton, who passed on Saturday, Feb. 25. The presentation was accompanied by Sara Bareilles and her performance of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now.”

The first mishap of the ceremony occurred during “In Memoriam” when film producer Jan Chapman’s photo was used for Costume Designer Janet Patterson, who passed on Oct. 21, 2016.

The next awards were presented to “Manchester by the Sea” for “Best Original Screenplay,” “Moonlight” for “Best Adapted Screenplay,” and “La La Land” for “Best Directing.”

Then it was time for the final three awards.

“Best Actor in a Leading Role” was awarded to Casey Affleck for his performance as Lee Chandler in “Manchester by the Sea;” beating Washington, Gosling, Viggo Mortensen and Andrew Garfield.

“Best Actress in a Leading Role” was awarded to Stone for her performance as Mia in “La La Land.” This was the film’s sixth Oscar win of the night.

“Best Picture” was originally awarded to “La La Land,” but Warren Beatty was given the wrong envelope when he presented the award. “Moonlight” was the actual winner of the Oscar.

In a statement, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the company responsible for the Oscar ballots, apologized for how it all went down.

“The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and, when discovered, was immediately corrected,” said PwC. “We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred.”

The next morning, Steve Harvey, who announced the wrong winner of Miss Universe 2015, tweeted “Good morning everybody! Went to sleep early last night. So… what I miss?”

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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