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The Night To Remember

In an exhilarating night full of glamour and celebration, the 89th Academy Awards delight, surprise, and shock with moving speeches and unprecedented plot twists.

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The 89th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, proved once again to be an event full of surprises. In an unexpected finale, and for the first time in Oscars history, the award for Best Picture was incorrectly announced. After the cast and crew of La La Land had been called to the stage as the winners and already begun their speeches, they were promptly ushered off stage moments later to make way for the actual winner Moonlight. Though everything happened rather quickly, the La La Land production team accepted the loss, and shocking mistake, gracefully and with open arms for their counterparts.

La La Land, however, still had much to celebrate, taking home a total of 6 Oscars, including Best Actress and Best Director for Emma Stone and Damien Chazelle respectively. With this recognition, Damien Chazelle became the youngest director to win an Oscar at the young age of 34. Moonlight, the eventual winner of the Best Picture award, won three Oscars including Best Supporting Actor, while Manchester By The Sea celebrated an award for Casey Affleck’s heart-breaking performance in a leading role and two more awards including Best Original Screenplay.

Viola Davis, who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress gave what was perhaps the most powerful and heartfelt speech of the night, passionately declaring that, “we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life!”

Though the big night ended on a more chaotic note, the ceremony will also be remembered for Kimmel’s light-hearted humor (even tweeting to Donald Trump with the hashtag #MerylSaysHi), and the glamour of this year’s red carpet with Hailee Steifeld, Emma Stone, and Jessica Biel topping the list of best dressed.

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