What had everyone talking at the 2017 Oscars? From red carpet news and trends to the most memorable, thrilling and uncomfortable moments on stage and off, Wonderwall.com is recapping all the buzz from the 89th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood on Feb. 26, starting with this: Host Jimmy Kimmel covered a lot of ground during his opening monologue as he used his sharp wit on Hollywood's biggest names — and no one was safe. He took a shot at Justin Timberlake after his show-opening performance ("I hope *NSYNC saw that. I think there's a really good chance they're going to let you back in the band") to his "nemesis" Matt Damon, who Jimmy called "selfish" and a "dumba–." He then made fun of Matt for letting nominee Casey Affleck take his role in "Manchester By The Sea" so Matt could make "a Chinese ponytail movie instead." But the late-night host's best jokes were saved for Meryl Streep. He explained how she's "stood the test of time for her uninspiring and overrated performances." He said her name was "mediocre," clearly a jab at President Donald Trump (one of many throughout the night), who criticized the acting legend (this year nominated for her 20th Oscar) after she lambasted him in a speech at the Golden Globes. "Meryl has phoned it in for 50 films over the course or her career. Let's give her an undeserved round of applause," Jimmy teased. Meryl stood up as the crowd roared. "Nice dress by the way — is that an Ivanka?" Jimmy mused. Finally, he added that it should be an honor knowing that the awards and speeches were something the president was going to "tweet about in all caps during his 5 a.m. bowel movement." Can't wait!
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Best Picture blunder
Talk about mass confusion! Unfortunately for presenter Warren Beatty, he — and co-presenter Faye Dunaway — were responsible for one the biggest blunders in Oscars history. They announced that "La La Land" won Best Picture. But when the producers of "La La Land" were near the end of their acceptance speeches, a man with a headset was seen running around chaotically. It turned out that Faye announced the wrong winner! The Best Picture winner was actually "Moonlight." It was strange and awkward. "I opened the envelope and it said Emma Stone, 'La La Land.' That's why I took such a long look at Faye and you," Warren explained to the audience, clearly feeling terrible about their mistake. "I wasn't trying to be funny." He then held up the card and turned it to the camera. "This is 'Moonlight,' the best picture." Moments later, after "Moonlight" producers accepted the prize, host Jimmy quipped, "I blame myself for this. I knew I would screw this show up. I promise I'll never come back."
Halle Berry felt the sting of the Internet thanks to her Oscars mane. The actress rocked a very tall, very curly look and Twitter brutalized her. "Halle Berry's hair is wearing her…and it's winning," one user wrote. Another joked, "Halle Berry's hair was nominated for best performance by an inanimate object at an awards show." And yet another delivered this zinger: "Dear God, please save us from Halle Berry's hair." Ouch!
The Jimmy Kimmel/Matt Damon feud was in full effect at the Academy Awards. When Ben Affleck and Matt stepped on stage to present, the announcer said, "Please welcome two-time Academy Award winner Ben Affleck — and guest." Matt laughed at his title. As Ben spoke, all was well. But every time Matt spoke, the infamous wrap-it-up orchestra music started playing. A moment later, Matt realized what was happening and smirked. "Am I getting played off?" he asked. The camera then zoomed down to the orchestra pit where Jimmy was conducting the musicians, instructing them to play loudly as Matt spoke. This "feud" never gets old!
Apologies to Justin Timberlake, because Emma Stone stopped the feeling! Surprising few, Emma took home the award for best actress for her performance in "La La Land." She thanked a slew of family, friends, cast and crew in her speech. "I realize that a moment like this is a huge confluence of luck and opportunity," she said, before thanking co-star Ryan Gosling. "Thank you for making me laugh and for always raising the bar and for being the greatest partner in this crazy adventure," Emma told him. The actress then said she was going to find her friends and "hug the hell out of you when feeling re-enters my body."
Another Affleck wins an Oscar
In a slight upset, Casey Affleck took home the best actor Oscar for his performance in "Manchester By the Sea," beating out a stony-faced Denzel Washington and a smiling Ryan Gosling, who most thought were the frontrunners for the honor. Casey didn't prepare a speech and seemed somewhat speechless when he took the stage. "I wish I had something bigger and more meaningful to say," he said. "I'm just dumbfounded." In remarks that were warm and short, he offered up a little humor, perhaps unintentional, when he thanked his mom and dad "for mostly believing in me."
When went to the future by going to the past! In a pre-taped segment, Seth Rogan spoke about how "Back To The Future" is the film that's inspired him the most. After his segment ended, Michael J. Fox stepped out of a DeLorean with Seth (who donned the self-lacing shoes from the legendary film). "I'm going to pretend half that applause was for me even though I know it was not," Seth said. The Canadian actors then went on to briefly sing music from "Hamilton" in front of a joyful Lin-Manuel Miranda, who was losing his mind as he watched from the audience.
Child star reunion
OMG! It was a reunion of "The All-New Mickey Mouse Club" one minute into the Oscars! While Justin Timberlake was singing "Can't Stop The Feeling" to open the telecast, he and his old "MMC" castmate Ryan Gosling made eye contact and interacted for just a short moment. It was glorious, albeit brief. Then, during a commercial break, the two former Mouseketeers were photographed chatting with each other. Just like the rest of us, Walt Disney is smiling somewhere. (Maybe Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Keri Russell were watching at home?!)
"Moana" star Auli'i Cravalho had an unfortunate Oscar moment — through no fault of her own. In front of what is surely the biggest audience she's ever performed for (Do you know how many millions of people watch the Oscars?!) as Auli'i sang "How Far I'll Go" from "Moana," she got whacked. Several people were waving flags on stage as part of the show, and one of them came a little too close to the 16-year-old star and hit her in the head with the flag. She was a pro, though, and continued singing as if nothing ever happened. She'll go far indeed.
The ultimate tourist experience
Chalk this one up to "unknowing Oscar crashing." When tourists go to Hollywood, they always want to see stars. Well, a few dozen tourists got just that and then some! A group of visitors on a Hollywood sightseeing tour bus were told they were going to see an exhibit of Oscar dresses at the Dolby Theatre. But the joke was on them! They did see those dresses — only they were on the biggest A-listers in the world. The group, not having a clue what was going on, walked into the Oscars ceremony and jaws dropped (let's just say they weren't dressed for the occasion!). The group, many of them with cell phones in hand, were stunned as they looked at the stars. Jennifer Aniston gave a woman a pair of sunglasses from her purse (at host Jimmy Kimmel's urging). Denzel Washington pronounced an engaged couple husband and wife. One tourist had Mahershala Ali take a picture of him with the "Moonlight" star's shiny new Oscar. A woman hugged Meryl Streep and another got speechless around Ryan Gosling, who Jimmy warned them about: "Don't look into his eyes, he's very handsome." Best sightseeing tour EVER.
Justin Timberlake is king of the red carpet photobomb! And wife Jessica Biel wasn't his only victim at the Oscars this year. As Emma Stone was doing a live interview with ABC, JT stuck his face next to Emma's without her knowing. He smiled in a pretty creepy fashion until the best actress nominee noticed — and JT bailed. "Who are those people?!" Emma joked as Justin and Jessica walked by. The Oscars were "feeling" Justin though. The singer opened the Academy Awards with his hit nominated song "Can't Stop The Feeling," starting from the lobby of the Dolby Theatre and dancing his way down the aisle to the stage. He then went into Bill Withers' "Lovely Day" and headed into the crowd to perform. "I know you know this, Denzel," he said from the stage. Ha!
Jennifer Aniston had one of the tougher assignments that's handed out every year: introducing the In Memoriam segment. The actress got emotional while speaking about the talent that's been lost over the last year, including Bill Paxton, who died unexpectedly the day before the Oscars. Of those lost, a choked-up Jen said, "all were loved and all will be missed… Let us remember their lives and all of their work." As Sara Bareilles sang on stage, images of film talent including stars Gene Wilder, Anton Yelchin, Mary Tyler Moore, Prince and Carrie Fisher flashed on the screen. Rest easy, friends.
As Jessica Biel (in KaufmanFranco) told ABC Oscars pre-show host Robin Roberts, "Gold is the color of the night!" It sure was: Jessica and more stylish stars donned the trendy metallic hue that dominated the red carpet. Joining the golden girls brigade were Nicole Kidman in Armani Prive, Dakota Johnson in Gucci and Emma Stone in Givenchy Couture. Shine on, ladies!
Iranian director Asghar Farhadi won Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards for "The Salesman," but he was not in attendance… and it was all because of President Donald Trump and his infamous travel ban. Engineer/astronaut Anousheh Ansari accepted the award on his behalf and read a powerful statement he'd prepared. "I'm sorry I'm not with you tonight. My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of other six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S.," she read to thunderous applause. "Dividing the world into the 'Us' and 'our enemies' categories creates fear, a deceitful justification for aggression and war. These wars prevent democracy and human rights in countries which have themselves been victims of aggression. Filmmakers can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions. They create empathy between us and others, an empathy that we need more today than ever."
The "stars" came out to introduce best documentary. "Hidden Figures" actresses Janelle Monae, Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer were joined on stage by Katherine Johnson, one of the women whose life story they told in their film. From her wheelchair, the groundbreaking NASA mathematician — who is 98 years old — simply said, "Thanks very much." Short. Sweet. Impactful.
The biggest names in Hollywood got a quick dose of sugar about an hour into the show. Jimmy Kimmel asked the crowd if they needed anything to eat. He then told them to close their eyes. As they did, movie theater candy staples Red Vines licorice and Junior Mints dropped from the ceiling wrapped in tiny white parachutes that fluttered to the ground. "Don't hurt each other," Jimmy said as actors and actresses grabbed at the airborne candy. Jimmy added, "We should give out the awards this way."
Blue ribbon night
Aside from the obvious — Who's going to win? — one of the biggest questions swirling around the Oscars red carpet centered on those blue ribbons worn by stars including Ruth Negga, Karlie Kloss and Lin-Manuel Miranda. What are they for? The ribbons are in support of the ACLU. The ACLU tweeted, "Thanks @Lin_Manuel, glad you gladly join the fight. And when our children tell our story, they'll tell the story of tonight." The ACLU also shared its gratitude to Ruth with a tweet that read, "#ThisIsLoving," a hashtag taking a cue from her Oscar-nominated film, "Loving."
The blue ACLU ribbons weren't the only sartorial political statements at the Oscars. Stars like best actress winner Emma Stone and presenter Dakota Johnson wore gold pins in the shape of the Planned Parenthood logo. "Nobody wears PP like Emma Stone. Stunning! #IStandwithPP," the organization tweeted. Emma wore her pin on her gown, while Dakota stuck hers to her purse.
Sharing the love
Mahershala Ali was clearly emotional as he won the Oscar for best supporting actor. He thanked the cast and crew, as well as his teachers and others who have been influential in his life. He saved the best for last though, thanking his wife — who was in her third trimester during awards season. "We just had a daughter four days ago, so I just want to thank her for being such a soldier through this process and really carrying me through it," he gushed.
The Gos goes solo
In the week leading up to the Academy Awards, several media outlets reported that nominee Ryan Gosling would bring lady love Eva Mendes to the Oscars. Well, Ryan arrived in his ruffled tux shirt without her. Instead, he brought his sister Mandi, who was by his side all night long.
As far as award show accidents go, this was about as terrifying as it gets. A large Oscars prop crashed down on the stage inside the Dolby Theatre and broke into pieces on Sunday morning just six hours before the show was set to go live. TMZ, which has a photo of the aftermath, reports that the accident happened during rehearsals. Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel was reportedly working out a skit at the time, but was off stage when the accident occured. The prop — which looks like skyscraper models — crushed a camera, the website said. No one was injured, but producers were left scrambling to come up with a Plan B, so to speak.