Well, that was interesting. They saved the only drama for the very last award and the biggest of all, Best Picture. With Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty reading from the wrong winner card, La La Land was initially thought to have won only for the Academy organizers to awkwardly take back the erroneous cards while the cast and crew were on stage giving their winner speeches. When confronted with what happened, La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz spoke into the mike and said, “This is not a joke. Moonlight has won best picture.” Confusion ensued and the cast and crew of Moonlight were ushered onstage to take their rightful Oscar statuettes. I imagine there are plenty of angry people on the La La Land side, anti-climatic surrealness on the Moonlight camp, and “what the fuck?” gossip spreading through Hollywood right now at all post-Award parties.
The show itself had lots of political references as expected. Host Jimmy Kimmel even at one point mentioned that he was concerned President Trump hasn’t tweeted in awhile. After the Best Picture fiasco, this Trump tweet from 2014 became relevant again:
This is Amateur Night – who the hell is in charge of this production? #Oscars
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2014
Normally I wouldn’t have been watching the show, but I was doing laundry and had it on in the background tonight. One of the primary reasons that I have no interest in the Oscars is that I usually wouldn’t have seen many of the nominated movies. Of the ones that were in contention this year, I’ve only seen Moonlight, La La Land, Manchester by the Sea and Arrival. By far my favorite of the group here is Arrival. The blend of sci-fi, mystery, linguistics and philosophy made it the perfect movie for me. Bonus points for adapting it from a short story by Ted Chiang, one of the best sci-fi writers alive. Neil deGrasse Tyson had a small bone to pick, though:
In the @ArrivalMovie I’d chose a Cryptographer & Astrobiologist to talk to the aliens, not a Linguist & Theoretical Physicist
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) February 26, 2017