In case you live in a cave and missed the 89th Academy Awards last night, here is a recap of what you missed.
1) Faye Dunaway announced the wrong winner for best picture
You’ve probably seen it all over social media today. The cast of “La La Land” got on stage. Then after an awkward interception, they announced that “Moonlight” really won. It was awkward, funny and slightly embarrassing.
2) Jimmy Kimmel Hosted
He wasn’t afraid to make a few political digs and threw shade at some of the stars in the room, helping to keep the night entertaining. One of my favorite moments was when he prompted a standing ovation for Meryl Streep’s 20th nomination, ending with “We’re going to have fun tonight. I hope we’re going to have fun tonight”…
3) Gary from Chicago
Kimmel brought a tour bus of unsuspecting “regular” people into the Oscars, and one man and his wife stole the show. Denzel got up and “married” them and Jennifer Aniston gave them a wedding present, all while taking lots of selfies.
4) Kimmel and Matt Damon continued their feud
If you don’t know about this “feud”, you can catch up here. Kimmel poked at Damon throughout the show, and you could tell he really enjoyed it. He started with, “I’ve known Matt for a long time. When I first met Matt, I was the fat one.” Later on in the show he added, “He handed what turned out to be an Oscar-caliber role over to his friend and made a Chinese ponytail movie instead,” Kimmel said. “And that movie, ‘The Great Wall,’ went on to lose 80 million dollars. Smooth move, dumbass.” All in good fun?
5) Notable wins and acceptance speeches
Throughout the night there was few memorable wins. Kevin O’Connell won his first Oscar after 21 nominations. He won for his work on “Hacksaw Ridge” and dedicated the award to his mother. Mahershala Ali won best supporting actor. His speech was charming. He thanked his teachers as well as his wife, who just gave birth to their daughter four days ago. “The Salesman” director Asghar Farhadi, didn’t attend, but won the best foreign language film. In the speech delivered on his behalf he said: “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 US. 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.” The crowd burst into applause.
Oh, and we found out that Nicole Kidman doesn’t know how to clap…
This past weekend, approximately 3.2 million women and men marched to show their support for women’s rights. Marches happened all across the globe just a day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The women’s march was much more peaceful than the protests during Friday’s inauguration. This video shows the massive crowds that gathered.
The message of the participants this weekend was clear: this is just the beginning. Women’s groups plan to keep the momentum going post march. This weekend’s activities were an important cultural moment in history that showed people can be united and empowered. But there is still a long road ahead. Being a feminist today has become somewhat “trendy”, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. Personally, I think it’s helping to spread the feelings and beliefs that many people share. Women should have the right to choose what’s appropriate for their bodies, have access to the health care systems, be treated equal to men, and to show unity with individuals around the world who are also frustrated. I hope that this march creates a movement that lasts longer than a four-year presidential term.
To end on a high note here is Madonna dropping a causal three f-bombs on live t.v. during the Women’s March in Washington D.C.