The wait was over and the most glamorous evening in the cinematic calendar had arrived as we found out the winners and losers of award season’s crown jewel, the Academy Awards.
In the UK, it takes real commitment to keep awake throughout the night and watch the ceremony from beginning to end (the ceremony starts at 1:30am for us) so what better way to feel a part of the festivities than by setting myself up for a Sunday night Oscars sleepover. Whilst the cream of Hollywood were wearing their finery, I curled up on my sofa with a glass of bubbles and a crumpet. It’s the most wonderful night of the year after all.
Here are my highlights from the ceremony, hour by hour. The stage was set, the red carpet had been laid and it was on with the show!
- Currently watching the Sky coverage of the red carpet. Annoyingly, Alex Zane is presenting the coverage yet again. He isn’t my favourite person in the world (too much blah blah blah and not enough content). He is joined by TV presenter Rachel Riley, actor Sanjeev Bhaskar, film critic Anna Smith and Sky Oscars regular, Boyd Hilton.
- This is supposedly red carpet coverage, but thus far, it has just been Alex Zane discussing the nominees repeatedly to fill time and adding some pointless trivia,”Who the most well-paid actor to be walking down the red carpet tonight?” (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in case you was wondering- I wasn’t).
At this stage I will give some of my Oscar predictions:
Best Picture- “Moonlight”
Best Director- Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”
Best Actor- Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”
Best Actress- Emma Stone, “La La Land” (although my heart wants it to be Natalie Portman)
Best Supporting Actor- Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
Best Supporting Actress- Viola Davis, “Fences”
- We have finally been treated to some brief moments on the red carpet and are with Best Supporting Actor favourite, Mahershala Ali (who became a father only four days ago).We have also seen UK’s own Dev Patel, who is joined on the red carpet with his mum.“This film [Lion] is about mothers and sons and I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for her”.
- We have thirty minutes to go before the show begins so I need to set up my glass of bubbly and toast my crumpet shortly. I like to tie this in with the the opening monologue. Here’s to hoping Jimmy Kimmel won’t tank like previous hosts (Anne Hathaway and James Franco anyone? No I didn’t think so.)
- The show has finally commenced and it is brilliant so far.
- Classy opening from Justin Timberlake performing his Oscar-nominated song “Can’t Stop the Feeling”. Mr JT would make a brilliant host and is such a winner with audiences. Justin for Oscars host 2018! I might start a petition.
- A really confident opening monologue from the competent Jimmy Kimmel. These moments are usually hit or miss and he nailed it in terms of keeping things swift, humorous and with just enough satire. I predict his ongoing feud with Matt Damon will also make for some laughs during the night
- As predicted, a well-deserved win for Mahershala Ali and a heartfelt speech. Short and sweet- just the way we like it.“It’s not about you, it’s about the characters”
- Achievement in costume design was awarded to Suicide Squad, with Alex Zane commenting, “Shawshank Redemption, no Oscars. Suicide Squad, one Oscar”. There is no justice in that statement.
- I pity whoever is sat behind Halle Berry tonight. She is in the front row and her hair is stealing the show!
- Following a very cheesy introduction from the highest paid actor in Hollywood (because we all know who this is now), Lin Manuel Miranda (hoping to be the youngest EGOT winner of all time tonight) and sixteen year old Auli’i Cravalho perform the stunning “How Far I’ll Go” from Disney’s “Moana”.
- Best Supporting Actress success for the talented Viola Davis, reprising her Tony award-winning role in “Fences”. Many say she should have been in contention for a Best Actress nod but nevertheless, her win produced another rousing speech, “I became an artist — and thank God I did — because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.”
- Michael J Fox and Seth Rogan have arrived on stage in a Delorean. Seth Rogan is singing highlights from “Hamilton” and there is a standing ovation for Fox. Highlight so far for Clara.
- My eyes are starting to get slightly heavy and usually, towards this part of the show, I have my annual thirty minute nap. Unfortunately, I miss the many technical awards but it does allow me to power through the home straight once I wake up.
- I am awoken by “The Circle of Life” as Kimmel raises “Lion’s” young star, Sunny Pawar in the air a la “Lion King” style. Genius.
- Now we are on to ‘In Memoriam’. One of the most poignant Oscar traditions where we remember those who have passed over the last year. Jennifer Aniston introduced this segment and was clearly feeling very emotional over the recent passing of Bill Paxton, who died just yesterday evening. The feature finished with Carrie Fisher looking out into the horizon in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” stating the famous line, “May the force be with you all”.
- Matt Damon and Ben Affleck came to the stage to present the award for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Screenplay. As a part of the ongoing Damon/ Kimmel gag, the duo was introduced as Ben Affleck and Guest and as soon as Damon opened his mouth to speak, the orchestra (conducted by Kimmel), tried to ‘play him off’ so to speak. Oh, and awards were won for the well deserved “Manchester be the Sea”, Best Original Screenplay and “Moonlight”, Best Adapted Screenplay.
- As expected, it was double bubble for Justin Hurwitz and team who received awards for Best Original Song,”City of Stars” and Best Original Score, both for “La La Land”. “This is for all the young boys who dared to sing in the rain..”
- And so it comes down to the final awards. The big four.
- Best Director goes to Damien Chazelle for La La Land. He was the hot favourite so this result is as expected.
- The Best Actor is Casey Affleck. Hurrah! His performance in “Manchester by the Sea” is nothing short of astonishing and despite being tipped for success tonight, Affleck seems surprised at his achievement, paying tribute to his fellow nominee Denzel Washington, “One of the first people who taught me how to act was Denzel Washington, and I met him tonight for the first time. Thank you”.
- No surprises here as Leonardo DiCaprio presents the Best Actress gong to “La La Land’s” Emma Stone. Personally, my heart wanted this award to go to (absent at tonight’s ceremony) Natalie Portman for “Jackie”, however Emma Stone is as worthy a recipient as any.
- And then came Best Picture………..I assume you are aware of the story so need I say more? Talk about the grand finale. It certainly got my hands feeling pretty sweaty! Yikes. Such a shame that a really excellent Oscars is going to be remembered for this gaff.
My Favourite Academy Awards Dresses, 2017
Hailie Steinfeld- Ralph & Russo
Emma Roberts- Vintage Armani
Karlie Kloss- Stella McCartney
Isabelle Huppert- Armani
Seth Rogen- Classic Nike Mag “Back to the Future” Sneakers
I hope you enjoyed my ‘coverage’ of the Academy Awards 2017. I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store. Do you agree with the award recipients this year?
Let me know in the comments below.