An unpredictable, groundbreaking Oscars


The 89th annual Academy Awards were definitely one to remember! La La Land taking home the most gold, the mixup of who won the Best Picture award, and Gary from Chicago.

If you haven’t yet to hear of La La Land, you are either living under a rock, or, well, living under a rock. The film received 14 Oscar nominations, tying it with other iconic masterpieces such as Titanic and All About Eve for most nominations.

The film won six out of its fourteen nominations, which is why I wasn’t surprised one bit when it was awarded Best Picture. I was a little concerned, though, when I saw men in headsets walking around on stage frantically. After some whispering into ears, La La Land executive producer Jordan Horowitz announced that they had actually not won the award.

The cause of the mix-up is said to be because the second Best Actress award envelop had not yet been thrown away. It’s safe to say the accountants from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) will no longer be handling the award envelops. I compared the mix-up to Steve Harvey’s mess up during the Miss Universe 2015 pageant, when he accidentally awarded Miss Colombia the title instead of Miss Philippines.

Moonlight actually won Best Picture. I considered this history for the award show, as it is the first all-black cast, first LGBT, and second indie film to win the Best Picture award. The film tells the story of a young man’s struggle to find his true self while coming to terms with his sexuality in three separate chapters of his life.

I think something very important from this year’s Oscars is that out of the nine films nominated for Best Picture, all but three films (La La Land, Manchester by the Sea, and Lion) touched on problems in American history. From geopolitics and diplomacy in Arrival, to African American struggles in Moonlight/Hidden Figures/Fences, to economic problems in Hell or High Water, to religious freedom in Hacksaw Ridge.

One of the most touching parts of the show was their annual In Memoriam tribute, where recently deceased actors or workers in the film industry are honored for their work one last time. It was hard to keep it together as I saw some of my childhood heroes such as Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), and grandma Aggie Cromwell (Debbie Reynolds).

My favorite moment of the night was when a Hollywood tour bus was told they were going to a museum of the Oscars, but surprise! They were taken into the Dolby Theatre to walk through the ceremony. Gary from Chicago was one of the tourists, accompanied by his fiance Vickee. The couple was going to get married on host Jimmy Kimmel’s show the next night until it was discovered that Gary had just been released from prison for over 20 years worth of felonies. Yikes.

All in all, it was a pretty good Oscars. My next trip to LA will hopefully be during the Oscars, and I will most definitely be going on a Hollywood tour bus if it is.