February was a most interesting month. I promise to share with you soon some things that made February that fab, not that it takes away anything from my month. Queens are born in November, remember. Uh, uh. So please keep all objections to yourself. Lol! Anyways, moving on, the 89th Academy Awards held on Sunday, so let’s see how our nominees fared.
Films that got multiple Academy Awards include La La Land with 6, Moonlight 3, Hacksaw Ridge and Manchester by the Sea got 2 apiece. Some other winners are listed below:
Best Original Screenplay – Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
Best Original Score – La La Land – Justin Hurwitz
Best Original Song – “City of Stars” La La Land – Justin Hurwitz
Best Cinematography – La La Land –Linus Sandgren
Best film Editing – Hacksaw Ridge – John Gilbert
Best Sound Editing – Arrival – Sylvain Bellemare
Academy Honorary Award – Jackie Chan
There was some drama with the Best Picture announcement when presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway after a brief hesitation declared La La Land the winner. However, as the producers of La La Land were making their acceptance remarks, Oscar crew members come up on stage to say that there had been a mistake, making La La Land producer Fred Berger, to conclude his speech with “we lost, by the way”. Hilarious right?
Producer Jordan Horowitz then announces that the real winner was Moonlight, presenting the correct card to the camera as proof. Beatty then explains to the audience that the card he had been given named Emma Stone for her performance in La La Land, hence the reason for his initial hesitation. Then a brief moment of confusion before the producers of Moonlight finally give their acceptance speeches.
Some blunder. Reminds of Steve Harvey’s during The Miss Universe Contest. But Gosling didn’t appear to see it as a blunder when he had a “fit of giggles” over the fact that Moonlight got the Award instead of La La Land. Well I’ve my own grouse too with Best Original Song going to La La instead of Trolls “Can’t Stop The Feeling”. Have I mentioned how much I love that song *cheeky grin*
According to The Hollywood Reporter there was some mix up with the envelopes from the accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), responsible for tabulating results, preparing the envelopes, and handing them to presenters. PwC issued a public statement of apology. But a New York Times article however blamed The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and not PwC for the mixup.
It’s also interesting to note that Moonlight is the first film with an all black cast to win the Best Picture award, and that The 89th Academy Awards had the most black winners of the Academy Awards ever. Viola Davis is the first African-American actress to garner three Academy Award nominations, and also the first African-American to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting: winning a competitive Emmy, Tony and Oscar in acting categories.
I’m not surprised because they had to put a stop to the diversity controversy at some point, hence the number of non-black nominations and wins. But the National Hispanic Media Coalition and the Asian Pacific American Media Coalition non-black minorities are still are not being given enough opportunities in Hollywood. And I say, please enough already! The argument is becoming tiresome. It’s like Caucasians crying over being marginalized in Bollywood. Get the gist?
Moving on. It’s time to announce the winner of The 89th Jollyhood Academy Awards Competition. The results are listed below.
Best Picture – Moonlight
Best Director – Damian Chezelle (La La Land)
Best Actor – Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
Best Actress – Emma Stone (La La Land)
Best Supporting Actor – Marhershala Ali (Moonlight)
Best Supporting Actress – Viola Davies (Fences)
Best Visual Effects – The Jungle Book
Best Hair and Makeup – Suicide Squad
Best Costume Design – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Best Animated feature film – Zootopia
And the individual with the highest number of predictions is… (Drumroll)… We’ve actually got two winners; Ifeoma & Gerry. That’s a first. They both predicted four correctly out of ten. Guess the fair thing will be to share the prize between them; tickets to see any movie of their choice at the cinema. Congatulations guys. Hope you retain the title next year (preferably one of you). Lol! Much love to everyone else that participated. Don’t be sad. Jollyhood’s still got more goodies lined for you this year. Take care. XoXo!