Welcome to the circus.
The 2017 Oscars ceremony was glamorous, political, and a bit boring at times. But no one will regret watching the show. There were so many fun surprises that happened in between the more snooze-worthy parts of the show. (And some not-so-fun surprises, like La La Land being accidentally named Best Picture.)
Here are the most memorable moments:
Jackie Chan’s two dates
Chan arrived at the red carpet with two stuffed animal pandas, complete with glittery Ugg-esque boots and UNICEF pins. He said he did it as a gesture of support for the animals.
Need more Jackie Chan talking about panda bears in my life. Thanks, Seacrest pic.twitter.com/hmMafb1jQR
— KFC Radio (@KFCradio) February 26, 2017
"I'm the ambassador of [the] panda,"Chan told Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet. "After earthquake, they get hurt and I raise them. I have two pandas in China, my own. They go wherever I go."
Meryl Streep's designer of choice
It didn't take long for the conversation to turn political at the 89th annual Academy Awards Sunday. During his opening bit, host Jimmy Kimmel turned the spotlight on Meryl Streep, giving a nod to her lifetime of achievements on the screen. As Streep stood to take a bow, Kimmel said, "Nice dress... is that an Ivanka?" She was wearing a custom blue Elie Saab. Streep has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump and his daughter, Ivanka, who's clothing label has been expelled by big-name retailers recently.
Midway through the show, Kimmel came out to present another A-lister but stopped to give the remark, "You can't really have movies without candy."
"It's un-American," he continued. "Yeah, popcorn is, too, but we don't have that."
And just then, little bags of Red Vines rained down on the adoring crowd, like a gift from the heavens. "It's time to find out how well those Spanx really work," joked Kimmel.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 27, 2017
Towards the end of the ceremony, he surprised the crowd with donuts and cookies, about which Taraji Henson was the most excited:
The award for the best political statement goes to Iranian director
Asghar Farhadi has won the best foreign language Oscar in Los Angeles, for a second time, for domestic drama The Salesman.
Farhadi, 44, did not attend the ceremony because he said that the conditions that would be attached to a potential entry visa were unacceptable. The director had originally planned to travel to Hollywood for the prize-giving to highlight 'the unjust circumstances that have arisen for the immigrants and travelers of several countries to the United States'.
The White Helmets could not attend the Oscars because Syria cancelled the passport:
— ABC News (@ABC) February 27, 2017
The tale of Gary from Chicago and Denzel Washington : Jimmy Kimmel invited a supposedly random group of tourists off a Los Angeles star-tour bus to into the show in the middle of the live telecast. The bit went on for a while — a gift for anyone who likes their humor drawn-out and awkward, and a disaster for everyone else — but was rescued by one unlikely hero: Gary from Chicago. Gary, cell phone in hand, stumbled into the Dolby Theatre a virtual unknown and walked out the Ken Bone of the Oscars. At least as far as Twitter is concerned.
Jimmy Kimmel tweets to Trump
The Oscars telecast was two hours in and President Trump hadn't tweeted anything about the show? Jimmy Kimmel was surprised.In under five minutes, the first tweet had more than 100,000 retweets. A few minutes later, it became Kimmel's most-retweeted tweet.
Michael J Fox and Seth Rogen
When Seth Rogen and Michael J Fox took to the stage, Michael J. Fox appeared at the 89th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday night to present the award for Best Editing alongside fellow actor Seth Rogen. The star looked happy and healthy amid his continuing battle with Parkinson's disease, which he was diagnosed with back in 1991. After the star-studded crowd gave Fox a standing ovation, Rogen hilariously joked, "I'm going to pretend that applause was for me, even though it was not." "Some of it was for you," Fox responded knowingly. "What do you think, 30 percent of it was for me?" After pausing for a moment, Fox responded again, "Some of it was for you!"
Sunny Pawar is the lion king
Academy Awards host Jimmy Kimmel took a moment on Sunday to visit with Lion's Sunny Pawar to the delight of the audience, re-creating his favorite moment from the animated pic The Lion King. After dropping candy from the ceiling for the crowd, Kimmel asked if the young star of Lion, Sunny Pawar, if he had enjoyed any of it, to which Pawar answered in a resounding affirmative, earning him 'awws' and laughs. Kimmel asked if he enjoyed Lion King, and Pawar agreed to re-create the big moment from the film. After joking that Pawar would have to hold Kimmel up as Rafiki holds up Simba in the film, he agreed that it may be best if they went the other way around. Kimmel held Pawar up high as 'The Circle of Life' played in the Dolby Theatre, with the crowd laughing and Pawar announcing that Mike and Ikes were about to fall from the ceiling for the crowd's enjoyment.
The most memorable award show
Warren Beatty got confused and mixed up La La Land and Moonlight.
— Mashable (@mashable) February 27, 2017
Published Date: Feb 27, 2017 11:27 am | Updated Date: Feb 27, 2017 01:23 pm