What a movie awards season; everything started with a teleprompter breakdown at the Golden Globes and ended with the Oscars debacle. In between, new records were set, inspiring speeches were given, hilarious moments left people cracking up and a shout out to the present political situation resonated (rightfully) in every single event.
So let’s have a look back at the best (and incredible) moments of the 2017 movie awards season.
74th Golden Globes Awards
The ‘La La Land’ inspired opening number was just perfect for a host like Jimmy Fallon, and with the addition of the kids from “Stranger Things” and yet another awakening of John Snow it was a pretty awesome way to start the Golden Globes…too bad the teleprompter broke down and Jimmy had no way of escaping it.
NEXT YEAR HOST CANDIDATE
Speaking of the opening, Justin Timberlake sooner or later will have to host the Globes, he sure is crazy-fun enough.
“La La Land” with 7 wins broke a 42 years old record; in 1975 “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” had won 6 awards (including the “Big 5”).
It’s a given, Ryan Reynolds and Andrew Garfield stole the spotlight from Ryan Gosling win when they just went and kissed each other, but Ryan, the winner, once made sure he was the right Ryan (there had been some confusion about who’s who between the 2 Canadian Ryans), stole the spotlight right back with his lovely acceptance speech (if you haven’t watched it, you’d better do it).
IT’S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE
Through the years we have seen actors/presenters/hosts misreading actors’ names but as far as film titles are concerned it has always been pretty straightforward, but this year a few people had set their mind on the fusion of Hidden Figures and Fences, so a new picture was born: Hidden Fences. First slip up: Pre-show host Jenna Bush Hager was interviewing Pharrell Williams, who worked on the music for space-race drama Hidden Figures when she mistakenly called the film Hidden Fences. Second slip up: Micheal Keaton during the ceremony.
23rd Screen Actor Guild Awards
IT’S ONE FACE SHOW
When the cast of Stranger Things won Outstanding Performance in an Ensemble in a Drama Series, and David Harbour gave it all with his speech, Winona Ryder’s face became an instant gif…She sure is an expressive actress!
CRAZY FAN & PHOTOBOMBING (A normal day in Hollywood)
Gina Rodriguez in fangirl mode: she lost it when she saw Meryl Streep the same way everybody would. And what did the Streep did? She photobombed Gina’s red carpet.
Hidden Figures (not Hidden Fences) won Outstanding Performance in an Ensemble in a Motion Picture and Taraji P. Nelson speech said it all: “This film is about unity,” she began. “The shoulders of the women that we stand on are three American heroes: Katherine Johnson. Dorothy Vaughn. Mary Jackson. Without them, we would not know how to reach the stars. This story is about what happens when we put our differences aside, and we come together as a human race — we win. Love wins every time. Thank you so much for appreciating these women. They are hidden figures no more.”
BEST STICK-IT-TO-THE-MAN MOMENT
Since the premiere at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, the cast of Captain Fantastic had been politely flipping everyone off, it definitely became their signature!
70th EE British Academy Film Awards
Stephen Fry didn’t care about Meryl Streep being “an overrated actress” he just wanted to kiss her.
NOT EXPECTING THAT
Dev Patel (Lion) was literally shocked when he won the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor. “Wow. That just happened” he managed to say to fill the time while trying to compose himself for the speech.
Accepting the BAFTA Fellowship this year was comedy legend Mel Brooks (90) who didn’t miss the opportunity for a couple of jokes: “I want to thankHarvey Weinsteinfor having nothing to do with this award tonight. Thanks for butting out.”
After receiving the prestigious honor from Prince William, Brooks added: “I want to apologize to the duke and the duchess tonight, and Prince Philip, for the American revolution. We were young.”
89th Academy Awards
Damien Chazelle (La La Land) at 32 became the youngest Academy Award-winning director breaking the record held by Norman Taurog (Skippy) for 86 years.
Viola Davis is the first Afro-American to receive an Oscar, Emmy and Tony for acting. The actress won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and she during her acceptance speech she told us what it means to be an artist: “There’s one place with all the people with the greatest potential are gathered and that’s the graveyard, people ask me all the time what kind of stories do you want to tell Viola and I say, ‘Exhume those bodies. Exhume those stories; the stories of the people who dreamt big and never saw those dreams to fruition, people who fell in love and lost.”
“I became an artist and thank God I did because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.”
Plus, after more the 30 years, Viola Davis became the ninth actor to have won both the Tony and the Oscar for the same role (Fences).
IT WAS ABOUT TIME
The Harry Potter series got its first Oscar, after 14 nominations and 9 films (8 Harry Potters and 1 Fantastic Beast), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Theme won the Oscar for Best Achievement in Costume Design.
TWENTY-FIRST TIME IS THE CHARM
Sound Mixing winner Kevin O’Connell, who took the prize for his work on Hacksaw Ridge, had been nominated 20 times before without a single win. His win broke the longest Oscar-losing streak in history, (and we were complaining about Leonardo di Caprio’s losing streak).
Moonlight’s Dede Gardner became the first woman to win twice for producing. She is president of the Plan B entertainment and in the last 7 years she received 5 Oscar nominations and she won twice with 12 Years a Slave and Moonlight.
DANCING WITH THE NOMINEE (& NEXT YEAR HOST CANDIDATE)
Timberlake kicked off the ceremony performing Oscar-nominated “Can’t Stop the Feeling” from the animated film Trolls.
VICKY, GARY AND DENZEL
Kimmel brought inside the Dolby Theatre a Hollywood Tour and Denzel Washington was ready on his feet to marry Vicky and Gary.
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE (RIGHT) ENVELOPE
No need to say anything, the biggest mistake in the history of Oscar went down this year, and whoever the next year host, surely plenty of jokes will be made. We can bet on it!
One last thing, the Oscar to Best Reaction goes to Ryan Gosling!