The Oscars 2017 Best Picture mistake inevitably made the most news from the event. Because of the gaffe, other highlights from the February 26 ceremony in Los Angeles might have gotten overshadowed. From milestone winners to standout audience members, we’ve rounded up the event’s other newsworthy moments.
First Muslim actor to win an Oscar
One historical moment was when Mahershala Ali became the first Muslim artist to win an Academy. The Best Supporting Actor nod was for his portrayal of a drug dealer in the independent coming-of-age film Moonlight. Later that night, his film would again make news for the epic Oscars 2017 Best Picture mistake.
According to BBC, the 43-year-old African American actor converted to Islam 17 years ago. The internet has been abuzz over how Ali stood out among other Oscars 2017 winners for his strong Muslim testimony. The Crossing Jordan star was very emotional during his speech as he thanked his “wonderful” teachers. He also gave a special mention to his wife and infant daughter who was born four days prior to the event.
‘Triple crown of acting’
History was also made when Viola Davis became the first black woman to win an Oscar, Emmy, Tony Award. She received the Best Supporting Actress honor for her work in the 2016 movie Fences. Prior to this, she won an Emmy in 2015 for Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series. It was for her role in the TV series How to Get Away with Murder.Huffington Post also recalled how the 51-year-old star bagged two Tony Awards in 2001 and 2010. They were for her works in King Hedley II and the Broadway rendition of Fences respectively. Even though 23 other artists have achieved this triple feat, it was a first for the African American community. As such, Davis’ victory was highly celebrated by fans around the internet.
The one thing that Nicole Kidman CAN’T do
Oscars 2017 guest Nicole Kidman also made news. The Moulin Rouge actress attended the event with her country star beau Keith Urban. From the red carpet pre-show to the actual awarding, the Australian stunner was a standout in her Armani Prive gown.
However, she caught the attention of viewers and netizens for more peculiar reasons. People noticed how she seemingly had a weird clap throughout the night. Clips of her odd clapping have gone viral around the web, with some comparing it to The Grinch.
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Oscars 2017 Best Picture gaffe: What really happened
Undeniably, the Oscars 2017 Best Picture mix-up involving La La Land and Moonlight generated the most buzz. TIME recalled how Hollywood veterans Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway made the announcement. Apparently, the Bugsy actor opened the envelope and supposedly saw a card that read “Emma Stone, La La Land.” He noticed that something was wrong since the declaration was supposed to be for Best Picture.
However, Dunaway promptly announced “La La Land,” much to the delight of the musical film’s cast and crew. Producer Fred Berger was already halfway through his acceptance speech when the mistake became clear. Confusion mounted onstage and Moonlight was declared as the real winner.
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