Oscars 2017 not #sowhite

Oscars 2017 not #sowhite
Photo: Mahershala Ali, Emma Stone, Viola Davis with Casey Affleck. Photo/Courtesy

Red carpet glitz, startling wins, tear-jacking speeches and gasps of shock at the wrong mention were the highlight of Hollywood’s biggest night, writes Cynthia Mukanzi

In her third attempt at the 89th Oscars Academy Awards held in the Dolby Theatre on Sunday night. Viola Davis proudly cradled her first Oscar for her role in Fences.

The How to Get Away with Murder actress and director scooped the best supporting actress, becoming the first black woman to win in three major awards; Oscars, Emmy and Tony Awards for acting.

Hosted by rib cracker Jimmy Kimmel, the prestigious Academy Awards did not come without a baffle. This year, each of the four acting categories had at least a single nominee of colour or non-white.

This was a profound turnaround compared to the previous editions, which were received with outright backlash.

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With music performances from Justin Timberlake, John Legend and Sting among others, the hotly contested awards were not without surprises.

In a weird twist La La Land, directed by Damien Chazelle, was wrongly named the Best Adapted Motion Picture instead of Barry Jenkins film, Moonlight.

Ryan Gosling, La La Land lead actor, was baffled but giggled at the confusion, while the rightful winners were left bewildered. Mahershala Ali was awarded the best supporting actor for his performance in Moonlight.

However, the romantic musical, La La Land seized six awards out of 14 nominations. Chazelle became the youngest film-maker to bag the best director statue.

Iranian director, Asghar Farhadi, who had snubbed the ceremony, was announced the best foreign language film for Salesman. Farhadi boycotted the awards as protest against the travel ban issued on Islam countries by the POTUS.

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The White Helmets took home best documentary short subject screenplay. Emma Stone, Kenneth Lonnergan, Justin Huruwitz and Casey Affleck,who won his first Oscar, among others, were the lucky stars. Jeff Bridges, Octavia Spencer and August Wilson were some of the losers of the night.

Led by TV presenter Jimmy Kimmel, thespians used the three-hour occasion as a chance to slice at the US president, Donald Trump.

Having been scrutinised and decried for its biased representation, this year’s Oscar Awards tried to impress with streak of diversity.

However, some people are arguing that this was only done out of pressure and not actual appreciation of people of colour’s contribution in the film industry.

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