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The Most Awkward Moment in Oscar History and 20 Other Things You Missed at the 89th Academy Awards

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The Most Awkward Moment in Oscar History and 20 Other Things You Missed at the 89th Academy Awards
It was quite an eventful night at the prestigious 89th Academy Awards. The film industry’s biggest night saw strong contenders and picture-perfect stars.

Hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel, the award ceremony was filled with political jabs, memorable speeches, expected and unexpected wins, and a twist at the end.
 
In case you’re stuck at school or at the office, here are some of the most memorable moments you missed from this year’s Oscars:

1. Mahershala Ali wins Best Supporting Actor for his role in Moonlight.

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He becomes the first Muslim actor to win an Academy award.

2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes home the award for Best Costume Design.

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Ironically, the Harry Potter series has been nominated for 12 Oscars but had won none.

3. The colourful characters of Suicide Squad win Best Makeup and Hairstyling.

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Yup. Sorry haters, Suicide Squad is now an Oscar-winning film.

4. Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling’s long overdue reunion since their Mickey Mouse Club days.

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Did you know that Ryan Gosling almost became a Backstreet Boy? He decided to turn down the offer back in the 90s. We can’t imagine what could have transpired if he actually became a member of one of the biggest boybands of all-time. Can you?

5. The real-life NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson appears on stage.

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Hidden Figures cast Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae and Octavia Spencer honour the real hero behind the Best Picture nominee.

6. Lin-Manuel Miranda performs "How Far I’ll Go" with the voice behind Moana, Auli'i Cravalho.

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The 16-year-old real-life Disney princess got hit on the head by a flag in the middle of her performance but didn’t skip a beat. Such poise for a 16-year-old!

7. The post production team behind Hacksaw Ridge takes home two awards.

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Sound engineer Kevin O’Connell wins Best Sound Mixing for the film. This is his first Oscar win after 21 nominations. The movie also wins Best Film Editing.

8. Viola Davis’ moving acceptance speech after winning Best Supporting Actress for her role in Fences.

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"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 dreamed 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.”

9. Iranian film, The Salesman bags the Best Foreign Film award, but director Asghar Farhadi did not attend in protest of US President Donald Trump's travel ban.

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Anousheh Ansari accepted the award on his behalf.

“My absence is out of respect for the people of my country, and those of the other six nations who have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S. Dividing the world into the “us” and “our enemies” categories creates fear, a deceitful justification for aggression and war. These wars prevent democracy and human rights in countries which have themselves been victims of aggression. Filmmakers can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions. They create empathy between us and others — an empathy which we need today more than ever.”

10. Sting gives an emotional performance of Oscar-nominated song "The Empty Chair" from Jim: The James Foley Story.

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He sings in front of a picture of the late journalist Foley with the words ‘If I don't have the moral courage to challenge authority ... we don't have journalism.’

11. Jimmy Kimmel brings in a random troupe of tourists.

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‘Gary from Chicago’ becomes one of the highlights of the night, especially after Denzel Washington ‘marries’ him off to his fiancée.

12. Animals seem to be an Academy favourite this year.

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Zootopia wins Best Animated Feature Film, Piper wins Best Animated Short Film, and The Jungle Book bags an award for Best Visual Effects, beating Doctor Strange and Rogue OneZootopia director told the crowd, “We are so grateful to the audiences all over the word that embraced this film with this story of tolerance being more powerful than fear of the other.”

13. Seth Rogen takes the stage with Michael J. Fox, coming out from a DeLorean from Back to the Future donning a pair of futuristic kicks.

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14. Jimmy Kimmel reenacts the famous baby-lifting scene from The Lion King with the child actor Sunny Pawar from Lion.

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It’s undoubtedly the cutest moment of the night.

15. La La Land wins six awards, including Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Original Song ‘City of Stars’, Best Director, and Best Actress.

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At 32 years old, La La Land director Damien Chazelle becomes the youngest person in history to win the Best Director award.

16. Jimmy Kimmel tweets President Trump #Merylsayshi in the middle of the awards.

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He was concerned because the President had yet to tweet anything about the Oscars that night.

17. Best performances of the night include Justin Timberlake’s opening number, "Can’t Stop The Feeling" from Trolls, John Legend singing "City of Stars" and "Audition" from La La Land, and Sara Bareilles during the emotional In Memoriam tribute.

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18. Casey Affleck wins Best Actor for his performance in Manchester by the Sea, while his brother Ben Affleck tears up in the audience.

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19. Emma Stone takes home the Best Actress award for her role in La La Land.

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We wonder how Emma Watson feels about declining this role now.

20. And the most awkward moment of the night… Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty mistakenly award Best Picture honours to La La Land. The real winner is actually Moonlight.

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The team from La La Land was already in the middle of giving their speeches when the producers realised the mistake. It wasn't the presenters' fault because apparently they were mistakenly given the envelope for the wrong category, which was why Warren Beatty said the card read 'Emma Stone, La La Land'. Whoever made this mistake is gonna get hurt reaaaal bad!

We bet Steve Harvey is smiling right now. Miss Universe flashbacks, anyone?

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Moonlight also wins an award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Here’s the complete list of winners:

Best Picture: Moonlight
Best Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Best Actress: Emma Stone, La La Land
Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, Fences
Best Animated Feature: Zootopia
Best Cinematography: La La Land
Best Costume Design: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Best Director: Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Best Documentary Feature: O.J.: Made in America
Best Documentary Short: The White Helmets
Best Film Editing: Hacksaw Ridge
Best Foreign Language Film: The Salesman
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Suicide Squad
Best Score: La La Land
Best Song: ‘City of Stars’ from La La Land
Best Production Design: La La Land
Best Animated Short: Piper
Best Live Action Short: Sing
Best Sound Editing: Arrival
Best Sound Mixing: Hacksaw Ridge
Best Visual Effects: The Jungle Book
Best Adapted Screenplay: Moonlight
Best Original Screenplay: Manchester by the Sea

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