Attacks on Trump, first win by a Muslim, wrong Best Film announcement: Everything that made Oscars 2017 epic! – It was a night to remember, indeed!
Actors Andrew Garfield, Charlize Theron, Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Busy Philipps and Meryl Streep attend the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (AFP)
Here are the craziest moments that were witnessed at this year's 89th Oscars:
When Warren Beatty announced the wrong Best Film winner!
La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz held up the winner card reading actual Best Picture winner Moonlight with actor Warren Beatty onstage. Beatty opened wrong envelope, mistakenly announced La La Land as Best Film. Finally Moonlight got best Oscar award. It was the most dramatic moment in the history of the Academy Awards. "There's a mistake. Moonlight, you won best picture," Fred Berger, the La La Land producer, announced to the gasps of a shocked crowd. He held up the card clearly showing the winner was Moonlight.
It was an extraordinary scene. The La La Land team was halfway through their victory speeches when it was noticed that the wrong film's name had been read out by Warren Beatty and that Moonlight was actually the winner. Finally, the stars and crew of La La Land shuffled off the stage and handed their gold statuettes to a jubilant Moonlight team. Beatty said that he had been given the wrong envelope to open. "I opened the envelope and it said Emma Stone, La La Land," he said, adding that he had not done it "to try to be funny".
At backstage Emma Stone was heard saying : "I was holding my best actress card the whole time so whatever story you heard, I don't know what happened, but I wanted to tell you that."
"When it happened I was just on such a buzzy stage, I was already on another planet. "I think it's a good outcome but a very strange happening for Oscar history." "Is that the craziest Oscar moment of all time? Cool. We made history tonight. Craziest moment.", Emma said.
President Donald Trump became the butt of many jokes
The awards were handed out in between jokes and attacks on President Donald Trump.
Oscars was broadcast live in over 225 countries!
"This broadcast is being watched live by millions of Americans, and around the world in more than 225 countries that now hate us, and I think that is amazing," Kimmel said at the opening of the awards show.
Jimmy Kimmel was quite a prankster
Jimmy Kimmel made an attempt at a hilarious prank at the Oscars. The Oscars host gathered some unsuspecting people from a Los Angeles tour bus and brought them into the theatre, turning off all the lights to surprise them. However, he miserably failed in his aim which was apparently to capture the surprise on their faces the moment they realised they were at the Oscars which, with some fans at least, paid off.
Mahershala Ali became the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar
Mahershala Ali became the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar for his role in Moonlight. Ali, a first time nominee, won the Academy Award for best supporting actor for his portrayal of a drug dealer, who mentors a young boy who is being teased and bullied in the heartbreaking coming of age tale.
Jimmy Kimmel's waged a protest against Trump
Opening the show, Jimmy Kimmel, the talk show host, thanked President Donald Trump for making the Oscars appear less racist as he opened the 89th Academy Awards saying "I want to say thank you to President Trump. Remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist? It's gone!" he quipped.
"The ceremony was being watched around the world by 'countries that now hate us.' The country is divided right now, I've been getting advice that I need to say something to unite us. Let me say something. I can't do that. There is only one brave heart in this room and he's not going to do that either," he said in a dig at Mel Gibson.
Meryl Streep received a standing ovation
He made the audience give Meryl Streep a standing ovation. He said the actress was "over-rated" while echoing the President's appraisal of her following Streep's anti-Trump speech at the Golden Globes.
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When Kimmel announced "any publication with the word 'times' to "Leave the Building"
He then referenced the exclusion from a White House press briefing of certain news organisations on Friday. He asked anyone from CNN, The New York Times or any publication with the word "times" in to leave the building.
Oscar nominees wore blue ribbons as mark of protest against Trump
Several Oscar nominees threw their support behind the organisation American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which first challenged President Donald Trump's travel ban by wearing blue ribbons to the ceremony. Irish-Ethiopian star Ruth Negga, who is up for best actress for her role in Loving, was first on the red carpet and sported the political accessory on her red Valentino dress. Ruth Negga was followed by the Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and his mother who wore the pin. Miranda has been nominated for music and lyrics for "How Far I'll Go" from animated movie Moana. Director of best film nominee Moonlight, Barry Jenkins, was also spotted with the blue bow pinned to his suit.
The Salesman's Asghar Farhadi skipped the ceremony to protest Trump's travel ban
"I'm sorry I'm not with you tonight. My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of other six nations who have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the US," Iranian director Asghar Farhadi said in one of the most poignant moments of the ceremony. The Salesman won the best foreign language film, allowing director Asghar Farhadi to attack President Trump's "inhuman" travel ban. Iranian astronaut Anousheh Ansari accepted the award on behalf of director Asghar Farhadi.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan made clear his political motivation in hosting the British premiere of the The Salesman, saying: "President Trump cannot silence me." Thousands of people braved London's winter drizzle earlier on Sunday for a screening of the Oscar-nominated movie that has become a rallying point for opponents of Trump's immigration policy.