The 90th Academy Awards this year was a mix of lighthearted fun with some heavy-handed #Metoo messaging and it was one of the better Oscars ceremonies in recent years. Host Jimmy Kimmel kept the program going, making occasional jokes about the length of the ceremony (it was around four hours long!), and not forgetting to continue his long-running “feud” with Matt Damon.
2017 was a pretty good year for movies so all the nominees had a good shot at winning in their categories. And this year, Oscars are all about being diverse and inclusive. No more “Oscars too white” here. Hollywood history was made that night and we love it!
There are many noteworthy moments in this year’s Academy Awards, feel free to share with us what your favorite moments are. But for the meantime, here are the Top 10 Things We Loved in this year’s Oscars (in no particular order).
1. Jordan Peele, winner of Best Original Screenplay for Get Out is the first African American to be nominated for Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Picture for his debut film.
2. Greta Gerwig is the first woman director to be nominated for an Academy Award for a debut film. Lady Bird had been nominated for Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Picture.
3. Mary J. Blige is the first person ever to be nominated both for an acting award and Best Original Song.
4. Rita Moreno outfit-repeats her gown from 56 years ago when she won Best Supporting Actress for West Side Story. Her gown was made in the Philippines by the late great Pitoy Moreno. As an added bonus, she even did a little dance before presenting the Best Foreign Language Film!
5. From the Oscars being “too white” to “being too black.” It’s all about diversity and inclusion this year! But don’t worry, there are still plenty of white people backstage, according to Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph, in their hilarious presentation spiel.
6. Kobe Bryant won Best Animated Short for Dear Basketball with Glen Keane. For some reason, it was very gratifying to witness the NBA legend succeed at something far away from the basketball court. “Basketball players are only supposed to shut up and dribble,” as Kobe said, and it’s always nice when they surprise us with something like winning an Oscar. Ok, maybe he didn’t have to go too far away from the court, it was an animated short about basketball after all.
7. Women of a certain age represent! From 86-year old Rita Moreno’s timeless red carpet game to the sexy 72-year old Helen Mirren selling that jetski for the shortest speech of the night, and 80-year old Janet Fonda looking so sleek and statuesque in that white number (and for that wink to someone off stage while she and Dame Helen presented the Oscar for Best Actor), we want to be like these ladies when we grow up!
8. Even if The Greatest Showman was robbed of the Best Original Song award (It went to Coco’s “Remember Me”), Kaela Settle’s live performance of “This is Me” gave us the chills and tears with her powerhouse performance. After she hit that last note of the song, we felt that nothing could possibly top that anymore at the Oscars and everyone could just go home after giving her a standing ovation.
9. Frances McDormand, upon accepting her much-deserved Best Actress Oscar, said, “I’m hyperventilating and if I fall over, somebody pick me up because I have some things to say…” And boy, did she say them! Giving the best acceptance speech of the night, she made all the women nominees in all the categories stand up, she said, “Look around everybody, we all have stories to tell and projects to finance!” Then she ends her speech with two words: “Inclusion rider!” to loud applause.
10. Jimmy Kimmel (and his sidekick Guillermo Rodriguez) took Gal Gadot, Guillermo del Toro, Armie Hammer, Lupita Nyong’O, Margot Robbie, Ansel Elgort, Emily Blunt, Lin Manuel Miranda, and Mark Hammill to crash a special screening of A Wrinkle in Time at the movie theater next door with snacks. “We were talking about our appreciation for people who go to the movies and those are you people, so we wanted to say thank you to the moviegoers,” Kimmel said.
- “Timothée Chalamet tightly holding his mom’s hand on the red carpet. Seriously adorable.
- Gael Garciá Bernal singing “Remember Me.” Sure, he didn’t have the best voice, nor was it the best performance of the night (far, far, from it), but, with that face, he can sing to us anytime.
- The jetski went to Mark Bridges, who won Best Costume Design for Phantom Thread and he came out riding it with Helen Mirren (who’s probably the classiest person to ever ride a jetski).