In a way that only a screenwriter could imagine, the ending of last night’s Academy Awards will go down as one in infamy.
On the last award of the night, “La La Land” was wrongly presented with Best Motion Picture of the Year, only to be corrected after their acceptance speech.
The producers of the film gracefully handled it as they turned over the coveted award to Barry Jenkins's “Moonlight.”
Presenter Warren Beatty was handed a cue card for Emma Stone’s victory as Best Actress in a Lead Role and then mistook it as a victory for “La La Land.”
While it was an embarrassing moment for all involved, “La La Land” still won the night by taking home six Oscars, including Best Performance by an Actress, Best Achievement in Directing, Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Original Song and Best Achievement in Production Design.
However, the subject that many are still debating is whether or not “Moonlight” was robbed of its proper acceptance with the most sought-after award in the film industry. To go along with Best Motion Picture, “Moonlight” took home two other awards in Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role and Best Adapted Screenplay.
While this will certainly be a night The Academy wishes to forget, neither “Moonlight” or “La La Land” should feel shame for what happened as both films were deserving in their own right.
Moreso than ever, political speech at The Oscars was on full display, particularly with the stance President Trump has taken on Muslim refugees.
Asghar Farhadi’s film “The Salesman” took home the win for Best Foreign Film but decided not attend out of activism for refugees and other Middle Eastern people who were affected by President Trump’s travel ban.
As an Iranian, Farhadi, made news when he was denied entrance into the United States for another award show as the result of the ban. Even though Farhadi was granted clearance for The Oscars, he decided not attend.
Host Jimmy Kimmel caused a stir by trying to get President Trump’s attention on Twitter by live tweeting “Hey @realDonaldTrump u up,” and then feeding into the President and Meryl Streep’s drama by tweeting again “@realDonaldTrump #MerylSaysHi.”
Those two tweets have received 434,000 retweets and 772,000 likes.
Had Warren Beatty simply just asked for the correct card instead of trying to think on his feet, it would have saved embarrassment from one party and given proper attribution to the other.
A proper congratulations is deserved for all of the winners and nominees as another season of film is in the books.