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February 27, 2017


10:50  La La Land! Nope.. Moonlight!:  

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the crime classic, Bonnie & Clyde, it's great to see its legendary stars Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway put an appearance to commemorate the occasion as well as award the Best Picture Oscar.   

Which, by the way you don't get any prize for guessing, goes to La La Land. It's the 11th musical to win an Academy award.

Except IT IS NOT. It is all a big slip up. Warren Beaty read the wrong envelope and Moonlight and not La La Land has won Best Picture. Unfortunate for La La Land, unbelievable turnaround for Moonlight. Worst of all, Beatty does not seem apologetic in the least.

Confusion and mixed feelings abound.    

Jimmy Kimmel tries his best to salvage it. 'I knew I would screw this up. I promise I'll never come back.'

Poor guy. What an embarrassing end to a mostly fun awards night. 
10:34  Emma Stone wins for La La Land:  
There was never any doubt on who would take home the Oscar for Best Actress. La La Land's leading lady Emma Stone is over the moon but hardly surprised at accepting the golden guy from Leonardo Di Caprio. 

The stunner collects her breath to express her joy and gratitude. 

"I look up to you and I admire you," she tells her fellow nominees and humbly adds "I have a lot of growing to do."
10:25  Affleck beats Denzel Washington in a tough race:  And now for the big one. This one was always looking tough. But the Oscar for Best Actor, finally goes to, Casey Affleck for Manchester By The Sea.

There was some doubt about his win because of a sexual harassment controversy. Affleck's portrayal of a grieving, guilt-ridden father is definitely a milestone in an otherwise unspectacular career. 


10:18  Damien Chazelle: Youngest director to win Oscar!:  32-year-old Damien Chazelle is the youngest director to win an Academy Award. His romantic musical,  La La Land which celebrates the spirit of classic Hollywood bagged a record 14 nominations.  

A gushing Chazelle dedicated the win to his wife, Jasmine McGlade. The two became involved during the course of making Sebastian and Mia's love story. 
10:12  Kenneth Longergan wins Best Original Screenplay:  
Friends star Jennifer Aniston invites Sara Bareilles to pay tribute to the great Hollywood artists who passed away in an poignant rendition of Both Sides Now.

Soon after, BFFs Ben Affleck and Matt Damon offer a chance of scene with their breezy camaraderie and a deliberately loud orchestra drowning out Damon's voice. 

The duo award director Kenneth Longergan with Best Original Screenplay for the deeply moving, Manchester By The Sea.    

Moonlight scores under Best Adapted Screenplay and its elated winners Barry Jenkins and Tarrel Alvin McCraney offer a hard-hitting speech in support of the LGBT community.
 
09:52  Back to back wins for composer Justin Hurwitz:  
The La La Land domination in full swing now. And how. 

Composer Justin Hurwitz, no surprise there, gets his Oscar from Samuel L Jackson for Best Original Score.

Ravishing Scarlett Johansson surfaces to present Best Original Song. Hurwitz hops back on stage, along with Benj Pasek and Justin Paul in tow, to collect his trophy for, BUT OF COURSE, City of Stars.    

 
09:42  La La Land's DoP thanks Damien Chazelle's poetic genius :  

Linus Sandgren cannot help but 'wow' at receiving the Best Cinematography Oscar for La La Land from past Academy winners Meryl Streep and Javier Bardem. He thanks his director, Damien Chazelle, calling him a poetic genius.   

And in an amusing turn, Natalie Portman, Ryan Gosling, Samuel L Jackson, Jessica Chastain, Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne, Whoopie Goldberg, Casey Affleck, Miles Teller, Emma Stone, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Bridges read out the nastiest tweets they've ever received to hilarious effect. Especially droll is Robert De Niro's strong-worded response to the same.  
09:40  City of Stars magic envelops the Oscars:  
Although we missed Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone wield the mic, John Legends breathtakingly gorgeous medley of La La Land songs more than made up their no show.

09:25  Host Jimmy Kimmel live tweets to Prez Trump:  
And the Oscar for Best Documentary Short goes to The White Helmets, about rescue workers helping Syrians affected from civil war.

And Best Live Action Short Film is Sing, which examines the loneliness of an elderly lonely woman.  

To liven up the  dreary tone of the awards ceremony, Kimmel pops up and wonders why Trump hasnt tweeted something yet before live tweeting THIS to him. 

Hey @realDonaldTrump are you up?
09:14  VFX Oscar for The Jungle Book:  
Star Wars: Rogue One co-stars Felicity Jones and Riz Ahmed team up to present the first of VFX awards. And the Oscar for Achievement in Visual Effects goes to Mowgli and gang, yep, The Jungle Book. 
 
Michael J Fox and Seth Rogen in walk in amidst tons of applause to give away Best Editing honours. And with that Hacksaw Ridge accomplishes its second win of the evening.  

Up next, Kimmel chats up Lions terrific young talent Sunny Pawar to recreate an iconic moment from The Lion King holding up the knee-high cutie.
08:58  La La Land wins for Production Design:  
La La Land's winning run begins, taking its first Oscar for Production Design. 

Immediately after Kimmel's working the laughs around his star-studded audience Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Jennifer Aniston, Mahersahala Ali, Jeff Bridge to little or no effect. 
08:45  Disney's golden run continues:  
Disneys Zootopia now joins the ranks of Shrek and Spirited Away winning the Best Animated Film even as the cute baby sandpiper, Piper receives best Animated Short Film from striking duo Hailee Steinfeld and Gael Garca Bernal. 


Bernal also takes the opportunity to tell off Trump and his wall plans between America and his native, Mexico.
08:37  Second Oscar for Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi:  

Inspiration is the theme of 2017's Oscars, reveals Jimmy Kimmel and credits talk show host David Letterman for being his. 

Shiny Charlize Theron and sparkly Shirley MacLaine take a break from their mutual admiration society to present the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.

And the coveted prize goes to Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman (the film enjoyed a packed screening at last year's Mumbai Film Festival) who boycotted the ceremony to protest against Trump's Muslim ban. This is his second Oscar. 

"My absence is out of respect for my country and the six others" banned by Trump. "We need empathy now more than ever,"  he wrote in a note read out by his representative. 

08:22  Viola Davis gets third time lucky:  
British heavyweight and last year's winner Mark Rylance doffs his hat at Viola Davis for Fences. A richly deserving win for the actress, previously nominated for The Help and Doubt.  

Here's what the always eloquent actress has to say as she bursts into tears, acknowledging and thanking everybody who contributed to this moment:
"I became an artist, and thank god I did, because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life." 
08:06  Sound Oscars for Arrival, Hacksaw Ridge:  
Tonight is proof that art has no borders. no single language or belong to a single faith, emphasises Cheryl Boone Isaacs, President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to mark this years inclusive sentiment.


Next, its raining candy treats at the Oscars.

In the next round of awards, Arrival bags Oscar for Sound Editing while Hacksaw Ridge walks away with the honours for Sound Mixing. 

07:52  16 year old Moana star sings a storm at Oscars 2017:  
The melodious soundtrack of Disney's Moana sounds no less pleasing in the absence of animation. 

 More power to the 16-year-old Auli'i Cravalho and her spirited rendition of How Far I'll Go.

  
07:45  OJ: Made in America grabs Best Documentary Oscar:  
The three leading ladies of Hidden Figures, Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae welcome NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson (played by Henson in the movie) to join them in giving away the Oscar for Best Documentary. 

The winner is OJ: Made in America. 

Filmmakers Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow are thankful to the Academy for acknowledging their untraditional film and dedicates it to victims of racial violence. 

07:36  Fourth Oscar win for Costume Designer Colleen Atwood:  
Trump bashing continues. "If you work for anything with Times in it. Even medieval times, please leave the building. We have zero talent for fake news." Kimmel is doing alright.  

'Make-up is the art of an ending an argument. When you are about to get a divorce and you don't, that's the power of make-up,' rattle presenters Kate McKinnon and Jason Bateman. 

And so Harley Quinn and Joker have more reason to cackle. The Oscar for Make up and Hairstyling goes to Suicide Squad. "This is for the immigrants," cry the winning troika. Alessandro Bertolazzi, Christopher Nelson and Giorgio Gregorini. Colleen Atwood takes home the Oscar for the fourth time for her costumes in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.









07:24  And the Oscar goes to Moonlight's Mahershala Ali:  
Kimmel gives Donald Trump some more to grumble about by poking sarcasm at his 'overrated' comment regarding Meryl Streep.

"Is that Ivanka (you're wearing)?" Good one, Kimmel!  

The Danish Girl's Alicia Vikander announces the Best Actor in a Supporting Role. And the Oscar goes to Mahershala Ali for Moonlight. The actor who  turned daddy of a baby girl only four days ago impresses with his father figure benevolence in Barry Jenkins poetic drama.

A visibly emotional Ali thanked his teachers and professors along with his wife, Amatus-Sama Karim.

"Really appreciate, peace and blessings," he signed off. 





07:10  Timberlake goes live with Can't Stop This Feeling:  
A groovy start to the 89th Academy Awards. Justin Timberlake simply Can't stop this feeling. Folks at Dolby Theatre are certainly not complaining about his fabulous live act. Nicole Kidman to Shirley MacLaine, everyone's dancing, smiling, cheering.  

I am so excited. This is my first time here. But the way you people go through the host it's probably my last time here, jokes host Jimmy Kimmel.

As expected, Matt Damon is the butt of his opening jibes.   
06:59  Ladies and Gentlemen, Meryl Streep!:  
Make way for the MOST nominated performer in Oscar history. Of course, it is Meryl Streep. Florence Foster Jenkins marks her 20th nomination. 

The veteran had some fiery stuff to say about US President Donald Trump at last months Golden Globes. Most of us would love an encore. 

06:49  Not SO white, Oscars 2017!:  
Priyanka Chopras Baywatch co-star Dwayne Johnson is dapper in blue velvet. His singing skills in Moana, nominated for Best Animated Film, turned out to be quite a revelation.    

Walking the red carpet in a white sequinned number and yellow pumps, Moonlight star and Oscar nominee Naomi Harris is over the moon to be part of the biggest Hollywood party of the year
06:43  Team La La Land looking to conquer Oscars:  
Hollywood just got a spring in its step. Ryan Gosling is here. As is his director Damien Chazelle. Will Oscar frontrunner La La Land dance all the way to victory? 

Meanwhile we are super distracted by Charlize Theron's enormous diamond earrings and our very own Priyanka Chopra's bold and beautiful Ralph & Russo creation. 
 
06:30  Nicole Kidman wins the red carpet!:  Resplendent in Armani Prive, Nicole Kidman rarely ever gets it wrong. To think she does not take the red carpet too seriously. Nominated for her portrayal of a sensitive mom in Lion, the 49-year-old took home an Oscar years ago for The Hours.  
06:17  Octavia Spencer's Cinderella moment!:  
Last year's Oscar winner Alicia Vikander plays it safe in black while Hidden Figures star Janelle Monae goes for big-scale drama in a glorious Elie Saab. 

Just spotted a coy looking Nicole Kidman in a pretty glittering gown.

Marchesa clad Octavia Spencer agrees her gorgeous outfit makes her feel like Cinderella at a ball.

06:08  Jessica Biel's Midas touch!:  
Jessica Biels gold gown could easily outshine the Oscar statue in the dazzle department. We arent sure about Halle Berrys big curly mop though. Shes rooting for Best Actress nominee Ruth Negga for her performance in Loving. 

05:59  Felicity Jones shines in Dior!:  Isabelle Huppert in a sleek Armani Prive, Ruth Negga in classic red Valentino and Felicity Jones in Dior are a treat for sore eyes on the red carpet. 
05:57  Guess Dev Patel's date at the Oscars? :  

Dashing Dev Patel is here! His date for the evening is his mum. The Lion star has some really sweet things about his scene-stealing co-star, Sunny Pawar. Pawar plays the younger version of his character Saroo Brierley
in the critically-acclaimed true story.

Meanwhile, Matt Damon is curious to see what first time Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel has to offer. The two, if you didn't already know, have a bit of a comic fake feud history.   

05:39  Andrew Garfield's MIRACLE!:  
First-time Oscar nominee Andrew Garfield for Hacksaw Ridge looks straight out of a vintage fashion spread in a sharp Tom Ford suit. He calls his character a 'miracle man.' If he beats hot favourites Denzel Washington or Casey Affleck, it WILL be a miracle.   
05:31  Jackie Chan, Sunny Pawar rock the Oscar red carpet :  
Good morning, everybody. Ready to take in the Oscar mania? 

The 89th Annual Academy Awards are already looking a star-studded deal with the likes of Felicity Jones, Jackie Chan and his two stuffed panda toys, Viggo Mortensen, Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel and Lions 8-year-old breakout star from Mumbai, Sunny Pawar rocking THE red carpet.

Too bad the heavily pregnant Natalie Portman, nominated for her work in and as Jackie, cannot be here to witness it. 
00:06  Oscars 2017: Coming to you LIVE!:  

Will it be yet another clean sweep for La La Land as  predicted by Rediff critics

 

Will Best Actor nominee Casey Afflecks controversial past help Denzel Washington score an Oscar hat-trick?

 

Could Lion, starring some of Indias best talents, be this years Slumdog Millionaire?

 

Wholl kill the red carpet? Whos saying the best speech?

 

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