The 89th Academy Awards Wrap Up
What a night. The 89th Academy Awards brimmed with acting and artistic talent that covered this past year’s greatest films. Jimmy Kimmel hosted the show, and the night surged forward with a plethora of Matt Damon jokes and candy falling from the sky (but, really).
In addition, the night truly brought diversity to the forefront in celebration and an anti-hate and anti-Trump dialogue to center stage. It is in line with other awards shows this season that also seem to lean towards the liberal, open-mindedness strong in the artist community. Here are the highlights and winners for the music categories in addition to Best Picture:
Justin Timberlake’s Opening Performance:
Justin Timberlake performed a creative version of Trolls‘ “Can’t Stop the Feeling” as the opening performance of the night.
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Auli’i Cravalho Performed Moana‘s “How Far I’ll Go:”
Hamilton’s creator Lin-Manual Miranda performed the hit from Disney’s Moana titled “How Far I’ll Go.” Auli’i Cravalho finished the performance.
Sting Performed Jim: The James Foley Story‘s “The Empty Chair:”
Though he is currently on his “57th and 9th World Tour,” Sting performed the hit from Jim: The James Foley Story titled “The Empty Chair.” It was a simple yet powerful performance that directly related to Sting’s seriousness when writing the song for a film based on such a heavy topic.
John Legend performed La La Land‘s “City of Stars” and “Audition (The Fools Who Dream):”
John Legend performed a mash up of two of La La Land‘s songs up for nomination. Legend is in the film in addition to assisting with the music production. He is touring for his “Darkness and Light Tour” this coming spring.
Viola Davis’s Speech│Winner of Actress in a Supporting Role (Fences):
Winner of Music (Original Score): La La Land by Justin Hurwitz
Winner of Music (Original Song): “City of Stars” from La La Land │Music by Justin Hurwitz and Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Best Picture: Moonlight
After announcing La La Land as the winner for Best Picture, they had to correct the winner announcement. Someone had handed the announcer the wrong envelope (as they received the envelope for Actress in a Leading Role by mistake won by La La Land‘s Emma Stone). They then announced Moonlight as the winner. It is refreshing to see a diverse film receive the ultimate award, but it’s super unfortunate how the whole situation went down.