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The Oscars: What We Loved (And Some of What We Didn’t)

There is no award show quite like the Oscars, full of fashion, speeches, and outstanding performances. You can always expect some political jokes, and Jimmy Kimmel certainly didn’t leave us hanging.  

If you missed the show (or just need to talk about it… we know we do…), here’s a quick rundown of the night’s events.


Best and Worst Dressed

What We Loved

1. Nicole Kidman – wearing Armani Privé

2. Janelle Monae – wearing Elie Saab Couture

3. Auli’I Cravalho – wearing Rubin Singer

4. Taraji P. Henson – wearing Alberta Ferretti

5. Emma Stone – wearing Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci

6. Ruth Negga – wearing red Valentino, Renaissance-style headband

What We Didn’t Love

1. Dakota Johnson – wearing Gucci

2. Felicity Jones – wearing Dior

3. Michelle Williams – wearing Louis Vuitton

4. Priyanka Chopra – wearing Ralph & Russo

5. Halle Berry – wearing Versace

6. Naomie Harris – wearing Calvin Klein


What’s with the Blue Ribbons?

You may have noticed many of the stars, including Karlie Kloss and Lin-Manuel Miranda (and his date, AKA his mom!) sporting small blue ribbons. The ribbons seemed to have been the fashion statement of the night. The blue ribbons represent the A.C.L.U., or the American Civil Liberties Union. They are a part of the “Stand With A.C.L.U.” movement, which saw a drastic increase in donations last month after President Trump’s executive order restricting travel for refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries. Hollywood’s big names sported these ribbons in a fashionable protest against the executive order.



The Host: Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy Kimmel did not disappoint in his role as host. He kept us laughing for the duration of the show with his jokes, pranks, and surprises. His monologue was memorable and full of lighthearted jabs at Trump, but we can’t exactly expect anything less from Hollywood. Kimmel’s politically charged hosting was not unprecedented; last year’s host, Chris Rock, showed no mercy in his criticism of the Oscars nominations, which are known for being predominantly white.

He kept the jokes coming, mostly aimed at Matt Damon and Meryl Streep, jokingly referring to Meryl Streep as “overrated.” Meryl can take a joke, though, and so can we… This year, her total number of Oscar nominations hit a high of 20.

We got major Oprah/Ellen vibes when he made it rain candy, cookies, and doughnuts. (You get a doughnut! You get a doughnut! We want some doughnuts!)


Performance: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Auli’I Cravalho

I have to admit that I’m slightly biased towards this performance, being a huge fan of Hamilton and Moana. This pairing was everything I needed and more. Auli’I Cravalho, the voice of Moana, performed the Oscar-nominated song “How Far I’ll Go” with none other than a rap intro from Lin himself, who wrote the music for the movie. Cravalho, only sixteen years old, completely stunned the crowd with her flawless vocals and beautiful styling. Honestly, could it have been more perfect?


Iconic Moment: The Tour Group

Possibly the best tour EVER?! Jimmy Kimmel brought an unsuspecting bus tour going around LA into the Dolby Theatre while the Oscars were happening live! The group got up-close and personal with some of the biggest stars, including Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Halle Berry, and Emma Stone. Denzel Washington “married” an engaged couple in front of the stage, and Jennifer Aniston gave her sunglasses to one of the tourists! Color us jealous.


Most Embarrassing: The Mix-Up

Umm… did anyone else have major deja-vu while watching the award for Best Picture being announced? Steve Harvey, is that you?

In a major confusion, La La Land was announced for Best Picture. The whole team was up on the stage; the awards had been handed out; people were giving speeches…

But Moonlight was the actual winner.



All in all, the Oscars were a hit. We can’t wait for next year!


Congratulations to all of the winners!


Here are some of the biggest award winners:

Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali – Moonlight

Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis – Fences

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Casey Affleck – Manchester By The Sea

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Emma Stone – La La Land

Best Picture: Moonlight

Cameren is a first-year journalism student at the University of Georgia. Her hobbies include photography, writing, eating ice cream, and generally fangirling.
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