Highlights of the 89th Academy Awards


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The 89th annual Oscars will be held on Sunday, Feb. 26. 

Jill O'Brien

With political statements and surprise wins, the 89th Academy Awards came with many memorable moments, both surprising and sweet. Check out some of the evening’s highlights here: 

Jimmy Kimmel gets political 

Host Jimmy Kimmel made several political jokes in his opening monologue and took a moment to recognize Meryl Streep, throwing some shade at President Trump. Check out the full eight minute monologue here.

Mahershala Ali’s triumph

Mahershala Ali took home the evening’s first award, Best Supporting Actor, for his role in “Moonlight,” making him the first Muslim actor to win the award. 

The subject of “Hidden Figures” makes an appearance

“Hidden Figures” gained praise over the course of the awards season, as a film about three African American mathematicians and engineers who worked for NASA and helped put man on the moon. The film’s three leading ladies took the stage to honor Katherine Johnson, played by Taraji P. Henson, who was met with a standing ovation by the crowd. 

Viola Davis empowers and inspires 

Viola Davis won her first Academy Award for her role in the film “Fences.” In her speech, Davis touched on the emotional power of art and what it means to people. Check out her speech here.

“The Salesman” takes a stand

Iranian film “The Salesman” took him the award for Best Foreign Film, but the director Asghar Faradi bowed out of the ceremony to protest President Trump’s travel ban. His statement read: “I’m sorry I’m not with you tonight. My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of the other six nations who have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S.”

“Moonlight” mix up

It seems that the Academy pulled a Steve Harvey on us. After “La La Land” was awarded Best Picture, the producers of the show came out to announce that there had been a mix-up, and that “Moonlight” had, in fact, won the evening’s top award.