The Academy Awards 2017 was one of the most anticipated awards shows of the year. The Oscars have been around for decades and the hype for this type of popular event grows every year.
This year, the Academy Awards ceremony was filled with heart-warming, laughable, and cringe-worthy moments. Among these, let’s take a look at the Academy Awards best moments of 2017.
1. Justin Timberlake Performs “Can’t Stop the Feeling”
For starters, Justin Timberlake kicked off the night with his upbeat performance. His song, “Can’t Stop the Feeling” has become a hit sensation, which made this performance even more exciting. Without a doubt, this Academy Awards opening really set the mood for the night.
2. Katherine Johnson Appears with Hidden Figures Cast
The 2016 movie Hidden Figures was about three women who revolutionized NASA socially and scientifically. Among these three women, 98-year-old Katherine Johnson is the only one who is still alive today. Then, the Oscars 2017 surprised the audience by introducing this NASA legend with the three female leads in Hidden Figures.
3. Dwayne Johnson Sings “You’re Welcome”
During the Academy Awards 2017, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson took advantage of his time on stage to perform his song from the recent Disney movie, Moana. Even though The Rock was actually introducing the performance of his co-star, Auli’i Cravalho, he still stole the spotlight by singing a line from “You’re Welcome.”
4. Jimmy Kimmel vs. Matt Damon Feud Continues
Jimmy Kimmel and Matt Damon have had an exaggerated celebrity feud going on for over a decade now. At the Academy Awards in 2017, this rivalry was played up even further. Although some viewers argue that the joke is getting old, the hysterical results at the Oscars say otherwise.
5. Michael J. Fox Arrives in a DeLorean
Back to the Future is one of the most memorable movies of all time, launching Michael J. Fox into legendary stardom. After actor Seth Rogen revealed his love for the film, he surprised audiences by exiting a DeLorean with Michael J. Fox. The two proceeded to present the next Academy Awards contenders.
6. Viola Davis’s Acceptance Speech
After decades of acting, this is Viola Davis’s first Oscar win and third nomination. She holds the crown of being the only black woman to have been nominated for three Academy Awards. Her acceptance speech turned emotional as she commemorates “the people who dreamed big and never saw those dreams to fruition.”
7. Jimmy Kimmel Reenacts The Lion King with Sunny Pawar
When Jimmy Kimmel reenacted one of the most famous scenes from The Lion King, audiences went berserk. Sunny Pawar’s movie, Lion, was among the Academy Awards nominations for this year. To make matters funnier, Sunny requested Lemonheads and Mike & Ike’s while being held in the air.
8. Mean Tweets – Oscar Edition
Jimmy Kimmel fans love his ongoing “Mean Tweets” bit where celebrities read harsh tweets and even reply with their own comebacks. Kimmel decided to continue this bit into the Oscars awards 2017. Some of the Academy Awards winners and contenders participated in the rendition, making it all the more humorous.
9. Tributes Paid to Bill Paxton
2016 saw the loss of many great icons. Beloved actor Bill Paxton passed away only a day before the Academy Awards 2017. Many of the attendees worked with Bill Paxton and knew him personally. This heartbreaking loss was acknowledged in particular by Jennifer Aniston as she presented the 2017 Oscars Memoriam.
10. Jimmy Kimmel Tweets Donald Trump
President Donald Trump’s popular Twitter was an effective source of comedic relief during the Academy Awards for 2017. Jimmy Kimmel showed audiences his phone as he created a hilarious new hashtag #Merylsayshi. Certainly, the audience got a hoot out of this reference to Meryl Streep and to the satire on Donald Trump.
Academy Awards 2017 Wrap Up
All in all, the Academy Awards 2017 winners and nominees were well-deserved. Even though the Oscars ceremony had some controversial moments, the overall Academy Awards theme was of unity and cinematic progress.
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