Oscars 2017: 5 surprising moments from Hollywood's biggest night

(clockwise from top left) Host Jimmy Kimmel, actress Blanca Blanco, actor Ryan Gosling, actor Mahershala Ali and sound mixer Kevin O'Connell.
(clockwise from top left) Host Jimmy Kimmel, actress Blanca Blanco, actor Ryan Gosling, actor Mahershala Ali and sound mixer Kevin O'Connell.PHOTO: AFP

The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, took place in Los Angeles on Sunday (Feb 26) night (Monday morning, Singapore time).

Sure, you may not be interested because Leonardo DiCaprio had already finally won his Oscar last year. The "will he or won't he" surrounding his nominations had been a reason for most of us to follow the ceremony yearly.

Or maybe La La Land's 14 nominations put you off.

While it eventually won six, the film had tied the record for most nominations for a film, even for Best Costume which is weird because in the movie they basically wore, well, clothes.

Anyway, apart from THAT moment of the Best Picture snafu which we will all probably be talking about for the rest of our lifetimes, here are five things that happened on this glitzy and glamorous night:

1. Ryan Gosling's outfit


Nominee for Best Actor for his work in "La La Land" Ryan Gosling arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on Feb 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. PHOTO: AFP

The La La Land actor has a very handsome face. But as he walked down the red carpet at Hollywood Boulevard, it was not his beautiful smile, smouldering eyes or statuesque physique that caught everyone's attention.

Instead, it was his shirt. Underneath his suit was a white shirt with frills that had a classic vintage design.

Social media users had a field day, comparing his shirt to ones worn by their parents back in the 1970s, and even describing it as "tragic".

2. Red carpet wardrobe malfunction


Actress Blanca Blanco attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on Feb 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. PHOTO: AFP

Actress Blanca Blanco wore a yellow and gold coloured dress, with a thigh-high split, to Hollywood's biggest night.

Turns out, it was too high.

The star made the now questionable choice of going commando, and her lack of underwear provided the crowd with a lack of imagination, when her dress flipped open revealing what's underneath.

Despite the faux pas, Blanco soldiered on pretending like nothing had happened. These actors are really good at their craft.

3. Trump digs by host Jimmy Kimmel


Host Jimmy Kimmel delivers a speech on stage at the 89th Oscars on Feb 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. PHOTO: AFP

Kimmel, who regularly dedicates segments of his talkshow to lampooning President Donald Trump, spent the night taking digs at the Commander-in-Chief.

He pretended to order CNN, the Los Angeles Times and New York Times to leave the Dolby Theatre venue, a reference to the President's recent press ban

"We have no tolerance for fake news. Fake tans, we love," he quipped.

Acknowledging the President's preferred mode of communication, Kimmel took to Twitter and reached out to Mr Trump in a series of tweets. The tweets were retweeted over 100,000 times within five minutes.

And while we're on the topic of Mr Trump...

4. First Muslim actor to win an Oscar


Mahershala Ali poses with the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role during the 89th Oscars on Feb 26, 2017, in Hollywood, California. PHOTO: AFP

Mahershala Ali made history when he won the award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Moonlight, becoming the first Muslim actor to win a golden statuette.

In his acceptance speech, Ali emotionally thanked his "wonderful teachers and professors"and his wife who just gave birth to their daughter on Wednesday (Feb 22).

The milestone comes amid President Trump's travel ban saga. He had issued an executive order at the end of January, barring travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US for 90 days.

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, whose film The Salesman won the Best Foreign Language Oscar, had boycotted the ceremony. Iran is one of the seven countries on the list.

The controversial policy ignited nationwide protests, and while the court has blocked the ban, Mr Trump has said he will revise and reissue the ban.

5. Finally after 21 tries


Kevin O'Connell delivers a speech on stage after he won the Best Sound Mixing award for "Hacksaw Ridge" at the 89th Oscars on Feb 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. PHOTO: AFP

For sound mixer Kevin O'Connell, 21 is not just a lucky number in a game of blackjack.

The 59-year-old finally won his first Oscar, for his work in Hacksaw Ridge, after 21 nominations spanning 33 years.

He holds the unenviable record of having the most Oscar nominations without a win.

For contrast, the most hyped and talked about near-misser DiCaprio, had accumulated six nominations over 22 years.

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