Whether you love it, hate it, or are maintaining a neutral stance on the La La Land culture war, you’ve got to admit Damien Chazelle pulled off something pretty fantastic with his modern day ode to classic musicals. From the choreography to the film’s stunning color palette, it’s hard to deny that the filmmaker crafted one beautiful movie. With that in mind, plus the Academy’s penchant for honoring movies about Hollywood, it makes sense that Chazelle won the Oscar for Best Director on Sunday night.
Disney’s The Jungle Book remake was honored with the Best Visual Effects Oscar on Sunday night. While the Jon Favreau movie was a clear front-runner, the studio had the advantage in the category. Other nominees included Marvel’s Doctor Strange, which brought the psychedelic visuals of the comic to life in a handful of mesmerizing sequences, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which featured some of the franchises’ most audacious and stunning battle sequences. And of course we couldn’t forget Kubo and the Two Strings, as well as Deepwater Horizon.
If you’re a tourist in Hollywood and desperate to catch some celebrity sightings, you’re probably going to hop on a tour bus. If you’re on one of those on Oscar night you likely won’t see anyone famous walking the streets, unless, of course, you’re a part of a Jimmy Kimmel prank.
Disney had double the chances of walking away with the Best Animated Feature Oscar tonight with both Moana and Zootopia up for the prize. As many predicted, the animated allegory about race relations in America took home the award.
Believe it or not, Viola Davis just won her first Academy Award. The fact that Davis won for her tour-de-force performance in Fences is far from surprising, but the fact that it took Academy voters this long — the woman’s been working for 21 years and has been nominated three times — to give her the award that’s long had her name on it is pretty shocking.