Emma Champion’s 2017 Annual Oscar® Report

Nineteen years ago, in February of 1998, I decided to stay up all night to watch the Oscars® ceremony live as it happened, not knowing that I was beginning a personal tradition that I would never be able to bring myself to walk away from.

Now, here I sit, a little older, a little chubbier, but in no way diminished in my enthusiasm for the biggest night of the year in Hollywood’s diary.

Being broadcast on the day the sudden death of film legend Bill Paxton was announced in the media, this ceremony promises to be a poignant one, as this has been a year of great loss in Hollywood, with the passing of legends such as Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, but also a politically-charged evening, in terms of recent events.

This year is slightly different for me, as for the first time in almost twenty years, I have some company for Oscar® night. A month ago, I adopted a rescue Cat named Poppy, and she has made herself comfortable for the evening’s proceedings on the sofa next me.

So, without further a do, let’s hit the red carpet, courtesy of ABC:

Matt Damon sports a bow tie and speaks of how proud he is of long-time friend and Best Actor nominee Casey Affleck for Manchester By The SeaRyan Gosling says he has kept up his piano skills as seen in La La Land, although he only knows how to play the numbers from the film…Denzel Washington issues high-fives to the fans seated in the bleachers…Fifty Shades Darker beauty Dakota Johnson dressed head-to-toe in cream-coloured silk – an outfit she may come to regret tomorrow…Best Supporting Actor nominee Jeff Bridges cutting a dapper figure on the red carpet with his beautiful wife…

It’s time! Here begins the 89th Annual Academy Awards®!

The show gets under way on a high note, with a performance of Best Song nominee Can’t Stop The Feeling from Justin Timberlake, and a fun opening monologue from host Jimmy Kimmel, who jokes, “I’d like to thank President Trump, because remember last year when The Oscars® seemed racist?”

Also, Kimmel draws attention to “underrated” Hollywood legend Meryl Streep who receives a standing ovation.

Last year’s Best Supporting Actress Alicia Vikander takes to the stage to present the award for Actor in a Supporting Role.



Mahershala Ali, Moonlight – WINNER

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

Dev Patel, Lion

Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals


Kate McKinnan and Jason Bateman take to the stage to present the awards for Make Up and Hairstyling and Costume Design. McKinnan announces that “Costumes are the cost of Umes…”



A Man Called Ove

Star Trek Beyond

Suicide Squad – WINNER




Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – WINNER

Florence Foster Jenkins


La La Land


Octavia Spencer takes to the stage with her co-stars from Hidden Figures to introduce Catherine Johnson – the only living participant in the real life events that inspired the story of the film. They remain to present the award for Documentary Feature.



Fire at Sea

I Am Not Your Negro

Life, Animated

O.J.: Made in America – WINNER



Dwayne Johnson takes to the stage to introduce a performance of How Far I’ll Go from the Disney movie Moana by character voice, Auli’I Cravalho – which is nominated for Best Song. The performance is stunning.

President of the Academy Cheryl Boone-Issacs arrives to say how proud she is to the awards becoming “more diverse with every passing day.”

Bags of sweets fall from the ceiling on little parachutes courtesy of host Jimmy Kimmel, who says movies without candy is “un-American”.

Chris Evans takes to the stage to present the award for Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.



Arrival – WINNER

Deepwater Horizon

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land





Hacksaw Ridge – WINNER

La La Land

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi


Vince Vaughn is here to tell us about the Academy’s Governor’s Awards, which honoured Jackie Chan.

Last year’s Best Supporting Actor, Mark Rylance, takes to the stage to present the award for Actress in a Supporting Role.



Viola Davis, Fences – WINNER

Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea


Highlight of Viola Davis’ acceptance speech: “I became an actor, because we are the only profession that celebrates what it is to live a life.”

The Oscars hijack a Hollywood Tour Bus!! A group of civilians are in for the surprise of their lives…

Charlize Theron talks about how Shirley MacLaine inspired her career, who joins her on stage to present the award for Foreign Language Film.



Land of Mine

A Man Called Ove

The Salesman – WINNER


Toni Erdmann


Dev Patel takes to the stage to introduce Sting, who gives a beautiful acoustic performance of The Empty Chair from Jim: The James Foley Story – another nominee for Best Song.

Kimmel checks in with the Hollywood Tour Bus full of unwitting movie fans…

Hailee Steinfeld and Gael Garcia Bernal arrive to present the award for Best Animated Short.



Blind Vaysha

Borrowed Time

Pear Cider and Cigarettes


Piper – WINNER


Steinfeld and Garcia Bernal remain on stage to present the award for Best Animated Feature.



Kubo and the Two Strings


My Life as a Zucchini

The Red Turtle

Zootopia (AKA Zootropolis) – WINNER


Be still my heart!! It’s my beloved Jamie Dornan!! Oh, and Dakota Johnson is here too (humph), who looks at Dornan and says, “You look familiar…”, to which he replies, perplexed and amused, “I’m sure I do…!” They are here to present the award for Production Design.




Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hail, Caesar!

La La Land – WINNER



The Hollywood Tour Bus has arrived!! Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston are encouraged by Kimmel to give something away to the tourists – and Aniston gives her sunglasses to one of the ladies! An engaged couple are “married” by Denzel Washington!  All of them take selfies and shake hands with Hollywood royalty – and have the best day of their lives. They are overwhelmed and a little scared, but the prank goes off without a hitch!

A short clip is shown honouring the ways in which movies transcend boundaries such as language or nationality.

Felicity Jones and Riz Ahmed take to the stage to present the award for Visual Effects.



Deepwater Horizon

Doctor Strange

The Jungle Book – WINNER

Kubo and the Two Strings

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


Seth Rogan talks about how Back to the Future inspired him, and then takes to the stage with Marty McFly himself, Michael J. Fox, who gets a standing ovation. They stay on stage to present the award for Film Editing.




Hacksaw Ridge – WINNER

Hell or High Water

La La Land



Selma Hayek and David Oyelowo arrive to present the awards for Best Documentary Short and Live Action Short.




4.1 Miles

Joe’s Violin

Watani: My Homeland

The White Helmets – WINNER



Ennemis Intérieurs

La Femme et le TGV

Silent Nights




John Cho and Leslie Mann talk about the Academy’s Science and Technology Awards. They make fun of the fact that nobody ever really knows what they are. Mann jokes, “The event was so special and prestigious, that none of you were invited.”

Javier Bardem talks about how Bridges of Madison County inspired him, and then he and Meryl Streep take to the stage together. They present the award for Cinematography.

Oscars Edition of Mean Tweets! Celebrities read horrible Tweets people have written about them! Brilliant.   My favourite is Tilda Swinton reading a Tweet about a dog that looks like her.

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone arrive! They talk about the two songs from La La Land nominated for Best Song, City of Stars, and Audition. John Legend performs both songs to perfection.




La La Land – WINNER





Samuel L. Jackson has, at last, arrived! He is here to present the award for Best Original Score.




La La Land – WINNER





Scarlett Johansson takes to the stage to present the award for Original Song.



“Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from La La Land

Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

“Can’t Stop The Feeling” from Trolls

Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster

“City Of Stars” from La La Land – WINNER

Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

“The Empty Chair” from Jim: The James Foley Story

Music and Lyric by J. Ralph and Sting

“How Far I’ll Go” from Moana

Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda


An emotional Jennifer Aniston takes to the stage to introduce the In Memoriam segment. She gives honourable mention to Bill Paxton, who she says, “left us just yesterday.” The most notable amongst those listed are Gene Wilder, Garry Marshall, Anton Yelchin, Mary Tyler Moore, Prince, Kenny Baker, Curtis Hanson, John Hurt, Debbie Reynolds, and Carrie Fisher.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck take to the Oscar Stage for the first time since 1998 – my first Oscar Night. Kimmel, who has had fun all night with fake enemy Damon, has the orchestra try to play him off the stage every time he tries to speak.



Hell or High Water

La La Land

The Lobster

Manchester by the Sea – WINNER

20th Century Women

Amy Adams presents the award for Adapted Screenplay.





Hidden Figures


Moonlight – WINNER


To follow the sweets from earlier, Kimmel drops Doughnuts and Cookies from the Ceiling on little parachutes. The celebs go nuts – in particular, Octavia Spencer.

Halle Berry arrives with very big hair to present the award for Directing.




Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land – WINNER

Manchester by the Sea



Last year’s Best Actress Brie Larsen takes to the stage to present the award for Actor in a Leading Role.



Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea – WINNER

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington, Fences


Last year’s Best Actor Leonardo DiCaprio arrives looking every bit the movie star to present the award for Actress in a Leading Role.



Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Ruth Negga, Loving

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Emma Stone, La La Land – WINNER

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins


Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway arrive on stage to present the award for Best Picture.





Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

La La Land – WINNER


Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight – WINNER


**SHOCK TWIST ALERT** Wait – WHAT?? Warren Beatty has read the WRONG envelope!!! They announce La La Land as Best Picture winner, and the cast and crew are up on stage mid-speech, accepting their award, but then Beatty comes to the mic to say MOONLIGHT has actually won Best Picture, adding, “this is not a joke.”

I have never seen anything like this in my almost twenty years of the Oscars®, but never in Oscar® history!!

Well… I’m still in shock! That was phenomenal. I thought Jimmy Kimmel did a great job, and was relieved that there were not too many political speeches, despite Kimmel Tweeting Donald Trump. Blimey. Beatty is going to BREAK THE INTERNET.

Phew – I need a coffee…for the first time in 19 years, I have to go into work in a couple of hours!! That is how dedicated I am to the Academy. Invite me to the Dolby Theater for my 20th Oscar® Night next year! PLEASE!

Whether I end up on the Red Carpet in LA, or remain in chilly England on the sofa with my Cat, I’ll see you next year, Folks.