Live Blogging about the Oscars Ceremony 2017

This post will be updated during the night as the ceremony unfolds. Every year, the Oscars are covered with live blogging as I watch the ceremony on the internet. This year, the links I chose to watch the show online are targeted at the online view of the Pro 7 channel available at http://www.freeintertv.com/view/id-685/ and http://oklivetv.com/prosieben-pro7-live/.

You can also use the link  http://www.stream2watch.me/live-tv/abc-live-stream.

Read about the predictions here http://www.metacritic.com/feature/predictions-for-2017-oscar-winners.

I am watching the red carpet arrivals.

Sting says the song for which he was nominated, “The Empty Chair” from Jim: The James Foley Story is the most important in his career.

Isabelle Huppert never had any reluctance about the role. She doesn’t judge her character and accepts her because she understands a woman looking to get more understanding.

Justin Timberlake talks about the unique feeling of sharing the songs and recognition with his son.

Halle Berry says things are changing, considering black actors are in every category for interpreting this year, and diversity is celebrated.

Viola Davis appreciates how Denzel Washington as a director, was so unselfish. As a result, she won a Tony award. She says that many women can relate to her role. It helped the actors. They played that role 14 times on the stage before.

Ryan Gosling says he didn’t know the movie would make such a big surprise. The 3rd time Ryan worked with Emma Stone, they performed a lot of improvising.

Emma Stone presented to her parents a ppt called “Project Hollywood” to convince them to let them pursue her dream, but she didn’t expect to get here.

Justin Timberlake has an entry singing-dancing number that heats up the night.

Jimmy Kimmel says that this country can’t be united. There is only one Braveheart in the room, and he doesn’t think he can join them.

He congratulates Meryl Streep and invites the whole hall to stand up and applaud her for her 20th nomination.

Alicia Vikander presents the award for

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight as Juan
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water as Marcus Hamilton
Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea as Patrick Chandler
Dev Patel – Lion as Saroo Brierley
Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals as Detective Bobby Andes

First nomination and win for actor Mahershala Ali – thanks to the teachers who taught him that he is serving the characters as an actor. Thanks to his wife, who just gave birth to his child, for supporting him during this process.

Jason Bateman  presents

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
A Man Called Ove – Eva von Bahr and Love Larson
Star Trek Beyond – Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo
Suicide Squad – Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini, and
Christopher Nelson

Alessandro dedicates this Oscar to all the immigrants.

Best Costume Design
Allied – Joanna Johnston
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Colleen Atwood
Florence Foster Jenkins – Consolata Boyle
Jackie – Madeline Fontaine
La La Land – Mary Zophres

Colleen didn’t expect to win, thanks to director David Yates.

Janelle Monáe, Octavia Spencer, and Taraji P. Henson present the Best Documentary – Feature award.
Fire at Sea – Gianfranco Rosi and Donatella Palermo
I Am Not Your Negro – Raoul Peck, Rémi Grellety, and Hébert Peck
Life, Animated – Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman
O.J.: Made in America – Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow
13th – Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick, and Howard Barish

Ezra Edelman, thanks for acknowledging this kind of unconventional story. It is a movie about criminal injustice.

Dwayne Johnson, Presenter of the performance of Best Original Song nominee “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana – Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, performed by Auli’i Cravalho.

The president of the AMPAS delivers her politically correct yearly speech.

Sophia Boutella and Chris Evans present the awards for sound.

Best Sound Editing
Arrival – Sylvain Bellemare
Deepwater Horizon – Wylie Stateman and Renée Tondelli
Hacksaw Ridge – Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright
La La Land – Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan
Sully – Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

Best Sound Mixing
Arrival – Bernard Gariépy Strobl and Claude La Haye
Hacksaw Ridge – Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie, and Peter Grace
La La Land – Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee, and Steve A. Morrow
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – David Parker, Christopher
Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – Greg P. Russell, Gary
Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush, and Mac Ruth

Kevin O’Connell has the 21st nomination and 1st win. 

Vince Vaughn presents the review of the Governors’ awards.

Mark Rylance presents the award for Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis – Fences as Rose Lee Maxson
Naomie Harris – Moonlight as Paula
Nicole Kidman – Lion as Sue Brierley
Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures as Dorothy Vaughan
Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea as Randi

Mark Rylance says we don’t have an award for an actor in an opposing role. Women are so good at playing parts of the opposition without hate.

Viola Davis (her 2nd Oscar) says acting is the only profession that celebrates what it is to live a life. Actors must tell the stories of people who dreamed, lost, and forgave. She significantly thanks Denzel Washington, which everybody applauds. Thanks to everyone who taught her how to win and how to lose. She thanks God for bringing her into the world.

Jimmy Kimmel, thanks for the inspiration of David Letterman. Charlize Theron thanks Shirley MacLaine, that inspired her to be an actress.

Charlize Theron and Shirley MacLaine come in. Everybody applauds them standing. They present

Best Foreign Language Film
Land of Mine (Denmark) in Danish – Martin Zandvliet
A Man Called Ove (Sweden) in Swedish – Hannes Holm
The Salesman (Iran) in Persian – Asghar Farhadi
Tanna (Australia) in Nauvhal – Martin Butler and Bentley Dean
Toni Erdmann (Germany) in German – Maren Ade

There has been a statement read from Mr. Farhadi that protests against the inhumane laws against immigrants, dividing the world between us and the others, the enemies, creating fear and excuse for warmongering. Films create empathy between us and others,; we need this more than ever.

Dev Patel presents the song “The Empty Chair” from Jim: The James Foley Story – Music and Lyric by J. Ralph and Sting. Performed by Sting.

Gael Garcia Bernal and Hailee Steinfeld present the Best Animated Short Film.
Blind Vaysha – Theodore Ushev
Borrowed Time – Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj
Pear Cider and Cigarettes – Robert Valley and Cara Speller
Pearl – Patrick Osborne
Piper – Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer

Alan thanks his kids and especially John Lasseter.

Gael Garcia Bernal protests against the building of the wall.

Gael Garcia Bernal and Hailee Steinfeld present the Best Animated Feature Film award.
Kubo and the Two Strings – Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner
Moana – John Musker, Ron Clements, and Osnat Shurer
My Life as a Zucchini – Claude Barras and Max Karli
The Red Turtle – Michael Dudok de Wit and Toshio Suzuki
Zootopia – Byron Howard, Rich Moore, and Clark Spencer

One of the winners mentions tolerance being more important than the fear of others.

Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan present the Best Production Design and Set Decoration award.
Arrival – Patrice Vermette and Paul Hotte
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Stuart Craig and Anna
Pinnock
Hail Caesar! – Jess Gonchor and Nancy Haigh
La La Land – Sandy Reynolds-Wasco and David Wasco
Passengers – Guy Hendrix Dyas and Gene Serena

The winners are the husband and wife.

Jimmy Kimmel presents a Hollywood tour of people surprising the ceremony and entering this room.

Felicity Jones and Riz Ahmed present the award for Best Visual Effects
Deepwater Horizon – Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Jason
Billington and Burt Dalton
Doctor Strange – Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli,
and Paul Corbould
The Jungle Book – Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones,
and Dan Lemmon
Kubo and the Two Strings – Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian
McLean and Brad Schiff
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal
Hickel and Neil Corbould

 3rd win of 4th nominations (Robert Legato), Adam 2 nominations, Andrew R. Jones 2nd award of 3 nominations. Dan Lemmon 1st award from 3 nominations.

Seth Rogen and Michael J. Fox present the award for Best Film Editing
Arrival – Joe Walker
Hacksaw Ridge – John Gilbert
Hell or High Water – Jake Roberts
La La Land – Tom Cross
Moonlight – Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon

Thanks to his wife, Karen.

Sunny Pawar receives special attention from Jimmy Kimmel.

David Oyelowo and Selma Hayek present an award for Best Documentary – Short Subject
Extremis – Dan Krauss
4.1 Miles – Daphne Matziaraki
Joe’s Violin – Kahane Cooperman and Raphaela Neihausen
Watani: My Homeland – Marcel Mettelsiefen and Stephen Ellis
The White Helmets – Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

1st Oscar and the 2nd nomination for both of them. They ask everyone to stand up to remember that everyone cares. They want the bloodshed to stop in Syria.

David Oyelowo and Selma Hayek present the award for Best Live-Action Short Film.
Ennemis Interieurs – Sélim Azzazi
La Femme et le TGV – Timo von Gunten and Giacun Caduff
Silent Nights – Aske Bang and Kim Magnusson
Sing – Kristóf Deák and Anna Udvardy
Timecode – Juanjo Giménez

These films come from 5 different countries.

Leslie Mann presents the Academy’s Scientifical and Technical Awards

Javier Bardem was impressed by The Bridges of Madison County.

Javier Bardem and Meryl Streep enter the scene. Everyone applauds, standing. “We make movies about a truth hard to capture.”

Best Cinematography
Arrival – Bradford Young
La La Land – Linus Sandgren
Lion – Greig Fraser
Moonlight – James Laxton
Silence – Rodrigo Prieto

Calls Damien a poetic genius. Thanks to his father, who passed away.

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone present the songs from La La Land, described with hope and melancholy.

“City of Stars” from La La Land – Music by Justin Hurwitz, Lyrics by
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul performed by John Legend.

“Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from La La Land – Music by
Justin Hurwitz, Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Jimmy Kimmel acknowledges Harold Wheeler, who is the orchestra conductor backstage.

Samuel L. Jackson presents Best Original Score
Jackie – Mica Levi
La La Land – Justin Hurwitz
Lion – Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka
Moonlight – Nicholas Britell
Passengers – Thomas Newman

Samuel L. Jackson says some movies are great because they make you cry and others because they make you laugh, but he prefers films that leave you humming and wondering if the score has been written for the screenplay or the other way around. 1st awarded 3 nominees, all this year, for Justin Hurwitz.

Scarlett Johanssen present the award for Best 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 (Shellback)
“City of Stars” from La La Land – Music by Justin Hurwitz, Lyrics 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 Lyrics by Lin-Manuel
Miranda

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In memoriam – my list is partial; I didn’t catch all the names Art Hiller, Tracey Scott, Bill Nunn, Alice Arlen, George Kennedy, Gene Wilder, Don P Harris, Paul Sylbert Michael Cimino, Patty Duke, Andrzej Wajda Emmanuelle Riva Anton Yelchin, Mary Tyler Moore, Prince, Kenny Baker, John Hurt, Jim Clark, Norma Moriceau, Kit West, Lupita Tovar, Pat Conroy, Nancy Reagan, Abbas Kiarostami, Ken Howard, Garry Marshall, Hector Babebnco, Curtis Hanson, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Tony Gibbs, Richard Portman, Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fischer, Om Puri.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck soon again on the Oscar stage, 20 years after Good Will Hunting present the award for Best Original Screenplay
20th Century Women – Mike Mills
Hell or High Water – Taylor Sheridan
La La Land – Damien Chazelle
The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou
Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan

1st Oscar from 4 nominations for Kenneth Lonergan. Lonergan thanks Matt Damon as a film producer. Thanks, wife Nellie says he will try loving her more, although he can’t. Also to his father, who passed away earlier this year.

Amy Adams presents Best Adapted Screenplay
Arrival – Eric Heisserer from “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang
Fences – August Wilson from Fences by August Wilson
(posthumous nomination)
Hidden Figures – Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi from Saw Movie
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Lion – Luke Davies from A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley and
Larry Buttrose
Moonlight – Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney from In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney

Barry Jenkins declares this is an inspiration for all the non-conforming colored people.

Halle Berry presents the award for Best Director
Denis Villeneuve – Arrival
Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight

Damien enters Oscar history as the youngest film director to win this award. He thanks the other nominees who have inspired him with their works. He says he had the chance to fall in love with his wife while working on La La Land. Her name is Olivia.

Brie Larson presents the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea as Lee Chandler
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge as Desmond T. Doss
Ryan Gosling – La La Land as Sebastian Wilder
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic as Ben Cash
Denzel Washington – Fences as Troy Maxson

Casey says one of the first actors who was a model for him was Denzel, and he met him tonight for the first time. Everybody applauds him standing. He thanks Matt Damon for creating this opportunity.

Leonardo DiCaprio presents the award for Best Actress
Isabelle Huppert – Elle as Michèle LeBlanc
Ruth Negga – Loving as Mildred Loving
Natalie Portman – Jackie as Jackie Kennedy
Emma Stone – La La Land as Mia Dolan
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins as Florence Foster Jenkins

Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway get applause at the 50th anniversary of the movie Bonnie and Clyde. They promote diversity and freedom all over the world. They present the award for Best Picture
Arrival – Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Aaron Ryder, and David Linde
Fences – Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington, and Todd Black
Hacksaw Ridge – Bill Mechanic and David Permut
Hell or High Water – Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn
Hidden Figures – Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping,
Pharrell Williams and Theodore Melfi
La La Land – Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, and Marc Platt
Lion – Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, and Angie Fielder
Manchester by the Sea – Matt Damon, Kimberly Steward, Chris
Moore, Lauren Beck, and Kevin J. Walsh
Moonlight – Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner

Unbelievable! Warren Beatty goofed the winners: La La Land, also initially announced as the best picture award winner, wasn’t. The producers got to go on the stage and deliver their thank you speeches when it turned out that Moonlight won the best picture award. Jimmy Kimmel asks pardon for accidentally mixing the envelopes.

Top biggest winners – from movies having at least 2 nominations:

  1. La La Land 6 wins from 14 nominations
  2. Moonlight 3 wins from 8 nominations
  3. Hacksaw Ridge 2 wins from 6 nominations
  4. Arrival 1 win from 8 nominations
  5. Manchester by the Sea 1 win from 6 nominations
  6. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 1 win out of 2 nominations

Top biggest losers – o wins, from movies having at least 2 nominations:

  1. Lion – 6 nominations
  2. Fences – 4 nominations
  3. Hell or High Water 4 nominations
  4. Hidden Figures 3 nominations
  5. Jackie – 3 nominations
  6. A Man Called Ove – 2 nominations
  7. Moana – 2 nominations
  8. Florence Foster Jenkins – 2 nominations
    9. Passengers – 2 nominations
    9. Rogue One – 2 nominations
    9. Deepwater Horizon – 2 nominations

Marcus Victor Grant

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