The best and worst of the 2017 Oscars

The best and worst of the 2017 Oscars

By Kate Lewis ’18

From a stunning red carpet to floating candy to a major award mishap, the 2017 Oscars was a whirlwind of highs and lows. Here’s the best and worst of the night.


Best: The Red Carpet

The biggest red carpet event of the year didn’t disappoint. Honorable mentions include Kirsten Dunst in Dior, Emma Stone in Givenchy, Taraji P. Henson in Alberta Ferretti, and Ruth Negga in Valentino.


Worst: Bringing in the tourists

Jimmy Kimmel was a fairly enjoyable host and pretty funny at times, but the tourist bit missed the mark. This consisted of a group of unsuspecting tourists from a Star Tours bus coming into the theater and interacting with the actors. It felt staged and a bit awkward for the people involved and viewers at home. The uncomfortable skit just wasn’t as charming as many of Kimmel’s other “pranks” that night.


Best: Floating candy

During one of the most whimsical parts of the night, candy literally rained from the sky. Parachutes holding Red Vines and Junior Mints floated down into the sea of excited and eager actors. Needless to say, their reactions were priceless.


Worst: Best picture announcement gone wrong

This was probably one of the most shocking mishaps in Oscar history. Because of the wrong envelope, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway’s card read, “Emma Stone, La La Land” (for best actress) instead of “Moonlight” for best picture. When they realized the mistake, the cast and crew of “La La Land” graciously stepped down to let Moonlight accept the well deserved award.


Best: Acceptance speeches

This year’s Oscars were brimming with heartfelt and inspiring acceptance speeches. Some powerful standouts include, Mahershala Ali, Viola Davis, Damien Chazelle, and Emma Stone. Stone’s was particularly meaningful and humbly ended with, “I still have a lot of growing and learning and work to do, and this (award) is a really beautiful symbol to continue on that journey, and I’m so grateful for that.”