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Host Jimmy Kimmel, an affable and familiar figure in Hollywood, kept the audience engaged throughout the evening. With help from an impressive list of presenters, the night was a historical one, with recognition for new faces and old faces alike. In one of the evening’s most exciting moments, Jordan Peele became the first African American to win the Best Original Screenplay category for his critically-acclaimed film “Get Out.” which gave us the heartwarming moment of Keegan Michael Key celebrating his friend’s win behind the scenes. Veteran actors Gary Oldman and Sam Rockwell won the Best Actor and Best Actor in Supporting Role honors for their respective roles in “The Darkest Hour” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Allison Janney, another fixture in the industry, won her first Oscar with the Best Actress in a Supporting Role for “I, Tonya.” Finally, Guillermo del Toro won the night’s major honors, taking home Best Director, Best Picture, and a number of other awards for “The Shape of Water.”


While the awards took up a sizeable part of the evening, this public venue was also an opportunity for making powerful statements. Frances McDormand used her Best Actress acceptance speech to not only recognize all of the female nominees in the audience but also to call for increased casting diversity with the now trending phrase “inclusion rider.” Lupita Nyong’o and Kumail Nanjiani discussed their own immigrant heritage to call for greater support of child immigrants to the United States. Finally, Bryan Fogel’s Best Documentary win for “Icarus” placed the geopolitical implications of Russian doping at the Olympics and beyond in a prominent light.


There were plenty of lighthearted moments as well, mostly thanks to the predictable hijinks of Jimmy Kimmel. Offering a jet ski to the individual with the shortest acceptance speech, he made good on this promise, towing it onstage at the show’s conclusion. He also surprised unsuspecting moviegoers across the street from the venue, bringing them an entourage of celebrities to present them snacks during their film. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway closed out the show as the returning presenters for the Best Picture award, correctly stating the winning film this year (which also brought us this awesome moment of Del Toro double checking the envelope to make sure it wasn’t a mistake.)

In conclusion, this year’s Oscars were free of any explosive moments but also gave careful consideration to some of the film industry’s serious issues. While the Academy Awards are over for the year, there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy a brush with stardom and the movie industry. At On Location Tours, we can make your dreams a reality as we take you to the locations of prominent TV shows and movies in multiple cities. Become a leading expert on movie trivia, locations, and facts before next year’s Oscars by checking out our website and booking a tour with us today!