Well, it’s been a strange one. For a while it seemed like the night was devoid of genuine surprises (which itself is not a surprise given the Academy’s history of predictable tastes) but right at the end, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway surprised us all by getting the best picture winner wrong.
Jimmy Kimmel was a safe and uninspired choice as host, not bad and not Fallon but not good enough. The political speeches were subdued but effective. The skits were unfunny. But the winners were largely deserving and Moonlight in particular is one of the best choices for the big prize in years.
There’ll undoubtedly be a whitelash from those claiming the win is a direct reaction to #OscarsSoWhite but for anyone who has seen Moonlight and experienced its unique effect they’ll understand it’s a worthy winner.
See you next year! Apart from Beatty, who probably won’t be invited back ...
If you’re just joining us then here’s our on the ground rundown of the highs and lows of the evening:
Watch out envelope intern
And here’s tonight’s awkward mix-up in full in case you’re creating a Homeland-style cork board of evidence
In case you forgot to count:
La La Land: 6
Hacksaw Ridge: 2
Manchester by the Sea: 2
Kimmel is defending Beatty on ABC at the moment, saying that he saw there were two cards on stage. When asked why he didn’t try and get clarification on the two cards, Kimmel said: “Warren Beatty has had so much sex, he’s not even thinking about things like that”
Here’s Kimmel surprising tourists who, you know, don’t seem that surprised:
Backstage, more from Carroll on envelopegate:
Poor Emma Stone who just wants to talk about her Oscar win but the first question from everyone who speaks to her is “But did you have the envelope?”
She’s being extremely gracious about Moonlight though, calling it one of “the greatest films of all time”.
And of course, this had to happen:
The Moonlight team are now chatting to Anthony Anderson during the official ABC aftershow.
Jenkins is reliving the moment that the switcheroo occurred and he’s talking about how gracious the La La Land team were in giving over the Oscars to them. He is saying that Beatty had two cards in his hand when they spoke.
This needs to be a future season of American Crime Story.
Rory Carroll, our man backstage has the latest from Moonlight director Barry Jenkins:
Let’s hope he didn’t spend it all on Rules Don’t Apply:
Just waking up and have no idea what the hell is going on? Well here’s a lovely big gallery of memories (or evidence) from the night, leading to the mysterious mix-up:
One of the many firsts tonight is the fact that Moonlight is the first best picture winner ever to revolve around an LGBT narrative, another reason to cheer.
Here’s a great piece on the importance the film has for black gay men:
THE PLOT THICKENS ...
The majority of Kimmel’s attempts to go viral were flops and even his sturdy mean tweets was one of the least meanest but in case you missed it, it’s worth a quick watch:
It feels like the best best picture reception for a good long time though with fans all swapping resigned sighs for jump for joys.
It’s also gone down well with A-listers too:
Remember when everyone went crazy Photoshopping that scene from Arrival with Amy Adams holding up the ‘human’ sign? Yeah well this is the new that:
In case you missed it, here’s Mahershala Ali making history earlier on in the night:
So, wait, was it Leo’s fault?
And right in there at the end, who’d have predicted that M Night Shyamalan would give us the night’s best tweet:
Also to be fair to Warren Beatty, it really wasn’t his fault looking back. Here’s footage of him genuinely trying to find the right envelope:
While recent years have seen some higher-profile studio films win the top prize, it’s worth noting that Moonlight only had a budget of $1.5m.
You can also hear more about the film from those who made it right here:
In case you fell asleep at any point or have a life outside of your living room, here’s the full list of winners:
Heads will roll in the morning
As fantastic as it was to see Moonlight win, those poor La La Land guys who found out mid-speech that the win wasn’t theirs. They’re still dealing with that:
And here’s early video from that insane twist ending:
That was a staggering and bizarre end to the ceremony and yeah, Twitter is all over the place:
WINNER! Moonlight - best picture
Rather than bring on either Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson or Steven Spielberg as they normally do, the Academy has chosen the rather refreshing pairing of Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, who uses the intro to mention the importance of diversity.
But wait, after pretending that La La Land won the award for best picture, Warren Beatty brought the cast on stage and after they all gave their speeches, it was discovered that MOONLIGHT HAD ACTUALLY WON. Warren misread the envelope or something. Crazy scenes.
This has to be the strangest moment in Oscars history and you have to feel bad for the La La Land team who looked understandably crestfallen. But hey, Moonlight won and this is a fantastic and surprising end to the night.
“I’m still not sure this is real” says producer Adele Romanski. She devotes the award to those who feel marginalized. Barry Jenkins thanks the Academy and also pays tribute to the poor La La Land lot.
Wow. Video footage of that horribly embarrassing moment coming soon.
Here’s a piece on the sexual harassment claims that could have ruined Casey Affleck’s career but he’s now an Oscar-winning actor so apparently not.
Cinematographer Magdalena Gorka and producer Amanda White alleged that behind the scenes Affleck verbally and sexually harassed them: bragging about sexual exploits, propositioning and grabbing White, sliding into Gorka’s bed uninvited and creating a hostile climate by, among other things, instructing a crew member to display his penis. Each woman sought $2m. Affleck denied wrongdoing and settled both claims in 2010.
And here’s that Denzel gif:
WINNER! Emma Stone, La La Land – best actress
Last year’s winner Leonardo DiCaprio is here to give the award to odds-on favorite Emma Stone who gave a worthy performance in Damien Chazelle’s musical.
There seemed like a time when Isabelle Hupert might have sneaked in and while she arguably deserved it more, Stone is still a solid choice. She’s going to “hug the hell out of” her friends when she sees them.
WINNER! Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea – best actor
A nice change here with best actor coming before best actress (usually it’s the other way around). It was a two horse race at the end but Casey Affleck won out for his role as a grieving brother in Manchester by the Sea.
He started by thanking his inspiration, and main competition, Denzel Washington. A camera then gave a quick shot of Denzel looking mightily pissed off which is going to be your new favorite reaction gif tomorrow.
WINNER! Damien Chazelle, La La Land – best director
A predictable win here but despite all the La La Land hatred, a deserved one. Chazelle is the youngest film-maker to win this award ever at the age of 32.
“This was a film about love and I was lucky to fall in love while making it” he says in tribute to his girlfriend. We’re down to the big three now!
If you’re following from afar then here’s the John Legend musical number:
I interviewed Oscar-winner Tarell, whose life provides the inspiration for Moonlight, in October. You can read more here
“It is about the big issues like identity and homophobia but also, I don’t know if I’ll ever be done trying to suss out the trauma of growing up with an addictive parent. I don’t know if that will ever go away but I wish like hell that it would.”
WINNER! Moonlight – best adapted screenplay
A hugely deserved win here for Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney for Moonlight. Jenkins mentions the importance of people who feel like they don’t have support and that over the next four years, they will be supported by the ACLU and by artists.
McCraney also paid tribute to the “black and brown” kids who are gay or non-gender-conforming. A moving speech.
Garry Shandling has seemingly been snubbed by the Academy. The late actor was omitted from the Oscars’ In Memoriam montage, despite being an inspiration for this year’s host, Jimmy Kimmel.
WINNER! Manchester by the Sea – best original screenplay
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are up and there are more jokes about how awful Matt Damon was in We Bought a Zoo. He’s getting played off by, you won’t even believe it but, Kimmel!!!
It’s too late in the evening for them not to be reading them all out at once. Anyway, it’s that thing I hate when someone involved in a film gives out an award to someone else involved in that same film.
First award for Kenneth Lonergan and for the film itself which means that most of the best picture nominees have won at least one at this point.
Another inspiration bit which is now apparently such a well-known bit that we’re ready for a parody. Kimmel is again making a reference to his feud with Matt Damon, pretending that We Bought A Zoo is one of his favourite films. How we laughed.
Unintentionally, a screengrab from Kimmel’s non-viral viral tourbus sketch has gone viral!
Sorry to make your Oscars snack selection seem lame but if you’re actually heading to the Governors Ball afterparty then you’ll be enjoying macaroni cheese with shaved black truffles, bespoke poke and Moroccan spiced Wagyu short rib. Here’s Wolfgang Puck with the whole salivating menu:
Jennifer Aniston is up to present the year’s montage of artists who have died in the past year. The moving, and depressingly stacked, series of images is soundtracked by Sara Bareilles.
Names including Carrie Fisher, Prince, Gene Wilder, Michael Cimino, Patty Duke, Garry Marshall, Anton Yelchin, Mary Tyler Moore, Curtis Hanson and John Hurt. The graphics are a bit poor but it remains a worthy part of the show although sadly there didn’t seem to be time to add Bill Paxton, who died earlier today, to the list.
WINNER! City of Stars, La La Land - best original song
Well yeah. Scarlett Johansson, who seemed super excited to give out the award, gave the night’s front-runner another trophy.
It’s now the film with the most wins so far tonight and it’s got around five more that it might leave with.
WINNER! La La Land - best original score
Another obvious win here for the LA-set musical and awkwardly given by Samuel L Jackson who threw some shade towards the film quite recently. “I only made it through 20 minutes,” he said in a recent interview.
He looked as pleased as you would expect.
Kimmel is doing that thing when he walks around the audience, chatting to nominees. He makes a joke about how expensive Hamilton tickets are (which he stole from me earlier, clearly) while then talking to the man who plays off the winners who talk too much. Funny! Remember when he played off that guy talking about his dead wife earlier? Hilarious huh.
Cover your eyes and ears La La Land haters! Two of the nominated songs from the film are being performed by John Legend which is a smart choice given that, well, Gosling and Stone can’t really sing.
Legend is doing a sterling job and it’s very likely one of these songs will win. It’s not been quite the sweep for the film though yet which means, hmmm, maybe it won’t win best picture after all*
OK so this is a bit better. Kimmel is bringing his mean tweets franchise to the Oscars to show winners and nominees reading out nasty comments.
“dear eddie redmayne i hate your stinking guts” is one while Casey Affleck has been compared to Billy Bob Thornton’s character in Sling Blade. Tilda Swinton has been likened to a dog and Robert DeNiro has been reminded to play more grandfather roles. Could have been meaner.
WINNER! La La Land - best cinematography
Javier Bardem is doing that inspiration thing now for Meryl Streep, “a goddess” but he picked The Bridges of Madison County which is weird but maybe they couldn’t obtain rights for footage from The River Wild so got stuck.
Linus Sandgren wins for the handsomely shot musical but hey, James Laxton was robbed for his even better work on Moonlight.
Kimmel has tweeted out one of the selfies taken during the failed tourbus sketch. Somewhere, Ellen is laughing into a burning pit of money while checking Twitter.
It’s that science and tech bit when two actors come and tell us about the ceremony that happened weeks ago when they give awards to the hard-working folk who get jokingly called “nerds”.
This year Leslie Mann and John Cho handed them out and I think an animatronic horse puppet won something or I am mid-fever dream.
Back to Trump and Kimmel is tweeting the president on the big screen to check if he’s up and also to say that Meryl says hi. He’s worried that he hasn’t tweeted about the ceremony yet. He’s past caring at this point surely.
WINNER! Sing – best live action short
“This is dedicated to the only people who can make this a better world: kids.” Nice brief speech.
WINNER! The White Helmets - best documentary short
The handsome duo of Salma Hayek (who once said some really weird stuff to Three Six Mafia at the Oscars) and David Oyelowo have given the award to another film affected by the travel ban.
Syrian cinematographer Khaled Khateeb was denied entry to the US so couldn’t attend. Another embarrassment then for Trump. That makes infinity now.
A nice move here from Ava DuVernay:
Jimmy Kimmel is now lifting Sunny Pawar from Lion as if he is an actual lion as yet more candy falls from the sky! Two more moments that won’t be shared tomorrow!
WINNER! Hacksaw Ridge - best film editing
Another one of those inspiration vids and this time Seth Rogen is talking about Back to the Future. He makes a valid point that if you saw Tilda Swinton wearing Christopher Lloyd’s outfit in the movie, you would not think it was weird.
He then leaves an actual DeLorean with Michael J Fox to present the award for film editing, after singing a song from Hamilton that makes everyone laugh because they’re the only people who can afford to actually go see Hamilton.
Another surprise tech win for Hacksaw Ridge here, beating out La La Land. Given that the only good thing about the film is the technical element then hopefully it won’t win any of the latter awards. It’s also a good first half for the La La Land haters!
WINNER! The Jungle Book - best visual effects
Riz Ahmed and Felicity Jones are here for this one, which reminds me of one of my most hated awards situations: when people involved in one of the films nominated are presenting the award.
But hey they hid their fury as The Jungle Book beat out Rogue One, deservedly I might add since that little boy was the only non-effect in the whole movie.
Montage time and were going around the world (I wonder what inspired this?). Cinemagoers from countries other than the US are all talking about why they go to the movies.
It’s a nice idea but it feels like the sort of ad you might see at a cinema right before being reminded that there’s still time to buy a Coke Zero. I shouldn’t complain because tonight has been less montage-heavy than usual but padding out an already padded ceremony feels cruel right now.
You might not have noticed but, ahem, some people aren’t so thrilled about the possibility of La La Land winning the big award tonight. Is it racist? It it sexist? It it jazzist?
Kimmel joking about the names of the tourists is not going down well on Twitter:
There’s a strange running aim for viral gold with a bus of tourists, including Gary Cole from Chicago, who think they are going on a trip to see stars in Hollywood but are secretly being led to the Oscars ceremony.
They have just been let into the studio with their phones out but they don’t seem quite as surprised as they should be. Kimmel is giving them a tour of the A-listers on the front row but it’s not quite working out as well as it should. Jennifer Aniston just gave her sunglasses to a random woman. Meryl Streep got her hand kissed by a random guy. It all feels a bit patronizing to be quite honest, allowing “real people” to gawp at celebrities. This isn’t going viral.
WINNER! La La Land - best production design
Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, wearing clothes, are on stage to present the first Oscar of the night to La La Land.
David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco are the married couple accepting the award and they’re spending time heaping praise on director Damien Chazelle. They are also thanking choreographer Mandy Moore which, no, isn’t that Mandy Moore but imagine, just for a second, that it is.
WINNER! Zootopia – best animated feature
Bernal gave a quick jab at Trump then, by telling the audience he is against any attempt to divide the countries with a wall.
In an uncategoristically indie year for the category, Disney has won but it’s a deserved win given the substance and smarts that Zootopia boasts. The film-makers mention the importance of “tolerance being more powerful than fear of the other” as shown in the film.
WINNER! Piper – best animated short
Hailee Steinfeld and Gael García Bernal are up to give the animated awards. First up is short which has been won by Piper, which is a Pixar-produced film.
OK now Sting is here to sing a song from powerful documentary Jim: The James Foley Story.
The song is a tad bland and he looks like a villain from an underworld movie but the final quote, projected on stage, is a vital reminder of the importance of moral journalistic courage in the face of adversity.
WINNER! The Salesman – best foreign language film
... and the pair are actually here to present one of the night’s big awards. While Toni Erdmann was an initial favourite, Iranian drama The Salesman is the winner after director Asghar Farhadi hit the news over Trump’s travel ban.
A statement reads: “My absence is out of respect for the people of my country” before describing Trump’s ban as “inhumane”.
A massive applause meets the powerful statement and embarrassing moment for the Republican party.
The theme of the night is apparently “inspiration” which is sort of generic and lame but there are going to be clips of different actors talking about actors who have inspired them.
First up is Charlize Theron paying tribute to Shirley MacLaine in The Apartment while sitting in a very lonely cinema. Oh wait OK this is cool, now Theron and MacLaine have come on stage together.
I would totally watch a film where they played grouchy mum and angry daughter.
This is a record that’s likely to be broken rather soon:
Fancy hearing even more from this year’s best supporting actress winner? Well here’s our interview with Viola Davis.
“The more I’m pushed in a position of leadership and I know I have to be the mouthpiece for so many other people who can’t speak for themselves, the more confidence I’m gaining.”
WINNER! Viola Davis, Fences - best supporting actress
Another nice montage of previous winners before Mark Rylance, and hat, arrives on stage with a rather awkward joke. He saves himself a bit praising women for being better at men for “opposing without hatred”.
The only surprise here is that they chose not to play the clip of Viola Davis “standing here next to you” but this is the second much-deserved acting win of the night.
There’s a standing ovation for her as she stands emotionally on stage. Her speech is as eloquent and smart as usual. She’s talking about the importance of telling stories of people who have died. “We are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life,” she says before paying tribute to her “captain” Denzel Washington.
It’s a powerful speech as she goes on to talk about her family but as she says “and to my husband and daughter” the camera goes to her husband and an awkward Emma Stone, who I don’t think is her daughter.
Vince Vaughn is here, after another Mel Gibson joke from Kimmel, to discuss some honorary Oscars handed out at the Governors awards, including one for Frederick Wiseman and Jackie Chan. In case you have repressed the memory, he is here with two stuffed panda toys.
In case you want to see all those jokes and all those “jokes” from Kimmel’s monologue then here ya go:
This is also a rather lovely reason to be happy for the winner of best sound mixing:
If you want to inject even more fun into this evening then here’s our Oscars bingo card for you to print off, laminate and impress your friends/pet with
WINNER! Hacksaw Ridge - best sound mixing
OK so this now means that La La Land isn’t going to break the record for most wins ever as it lost out to Mel Gibson’s comeback movie.
It also looks like the Academy are carefully rewarding all of the best picture nominees with at least one apiece tonight which is nice!
WINNER! Arrival - best sound editing
Chris Evans and Sofia Boutella are here to present both sound awards and the first is for Arrival, which means it’s not going to go home empty-handed, which some had feared.
Kimmel is prepping for a skit now that feels like it’s being made for YouTube and yes in flies candy for the whole audience. Pharrell caught some. So did Ruth Negga. Yeah that one won’t go viral.
It’s time for a quick word from Academy president Cheryl Boone-Isaacs. She’s quick to point out the importance of the winners being part of a global group of artists and stress how hard they have been working at when it comes to bringing in a more diverse list of voters.
“Art has no borders” she says before talking about the vitality of a creative bond between them all.
If you’re keen to read more about Oscar-winning documentary OJ: Made in America then you should check out this interview with director Ezra Edelman.
“There was no point I was trying to prove, beyond searching for greater clarity and understanding. This was about the recollections of these people who lived through this history, and I very much did not want to manipulate that. Who am I, as this outside arbiter, to come in and say I’m going to write this story? No, I’m going to let you tell these stories.”
After the requisite OJ joke (“OJ, you get an extra slice of baloney tonight”), Kimmel then brings on Dwayne Johnson who is there to introduce Lin Manuel-Miranda and Auli’i Cravalho to perform How Far I’ll Go from Moana.
It’s the second nominated song to be performed tonight and while it’s a pleasant track, the staging is a bit like something you might see, grin and endure at a live show at Disneyland.
WINNER! OJ: Made in America - best documentary feature
Hidden Figures stars Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe are presenting this award and, wait a minute, they’ve just brought the real Katherine Johnson onto the stage. In case you’ve not seen the movie, she’s the remarkable real life figure played by Henson.
It’s a fantastically competitive category this year but the favourite for the award is a deserved winner. Director Ezra Edelman is paying tribute to Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown as well as those affected by police brutality.
Kimmel is giving some time for comic book movies but mainly as a way of referring to Ben Carson as Doctor Strange which is a legit reason.
The first of hopefully a few notable records tonight:
If you’re a stats fan, we’ve been been going through Oscars past and taking a note of some key figures. For example, tonight’s winning actors are most likely to be playing characters who die before the credits roll which is good news for REDACTED SPOILER and REDACTED SPOILER
WINNER! Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - best costume design
It’s the fourth Oscar for Colleen Atwood in this category. “Sting told me I was going to win tonight and I didn’t believe him at all,” she jokes.
A brief speech but nice to see a fantasy movie win out over a more traditional period film in this category. Just a quick reminder, SUICIDE SQUAD IS AN OSCAR-WINNING MOVIE.
WINNER! Suicide Squad - best make-up and hairstyling
Kate McKinnon and Jason Bateman, a rather fantastic comic pairing, are on stage to present two awards. McKinnon made a quick joke confusing make-up for what happens during a relationship and we’re off.
It’s official! Suicide Squad is an Oscar-winning movie. In classy Oscars tradition one of the winners got played off as he paid tribute to his dead wife.
Kimmel is back and he’s made a joke about anyone from CNN, New York Times or any publication with the word “times” in to leave the building. You’re going to get hella drunk tonight if you’re playing the Trump joke drinking game.
I spoke to Mahershala back at the Toronto film festival as Moonlight was starting to get festival buzz.
He gave this powerful answer about being a black man in America today:
“There’s a dexterity you have to have as a black person. If I’m shopping somewhere nice or I go to a nice restaurant or I’m working in a city where there are not a lot of black people, I’m careful about how I walk and about how loud I talk or what I’m wearing. You have to edit yourself in order to try and not draw attention. I’ve been on the subway, dressed really nice, and seen women turn their ring over or cross the street and when you get that message over and over again that you’re something to be feared, it’s toxic.”
WINNER! Mahershala Ali, Moonlight - best supporting actor
First, a rather new way of introducing categories by showing a montage of previous winners which is quite a nice new touch. Then comes Alicia Vikander to present the much-deserved award to the man behind Moonlight’s soulful and paternal drug dealer.
Arguably any actor from the film could have been nominated here but it’s great to see Ali pick up the statuette, a few days after he became a father too.
Ever the gentleman, he made sure to shake the hand of fellow nominee Jeff Bridges on his way up. He’s understandably emotional.
“I want to thank my teachers ... I have so many wonderful teachers” he says before naming those who inspired him. He gets a warm round of applause while mentioning that he had a daughter four days ago. A strong start to the evening.
Jimmy Kimmel has arrived and there was some sort of failed mic throw between him and Justin and probably the first ever N*SYNC joke ever at the Oscars.
He’s already joked that it’s being shown in more than 225 countries “that now hate us”. Oof – he made a jab at Mel Gibson straight off, saying he “isn’t the man to unite us right now” before claiming he has been studying Scientology.
Kimmel’s long-time beef with Matt Damon has already been brought up, as we all knew it would be, and he just called The Great Wall a “Chinese ponytail movie” which lost $80m.
First proper political joke here: “I want to say thank you to president Trump. I mean remember this time last year when it seemed that the Oscars were racist?”
Followed by some rather tired jokes about Damien Chazelle’s age (he’s young – hilarious), Amazon, how depressing Manchester by the Sea is and the Moonlight beach scene. He’s now bravely going for Isabelle Huppert whose laugh hides her seething contempt for him and possibly the rest of humanity.
There’s also a joke aimed at Streep for being “overrated” which led to a massive round of applause. “Meryl Streep has phoned it in for over 50 films” he says. He then made her stand up for another round of applause which led to a standing ovation.
Overall – mixed, but he’s aware of what he needs to be mentioning so expect more slightly blunt Trump jokes throughout the night.
Okay so the worst kept secret of the night - Justin Timberlake is opening the ceremony with a performance of Can’t Stop the Feeling. It’s nominated for best original song so it makes sense at least but after a punishing year of it being played everywhere, is this really the best way to kick off the most glamorous awards in the world?
At least we’ve got to see some A-listers do their best school disco moves, including Charlize Theron, Brie Larson and, gulp, Jeff Bridges. It’s at least an upbeat way to start a show celebrating mostly grim movies.
Oh wait, now it’s turned into Lovely Day and he’s trying to grind upon poor Halle Berry. Less happy about that.
Vapid red carpet interviews over and the awards are finally here! Keep an eye out for the political speeches to come thick and fast and also keep a count of how many awards La La Land wins as it might be a record.
Stay tuned for all the winners, losers, skits and mispronounced names right here.
The red carpet is over, and we are spent too. Here’s the quick verdict. Blue velvet, long sleeves, red, gold and off-white are in. Naked arms are very much out. Bye!
The tuxedo is good but he’s smizing as though his life depends on it, this one. Bet he thinks that beard makes him look like a tortured artist who lives in a wood cabin.
There are not many people who could pull off ruffles like Ryan Gosling pulls off these Gucci ruffles.
It might be a bit too late to place a bet anywhere other than your living room but here’s our set of picks for what will triumph tonight. Spoiler: it’s looking like a musical evening.
One thing we’ll all undoubtedly be keeping an eye out for tonight is the requisite set of viral moments. Who’s going to refuse to clap for their winning competitor? Who’s going to mess up a nominee’s name? Without Jennifer Lawrence up for anything, who is going to fall over? Here’s our history of those water-cooler bits:
THIS IS IMPORTANT. Hear ye, hear ye, Meryl Streep has arrived in what is undisputedly the most important dress of 2017 awards season, given the massive – and very enjoyable – spat that has been going on this weekend between Streep and Karl Lagerfeld. If you didn’t catch it, Lagerfeld accused Streep of turning down a Chanel dress tonight because, he claimed, she was getting paid to wear something else. Streep rebuffed the accusation in no uncertain terms. Lagerfeld apologised ... sort of.
In short, Lagerfeld messed with Miranda Priestly. That – to quote another important fashion movie – was a big mistake. Huge.
Back to tonight’s outfit. It’s blue, it’s regal, it has cold shoulders and a belt (two emerging red carpet trends) and we don’t even have a full-length picture of it because Streep has been mobbed by adoring fans.
The designer is as yet unannounced but we bet they are delighted.
More as we have it.
In case you need to plan toilet breaks ahead of time then here’s the leaked running order for tonight’s proceedings:
In case you were worried, Halle Berry’s hair already has its own Twitter account ...
RAF SIMONS KLAXON! Naomie Harris, who is nominated for Best supporting actress for her role in Moonlight, has arrived in Raf Simons’ first red carpet look for Calvin Klein. This is not a false alarm. This is the biggest designer debut in the world right now. There’s a cut-out and a train. As well as mismatching shoes that are making us want to throw off one slipper and put on a … er… different slipper.
While many have heralded this year’s set of nominees as a sign that #OscarsSoWhite is officially dead, could it return once again? Let’s hope not ...
There’s also been a rather powerful joint video statement from this year’s directors of the best foreign language film nominees condemning “the climate of fanaticism and nationalism” rising in the US and around the world. You can take a look here:
Any Hamilton fans in the house? The show’s creator Lin Manuel-Miranda is nominated for his Moana song and his castmates have sent this special message his way:
Breaking frock news: Emma Stone is wearing Givenchy – which makes this the probably last ever red carpet dress produced by the label’s outgoing creative director Riccardo Tisci, too. A fitting finale.
Like Alicia Vikander before her, Brie Larson has gone for a LBD, although her Oscar de la Renta number has a bit more spunk about it, and a little less flamenco. That’s thanks to the leather-look, the jagged neckline and the fact it looks a bit like something you might see in the deep sea episode of David Attenborough’s Blue Planet. We like.
Monotoning is a big trend for women right now (see: Kim Kardashian and Melania Trump for details, if you must. Or better, don’t, just trust me) but it’s not often you see men doing it. Here Mahershala Ali is showing vast commitment to the aesthetic with black shoes, shirt, suit and bow tie and still manages not to look like a stage hand or a mime artist. Dapper.
Our man on the ground is already cosying up to celebs and the ceremony hasn’t even started yet:
Tonight’s host is Jimmy Kimmel and there are mixed feelings over whether he’ll be a good choice or not. Given the political climate, there’s a greater pressure for some sharp jabs at the government but can he rise to the challenge?
The pewter, the plunging neckline … Charlize Theron seems to be channelling this season’s nostalgia for the eighties with this Dior number. But there’s something a little too Bonfire of the Vanities about it. Maybe if she’d frosted her tips like Scar-Jo we wouldn’t have noticed.
I mean, this Armani Prive dress is nice, but I’m still quite disappointed by this dress given that Kidman wore a giant Gucci peacock costume to the SAG Awards. Had expected something loopier.
Viola Davis seems to be taking tips from Britain’s Queen this awards season, doing a lot of monotoning – dressing from head to toe in one colour – and looking awesome while doing it. She’s also exposing a bit of shoulder, the most fashionable way to flash flesh right now. Bow down.
A wonderful moment here on ABC as a brief mournful presenter tribute to Bill Paxton was then followed by: “And there’s no easy segue here but Justin Timberlake, always having a good time”
Don’t mess with singer/songwriter/actor Cynthia Erivo yeah:
Is it wrong that all I can think about when I see this picture of Scarlett Johansson is that guy from N*SYNC, or was it the Backstreet Boys, with the frosted tips? If there’s anyone who can make frosted tips look good, though, it’s probably Scar-Jo. The dress is all very Monet. French impressionism meets N*SYNC, who’d have thunk it?
This isn’t my favourite ever Versace gown, nor is it Halle Berry’s best-ever awards season look, but it’s fine and the hair is really something. The hair has divided the internet and will have be a meme in moments. She did that on purpose.
A lot of chatter on the red carpet about the blue ACLU ribbons and here’s best actress nominee Ruth Negga explaining its importance.
“They fight for civil rights and I’m all for that - so should everybody be! Charities like that are important now, they kind of a watchdog of sorts, and that’s important in our society. Now more than ever we need them.”
I love this. It’s a dress made to be shimmied in. A frock that speaks of wild, Gatsby-ish nights out and old Hollywood and spilling champagne. Full marks.
Not sure what to make of this look. Alicia Vikander almost always opts for Vuitton, which is almost certainly what this is. It’s a little bit flamenco, a little bit funeral. The Danish Girl star was lauded last year for her twist on the classic Disney princess dress. This year’s all a little meh, isn’t it?
Janelle Monáe has had a pretty amazing red carpet season, so for the Oscars she has clearly decided to do a Spinal Tap and turn it up to 11. The internet informs us that this dress is by Elie Saab, although the real lesson here is that you do not see enough 17th-century panniers in 21st-century red carpet dressing. There’s also a Caesar-style headband, an outlandish choker and a transparent top with strategically-placed swooping birds. It’s a lot, but it’s great (although we would have lost the belt.)
Awww. Dev Patel is continuing in the fine Hollywood tradition of actors taking their parents on the red carpet. The Lion star’s Burberry tux and new-ish tousled look get a double thumbs up from us, as do Anita Patel’s sparkles. But the big mystery: what’s on his socks?
Dakota Johnson wins the award for the dress that looks most like Trump’s White House curtains.
It’s enjoyable how many celebrities use the red carpet to show us how brilliant their relationships are, isn’t it? Here Justin Timblerlake brings the lols while Jessica Biel good-heartedly smiles and show off a dress which has inspired low level sniping on Twitter (she looks like an Oscar, etc etc). Fine. But none of this has distracted us from Justin’s incredibly severe haircut, despite the best Biel-Timberlake efforts.
Tonight promises some major musical performances, including Lin Manuel-Miranda, John Legend and apparently, groan, Justin Timberlake kicking off the evening with a performance of his Oscar-nominated Trolls song Can’t Stop This Feeling aka that song your mum sings along to when she irons. Here’s him getting warmed up:
Oh man and we thought everyone had learned from the Globes that Hidden Figures and Fences are TWO DIFFERENT FILMS:
Bradshaw is (almost) in the building and he has a hugely topical joke about the Lagerfeld/Streep beef:
You might have spotted a number of blue ribbons on the red carpet. They’re all in support of the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) and they’re a subtle way of reminding people of the importance of equality under the rule of Trump. So far Ruth Negga and Lin Manuel-Miranda have been seen wearing them while Casey Affleck wore one at last night’s Film Independent Spirit awards.
Actor Ginnifer Goodwin has, like Ruth Negga before her, turned up for the red carpet in head-to-toe red – that’s what we like to see, someone taking this season’s colour-blocking trend seriously. Full marks for for that, at least.
It takes quite something to pull off a long-sleeved, high-necked dress with skirt large enough cover a Mini Cooper, but Ava DuVernay looks awesome. More importantly, on her way to the ceremony she tweeted a picture of herself with a Trayvon Martin hoodie, saying “Our hoodies are still up and the movement is still strong.” This woman is pure class.
Hidden Figures actor Octavia Spencer loves a cold shoulder or two on the red carpet, and tonight is no different. The metallic grey of her Marchesa gown is brilliantly on-trend, even if the bottom half makes it look a bit like she’s been rolling in ostrich feathers – hey, why not.
Woah, this is quite a departure from the usually edgy Kirsten Dunst, going full ballgown in Dior haute couture. She looks elegant, but it feels odd.
Known for having got his knobbly knees out on the red carpet in the past, Pharrell Williams has this year opted to cover up in coat tails and all. You can’t see it from this angle but he’s also wearing quite the necklace. Mimi Valdés looks a delight in this tiered pink lacy number. Apparently, accordingly to Pharrell, “it’s all Chanel”.
This dress could only look more like the one Belle wears in Beauty and the Beast if Leslie Mann were flanked by singing candlesticks. Instead she has Judd Apatow in a perfectly fine tux.
BREAKING FROCK NEWS: the Karlie Kloss caped number is by Stella McCartney.
God I love this. Pose, fabric, cut, diamonds, contouring, attitude. In a recent interview in W magazine Taraji P Henson said: “I always wanted to be one of the big dogs.” You are, Taraji. You so are.
Blue, blue and more blue – Riz has gone in for the classic navy tux here. Less classic are those shoes. Shiny toes and no laces – might there even be velcro involved?
How long did it take Karlie Kloss and her stylist to come up with the idea of putting her ACLU ribbon on her hip? We’re guessing a while. Still, the one-shouldered cape is pleasingly X-Men and quite Gwyneth at the 2012 Oscars.
If you don’t feel warm and fuzzy at the sight of Lion’s Sunny Pawar wearing a tuxedo with trainers on the red carpet you’re probably dead inside.
Back to the important fashion. It’s a well-known adage that menswear on the red carpet can only ever be so exciting. And while Captain Fantastic Viggo Mortensen does look very dapper in this midnight blue suit and very shiny shoes, it’s the pin badge of some kind of bird on his lapel that has really upped his game. Is it a blue tit perhaps? Or some kind of sparrow? The RSPB will be pleased.
Jackie Chan is on the red carpet with two stuffed panda toys. He told Ryan Seacrest that they represent his real pandas (one of whom is called Lazy) and he is determined to get more celebrities to have their picture taken with them. Here’s hoping he asks Huppert ...
The most surprising Oscars spat this year doesn’t involve Trump but rather Meryl Streep and Karl Lagerfeld. He claimed she snubbed one of his dresses after being paid to wear another but she has called it “slander” - here’s the full tale:
More off-white, but this Ralph & Russo dress is anything but tame: it’s fully transparent, so Hailee Steinfeld is doing a bit of a Rihanna, with not just sideboob but actual underbum from the side. She must be freezing.
It’s fine, isn’t it? Off-white ballerina. But what is this hue called, exactly? Pebble? Putty? Cornforth White? Felicity Jones is wearing it, Isabelle Huppert is wearing it. It’s giving the carpet shades of Farrow & Ball. Hmm.
It’s classic and it sparkles – what more could you want from an Oscars frock? Well, perhaps something a little more daring but Isabelle Huppert, nominated for Best Actress for her role in Elle, looks lovely – and at least adds a little edge with dark nails, dark lips and an ear crawler. This is not a look you can argue with. Plus it suggests sleeves are very much a Thing. There are rumblings it’s Armani – more on that as we have it.
Here comes the fashion bit, and we’re starting on a massive high, here, with Ruth Negga, undisputed star of the 2017 red carpet season. She’s wearing a very good, very red, Valentino dress and is displaying the first sniff of protest on the red carpet – a blue American Civil Liberties Union ribbon. Well played.
And now here’s our first look at the initial arrivals on the red carpet and what they’ve been wearing. Cue fashion experts!
There could be some important records smashed tonight at the Oscars. If Damien Chazelle wins best director for La La Land (which many predict he will) then he’ll be the youngest ever winner in that category at the age of just 32. If his film wins at least 12 of its 14 nominations, it will also be the most awarded film in the Academy’s history. Plus if Denzel Washington wins for Fences (which again, many predict he will), he’ll become the first black actor to win three Oscars. We’ll keep you aware of any historic wins later.
The new set of travel limitations have meant that at least two nominees aren’t able to attend tonight’s ceremony, including Asghar Farhadi, director of best foreign language film nominee The Salesman. At a powerful screening in London’s Trafalgar Square today, Farhadi said we must “stand up to fascism” and you can read more here:
Last night saw the Film Independent Spirit awards gift Moonlight a monster six awards, including for best feature and best director. Isabelle Huppert and Casey Affleck also picked up lead acting awards, which they may well do tonight as well. Here’s a recap of what you might have missed:
Ryan Seacrest chatting to Isabelle Huppert on the red carpet, a moment none of us ever could have expected. He’s wisely side-stepping the film’s contentious issues (a woman’s unconventional response to being raped) and talking about her daughter.
“There’s so much power in the work you do” he says ...
Our man on the ground tonight is the Guardian’s chief film critic Peter Bradshaw. It’s the first time he’s actually attending the event himself and he’s absurdly excited about it all. We’ll be sharing his inside gossip throughout the night but here’s a look at what he’s hoping to see later:
Welcome to the 2017 Oscars!
It’s time to say goodbye to another awards season, packed with overrated and underrated films, a welcome burst of diversity and a raft of political speeches. It’s the big one tonight as we liveblog the 2017 Oscars.
Okay so it might not traditionally be quite as much fun as the Globes, which we blame on the distinct lack of booze, but it’s unarguably the most important. This year the front-runner is divisive musical La La Land with Moonlight, Arrival and Manchester by the Sea also in the running.
We’ll be taking you through the whole mammoth event from red carpet through to the ceremony and beyond. I’ll be your man for the film side of things while Hannah Marriott and Ellie Violet Bramley from our fashion team will run you through the best and worst red carpet looks. If you’re with us from overseas then start mainlining that Red-Bull because it will be a long-ass night ...