Supporting actress winner Viola Davis scored her first Academy Award on Sunday for her role in "Fences." The Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning star has been nominated for Oscars twice before -- for "The Help" and "Doubt" -- and also earned a lead actress Tony Award for her role when "Fences" was on Broadway in 2010. That's a Grammy short of EGOT-ing.
"There’s one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered. One place. And that’s the graveyard," said a tearful Davis in her acceptance speech.
People ask me all the time, 'What kind of stories do you want to tell, Viola?' And I say exhume those bodies. Exhume those stories. The stories of the people who dreamed big and never saw those dreams to fruition. People who fell in love and lost. I became an artist and thank God I did because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.
'Fences' star Viola Davis, supporting actress Oscar winner
Davis thanked "Fences" playwright and screenwriter August Wilson, who "exhumed and exalted the ordinary people." She also thanked director and co-star Denzel Washington, who received a rousing round of applause when she addressed him with "O, Captain! My Captain!"
“Moonlight” deserves to win the Oscar for best picture.
That may be a crass, clunky thing to say about one of the least self-important American films in recent memory, but then not all truths can be conveyed as gracefully and eloquently as they are in director Barry Jenkins’ beautiful movie.
So at the risk of bluntness, it bears repeating: “Moonlight” deserves to win the Oscar for best picture.
Juggling J.K. and the Jazz Age, costume genius and Oscar perennial Colleen Atwood won her fourth award for costume design on Friday night for "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."
Amazingly, it was the first for a Rowling-based movie; none of the seven "Harry Potter" movies, which starred some of Britain's finest actors and swept millions into a magical world of witches and wizards, won an Oscar in any category.
And though “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” the Harry Potter prequel about a writer’s adventures among witches and wizards, was awash in violence, xenophobia and political revolt, backstage in the press room Atwood was nothing if not calm and composed.
Sylvain Bellemare has won the sound editing Oscar at the 89th Academy Awards for his work on "Arrival." Ahead of the ceremony, Josh Rottenberg talked with Bellemare about his work:
IN A TYPICAL SCI-FI MOVIE about extraterrestrials, there are certain kinds of sounds you’d expect to hear: electronic bleeps and bloops, whooshing spaceships, the slithering of slimy aliens, some pew-pew-pew laser blasts.
But as anyone who’s seen it will tell you, “Arrival” is not a typical sci-fi movie about extraterrestrials.
He said he was here just to help out — and he was right.
On the red carpet before the Oscars, "Moana" composer Lin-Manuel Miranda told The Times that his role in a rendition of the movie's "How Far I'll Go" was merely a supporting one.
"My performance is entirely created to support Auli'i Cravalho, who is 16 years old and one of the most incredible young performers I've ever seen," the actor and songwriter said. "So really it's an alley-oop."
Iran’s “The Salesman,” directed by Asghar Farhadi, won the Oscar for foreign-language film. The film, a domestic drama of morality and revenge, has garnered added attention since Farhadi, a previous Oscar winner, declared he would not attend the ceremony in the wake of the Trump administration’s travel ban.
Farhadi won for 2011’s “A Separation.” In “The Salesman,” a husband and wife working as actors on a Tehran production of “Death of a Salesman” find themselves coping with a violent assault, the details of which are beyond their cultural comfort to discuss.
Makeup artists Giorgio Gregorini, Alessandro Bertolazzi and Christopher Nelson accepted the award on behalf of the film and dedicated it to "all the immigrants." Still, the uplifting gesture did not overshadow the film's new epithet.
Here's a sampling:
SUICIDE SQUAD. The #Oscars will never be able to makeup for this.
Mahershala Ali took home the first Oscar of the night, securing the best supporting actor trophy for his role as Juan in Barry Jenkins' "Moonlight."
Ali is the first Muslim actor in history to win an Academy Award. He spoke movingly of his faith while accepting the SAG award for supporting actor for "Moonlight" last month.
"My grandma would want me to button up," he said, after taking the stage, buttoning up his jacket. "I want to thank my teachers, my professors, my so many wonderful teachers." He went on to talk about what they taught him and realizing that this moment wasn't about him. "It's not about you. It's about these characters. You are a servant. You're in service to these stories and these characters and I'm so blessed to have had an opportunity. It was about Juan, it was about Paula. Cast and crew, such a wonderful experience."