Big mo­ments to big­ger blun­ders — this year’s cer­e­mony will stay in mind for a long, long time

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It was the big­gest goof-up ever at what was the big­gest award night for Hol­ly­wood. Or should we say, Moon­light eclipsed La La ‘Os­car’ Land? The 89th Academy Awards in Los An­ge­les, US, on Sun­day were all about big wins and grate­ful speeches till a gaffe that no one could’ve even dreamt of hap­pened — veteran Hol­ly­wood actors War­ren Beatty and Faye Du­n­away (who some­how had the wrong en­ve­lope in hand) an­nounced La La Land as the Best Pic­ture, when it was Moon­light that had won the fi­nale hon­our.

The La La Land team re­joiced and be­gan giv­ing their ‘Thank You’ speeches. But their squeals of joy were soon re­placed by si­lence, bro­ken by sighs, gasps and cel­e­bra­tion — this time by team Moon­light, af­ter reps for bal­lot tab­u­la­tors raced on­stage to no­tify them of the blun­der. La La Land’s pro­ducer Jordan Hor­witz gra­ciously passed the tro­phy to pro­duc­ers of Moon­light.

Among other high­lights of the three-hour cer­e­mony, Ira­nian-Amer­i­can as­tro­naut Anousheh An­sari ac­cepted the Os­car, and de­liv­ered a speech on be­half of Ira­nian film­maker As­ghar Farhadi, whose film, The Sales­man, won in the For­eign Lan­guage Film cat­e­gory. In a note read out by An­sari, Farhadi blamed US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s travel ban for his ab­sence. “An in­hu­mane law that bans en­try into the U.S... Di­vid­ing the world into the ‘us’ and ‘our en­e­mies’ cat­e­gories cre­ates fear, a de­ceit­ful jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for ag­gres­sion and war.”

A dig was also taken at Trump by none other than host Jimmy Kim­mel. Mim­ick­ing Trump’s tweet, he asked the au­di­ence to give “over­rated” ac­tor Meryl Streep an “un­de­serv­ing” stand­ing ova­tion for her anti-Trump re­marks at the Golden Globes awards, held last month. Child ac­tor Sunny Pawar, too, had his mo­ment when Kim­mel lifted the eightyear-old in ‘Lion King’ style, and an ex­cited Pawar yelled, “Le­mon­ades, Mikes and Ikes,” ges­tur­ing at the can­dies fall­ing from the ceil­ing. There were cook­ies, dough­nuts and jel­lies too! >>More on Pg 4


Ira­nian-Amer­i­can as­tro­naut Anousheh An­sari ac­cept­ing the Os­car, and de­liv­er­ing a speech on be­half of Ira­nian film­maker As­ghar Farhadi



The chaos af­ter Best Pic­ture award got mixed up; (right) Emma Stone was de­clared Best Ac­tress; (be­low) Host Jimmy Kim­mel holds up Sunny Pawar, Lion King style

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