These GIFs and still images capture what I consider some of the most memorable moments from last night’s Academy Awards ceremony. It was an interesting night, for sure, and one that won’t soon be forgotten by viewers. From messages of political protest and diversity/inclusivity to the shocking ending that would have fit just as easily in a Hollywood thriller, on several counts the 2017 Oscars earned its unique place in the history books.
Michael Shannon trying to stop the feeling during Justin Timberlake’s show-opening performance
Best Supporting Actor, the first award of the night: Moonlight’s Mahershala Ali (the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar)
Viola Davis’s Best Supporting Actress speech – award-worthy in its own right
Taraji P. Henson’s unbridled joy at receiving one of the snack packages that floated down from the rafters
98-year-old Katherine Johnson, onstage with Hidden Figures stars Janelle Monáe, Taraji P. Henson (who plays Johnson in the film) and Octavia Spencer for the Best Documentary Feature category
The Lion stars, in toto
While presenting animated film categories with Hailee Steinfeld, Gael García Bernal speaks out against Trump
Anousheh Ansari (the first Iranian astronaut to go into space, as well as the first Muslim woman) reads director Asghar Farhadi’s statement after The Salesman won for Best Foreign Language Film
Puts it all in perspective, no?