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17 of the most important moments from last night's Oscars

Viola’s speech, Jimmy trolling Trump and a Matt Damon roast.

LAST NIGHT’S OSCARS had everything you could ever want from an awards ceremony – great dresses, charming comedy bits, political statements and a last-minute twist.

Here were some of the best moments.

1. The night opened with Justin Timberlake marching through the auditorium and performing his Oscar-nominated hit Can’t Stop The Feeling and Lovely Day.

He danced with Jessica Biel, shouted “I know you know this, Denzel,” as he sang Lovely Day and threw a microphone across the stage as part of an elaborate bit.

Quite the mood-setter.

If you can’t see the video, please click here.

2. Jimmy Kimmel got digs in Donald Trump, Mel Gibson and, of course, Matt Damon.


After urging viewers to reach across the aisle and talk to people of a different political persuasion, Kimmel took a moment to thank Donald Trump.

I want to thank Donald Trump. Remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist?

He also got a dig in at Mel Gibson.

There’s only one Braveheart in this room and he’s not going to unite us.

And, of course, he had some cutting remarks reserved for his foe Matt Damon. After commending Damon for allowing Casey Affleck to star in Manchester by the Sea, he poked fun at Damon’s decision to star in The Great Wall.

3. Mahershala Ali became the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar.

Ali won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Moonlight. From the stage, he thanked his wife for being a “soldier” throughout awards season and gave a shout out to his four-day-old baby daughter.

D’aw :’)


4. Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs delivered a poignant speech about how “art has no borders” and “does not belong to a single faith”.


Moving, but we’ll never forget the time she said ‘dick poop’ on television.

5. Little bags of sweets rained down on the crowd and the celebs acted as though it was the first time they had never seen jellies before.


Have you ever seen such elation?


Look at Michelle. She’s practically in tears. God help them.


6. The unluckiest man in Oscars history broke his long losing streak and won his first ever Oscar.

Sound Mixing winner Kevin O’Connell had been nominated 20 times without winning, but won on his 21st outing for Hacksaw Ridge.


7. Viola Davis’ speech was nothing short of perfection and had everyone at home blubbering.


Honestly, the speech was so good that it deserves its own Oscar.

8. Iranian director Asghar Farhadi won Best Foreign Language Film and had a statement read out on his behalf

Farhadi boycotted the ceremony in response to Trump’s travel ban, which prohibited citizens from Iran and six other nations from traveling to the United States. He labeled the travel ban “inhumane” and called for more empathy.

(If you can’t see the video, please click here.)

9. Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal took a moment to speak out forcefully against President Trump’s proposed wall.

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As a Mexican, as a Latin American, as a migrant worker, as a human being, I’m against any form of wall that wants to separate us.

10. Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson had a cheeky little interaction on stage

Dakota Johnson: “You look familiar.”

Jamie Dornan: “I’m sure I do.”

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11. Everyone realised that Nicole Kidman cannot clap.

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12. Jimmy Kimmel and Sunny Pawar reenacted a scene from The Lion King

Look at Dev Patel’s face! Proud as punch.

13. Lin-Manuel Miranda did *not* get his EGOT

Lin-Manuel Miranda was bidding to become the youngest ever recipient of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony, but was scuppered by La La Land.

Not to worry. We have a feeling that he’ll be back.

14. Jimmy Kimmel sent this tweet in the middle of the ceremony…

15. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck were reunited on stage!

Matt Damon was introduced as “guest” and was played off by the orchestra every time he opened his mouth.

Never get on the wrong side of Jimmy Kimmel, eh?

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16. La La Land’s Damien Chazelle became the youngest ever winner of Best Director

Feel inadequate yet?

17. But the best moment was saved for last…

We are, of course, talking about when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway mistakenly gave Best Picture to La La Land instead of Moonlight.

What a rollercoaster.

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We don’t think we’ll ever recover.

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Amy O'Connor

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