Oscars get it right in 2017 with acting, best picture awards

Priyanka Chopra is going to make an appearance, and will hopefully make her way into the best dressed at the Oscars red carpet like previous year, with her sheer Zuhair Murad gown.

The first-time Oscar host went on to praise President Trump for taking the heat off the Academy.

As the comic-book blockbuster picked up the award for Best Make Up - Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini & Christopher Nelson proudly declared "this is for the immigrants".

The saving grace was the absence-in-protest of Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi whose intense drama, The Salesman, won him his second Oscar in the best Foreign Film category.

But three African Americans won in two other categories. But Lion is a well-made, intensely moving film that leaves people feeling uplifted. The climate for the Oscars is expected to be a politically tense one, maybe the most tense up to date, following the environment at the Grammys (Katy Perry's performance) and Golden Globes (Meryl Streep's speech). "God I love "Moonlight" so much", said Stone backstage where she talked about the mix-up.

Barring a strongly worded monologue by the evening's host, Jimmy Kimmel, that started with "This broadcast is being watched by millions in America and around the world, in more than 225 countries that hate us" and ended with a dig at President Trump by calling for a standing ovation for the "most overrated and undeserving" Meryl Streep, the on-stage speeches largely remained as personal notes of gratitude by the winners.

Kimmel even jokingly thanked the president for shifting the focus of the night.

"Remember a year ago when it seemed like the Oscars were racist?" he said in the opening.

Take that, you travel ban bigots.

"I'm sorry I'm not with you tonight", it read.

Ali was also the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar.

"La La Land" enters the ceremony as the film to beat, with a whopping 14 nominations - tying with 1997's "Titanic" and 1950's "All About Eve" as the most nominated film in Oscar history.The Old Hollywood-style musical, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling and directed by Damien Chazelle, is up for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and more - and if it nabs more than 11 wins, it will dance its way into Oscar history.

"Let's remember this is just an awards show", Kimmel said at the close. "I promise I'll never come back".

  • Salvatore Jensen