Trevante Rhodes, Alex R Hibbert and Ashton Sanders

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Trevante Rhodes, Alex R Hibbert and Ashton Sanders share the lead position in Moonlight

You may need missed it amid all the hubbub, however a movie a few homosexual black man simply gained the perfect image Oscar.

Not solely that, however certainly one of Moonlight’s stars – Mahershala Ali – became the first Muslim actor to win an Academy Award.

And finest supporting actress Viola Davis, star of Fences, made historical past as the primary black lady to win an Oscar, an Emmy and a Tony for performing.

Variety. It is a phrase that will get bandied round a lot, and so typically, it runs the chance of changing into meaningless.

It is value remembering, although, that solely 12 months in the past the #OscarsSoWhite controversy was all Hollywood was speaking about.

Two years of all-white line-ups within the 4 performing classes stung the Academy into taking concerted measures to broaden its membership’s make-up.

Seen in that gentle, this 12 months’s list of award winners makes for far more encouraging studying.

But it wasn’t simply the winners who mirrored the “id rainbow” Jodie Foster spoke about at a pre-Oscars rally.

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Auli’i Cravalho carried out How Far I will Go, from Disney animation Moana

From Loving’s Ruth Negga to Moonlight’s Naomie Harris to Lion’s Dev Patel, the losers had been a fairly numerous bunch too.

Auli’i Cravalho, an actress of Chinese language, Irish, Native Hawaiian, Portuguese and Puerto Rican descent, sang a track on stage.

And Lion’s Sunny Pawar, an eight-year-old boy who was born and raised in a Mumbai slum, obtained lifted aloft by Jimmy Kimmel, the ceremony’s host.

Thousands and thousands around the globe had been watching final evening. President Trump, nonetheless, is just not considered amongst them.

But that did not spare him a ribbing from Kimmel, or from being taken to activity each obliquely and immediately.

Asghar Farhadi, the Iranian director of finest overseas movie The Salesman, stayed away in protest on the Trump administration’s journey ban on immigrants.

In his absence, a speech was learn out that castigated the “inhumane” laws for disrespecting his homeland and the six different nations it focused.

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Katherine Johnson (seated) appeared with Janelle Monae, Taraji P Henson and Octavia Spencer

There have been many moments to cherish at this 12 months’s Oscars – some humorous, some transferring and a few downright calamitous.

But maybe probably the most telling got here when the celebs of Hidden Figures arrived to announce the winner for finest documentary characteristic.

With them got here Katherine Johnson, the 98-year-old African-American lady who was one of many real-life inspirations behind the house race drama.

Might a girl born in 1918, who has lived by way of Jim Crow, segregation and the struggle for civil rights, have ever dreamed of a day when her presence on the Oscars would generate a spontaneous standing ovation?

La La Land could have gained probably the most awards at this 12 months’s ceremony, however range was absolutely the largest winner of all on Hollywood’s glitziest evening.


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