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After a dazzling night, full of emotions, politics, and awards, Sunday’s Academy Awards (@TheAcademy) are once again the talk of the town, but perhaps not for the reasons you might think.

Coming into Hollywood’s biggest award show, it seemed like politics would dominate the night, as it has throughout all of the major award shows this season. And while Trump and his politics were mentioned throughout the night, the stars, unlike many of their counterparts this season, avoided the obvious mentions, instead focusing on promoting love, acceptance, equality, and respect. We know that the political statements can’t be ignored, so these were some of our favourites from the night:

Besides the inclusion of politics, we also had high hopes for host Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel), who was on fire right from the beginning of his opening monologue. From quoting Donald Trump’s (@realDonaldTrump) tweet about Meryl Streep and how overrated she is – leading to an epic standing ovation for Streep, to playing Matt Damon off the stage while he was presenting, and, of course, there was the iconic and truly epic Hollywood bus tour that saw a bunch of unsuspecting visitors shaking hands and snapping pics with some of Hollywood’s biggest and brightest, Kimmel flawlessly traversed between light comedy and honouring the night’s biggest stars.

And while some of the acceptance speeches were lacklustre, Viola Davis (@violadavis), who won Best Supporting Actress for her role in ‘Fences’, blew us away. It was somber, it was full of wisdom and gravitas, it was genuine and heartfelt. Davis began by stating, “There’s one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered, and that’s the graveyard.” When she started like that, it was clear that this speech was going to be elevated onto the same level as some of the greatest Oscar speeches of all time. Kimmel even took note, stating that “Viola Davis, by the way, just got nominated for an Emmy for that speech.”

Don’t think that social media just took note of the major moments though! In case you missed them, here are some of our favourite tweets and memable moments from the show:

Chrissy Teigen (@chrissyteigen) fell asleep on husband John Legend (@johnlegend)

Celebrities really, REALLY love free candy, especially Taraji Henson (@TherealTaraji)

Ryan Gosling (@RyanGosling) was the king of the Oscars, even though he came away empty handed, period!

Finally, because anyone who’s writing about the Oscars can’t avoid the massive elephant in the room, we have to talk about the Best Picture snafu! After announcing that ‘La La Land’ had won, the film’s entire team headed up on stage to celebrate their award. It was during the third speech that sudden movement caught everyone’s attention. As it turns out, the true winner of the award was ‘Moonlight’. While this could have been an awkward moment – and boy was it – we have to take our hats off to the entire ‘La La Land’ team. They were gracious in the moment and welcomed the ‘Moonlight’ team on stage, quickly handing over the trophies to the rightful winners.

The mix-up will most certainly go down as the most awkward Oscars moment of all time, but we certainly think it could have been worse. And we’re thankful to have had a moment that livened an award show that was starting to feel a little slow and stale. Plus, the resulting photos from the crowd’s reaction to the confusion are simply the best!

The sport world even took notice of the mistake, commenting on how painful and cringe-worthy the moment was!

All-in-all, the Oscars, as usual, were too long and there were certainly a lot of low moments that left us a little bored, but thanks to a few standouts and an ending that will go down in movie history, the 2017 Oscars were a social media smash!

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