Justin Timberlake kicked off the ceremony by making the crowd dance, dance, dance with a performance of his Oscar nominated song "Can't Stop the Feeling!" from the movie Trolls. Timberlake rocked the bodies of his fellow nominees by bringing his smooth dance moves directly into the crowd, grooving alongside his wife Jessica Biel and a bevy of other famous faces who couldn't get enough of the catchy pop tune.
Jimmy Kimmel left few actors unscathed during his opening monologue, but he went the hardest on the most iconic of them all -- Meryl Streep. He hammered the actress with President Donald Trump's favorite adjective for her: "overrated." The joke, of course, is that Streep was in the audience for her 20th Academy Award nomination, more than any other actor in history. She didn't win tonight, but we're pretty sure she's okay with the jokes because she knows she's a total queen and because she went on to receive a standing ovation.
One of the true-life "hidden figures" from this year's Oscar-nominated film about female scientists at NASA had a much-deserved moment in the spotlight. Katherine Johnson, 98, who also received the 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom for her achievements, joined Hidden Figures stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae onstage during the presentation of the award for Best Documentary Feature. Johnson simply said "Thank you" to the crowd as they gave her a resounding standing ovation.
The third time's the charm for Viola Davis, who won her first Oscar for her supporting role in Fences. When it came time to give her acceptance speech, Davis did not disappoint, delivering an emotional testimony that had many of the viewers and audience members in tears. Talking about the kind of stories she's interested in telling, Davis said she wanted to tell "The stories of the people who dreamed big and never saw those dreams to fruition. People who fell in love and lost. I became an artist, and thank God I did, because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life."
During the first half of the show, Kimmel delivered a much-needed sugar rush to the talented folks at the Dolby Theater through an air delivery service that made us wish candy floated down to us from the heavens all the time.
After Donald Trump signed an Executive Order banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries, The Salesman director Asghar Farhadi announced he would not be attending the Academy Awards ceremony. And so when his film won foreign language film, he had Anousheh Ansari, an Iranian philanthropist and astronaut, read a prepared statement in his stead. During the statement, Farhadi spoke out against Trump's "inhumane law" and the xenophobia that "creates fear, a deceitful justification for aggression and war." He also praised filmmakers who use their position to "capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions. They create empathy between us and others - an empathy that we need today more than ever."
Jimmy Kimmel loves a prank, and so it was no surprise when he revealed that he had tricked a bus of tourists into unwittingly showing up at the Oscars. When the stunned batch of plebeians walked into the star-studded theater, everyone's attention immediately gravitated to one tourist in particular: Gary from Chicago, who didn't seem at all shook by strolling into a room filled with celebs wearing casual shorts and a Hollywood hoodie.
Seth Rogen and Michael J. Fox upped the awesomely weird ante at the Oscars when they arrived on stage to present the award for Best Film Editing (it went to Hacksaw Ridge) via a DeLorean. "I'm at the Oscars with Michael J. Fox [and] a DeLorean while wearing future shoes," Rogen said. "All I have to do is sing the Schuyler Sisters song from Hamilton in front of the world and I will have completed my entire bucket list." (Spoiler alert: He did.)
Lion star Sunny Pawar stole the show when Jimmy Kimmel asked the young star if he enjoyed the Red Vines and Junior Mints that dropped down from the ceiling. Pawar, unsurprisingly, confirmed that yes, he did in fact indulge in the sweets. Kimmel then asked Pawar if he was a fan of The Lion King. Pawar once again responded affirmatively, and even agreed to recreate the Disney film's iconic moment when Rafiki held up baby Simba at Pride Rock. Raised up above the Oscars crowd in Kimmel's hands while "The Circle of Life" played, Pawar gleefully exclaimed, "Lemonheads and Mike and Ikes," prompting even more candy to rain down on the audience.
Everyone knows President Trump loves to tweet, but his Twitter handle was oddly silent during the awards show. Naturally, Kimmel decided to poke the bear in the middle of the show by telling him Meryl Streep "says hi." The legendary actress famously took Trump to task after accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globe Awards last month. Trump responded the next morning -- via Twitter -- calling Streep "overrated."
In what will go down in Oscars history as one of the most embarrassing moments of all time, legendary actors Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were handed the wrong envelope when presenting the award for Best Picture. This led to the duo announcing the heavily favored La La Land as the winner, when in fact Moonlight actually earned the top prize of the night. The La La Land folks were as gracious as they could be in the situation, Beatty apologized profusely and the Moonlight folks were nearly speechless. After La La Land's awards show run, it was actually kind of refreshing to see a film like Moonlight come out on top.
The long-standing (fake) feud between Jimmy Kimmel and Matt Damon has brought us plenty of laughs over the years. But it reached a new high at the Oscars when Damon took the stage to present the award for Best Original Screenplay with Ben Affleck. When it came time for him to read his lines, Kimmel played him off the stage. Damon, proving what a great actor he is, actually seemed more than a little annoyed by this. However, we're pretty sure he's already planning his revenge.