Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the 89th Academy Awards saw Casey Affleck and Emma Stone pick up their first best actor and actress statues.
Affleck’s grief-stricken leading performance in Manchester By The Sea has gained him many wins.
This means so much to me… One of the first people who taught me how to act was Denzel Washington and I just met him tonight
He said of his follow contender.
And the Best Leading Actress award went to an emotional Emma Stone for her portrayal of aspiring actress Mia in La La Land. Emma stunned in a hand made nude embroidered lace dress, complete with sweetheart neckline and cream and bronze degrade crystal fringing from Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci.
“I still have a lot of growing and learning and work to do, and this is really a beautiful symbol to continue on that journey.” Emma pinned a badge to her gown to support the Planned Parenthood organisation. La La Land went home with six awards, including Best Director to Damien Chazelle and Original Song for City Of Stars.
One of the first awards given was to Mahershala Ali for Best Supporting Actor in Moonlight. In his speech the Muslim actor said his win was about the characters he had the opportunity to play. It was announced soon after that Mahershala is one of the stars shot by Willy Vandeperre for the Spring ’17 Men’s Calvin Klein Underwear campaign. But it was Moonlight actors Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders, Alex R. Hibbert and Naomie Harris that gave Raf Simons his red carpet debut on the night. While the men wore tailored Calvin Klein by Raf Simons menswear, Naomie, who plays a struggling, drug-addict mother in the film, wore a Calvin Klein by Appointment strapless white sequined dress and mis-matched sunflower suede and crystal shoes.
The next big award went to Viola Davis for Best Supporting Actress in Fences. Viola tearfully said,
People ask me all the time, what kind of stories do you want to tell, Viola? … The stories of the people who dreamed big and never saw those dreams of fruition … I became an artist – and thank god I did – because we are the only profession that celebrated what it means to live a life.”
As Viola wore a Giorgio Armani Prive silk vermillion red gown, the designer also dressed nominees Nicole Kidman and Isabelle Huppert, who were spotted attending his couture show earlier in the month, Mel Gibson, Denzel Washington and presenter Leonardo DiCaprio.
Another nominee that hit the right notes on the red carpet was Ruth Negga in her red silk and Chantilly lace gown by Pierpaolo Piccioli at Valentino. Ruth was one of the attendees to pin a looped cornflower blue ribbon on her dress for The American Civil Liberties Union.
Performances on the night were Justin Timberlake, who kicked off proceedings with his hit song, Can Stop The Feeling. He finished by dancing in the isles with his wife Jessica Biel who wore a Kaufmanfranco gold sequined dress. Sting, John Legend and Auli’i Cravalho, the 17-year-old star from Disney’s Moana – Disney’s groundbreaking feminist film – also entertained Hollywood’s finest talent as the awards season came to a close.