Oscars 2017: What Did RGU Students Think?

With acting talent being recognised and a mix up with the Best Picture award, the Oscars last night proved to be entertaining and a hot topic of discussion. We spoke to students on campus to see what they thought of the awards.

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With acting talent being recognised and a mix up with the Best Picture award, the Oscars last night proved to be entertaining and a hot topic of discussion. 
 
La La Land, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling won six Oscars at the ceremony, including Best Production Design, Best Cinematography and Best Song for City of Stars. Emma Stone won Best Actress for her role in the film. Sounding breathless in her acceptance speech, she said she was “so grateful to have been involved this film”. But despite his nomination, Ryan Gosling lost out on Best Actor to Casey Affleck, who starred in Manchester by the Sea. 
 
But perhaps one of the most notable event at the Oscars was the mix up about which film won the award for Best Picture. It had initially been awarded to La La Land, but during the producers’ acceptance speeches, it was found that the film had not actually won. It was instead awarded to Moonlight. About the win, Moonlight’s director Barry Jenkins said: “I’d never seen that happen before. It made a special feeling more special but not in the way I expected”.
 
Radar spoke to students to see what they had to say about the blunder.
 
First year student, Sara, said: “I am pleased that Moonlight won – it is an important movie. But Emma and Ryan’s faces... they were really surprised.”
 
Journalism student, Andrew, said: “The Oscars have been going on for years so you would have thought there would have been a better system. But we are all human.”
 
Lauren, another first year student said: “I thought it was very awkward for both parties. I felt very sorry for La La Land because they were very deserving of the award.
 
Second year student, Adam pointed out: “The person who made the mistake is only human and we all make mistakes so I don’t know why everyone is freaking out about it.”
 
So despite all the talent that was being awarded, it was the mistake that became the talk of the night. 

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