All the Records That Were Broken at the 2017 Oscars
The trophies have all been handed out — some more than once — but the people who took home awards for Best Picture and Best Actress on Sunday night weren’t the only people to add their names to the history books at the 2017 Academy Awards.
Several records were broken at this year’s, and a few more were set over the course of the night, starting early on with the award for Best Supporting Actor, and ending, with one of the most shocking mix-ups in awards history.
MAHERSHALA ALI: THE FIRST MUSLIM ACTOR TO WIN AN OSCAR
By winning Best Supporting Actor for his stunning performance in Moonlight, Ali became the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar. The actor converted to Islam after meeting his wife Amatus in graduate school, and talked a little bit about his faith while accepting a Screen Actors Guild Award back in January.
“My mother is an ordained minister, I’m a Muslim,” he said at the time. “She didn’t do backflips when I called her to tell her I converted 17 years ago. But I tell you now, you put things to the side. And I’m able to see her, and she’s able to see me. We love each other and the love has grown. And that stuff is minutia. It’s not that important.”
OJ: MADE IN AMERICA: THE LONGEST FILM TO EVER WIN AN OSCAR
And no, we’re not talking about the FX miniseries. The 7 hour and 47 minute documentary — which won Best Documentary at the Oscars — is officially the longest film to ever win gold at the Academy Awards. The documentary, which was done in conjunction with ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, was split up into 5 episodes, which aired on television in June, after the film’s theatrical release in May. (For the record, it was shown with an Intermission.)
KEVIN O’CONNELL: MOST ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS WITHOUT WINS
O’Connell, who won Best Sound Mixing for his work on Hacksaw Ridge was nominated a whopping 20 times before he finally won on his 21st nomination on Sunday. O’Connell revealed to PEOPLE that although he’s drafted his acceptance speech many a time over the years, one thing has stood the test of time.
“The acceptance speech always changes over the years, but the one constant would be thanking my mother for getting me into this business 40 years ago,” he said of his mom, Skippy O’Connell, who died on the night of the 2007 Oscars. “She was in the hospital and insisted I go to the ceremony because she would never want me not to go.”
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DAMIEN CHAZELLE: YOUNGEST PERSON TO WIN BEST DIRECTOR
At just 32 years old, wunderkind director Chazelle became the youngest director to receive the industry’s top honor for his work on La La Land on Sunday. In his speech, he started by paying homage to the other directors in his category, saying, “Thank you for what incredible filmmakers you are and for inspiring me with your work every day.”