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1. Aubrey Plaza’s Monologue
The acerbic actress showcased her dry sense of humor, roasting some nominees with lines like, “I do love movies and I truly beloeve that people should see them how they’re mean to to be seen—in the theaters. And I know if the movie you poured your soul into ends up on Netflix, yes, it will be seen by millions of people…as they scroll past it to find the show about folding socks into tiny squares. Tidying Up or Roma? Either way, I’m gonna watch someone clean up a bunch of s–t, so who cares.
3. Fyre Festival Documentary Parody…Did Someone Say Evian??
The ceremony featured a prerecorded segment showing Plaza’s former Parks and Recreation co-star Jim O’Heir parodying Andy King‘s viral moment in Netflix’s FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened.
4. Roma Wins
Netflix jokes aside, Alfonso Cuaron‘s Roma won Best International Film, perhaps setting the tone for what’s expected to happen at the Oscars.
5. President of Film Independent Is…Occupied
Aubrey Plaza came running into the production room at one point and asked where to find the president of Film Independent. Turns out he was “all tied up.” I guess that means we missed the “long, boring speech” he was supposed to make.
6. Shangela Makes a Cameo
Shangela surprised everyone with a song and dance number about all the Best Feature films. It even featured chicken nuggets as an homage to Eighth Grade.
7. Barry Jenkins Calls for Gender Parity
Barry Jenkins won the award for Best Director for his film If Beale Street Could Talk and he revealed he “didn’t even want to win” it. During his speech, he referenced a comment that fellow winner Regina King made at the Golden Globes about the percentage of female directors in the industry. Jenkins called on financiers and producers in the audience to help finance films directed by women and by doing so, it will create a butterfly effect to bring more parity into the directing field. “I cannot make women’s movies without women’s voices at the forefront,” he said.
8. Glenn Close’s Dog Steals the Show
Like most other award shows this season, Close took home the trophy for her role in The Wife. This time, however, she brought her dog Pip onstage with her as her cute date.