LOS ANGELES Moonlight took home the top prize at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 89th annual Academy Awards, in a shocking upset after presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway mistakenly awarded Best Picture to La La Land. The awards were held Sunday night at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland. First-time producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd—who previously served as co-chairs of the Producers Guild of America’s annual PGA Awards—took the reins this year, working with returning ceremony director Glenn Weiss.
As has been a trend this award season, the evening took a decidedly political turn. Celebrities such as Emma Stone, Brie Larson, and Lin-Manual Miranda wore pins and ribbons in support of Planned Parenthood, Glaad, and the American Civil Liberties Union, while various award winners and presenters, as well as host Jimmy Kimmel, took aim at President Trump. Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, who won for Best Foreign Language Film, skipped the ceremony in protest; instead, Iranian-American engineer Anousheh Ansari accepted the award on his behalf, and read a stirring speech about the importance of empathy.
Politics also carried over into some of the weekend’s most notable parties. United Talent Agency—which represents many of the night’s biggest stars—publicly cancelled its annual Oscar party to protest the travel ban. Instead, the agency held a pro-immigration rally on February 24, and donated $250,000 to the A.C.L.U. and the International Rescue Committee.
Other Oscar parties from brands, agencies, and nonprofits also aimed to promote social-justice initiatives. Environmental nonprofit Global Green used its pre-Oscars party to honor Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council chairman David Archambault II, while Vanity Fair's Campaign Hollywood events raised money for the A.C.L.U. and other charities. And the annual Elton John AIDS Foundation dinner and viewing party raised $7 million to help people at risk for or living with H.I.V./AIDS.
Meanwhile, many of week's other coveted parties stayed focused on glitz and glam. The Academy’s own Governors Ball, which took place at the Ray Dolby Ballroom immediately following the Oscars, took on the theme of “magical transformation,” using reds, golds, and whites for a dramatic effect. The Vanity Fair after-party, hosted by editor Graydon Carter, filled a custom-built space near City Hall with thousands of white roses and hydrangea—and A-list celebrities, of course. And earlier in the week, Essence magazine hosted its 10th annual Black Women in Hollywood awards at the Beverly Wilshire, switching from a luncheon to its first evening gala to honor inspiring moments and performers in film and television.
Click through to see decor and catering highlights from these and other splashy Oscar parties.