The 89th Academy Awards ceremony was filled with melanated excellence.
Mahershala Ali snagged the first Oscar handed out for the night, winning best supporting actor gold for his portrayal of Juan in the critically acclaimed film ‘Moonlight.’ He made history as the first Muslim actor to ever win the award.
During his speech, he thanked the teachers who prepared him for his craft.
“It wasn’t about you, It’s not about you. It’s about these characters. You are in service to these stories and these characters,” he said, remembering his instructor’s advice earlier in his career.
The emotional moments took a comedic break, when a group of tourists got a surprise trip to the Oscars. Host Jimmy Kimmel announced earlier in the show that they were surprising a group of tour bus riders by bringing them into the Academy Awards on live TV.
Best actor nominee Denzel Washington stood up from the audience to marry two tourists from Chicago.
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Moonlight director Barry Jenkins proudly took home the Oscar for ‘Best Adapted Screenplay’ and reminded viewers, ‘All you people out there, who thought your life wasn’t reflected, the Academy has your back. The ACLU has your back. We’ve got your back.’
Tarell Alvin McCraney also left us with inspirational words. “For all the Black and brown boys and girls, who don’t see themselves, we’re trying to show you you and us.”
1. MJ was a victim of physical abuse from his father as a child. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, he shed tears and claimed that he was so terrified of his father that he would often vomit when he saw him.
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2. His favorite animated character from childhood was Pinocchio.
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3. When MJ listened to the songs from his days in The Jackson 5, he said he sounded like “Minnie Mouse.”
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4. His middle name was Joseph – Michael Joseph Jackson.
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5. “Billie Jean” is allegedly based on a true story. MJ claims an obsessive fan tried to say he was the father of her child.
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6. His first song to hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart was “Ben” in 1972.
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7. MJ was a huge Beatles fan. He paid $47 million for the publishing rights to the Beatles back catalogue in 1985 and sold a share of it to Sony in 1995 for $95 million.
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8. Get this… The costumes for the “Thriller” video came from the Salvation Army.
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9. Jackson invented and owns the patent for the special anti-gravity boots he wore that allowed him to lean forward extremely far in live performances of “Smooth Criminal.”
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10. MJ loved animals, and had several…strange pets. He had a python called Crusher, two llamas called Louis and Lola, and his most famous pet was Bubbles, the chimpanzee.
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11. Sources say MJ “borrowed” the Moonwalk from street dancers he saw outside a hotel.
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12. The original song title for “Thriller” was “Starlight.”
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13. Sources say MJ slept in an oxygen tent to live longer and for cosmetic purposes.
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14. MJ was a proud owner of a 2,700-acre Neverland Ranch that has a theme park, a menagerie, and a movie theater.
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15. “Home Alone” star Macaulay Culkin was one of MJ’s closest friends, and is the godfather of two of Jackson’s children.
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16. MJ’s estate signed a deal with Sony that gave them access to his unreleased recordings for $250 million.
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17. MJ often wore a black armband to remind people of the suffering of children around the world.
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18. The Los Angeles mansion he was renting just before he passed away once belonged to Sean Connery.
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19. MJ was allegedly a pretty avid reader… He was once accused by a library of owing $1 million in overdue book fines.
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20. Wikipedia, Twitter, and AOL’s Instant Messenger all crashed at 3:15PM on the day MJ died: June 25, 2009.
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