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The 89th Academy Awards featured one of the most shocking endings in Hollywood history. But for those of you who didn’t happen to watch the show, it should be noted that other things happened before the insane Best Picture mixup. For example, O.J.: Made in America won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. And that’s a big deal for a couple of reasons.
For one thing, as you would probably assume, it was the first ever Oscar win for ESPN Studios. Directed by Ezra Edelman and produced by Caroline Waterlow, the film was part of ESPN’s 30 for 30 series and aired on TV back in June. However, it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last January and had a limited theatrical run in New York and Los Angeles in May, which made it eligible for an Academy Award.
The other notable thing about this win is that, with a runtime of 7 hours and 47 minutes, it is now the longest film ever to win an Oscar. It surpasses 1969 Best Foreign Film winner War and Peace by 36 minutes.
Of course, with late night talkshow host Jimmy Kimmel hosting the Academy Awards, you knew as soon as they announced the winner that we were going to get a cringeworthy O.J. Simpson joke.
Sure enough, right after Ezra Edelman’s speech, Kimmel looked at the camera and, like the savage that he is, told O.J. Simpson he could have an extra slice of prison boloney on his sandwich to celebrate.
Kimmel’s joke elicited a lot of groans and uncomfortable laughs from the audience. However, the best reaction came from controversial actor/director Mel Gibson.
Check it out:
No one enjoys an OJ Simpson joke more than Mel Gibson pic.twitter.com/S68NLXEZzt
— TotalProSports.com (@TotalProSports) February 27, 2017
I think we can all agree Mel should just stick to directing from here on out. When it comes to acting, he’s lost his touch.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]