Viola Davis, Meryl Streep, Mahershala Ali and More Stars Make History at the 2017 Oscars

89th Annual Academy Awards featured plenty of record breakers

By McKenna Aiello Feb 27, 2017 5:15 AMTags

When Hollywood arrived to the 2017 Oscars on Sunday evening, they came ready to break some records

Even before emcee Jimmy Kimmel kicked things off from the Dolby Theater, Florence Foster Jenkins star Meryl Streep had already made history as the most-nominated actress in Academy Awards history with a whopping 20 (yes, you read that correctly) nominations.

Similarly, Viola Davis just joined an extremely elite club of 22 individuals who claim the Triple Crown of acting. Her Best Supporting Actress win for Fences made Viola the first African-American person to have at least one Emmy, Tony and Oscar—each for acting. About time, girl.

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As for Moonlight's Mahershala Ali, his incredible win in the Best Supporting Actor category made him the first Muslim to be honored by The Academy. Ali dedicated his acceptance speech to his wife and newborn son, in the process totally cementing his place in our hearts forever. 

Then there's critically-acclaimed documentary O.J.: Made in America, which is now the longest film to ever win an Oscar. At 467 minutes, the O.J. Simpson-based project was made for the most dedicated of movie lovers. Damien Chazelle also reached his own personal milestone by becoming the youngest person to win Best Director for La La Land

And how's this for a fun fact? Ben Affleck and Casey Affleck are the first brother pairing to win Oscars in two different categories. Casey won for Best Actor in Manchester By the Sea and Ben has two Academy Awards in his name.

Congratulations to all the winners

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