Just when 2016 was starting to make sense, the whirlwind of 2017 happened. Between keeping up with the White House, watching white men in Hollywood, scandals and solar shifts, the year has given us a lot to talk, tweet and think about. As the last few pages turn, take this opportunity to reflect on it as a whole – from the events that seem far away to the vivid moments you’ll never forget.
AND THE OSCAR GOES TO…
We’re betting someone definitely lost their job at the 89th Academy Awards ceremony. Presenters Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty were handed the wrong envelope – and thus announced the wrong winner – for Best Picture, which happened to be the biggest award of the night. As the producers of La La Land started to give their thank yous, Moonlight, the indie LGBT dark horse, was announced as the true winner. Bets are on for how many times next year’s host will reference the mishap!
Judging by the box office numbers, Hollywood and moviegoers across the country have not lost their luster for superhero flicks. However, it wasn’t Thor or Batman who made the biggest mark on movie history this year. Enter Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot in the titular role. The first woman to direct a live-action theatrical superhero film, Jenkins used her own Lasso of Truth to craft a film that not only gave cred to DC’s reputation in the comic world but also nabbed spots on multiple best-of-the-year film lists. Who says girls can’t kick butt?
THE GREAT AMERICAN ECLIPSE
Cue the Bonnie Tyler song! On August 21, a total solar eclipse was visible within a band across the entire United States, passing from the Pacific to the Atlantic coast. The event marked the first time since 1918 that a total solar eclipse was visible across the country. While only at maximum eclipse for 160 seconds, it was enough to send social media, news networks and people across the country into an eclipse-glasses-wearing frenzy.
No one foresaw the rise of Cardi B, former stripper turned Vine-star, turned Love & Hip Hop cast member, turned chart-topping rapper. Over the summer, her song “Bodak Yellow” dropped and changed the game for the no-filter, Bronx-born celeb. The song, which boasts, “I make money move,” went on to dethrone Taylor Swift on the charts and even garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Song.
We were just getting over the missing headphone jack when Apple had to come back with another zinger. This year, the popular computer company announced the iPhone 8, as well as the iPhone X, skipping nine altogether. The X, which stole the show, features an edge-to-edge display, a glass body and virtual reality and facial recognition capabilities. Whether you’re looking to ditch the fingerprint passcode or send messages that look like a talking poop emoji, the new phone is on track to be the way of the future.
LAS VEGAS SHOOTING
Concertgoers around the country won’t soon forget October 1, when a gunman opened fire at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas. The mass shooting left 58 people dead and 546 injured. While the shooter’s motive remains unknown, the tragedy added flame to the hot topic of U.S. gun control. Throughout its healing process, the victims and city of Las Vegas have been met with support and love from musicians and people across the world.
HARVEY WEINSTEIN SCANDAL
An earthquake hit the film industry when The New York Times and The New Yorker reported that dozens of women had accused producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault. The news inspired a movement of victims coming forward against the producer as well as a more open conversation about the casting couch mentality in the entertainment industry. These events also set in motion an entirely new movement that would soon light social media ablaze.
In October, Alyssa Milano tweeted a pass-it-on message, asking women who had been affected by sexual violence or misogynistic behavior to post “Me too,” to demonstrate the gravity of the issue. The hashtag went viral, inspiring millions of people around the world – from celebrities to next-door neighbors – to share their experiences and empathy. In its wake, victims have come forward with allegations regarding high-profile names and already, workplaces and schools have begun the education process about reporting procedures. Who knew one little hashtag could start to fix the system?
2017 WORLD SERIES
Patience is a virtue and no one knows that better than the MLB’s Houston Astros. Established in 1962, the team had never won a World Series championship in its entire franchise history. That all changed in November, when the team emerged victorious after seven games against the Los Angeles Dodgers. While Texas now has its first World Series title, only time will tell if the Texas Rangers will break their 57-year drought anytime soon.
THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY
At the beginning of the year, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. From fake news accusations to tax plans to Russian investigations, his presidency has been excellent fodder for workplace water cooler conversations. This year saw the proposed travel ban, a court-blocked ban on transgender people in the military, and the appointment of a new Supreme Court judge.