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The 2017 Oscars Go “Back to the Future”

Now that the craziness of the Oscars fiasco has (somewhat) quieted down, we can take a step back and appreciate the snippets of the evening that may have fallen under the radar due to the Best Picture snafu.

One of those snippets involved a throwback to 1985. Before going to a commercial break, host Jimmy Kimmel teased an appearance of one of the most famous cars in movie history. When the show returned, a score by Alan Silvestri began playing while a montage of scenes from Back to the Future began rolling on the stage’s screen. The screen then lifted away, revealing the infamous DeLorean “time machine” in a sea of smoke, reminiscent of it’s introductory scene in the film.

The movie’s star, Michael J. Fox, then appeared from the car alongside Seth Rogen, who was rocking a pair of Nike’s Back to the Future inspired sneakers. The sneakers are based off of shoes from the second installment of the trilogy, and light up and are self-lacing. Fox was the first to receive a pair of these kicks last year, and a few pairs were auctioned off to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research.

The screentime was of great benefit to Nike, with it being worth over an estimated half million dollars. However, the segment reminded viewers of the reasonance of films that weren’t acknowledged with an Academy Award at the time of their release, but still hold a special place in the hearts of audiences all these years later.

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