Thursday 13 December 2018

2017 goes pop: Who knew LCD Soundsystem would end up calling the Taoiseach a ‘tosser’?

From that notorious Oscars Best Picture gaffe to royal wedding news, Emer McLysaght has the highs, the lows and the morto of the year

Leo Varadkar and Fine Gael pals take a selfie at that LCD Soundsystem gig
Leo Varadkar and Fine Gael pals take a selfie at that LCD Soundsystem gig

Emer McLysaght

If 2016 was the year of shocking celebrity deaths, then 2017 was the year of not-so-shocking celebrity creeps, both at home and abroad. But leaving Weinstein and co aside for the moment, join us as we take a look at the highs and the lows, the morto and the mega of pop culture moments from the past 12 months…

Scandal of the year: Best Picture at the Oscars

Cast your mind back to February. Do you remember where you were when the wrong film was read out as the winner of the Best Picture Academy Award? If you were behind the couch wishing for the slow release of death, then that's okay. It was horrifying. The accolade eventually went to Moonlight, but there were several minutes of confusion as an envelope mix up meant that the La La Land producers thought they had triumphed. Full body cringe territory.

Honourable mentions: Kendall Jenner and the tone-deaf Pepsi ad; Conor McGregor and that homophobic slur

Heartbreakers of the year: Ewan McGregor and Eve Mavrakis

After 22 years and four children together, we thought the Trainspotting star and his French wife were solid as a rock, but in November came the shock news that they had split months previously amid rumours of a relationship between McGregor and his Fargo co-star Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Ewan, how could you?

Honourable mentions: Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor, Chris Pratt and Anna Faris

Heartmenders of the year: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Made-for-TV film writers could only dream of coming up with a story like this. An actress from the moderately successful show Suits who used to hold the briefcase on the US version of Deal or No Deal, marrying a real-life prince? God bless Harry and Meghan for casting some light onto the bleak year that was 2017. The very thought of her wedding dress will keep us going for several months.

The Best Picture blunder at the Oscars. Photo: 2017 Getty Images
The Best Picture blunder at the Oscars. Photo: 2017 Getty Images

Honourable mentions: The 'Love Island' couples that are still going strong, our own Laura Whitmore and the lad who does the 'Love Island' voiceover, Iain Stirling

Babba of the year: Conor McGregor Jr

From his wildly over-the-top Christening party to his very own three-piece suits, this baby has had some introduction to the world. Lavished with gifts and carried everywhere balanced on his famous dad's arm, Conor Jr was born with about 17 silver spoons in his mouth. The little fella even has his own verified Instagram account, although it has nearly 120k followers and not a single post yet.

Honourable mentions: Sir and Rumi Carter, aka The Beyoncé Twins

Twitter hero of the year: Bahtiyar Duysak

You may not recognise his name, but this is the Twitter employee who shut down Donald Trump's account on his last day of work. The US President was only offline for 11 minutes, but it was enough to elevate Duysak to hero status. He was dubbed the "rogue employee" who saw his chance and took it.

Conor McGregor and son
Conor McGregor and son

He's since revealed himself and said the whole thing was a mistake, and he never thought the account would actually be deactivated. Tell that to the Nobel Peace Prize committee, you little star you.

Honourable mentions: Liam Gallagher's deadpan tweets, Chrissy Teigen's sass

Twitter loser of the year: Donald Trump

Where do you even start with this one? With the help of his personal Twitter account the US president seems determined to start World War III and take on anyone and everyone in the process.

He's found a way to circumvent his staff, his government and the media by simply firing off whatever he wants on the tweet machine.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announce their engagement
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announce their engagement

Honourable mention: 'Great British Bake-Off' presenter Prue Leith, who accidentally tweeted a major spoiler about the show's winner

Wedding of the year: SoSueMe

Top Irish influencer and make-up gal Suzanne Jackson tied the knot with long-time love Dylan O'Connor in Skerries Church followed by a reception at the Powerscourt Hotel in Wicklow. She had three dresses, a Ferrero Rocher pyramid, personalised shot glasses, singing waiters, Riverdance, Jo Malone candles on every table and Newbridge Silver wedding favours for every guest. She doesn't do things by halves!

Honourable mentions: Pippa Middleton and James Matthews; Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian

Irish celeb of the year: Saoirse Ronan

She's an early contender for a Best Actress Oscar for her role in the acclaimed Greta Gerwig film Lady Bird (if nominated it will be her third time). Ryan Gosling has described her as "Meryl Streep reborn", she was rumoured to be dating Hozier, and she hosted Saturday Night Live. It's been a pretty good year for our girl.

Honourable mentions: Pippa O'Connor for her ever-expanding empire, Vogue Williams for a book, a TV show and a celebrity romance this year

Suzanne Jackson weds Dylan O’Connor
Suzanne Jackson weds Dylan O’Connor

Hashtag of the year: #BeMoreMartyn

Martyn Hett was one of the victims killed in a terrorist attack while attending the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester earlier this year. Martyn became one of the faces of the atrocity, after his friends and family encouraged people to #BeMoreMartyn in memory of his humour and love for life. Hett's celebrity faves Mariah Carey, Michelle McManus and stars of Coronation Street paid tribute to him and he even inspired a stage show.

Honourable mentions: #Covfefe in honour of Donald Trump's infamous typo; #VinB in honour of the TV3 legend who bid farewell to late-night politics

TV moment of the year: The BBC interview gatecrashers

Remember Professor Robert Kelly's children? They're the adorable little girl in the yellow jumper and glasses and her baby brother on wheels, who burst into the room as Kelly was conducting a very serious interview about South Korea with BBC News. They immediately went viral back in March and for a couple of weeks reluctantly became the most famous family on earth. It will certainly be a while before Kelly forgets to lock his office door again.

2017 has been Saoirse Ronan’s year
2017 has been Saoirse Ronan’s year

Honourable mentions: The Dessie swim, the killer whale cam on Blue Planet II

WTF moment of the year: Leo Varadkar versus LCD Soundsystem

Who knew the Taoiseach and hipster favourite band LCD Soundsystem would get into a feud following a gig in the Olympia Theatre, but here we are! The jibes began with Leo and some Fine Gael pals getting to go backstage where they were photographed with the band. Guitarist Al Doyle tried to regain some cool cred by saying he had worn some Repeal the Eighth merch in front of the Taoiseach and branded him a "tosser". Ouch.

Honourable mention: Ed Sheeran's questionable Ireland-centric lyrics in 'Galway Girl'

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