A look back at the main cultural events of 2017

From the birth of the #MeToo movement after the Harvey Weinstein scandal to the sale of the world’s most expensive painting and a Louvre opening in Abu Dhabi, 2017 has been full of significant cultural events. FRANCE 24 takes a look back at nine photos that capture the year's cultural turning points.

‘La La Land’ ties with ‘Titanic’ for most Oscar nominations ever

January 24, 2017: Damien Chazelle’s hit romantic musical “La La Land” quickly becomes the critics’ darling, garnering a total of 14 Oscar nominations. Starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, the musical tribute to Hollywood walked away with six Oscars but is not awarded Best Picture.

Turkish photojournalist Burhan Özbilici captures ambassador’s assassination

February 13, 2017: Photojournalist Burhan Özbilici wins the 2017 World Press Photo competition for his chilling image of a gun-wielding off-duty police officer just moments after he fatally shot Russia’s ambassador to Ankara, Andrei Karlov, on December 19, 2016.

Sir Roger Moore dies at 89

May 23, 2017: Sir Roger Moore, star of no less than seven James Bond films, dies at the age of 89 after a short battle with cancer. Initially rejected for the 007 role because he was considered too handsome, the Brit lands the job to play the world’s favourite spy after Sean Connery passes on the baton. Moore began his Bond career with “Live and Let Die” in 1973 and ended it with “A View to a Kill” in 1985.

Cutting satire ‘The Square’ wins Palme d’Or

May 28, 2017: Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s feature film “The Square” wins the prestigious Palme d’Or in Cannes. Described by critics as both hysterical and uncomfortable, the film takes aim at the Scandinavian contemporary art world in a cutting satire revealing a dysfunctional society made hollow by individualism and indifference.

British writer Kazuo Ishiguro wins the Nobel Prize for Literature

October 5, 2017: Japanese-born British author and novelist Kazuo Ishiguro wins the Nobel Prize for Literature. The Swedish Academy cited his “novels of great emotional force”.

The Harvey Weinstein scandal

October 5, 2017: An article published in the New York Times accuses Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexually harassing women in the film industry for decades. In the weeks that followed, actress after actress stepped forward alleging they, too, have been victimised by the Miramax co-founder. The scandal grows into a global protest against sexual harassment, sparking the #metoo campaign in English and #balancetonporc (Squeal on your pig) in French.

The Louvre in Abu Dhabi opens

November 8, 2017: The Louvre in Abu Dhabi, or “the Arab world’s first universal museum”, opens its doors, presenting more than 500 ancient and contemporary works of art. The “future museum”, created by French star architect Jena Nouvel, is said to offer an unprecedented dialogue between civilisations.

Da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ becomes most expensive painting in the world

November 16, 2017: “Salvator Mundi” (Saviour of the World) becomes the most expensive piece of art in the world after being sold at a Christie’s auction in New York for the astronomical sum of $450.3 million. The painting sold for just £45 at an auction in 1958, as experts believed it had not been painted by Leonardo da Vinci himself but by one of his protégés. It was long presumed to have been lost but was rediscovered in 2005 after experts removed heavy amateur retouches that had been painted over it.

France loses its biggest star, Johnny Hallyday

December 6, 2017: Jean-Philippe Smet, better known by his stage name Johnny Hallyday, dies at 74 after a near year-long battle with lung cancer. Hundreds of thousands of fans from across France gathered in Paris for a lavish ceremony where they bid farewell to a star that was often referred to as “the French Elvis Presley”. Hallyday is buried on the Caribbean island of St. Barts.

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ scores second-highest box office opening ever

December 13, 2017: The long-awaited Episode VIII of the “Star Wars” saga opens in France. In the United States it garnered more than $220 million over three days, scoring the second-highest box office opening ever, trailing only its predecessor, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”.