Oscars 2017: ‘Moonlight’ wins Best Picture

It was a night of chaos at the Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles where the 89th academy awards were presented when the presenters of the most prestigious award of the night, ‘the best picture’ award , Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway made an error and announced ‘La La Land’ as the winners. Just when the crew and cast of ‘La LA Land kwere celebrating on the stage, the presenters realised their mistake and announced that the real winner was ‘Moonlight’, leading to much confusion among the audience.

This 2017 academy awards had a few surprises in its pocket. From the youngest director to win an Oscar to the first Muslim actor to win the award, the academy awards saw it all.

‘La La Land’ bagged six trophies, but ‘Moonlight’ defeated the musical flick in the run for ‘ Best film.’

Other than that, Emma Stones, won the ‘Best Actress’ trophy and Damien Chazelle became the ‘Best Director’ for ‘La La Land.’ Casey Affleck won the award of ‘Best Actor’ for ‘Manchester by the Sea,’ which also won an award in the ‘Original Screenplay’ category. Viola Davis also completes ‘triple crown of acting’ by winning an Oscar in the ‘Best Supporting Actress’ category for ‘Fences.’

The awards were handed out in 24 categories, most of which had five nominees. The two exceptions are the Best Picture category that has nine nominees this year, and Makeup and Hairstyling, which has three nominees.

The list of winners is below:.

Actor in a Supporting Role

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight (Winner), Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water, Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea, Dev Patel, Lion and Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals.

 Makeup and Hairstyling

A Man Called Ove, Eva von Bahr and Love Larson

Star Trek Beyond, Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo

Suicide Squad, Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini, and Christopher Nelson (Winner).

 Costume Design

Allied, Joanna Johnston

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Colleen Atwood (WINNER)

Florence Foster Jenkins, Consolata Boyle

Jackie, Madeline Fontaine

La La Land, Mary Zophres

Documentary Feature

Fire at Sea

I Am Not Your Negro

Life, Animated

O.J.: Made in America (WINNER)


Sound Editing

Arrival, Sylvain Bellemare (WINNER)

Deepwater Horizon, Wylie Stateman and Renée Tondelli

Hacksaw Ridge, Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright

La La Land, Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan

Sully, Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

Sound Mixing

Arrival, Bernard Gariépy Strobl and Claude La Haye

Hacksaw Ridge, Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie, and Peter Grace (Winner)

La La Land, Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee, and Steve A Morrow, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio, and Stuart Wilson and 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, Greg P Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J Haboush, and Mac Ruth.

Actress in a Supporting Role

Viola Davis, Fences (Winner); Naomie Harris, Moonlight; Nicole Kidman, Lion; Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures and Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea.

Foreign Language Film

Land of Mine (Denmark), A Man Called Ove (Sweden),

The Salesman (Iran) (Winner), Tanna (Australia) and

Toni Erdmann (Germany).

 Animated Short Film

Blind Vaysha, Borrowed Time, Pear Cider and Cigarettes

Pearl and Piper (Winner).

 Animated Feature Film

Kubo and the Two Strings, Moana, My Life as a Zucchini, The Red Turtle and Zootopia (Winner).

Production Design

Arrival, Patrice Vermette and Paul Hotte; Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Stuart Craig and Anna Pinnock; Hail, Caesar! , Jess Gonchor and Nancy Haigh; La La Land, Davis Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco (Winner) and Passengers, Guy Hendrix Dyas and Gene Serdena.

Visual Effects

Deepwater Horizon, Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Justin Billington, and Burt Dalton; Doctor Strange, Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli, and Paul Corbould; The Jungle Book, Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones, and Dan Lemmon (Winner); Kubo and the Two Strings, Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean, and Brad Schiff and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel, and Neil Corbould

Film Editing

Arrival, Joe Walker; Hacksaw Ridge, John Gilbert (Winner); Hell or High Water, Jake Roberts; La La Land, Tom Cross and Moonlight, Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon

 Documentary Short Subject

Extremis, 4.1 Miles, Joe’s Violin, Watani: My Homeland and

The White Helmets (Winner).

Live Action Short Film

Ennemis Intérieurs, La Femme et le TGV, Silent Nights, Sing (Winner) and Timecode.


Arrival, Bradford Young; La La Land, Linus Sandgren (Winner); Lion, Greig Fraser;  Moonlight, James Laxton and

Silence, Rodrigo Prieto.

 Original Score

Jackie, Mica Levi; La La Land, Justin Hurwitz (Winner); Lion, Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka; Moonlight, Nicholas Britell and Passengers, Thomas Newman.

Original Song

“Audition (The Fools who Dream),” La La Land, music by Justin Hurwitz, lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul; “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Trolls, music and lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin, and Karl Johan Schuster;  “City of Stars,” La La Land, music by Justin Hurwitz, lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Winner); “The Empty Chair,” Jim: The James Foley Story, music and lyric by J. Ralph and Sting and “How Far I’ll Go,” Moana, music and lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

 Original Screenplay

Hell or High Water, Taylor Sheridan; La La Land, Damien Chazelle; The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou; Manchester by the Sea, Kenneth Lonergan (Winner) and 20th Century Women, Mike Mills.

 Adapted Screenplay

Arrival, Eric Heisserer; Fences, August Wilson; Hidden Figures, Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi; Lion, Luke Davies and

Moonlight, Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney (Winner).


Denis Villeneuve, Arrival;

Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge;

Damien Chazelle, La La Land (Winner); Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea and Barry Jenkins, Moonlight.

Actor in a Leading Role

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea (Winner);Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge; Ryan Gosling, La La Land; Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic and Denzel Washington, Fences.

 Actress in a Leading Role

Isabelle Huppert, Elle; Ruth Negga, Loving; Natalie Portman, Jackie; Emma Stone, La La Land (Winner) and Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins.

Best Picture

Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water; Hidden Figures; La La Land;Lion, Manchester by the Sea and

Moonlight (Winner).

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