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"Moonlight" takes surprise win at the Oscars

Writer: Florey DM


Best Picture blunder caused confusion between the "La La Land" and "Moonlight"
cast and crew during the acceptance speech.

27 Feb – The 89th Academy Awards has recently wrapped up and below we have the full winners list!

Hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel, the awards ceremony was held at the famous Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, where once again the golden statuettes were handed out to the winners of each of the 24 categories being contended.

The prestigious movie event was also livened up with performances of all five songs nominated in the Best Song category.

Justin Timberlake opened the show with a rendition of his "Trolls" soundtrack "Can't Stop the Feeling", before handing the mic over to Kimmel, who delivered his opening monologue effortlessly.

Kimmel started with "Oh good, I got a sitting ovation," before taking a swing at Donald Trump – asking everyone to unite in face of the diversity his presidential decisions have caused to date – and, leading by example, proceed to "bury the hatchet" with his frenemy Matt Damon, making fun of the latter's decision to star in the box office dud "The Great Wall" instead of taking the lead role in Oscar-nominated "Manchester by the Sea".


Jimmy Kimmel also grills Oscar favourite Meryl Streep, applauding the "overrated" and
"mediocre" actress (Photo source: abc13).

Making a reference to last year's Oscars, which was deemed too 'white' a.k.a. racist, Kimmel also cheekily noted that this year's Oscars is more balanced, "Black people save NASA and white people save jazz."

The show went on with the awards presentation and more performances, including Grammy-winner Sting singing "The Empty Chair" from "Jim: The James Foley Story", "Moana" star Auli'i Cravalho performing the animated movie's "How Far I'll Go" with actor-composer Lin-Manuel Miranda and John Legend singing both nominated "La La Land" soundtracks, "Audition (The Fools Who Dream)" and "City of Stars".

With 14 nominations under its belt, musical film "La La Land" was expected to be the biggest winner of the night. However, despite winning in six of the categories – including making Damien Chazelle the youngest ever to win Best Director at the age of 32, "La La Land" ultimately lost the coveted Best Picture award to "Moonlight".


Leonardo DiCaprio looked on as Emma Stone received her Best Actress award
(Photo source: Kevin Winter | Getty Images).

However, the win for "Moonlight", the Barry Jenkins-directed movie which also won Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting actor for Mahershala Ali, was a surprise twist for the awards ceremony this year.

Everyone was already celebrating the win for "La La Land", announced as the Best Picture winner by presenters Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, when in the midst of the cast and crew's acceptance speech, a correction was made with "La La Land" producer Jordan Horowitz announced that "Moonlight" was the real winner.

Beatty later explained that the card in the envelope that he received said 'Emma Stone, "La La Land"', which was why he hesitated to announce the winner at first. Viewers who were watching the show live would have noticed his moment of hesitation and might have mistaken it as him building up the suspenseful moment before announcing the winner.

Kimmel wrapped up the Oscars nicely as he stepped up to the mic to apologise for the blunder, absorbing the blame himself and joked, "Don't worry, I will not be back next year."

The 89th Academy Awards full winners list is as follows:
(Winners indicated in bold)

Best Picture
"Arrival"
"Fences"
"Hacksaw Ridge"
"Hell or High Water"
"Hidden Figures"
"La La Land"
"Lion"
"Manchester by the Sea"
"Moonlight"

Best Director
Denis Villeneuve, "Arrival"
Mel Gibson, "Hacksaw Ridge"
Damien Chazelle, "La La Land"
Kenneth Lonergan, "Manchester by the Sea"
Barry Jenkins, "Moonlight"

Best Actor
Casey Affleck, "Manchester by the Sea"
Andrew Garfield, "Hacksaw Ridge"
Ryan Gosling, "La La Land"
Viggo Mortensen, "Captain Fantastic"
Denzel Washington, "Fences"

Best Actress
Isabelle Huppert, "Elle"
Ruth Negga, "Loving"
Natalie Portman, "Jackie"
Emma Stone, "La La Land"
Meryl Streep, "Florence Foster Jenkins"

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali, "Moonlight"
Jeff Bridges, "Hell or High Water"
Lucas Hedges, "Manchester by the Sea"
Dev Patel, "Lion"
Michael Shannon, "Nocturnal Animals"

Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis, "Fences"
Naomie Harris, "Moonlight"
Nicole Kidman, "Lion"
Octavia Spencer, "Hidden Figures"
Michelle Williams, "Manchester by the Sea"

Best Original Screenplay
"Hell or High Water"
"La La Land"
"The Lobster"
"Manchester by the Sea"
"20th Century Women"

Best Adapted Screenplay
"Arrival"
"Fences"
"Hidden Figures"
"Lion"
"Moonlight"

Best Cinematography
"Arrival"
"La La Land"
"Lion"
"Moonlight"
"Silence"

Best Film Editing
"Arrival"
"Hacksaw Ridge"
"Hell or High Water"
"La La Land"
"Moonlight"

Best Visual Effects
"Deepwater Horizon"
"Doctor Strange"
"The Jungle Book"
"Kubo and the Two Strings"
"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"

Best Production Design
"Arrival"
"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"
"Hail, Caesar!"
"La La Land"
"Passengers"

Best Costume Design
"Allied"
"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"
"Florence Foster Jenkins"
"Jackie"
"La La Land"

Best Makeup & Hairstyling
"A Man Called Ove"
"Star Trek Beyond"
"Suicide Squad"

Best Original Score
"Jackie"
"La La Land"
"Lion"
"Moonlight"
"Passengers"

Best Original Song
"Audition (The Fools Who Dream)," "La La Land"
"Can't Stop the Feeling," "Trolls"
"City of Stars," "La La Land"
"The Empty Chair," "Jim: The James Foley Story"
"How Far I'll Go," "Moana"

Best Sound Editing
"Arrival"
"Deepwater Horizon"
"Hacksaw Ridge"
"La La Land"
"Sully"

Best Sound Mixing
"Arrival"
"Hacksaw Ridge"
"La La Land"
"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"
"13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi"

Best Animated Feature
"Kubo and the Two Strings"
"Moana"
"My Life as a Zucchini"
"The Red Turtle"
"Zootopia"

Best Documentary (Feature)
"Fire at Sea"
"I Am Not Your Negro"
"Life, Animated"
"O.J.: Made in America"
"13th"

Best Foreign Language Film
"Land of Mine"
"A Man Called Ove"
"The Salesman"
"Tanna"
"Toni Erdmann"

Best Documentary Short Subject
"Extremis"
"4.1 Miles"
"Joe's Violin"
"Watani: My Homeland"
"The White Helmets"

Best Live Action Short
"Ennemis Entreniers"
"La Femme et le TGV"
"Silent Nights"
"Sing"
"Timecode"

Best Animated Short
"Blind Vaysha"
"Borrowed Time"
"Pear Cider and Cigarettes"
"Pearl"
"Piper"

 

Cinema Online, 27 February 2017


Related Movies:
Arrival (12 Jan 2017)
Captain Fantastic (14 Jul 2016)
Deepwater Horizon (29 Sep 2016)
La La Land (08 Dec 2016)
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (17 Nov 2016)
Hacksaw Ridge (19 Jan 2017)
Hidden Figures (23 Feb 2017)
Kubo And The Two Strings (08 Sep 2016)
Moana (24 Nov 2016)
Passengers (22 Dec 2016)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (15 Dec 2016)
Sully (08 Sep 2016)
The Jungle Book (07 Apr 2016)
Zootopia (25 Feb 2016)

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