For the first time in the history of the Academy Awards the wrong Best Picture winner was called, La La Land instead of Moonlight. More on what the hell happened and the full list of winners below.
Apparently those envelopes, well there’s at least two of each and someone gave the Best Actress in a Leading Role envelope to Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway instead of the Best Picture one. They opened an envelope that read “Emma Stone – La La Land“. Of course you’d think one of them would have noticed something was off (you could even see live on tv the opened envelope read Best Actress in a Leading Role), but really the fault lies solely on the one that handed them the envelope. I mean you’d think they’d look before handing one of those away, right? What if someone read the Best Picture winner at the start of the ceremony? In the end the La La Land producers (who were already on stage giving their acceptance speech) handled it very graciously. Someone is definitely losing their job over this.
By the end of the night Moonlight took home 3 Oscars, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Mahershala Ali, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture. For a few minutes La La Land had 7 Oscars, but in the end had to settle for 6 (despite being nominated 14 times). Those were Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for Emma Stone (her first win), Best Achievement in Directing for Damien Chazelle, Best Original Score, Best Original Song (“City of Stars“) and Best Achievement in Production Design.
Hacksaw Ridge and Manchester by the Sea were the only other movies that won more than one Oscar. Hacksaw Ridge got Best Achievement in Film Editing and Best Achievement in Sound Mixing while Manchester by the Sea received Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor in a Leading Role for Casey Affleck, this being the actor’s first Oscar. Viola Davis also won her very first Oscar for Fences and last night Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them became the first entry in the Harry Potter franchise to win an Oscar (yes, I know), Best Achievement in Costume Design. Arrival was sadly only awarded Best Achievement in Sound Editing, Zootopia won Best Animated Feature, The Jungle Book received Best Visual Effects and Suicide Squad snagged Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling. Lion, Hell or High Water and Hidden Figures left empty-handed.
Here’s the full list of winners:
Best Picture: Moonlight
Best Director: Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Emma Stone – La La Land
Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis – Fences
Best Original Screenplay: Manchester by the Sea (Kenneth Lonergan)
Best Adapted Screenplay: Moonlight (Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McCraney)
Best Film Editing: Hacksaw Ridge
Best Foreign Language Film: The Salesman – Iran
Best Animated Feature: Zootopia
Best Cinematography: La La Land
Best Production Design: La La Land
Best Visual Effects: The Jungle Book
Best Make-Up and Hairstyling: Suicide Squad
Best Sound Mixing: Hacksaw Ridge
Best Sound Editing: Arrival
Best Costume Design: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Best Original Score: La La Land (Justin Hurwitz)
Best Original Song: La La Land – “City of Stars”
Best Documentary Feature: O.J.: Made in America
Best Documentary Short: The White Helmets
Best Live-Action Short: Sing
Best Animated Short: Piper