Written on 27th February 2017

The Oscars 2017; Moonlight wins Best Picture post mix-up

Considering the current status of affairs in Europe and as well as in the U.S., everyone expected this years’ ceremony of the Oscars to have a very political tone to it. None, however, could have predicted what happened yesterday.

The momentous occasion was slightly disrupted due to the unfortunate ‘miscommunication’ resulting in the wrong picture being announced as winner of the Best Motion Picture category. ‘Oopsy’ does not quite cover it. It appears Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were given the envelope of previous Oscar winner Emma Stone, leading Faye to announce La La Land as the winner. Midway in through their thank you speeches the mistake was announced and Moonlight being announced as the official winner as Best Picture.

Thankfully the remainder of the ceremony was flawless. Damien Chazelle, is now officially the youngest director to ever win an Oscar, at the age of 32 with La La Land. This hugely anticipated film won another five awards including: Best Actress, Best Original Score, Best Original Song (City of stars), Best Production Design and Best Cinematography.

Host Jimmy Kimmel, certainly past the test as first timer; his highly political and entertaining opening speech was met with praise, plus, he somehow managed to maintain his composure during the Moonlight/La La Land fiasco, which is commendable in itself.

Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight certainly was the other big winner of the evening further to its seven more Oscar nominations the film won Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali) and Best Adapted Screenplay awards in addition to the best picture.

Please find a full list of the winners below:

Best supporting actress

WINNER: Viola Davis (Fences)

Best supporting actor

WINNER: Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)

Best actress

WINNER: Emma Stone (La La Land)

Best actor

WINNER: Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)

Best picture

WINNER: Moonlight

Best director

WINNER: Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

Best makeup and hairstyling

WINNER: Suicide Squad

Best costume design

WINNER: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Best documentary

WINNER: OJ: Made in America

Best sound editing

WINNER: Arrival

Best sound mixing

WINNER: Hacksaw Ridge

Best foreign language film

WINNER: The Salesman

Best animated short


Best animated feature

WINNER: Zootopia

Best production design

WINNER: La La Land

Best visual effects

WINNER: The Jungle Book

Best film editing

WINNER: Hacksaw Ridge

Best documentary short

WINNER: The White Helmets

Best live-action short


Best cinematography

WINNER: La La Land

Best score

WINNER: La La Land

Best song

WINNER: City of Stars (La La Land)

Best original screenplay

WINNER: Manchester by the Sea

Best adapted screenplay

WINNER: Moonlight

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