Monday, 27 February 2017

"And the Academy Award goes to..."

Last night saw the 89th Annual Academy Awards ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, with Barry Jenkins' coming of age drama Moonlight taking home the top prize of Best Picture. But in perhaps the most extraordinary end to any Oscars in living memory, it very nearly didn't. In an apparent envelope mix-up, the presenters of the award, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, initially read out La La Land, somehow having been given the envelope for Best Actress (which went to Emma Stone).

The La La Land team promptly took to the stage, supposedly victorious, and had already begun making their speeches when Academy producers suddenly interrupted and demanded to see the winning envelopes. When the error became clear, La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz announced to gasps: "This is not a joke. Moonlight won Best Picture".

It was a stunning end to a ceremony which up until that point had gone more or less without a hitch. Damien Chazelle's musical ultimately won six awards, not quite sweeping its record equalling 14 nominations but still the biggest winner overall, taking top categories like Best Director and Best Actress.

Elsewhere, Moonlight also won Best Adapted Screenplay, Casey Affleck kept Denzel Washington at bay to win Best Actor, and Viola Davis took Best Supporting Actress in an emotional speech. There was also something of a political edge to the evening, with many winners and presenters choosing to use their platform to speak out against recent immigration laws in the US – the director of the Best Foreign Language Film, Asgar Farhardi, chose not to attend in a political protest.

In the end though, it was ultimately overshadowed by the Best Picture fiasco, which saw the unbelievable sight of Academy Award winners handing over the Oscars they thought they had won to the actual winners. Not to mention the sight of a visibly shaken Warren Beatty attempt to explain to the audience what the hell had just happened.

Hats off though to La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz, who stepped in and broke the news, declaring "There's a mistake. Moonlight, you guys won Best Picture. This is not a joke, come up here."

Accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, who are responsible for safeguarding both the ballots and the winners' envelopes, officially took responsibility, issuing the following statement: "We sincerely apologize to Moonlight, La La Land, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture. The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred. We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation."

The teams behind La La Land and Moonlight will be forced to enjoy arguably the strangest, most bittersweet celebrations in Academy Awards history, and Hollywood will have to collectively attempt to pick its jaw up from the floor.

The full list of nominees and winners are below.

Best Picture
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell Or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Manchester By The Sea

Best Director
La La Land - Damien Chazelle
Arrival - Denis Villeneuve
Hacksaw Ridge - Mel Gibson
Manchester By The Sea - Kenneth Lonergan
Moonlight - Barry Jenkins

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

Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis - Fences
Naomie Harris - Moonlight
Nicole Kidman - Lion
Octavia Spencer - Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams - Manchester By The Sea

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 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 Animated Feature
Kubo And The Two Strings
My Life As A Zucchini
The Red Turtle

Best Cinematography
La La Land

Best Costume Design
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
La La Land

Best Documentary
O.J.: Made In America
Fire At Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life, Animated

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

Best Film Editing
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell Or High Water
La La Land

Best Foreign Language Film
The Salesman
Land Of Mine
A Man Called Ove
Toni Erdmann

Best Makeup And Hair
Suicide Squad
A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Best Original Score
La La Land - Justin Hurwitz
Jackie - Mica Levi
Lion - Dustin O'Halloran And Hauschka
Moonlight - Nicholas Britell
Passengers - Thomas Newman

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

Best Production Design
La La Land
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
Hail, Caesar!

Best Animated Short Film
Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider And Cigarettes

Best Live Action Short
Ennemis Intérieurs
La Femme Et Le Tgv
Silent Nights

Best Sound Editing
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land

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

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

Best Adapted Screenplay
Hidden Figures

Best Original Screenplay
Manchester By The Sea
Hell Or High Water
La La Land
The Lobster
20th Century Women

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