Winners // 89th ACADEMY AWARDS



Thanks to surprise winners and a shocking end, the 89th Academy Awards were a triumph for live television, culminating in a moment that will be talked about for years to come.


La La Land went into the evening as the frontrunner, having been nominated for a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations, putting in the ranks of classics like Titanic and All About Eve, without yet winning any awards. Damien Chazelle's musical was also coming off of an impressive awards season run, where it picked up important precursors like the BAFTA and a number of guild awards.


The evening began with a high powered performance of Justin Timberlake's Oscar-nominated "Can't Stop the Feeling" from Trolls and the energy was kept throughout most of the night. Host Jimmy Kimmel moved things along without getting too political (though Trump drinking games led to me downing more than a couple glasses of champagne). A few reoccurring bits were hits, as well, with the candy parachutes an instant favorite.


Most of the winners were expected, with frontrunners like Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Emma Stone (La La Land), Viola Davis (Fences), and Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea) picking up acting honors. Kevin O'Connell, who holds the record for the individual with the most nominations and never a win, finally took home a statue for Sound Mixing for Hacksaw Ridge. Chazelle became the youngest person in Oscar history to win Best Director.


But, the undisputed biggest moment of the night came when Hollywood legends Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced La La Land as the Best Picture. In the middle of acceptance speeches and applause, it was uncovered that the wrong envelope had been given to Beatty and Moonlight was the actual Best Picture winner.


It was an unexpected blunder that still feels icky the next day. Moonlight's win was just as deserving as La La Land and both teams were respectful of each other, with one group having to drop their celebration to honor another in front of the world. With Beatty and Kimmel trying to save face, Barry Jenkins and the rest of the Moonlight team took the stage and paid homage to the great honor and the shocking way it all went down.


The 89th Academy Awards took place at the Dolby Theatre.


Complete list of winners:


BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR

MOONLIGHT

Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski


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 ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Mahershala Ali

MOONLIGHT


BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Viola Davis

FENCES


BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

ZOOTOPIA

Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Clark Spencer


BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

THE SALESMAN

(Iran)


BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA

Ezra Edelman, Caroline Waterlow


BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

Kenneth Lonergan


BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

MOONLIGHT

Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McCraney


BEST ORIGINAL SONG

"City of Stars"

LA LA LAND

Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul


BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

LA LA LAND

Justin Hurwitz


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

LA LA LAND

Linus Sandgren


BEST FILM EDITING

HACKSAW RIDGE

John Gilbert


BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

THE JUNGLE BOOK

Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones, Dan Lemmon


BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

LA LA LAND

David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco


BEST COSTUME DESIGN

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

Colleen Atwood


BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

SUICIDE SQUAD

Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini, Christopher Allen Nelson


BEST SOUND MIXING

HACKSAW RIDGE

Kevin O'Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie, Peter Grace


BEST SOUND EDITING

ARRIVAL

Sylvain Bellemare


BEST SHORT FILM, LIVE ACTION

SING

Kristof Deak, Anna Udvardy


BEST SHORT FILM, ANIMATED

PIPER

Alan Barillaro, March Sondheimer


BEST DOCUMENTARY, SHORT SUBJECT

THE WHITE HELMETS

Orlando von Einsiedel, Joana Natasegara

© 2018 by Scottie Knollin.

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