Well, that was certainly the weirdest Oscars ever.
In what might be the craziest upset since the Patriots came back and won Super Bowl LI in an overtime thriller, universal favorite La La Land was announced the Best Picture Winner by a perplexed Warren Beatty and a calm Faye Dunaway. Once the cast and crew of that film took the stage, the accountants from PricewaterhouseCoopers ran out and told the producers of La La Land that they’d actually lost the award to underdog and indie favorite Moonlight. All involved were extremely classy, and Beatty offered up a pretty solid explanation for the flub — he was given the wrong envelope, one actually for the Best Actress award.
And everybody in the world lost their minds.
Five of your 10 friends made a joke about how they wished the election had gone this way. Three of your 10 friends celebrated Moonlight’s win as a victory for all Americans, especially for those previously underrepresented in Hollywood. One friend claimed it was all fix done by the prank-happy host, Jimmy Kimmel. A final friend claimed that she was happy Moonlight won, but felt terrible for the La La Land people. But all agreed that this was probably the best outcome for the night, aside from the people from the La La Land cast and crew on stage. But, even then, history may be kinder to them than if they’d won Best Picture. Pray that’s the last time that ever happens. Could you imagine what it’d be like if someone lost in the acting category like that?
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Up until that point, it was one of the most boring Oscars televised.
Kimmel, to put it lightly, ranged from mediocre to downright offensive (The Lion King gag he did involving poor Sunny Pawar from Lion was particularly tasteless), and a long diversion involving a tour bus group coming through the Oscar ceremony provided the night’s best meme (a still of Ryan Gosling whispering to one of the women in the group found itself captioned with everything), sweetest moment (Denzel “marrying” a couple in the group) and most cringe-worthy moments (everytime Kimmel re-named a person in the group). The political comedy was half-baked, emphasising “unity” in the face of an administration with such crazy immigration policies that the Iranian filmmaker who won the Best Foreign Film award, Asghar Farhadi (The Salesman), wasn’t even allowed to attend. Kimmel was tactless enough to pull in gimmicks from his show, like his “Mean Tweets” segment, and it’s a pretty decent bet that he won’t be hosting next year.
Favorites dominated the three hours of the show. La La Land’s Damien Chazelle won Best Director making this the fourth time since 2010 that the category split. The acting prizes went to the Vegas favorite each time, with well-deserved awards going to Viola Davis (Fences), Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), and Emma Stone (La La Land).
Ali is particularly notable for his win, given that he’s the first Muslim actor to ever win an acting award at the Oscars. Kenneth Lonergan received Best Original Screenplay for his work on the Massachusetts-set Manchester by the Sea, while Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney won for Moonlight’s adapted screenplay.
La La Land won Best Cinematography, Production Design, Score, and Original Song (“City of Stars”), and Kevin O’Connell, nominated 20 times previously, finally won for his work sound mixing Hacksaw Ridge. Disney’s Zootopia took home Best Animated Feature, while Pixar’s Piper won the Best Animated Short award. To the chagrin of Film Twitter, the much maligned Suicide Squad won for best make-up.
All in all, it was a pretty ridiculous night that left a lot for us to process. We can say this, however. It is wonderful to live in a world where a film as true and heartfelt as Moonlight can take home the biggest prize of them all. Our top filmmaking prize has gone to the small-yet-operatic story of a queer black man’s coming of age. The Academy made the right choice, and we’re super happy these Oscars didn’t disappoint.
Here’s the full list of winners and nominees:
BEST PICTURE Arrival Fences Hacksaw Ridge Hell or High Water Hidden Figures La La Land Lion Manchester by the Sea Moonlight (WINNER)
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea (WINNER)
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Emma Stone, La La Land (WINNER)
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins
Denis Villeneuve, Arrival
Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
Damien Chazelle, La La Land (WINNER)
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight (WINNER)
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel, Lion
Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals
Viola Davis, Fences (WINNER)
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea
ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS Deepwater Horizon Doctor Strange The Jungle Book (WINNER) Kubo and the Two Strings Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING Arrival Hacksaw Ridge (WINNER) Hell or High Water La La Land Moonlight
ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN Arrival Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Hail, Caesar! La La Land (WINNER) Passengers
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Arrival, Eric Heisserer Fences, August Wilson Hidden Figures, Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi Lion, Luke Davies Moonlight, Barry Jenkins, story by Tarell Alvin McCraney (WINNER)
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Hell or High Water, Taylor Sheridan La La Land, Damien Chazelle The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou Manchester by the Sea, Kenneth Lonergan (WINNER) 20th Century Women, Mike Mills
ORIGINAL SCORE Jackie, Mica Levi La La Land, Justin Hurwitz (WINNER) Lion, Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka Moonlight, Nicholas Britell Passengers, Thomas Newman
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Land of Mine (Denmark) A Man Called Ove (Sweden) The Salesman (Iran) (WINNER) Tanna (Australia) Toni Erdmann (Germany)
BEST ORIGINAL SONG “Audition (The Fools Who Dream),” La La Land “Can’t Stop The Feeling,” Trolls “City of Stars,” La La Land (WINNER) “How Far I’ll Go,” Moana “The Empty Chair,” Jim: The James Foley Story
ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY Arrival La La Land (WINNER) Moonlight Silence Lion
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE Fire at Sea I Am Not Your Negro Life, Animated O.J.: Made in America (WINNER) 13th
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT Extremis 4.1 Miles Joe’s Violin Watani: My Homeland The White Helmets (WINNER)
ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN Allied Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (WINNER) Florence Foster Jenkins Jackie La La Land
ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING Arrival (WINNER) Deepwater Horizon Hacksaw Ridge La La Land Sully
ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING Arrival Hacksaw Ridge (WINNER) La La Land Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING A Man Called Ove Star Trek Beyond Suicide Squad (WINNER)
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM Ennemis Intérieurs La Femme et le TGV Silent Nights Sing (WINNER) Timecode
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM Blind Vaysha Borrowed Time Pear Cider and Cigarettes Pearl Piper (WINNER)
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM Kubo and the Two Strings Moana My Life as a Zucchini The Red Turtle Zootopia (WINNER)