Sunday, February 26, 2017

"Moonlight" Upsets "La La Land" To Win Best Picture Oscar

I predicted that the winner of the Best Director Oscar will not be the winner of the Best Picture Oscar and that is exactly what happened Sunday night at the 89th Academy Awards ceremony of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on February 26, 2017.
Barry Jenkins' low budget drama Moonlight beat the highly favoured La La Land of Damien Chazelle to win the most coveted Oscar for Best Picture and Chazelle won the Oscar for Best Director.

"Moonlight" also won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Mahershala Ali and Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar.

Viola Davis won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her outstanding portrayal of "Rose Lee Maxson" in Denzel Washington's Fences.
Davis already won the Golden Globe, SAG Award, BAFTA, and Critics Choice Award, making her the first African-American actress and the first woman of color to win five SAG Awards and the first black woman in history to be nominated for three Academy Awards.

The 89th Academy Awards ceremony was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel for the first time.

The Complete List of Winners:

Best Picture
"Hacksaw Ridge"
"Hell or High Water"
"Hidden Figures"
La La Land
"Manchester by the Sea"
"Moonlight" -- WINNER

Best actor in a supporting role
Mahershala Ali – "Moonlight" -- WINNER
Jeff Bridges - "Hell or High Water"
Lucas Hedges – "Manchester by the Sea"
Dev Patel - "Lion"
Michael Shannon - "Nocturnal Animals"

Best makeup and hairstyling
"A Man Called Ove"
"Star Trek Beyond"
"Suicide Squad" -- WINNER

Best Costume Design
"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" -- WINNER
"Florence Foster Jenkins"
"La La Land"

Best Documentary Feature
"Fire at Sea"
"I Am Not Your Negro"
"Life Animated"
"O.J.: Made in America" -- WINNER

Best Sound Editing
"Arrival" -- WINNER
"Deepwater Horizon"
"Hacksaw Ridge"
"La La Land"

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

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Viola Davis — "Fences" -- WINNER
Naomie Harris — "Moonlight"
Nicole Kidman — "Lion"
Octavia Spencer — "Hidden Figures"
Michelle Williams — "Manchester by the Sea"

Best Foreign Language Film
"Land of Mine" (Denmark)
"A Man Called Ove" (Sweden)
"The Salesman" (Iran) -- WINNER
"Tanna" (Australia)
"Toni Erdmann" (Germany)

Best Animated Short Film
"Blind Vaysha"
"Borrowed Time"
"Pear Cider and Cigarettes"
"Piper" -- WINNER

Best Animated Feature Film
"Kubo and the Two Strings"
"My Life as a Zucchini"
"The Red Turtle"
"Zootopia" -- WINNER

Best Production Design
"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"
"Hail, Caesar!"
"La La Land" -- WINNER

Best Visual Effects
"Deepwater Horizon"
"Doctor Strange"
"The Jungle Book" -- WINNER
"Kubo and the Two Strings"
"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"

Best Film Editing
"Hacksaw Ridge" -- WINNER
"La La Land"
"Hell or High Water"

Best Live Action Short Film
"Ennemis Intérieurs"
"La Femme et le TGV"
"Silent Nights"
"Sing" -- WINNER

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

Best Cinematography
"La La Land" -- WINNER

Best Original Score
"La La Land" -- WINNER

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

Best Original Screenplay
"Hell or High Water"
"La La Land"
"The Lobster"
"Manchester by the Sea" -- WINNER
"20th Century Women"

Best Adapted Screenplay
"Hidden Figures"
"Moonlight" -- WINNER

Best Directing
Damien Chazelle — "La La Land" -- WINNER
Mel Gibson — "Hacksaw Ridge"
Barry Jenkins — "Moonlight"
Kenneth Lonergan — "Manchester by the Sea"
Denis Villeneuve — "Arrival"

Best Lead Actor
Casey Affleck — "Manchester by the Sea" -- WINNER
Andrew Garfield — "Hacksaw Ridge"
Ryan Gosling — "La La Land"
Viggo Mortensen — "Captain Fantastic"
Denzel Washington — "Fences"

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

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