2017 Academy Awards: The Recap

Things you don’t hear very often: “What a wild and crazy Oscars ceremony!”

Last night’s Academy Awards ceremony honored the best in film with the usual splashy, over-long and spectacular live televised event. All the glitz, glamor and gaffes you could ask for.

There were some very well-deserved and expected wins – like Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) and Viola Davis (Fences) winning in the supporting categories, Damien Chazelle becoming the youngest ever best director winner (La La Land), Emma Stone winning for lead actress and La La Land taking home the awards in the music categories.


There were also some upsets – like Casey Affleck winning for lead actor, despite sexual harassment controversies circling his name (for the record, I do think he did phenomenal work in Manchester By The Sea), the fact that we now have “Academy Award Winner: Suicide Squad” etched into our collective pop culture history…

Jimmy Kimmel did a fine job as host, despite some bad jokes about pronouncing people’s names, including excellent jabs at his nemesis Matt Damon and our new everyman superstar, Gary from the Tour Bus.

The biggest “moment” of the night went to one of the biggest gaffes in Oscars history –  La La Land was announced as best picture (by Faye Dunaway, not Warren Beatty #TeamBeatty), when in fact, Moonlight was the winner. It’s the Steve Harvey moment of 2017. What an unfortunate thing to happen to the La La Land team. Kudos to producer Jordan Horowitz for gracefully acknowledging that Moonlight was the rightful winner.


It’s regretful that such a fine film, one of the best I’ve ever seen, had its moment overshadowed by this Oscar gaffe. I’ve been raving about Moonlight since last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. There was no other film more deserving of the award. It is a brave, intimate, vital and vulnerable film about characters that are marginalized and not often represented on film.

“Very clearly, even in my dreams this could not be true, but to hell with dreams, I’m done with it, cause this is true. Oh my goodness.” – Moonlight director Barry Jenkins


Here’s the full list of winners:

Best supporting actor

WINNER: Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)
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
WINNER: Suicide Squad

Best costume design

WINNER: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
La La Land


Best documentary

Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life, Animated
WINNER: OJ: Made in America

Best sound editing

WINNER: Arrival
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land


Best sound mixing

WINNER: Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours

Best supporting actress

WINNER: Viola Davis (Fences)
Naomie Harris (Moonlight)
Nicole Kidman (Lion)
Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)
Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)


Best foreign language film

Land of Mine
A Man Called Ove
WINNER: The Salesman
Toni Erdmann


Best animated short

Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes


Best animated feature

Kubo and the Two Strings
My Life As a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
WINNER: Zootopia


Best production design

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hail, Caesar!
WINNER: La La Land


Best visual effects

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

Best film editing

WINNER: Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land

Best documentary short

4.1 Miles
Joe’s Violin
Watani: My Homeland
WINNER: The White Helmets

Best live-action short

Ennemis Interieurs
La Femme et le TGV
Silent Nights

Best cinematography

WINNER: La La Land


Best score

WINNER: La La Land


Best song

Audition (La La Land)
Can’t Stop the Feeling! (Trolls)
WINNER: City of Stars (La La Land)
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
WINNER: Manchester by the Sea
20th Century Women


Best adapted screenplay

Hidden Figures
WINNER: Moonlight


Best director

Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)
Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)
WINNER: Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)


Best actor

WINNER: Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)
Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)
Denzel Washington (Fences)


Best actress

Isabelle Huppert (Elle)
Ruth Negga (Loving)
WINNER: Emma Stone (La La Land)
Natalie Portman (Jackie)
Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)


Best picture

Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
WINNER: La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
WINNER: Moonlight



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