• Monday, 27 February 2017

    89th Oscar Winners - Films that won the statuettes, and the surprising ones!

    La La Land scores 6 wins out of 14 nominations, as Moonlight dances away with the biggest glory of the night

    The 89th Academy Award ceremony threw less surprises this year but certainly a big goofup at the end, nearly stole the limelight as La La Land was announced to be the big winner, until it didn't and Moonlight won the big one. The award ceremony was held at  Dolby Theatre in LA. Damien Chazelle did win the Best Director Award for 'La La Land' and the film itself won six awards with Emma Stone too winning the best actress statuette for the film.  'Moonlight' on the other hand, won three golden statuettes including best film.

    Jimmy Kimmel hosted the ceremony, and took several potshots at US President Donald Trump, several times during the evening.



    Here is the complete list of the winners: (Predictable ones are marked as P and unpredictable ones as UP)

    ·       Best Picture - 'Moonlight' by Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner (UP)
    ·       Best Actress in a Leading Role - Emma Stone for 'La La Land' (P)
    ·       Best Actor in a Leading Role - Casey Affleck for 'Manchester By The Sea' ((P)
    ·       Best Director - Damien Chazelle for 'La La Land' (P)
    ·       Best Adapted Screenplay - Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney for 'Moonlight' (P)
    ·       Best Original Screenplay - Kenneth Lonergan for 'Manchester By The Sea' (UP)
    ·       Best Original Song - 'City Of Stars' from 'La La Land' by Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (P)
    ·       Best Original Score - Justin Hurwitz for 'La La Land' (P)
    ·       Best Cinematography - Linus Sandgren for 'La La Land' (P)
    ·       Best Live Action Short - 'Sing' by Kristof Deak and Anna Udvardy (UP)
    ·       Best Documentary Short - 'The White Helmets' by Orlando Von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara (UP)
    ·       Best Film Editing - John Gilbert for 'Hacksaw Ridge' (UP)
    ·       Best Visual Effects - Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R Jones and Dan Lemmon for 'The Jungle Book' (UP/ P)
    ·       Best Production Design - David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco for 'La La Land' (P)
    ·       Best Animated Feature - 'Zootopia' by Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer (P)
    ·       Best Animated Short - 'Piper' by Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer (P)
    ·       Best Foreign Language Film - 'The Salesman' by Asghar Farhadi (UP)
    ·       Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Viola Davis for 'Fences' (P)
    ·       Best Sound Mixing - Kevin O'Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace for 'Hacksaw Ridge' (UP)
    ·       Best Sound Editing - Sylvian Bellemare for 'Arrival' (UP)
    ·       Best Documentary Feature - Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow for 'O J: Made In America' (P)
    ·       Best Costume Design - Coleen Atwood for 'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them' (UP)
    ·       Best Makeup - Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson for 'Suicide Squad' (P)
    ·       Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male) - Mahershala Ali for 'Moonlight' (P)



    As you see in the list above, some of the biggest categories featured some unpredictable wins. La La Land was expected to sweep the awards ceremony just as it swept the Golden Globes. The biggest win was for Moonlight for best film followed by original screenplay award won by Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea. Hacksaw Ridge winning editing and sound mixing awards over the main contender La La Land. The foreign language win for Asghar Farhadi in the present political climate along with Moonlight's win as best film are both fitting examples of Oscar jury trying to defy Trump and his anti-immigrant and racist policies. Additionally, a clean sweep for La La Land was not to be, even though it was nominated for 14 awards. Still, Damien Chazelle being the youngest director at 32 to win the award is an achievement in itself. All in all, a fantastic night was marred, just by a blip at the end.

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