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Oscars 2017: 'Moonlight' awarded Best Picture... after 'La La Land' was announced winner

Oscars 2017: 'Moonlight' awarded Best Picture... after 'La La Land' was announced winner

In an awkward slip-up, presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway first announced 'La La Land' as winner of the top prize
Updated 27 Feb, 2017

It was Hollywood's biggest night on Sunday, and its most memorable moment took place as the event came close to wrap-up.

African-American coming-of-age tale Moonlight won the Oscar for best picture on Sunday, but not before La La Land was erroneously announced as the winner of the top prize.

In a mishap that caused uproar and confusion, presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway initially announced that the romantic musical "La La Land" had won. As the casts of both films stood awkwardly on stage, Beatty explained he had been given the wrong envelope to open. “I want to tell you what happened. I opened the envelope and it said, “Emma Stone, ‘La La Land.’”

It was the first time in living memory that such a major mistake had been made at the Academy Awards, Hollywood's biggest night.

"Is that the craziest Oscar moment of all time?" Stone, who won the best actress Oscar for her La La Land role as a struggling actress, told reporters backstage "It's a very strange happening for Oscar history."

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La La Land producer Jordon Horowitz and Moonlight director Barry Jenkins embrace after the announcement error was amended — Photo: Reuters
La La Land producer Jordon Horowitz and Moonlight director Barry Jenkins embrace after the announcement error was amended — Photo: Reuters

La La Land went into the Oscars with a leading 14 nominations and emerged with six, including for its score and theme song 'City of Stars'.

La La Land director Damien Chazelle, 32, became the youngest person to ever win a best director Oscar.

Manchester by the Sea star Casey Affleck was named best actor "Man, I wish I had something better and more meaningful to say...I'm just dumbfounded that I'm included," said Affleck, a first-time Oscar winner.

Affleck came through despite 2010 sexual harassment allegations that resurfaced during awards season. Affleck denied the allegations which were settled out of court.

Viola Davis and Mahershala Ali won their first Oscars for their supporting roles in African-American stories Fences and Moonlight, in stark contrast to the 2016 Academy Awards when no actors of color were even nominated.

Other big winners of the night: Mahershala Ali (Best Supporting Actor for Moonlight), Emma Stone (Best Actress in a Leading Role for La La Land), Viola Davis (Best Supporting Actress  for Fences) and Casey Affleck (Best Actor in a Leading Role for Manchester by the Sea) — Photo: BBC
Other big winners of the night: Mahershala Ali (Best Supporting Actor for Moonlight), Emma Stone (Best Actress in a Leading Role for La La Land), Viola Davis (Best Supporting Actress for Fences) and Casey Affleck (Best Actor in a Leading Role for Manchester by the Sea) — Photo: BBC

Here's the full list of winners:

BEST PICTURE

"Arrival"

"Fences"

"Hacksaw Ridge"

"Hell or High Water"

"Hidden Figures"

"La La Land"

"Lion"

"Manchester by the Sea"

"Moonlight" (WINNER)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Isabelle Huppert in "Elle"

Ruth Negga in "Loving"

Natalie Portman in "Jackie"

Emma Stone in "La La Land" (WINNER)

Meryl Streep in "Florence Foster Jenkins"

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Casey Affleck in "Manchester by the Sea" (WINNER)

Andrew Garfield in "Hacksaw Ridge"

Ryan Gosling in "La La Land"

Viggo Mortensen in "Captain Fantastic"

Denzel Washington in "Fences"

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Jeff Bridges in "Hell or High Water"

Mahershala Ali in "Moonlight" (WINNER)

Lucas Hedges in "Manchester by the Sea"

Dev Patel in "Lion"

Michael Shannon in "Nocturnal Animals"

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Nicole Kidman in "Lion"

Viola Davis in "Fences" (WINNER)

Naomie Harris in "Moonlight"

Octavia Spencer in "Hidden Figures"

Michelle Williams in "Manchester by the Sea"

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

"Kubo and the Two Strings"

"Moana"

"My Life as a Zucchini"

"The Red Turtle"

"Zootopia" (WINNER)

CINEMATOGRAPHY

"Arrival"

"La La Land" (WINNER)

"Lion"

"Moonlight"

"Silence"

COSTUME DESIGN

"Allied"

"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" (WINNER)

"Florence Foster Jenkins"

"Jackie"

"La La Land"

"Fantastic

DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

"Fire at Sea"

"I Am Not Your Negro"

"Life, Animated"

"O.J.: Made in America" (WINNER)

"13th"

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

"Extremis"

"4.1 Miles"

"Joe's Violin"

"Watani: My Homeland"

"The White Helmets" (WINNER)

FILM EDITING

"Arrival"

"Hacksaw Ridge" (WINNER)

"Hell or High Water"

"La La Land"

"Moonlight"

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

"Land of Mine"

"A Man Called Ove"

"The Salesman" (WINNER)

"Tanna"

"Toni Erdmann"

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

"A Man Called Ove"

"Star Trek Beyond"

"Suicide Squad" (WINNER)

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

"Jackie"

"La La Land" (WINNER)

"Lion"

"Moonlight"

"Passengers"

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

"Audition (The Fools Who Dream)" from "La La Land"

"Can't Stop The Feeling" from "Trolls"

"City Of Stars" from "La La Land" (WINNER)

"The Empty Chair" from "Jim: The James Foley Story"

"How Far I'll Go" from "Moana"

PRODUCTION DESIGN

"Arrival"

"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"

"Hail, Caesar!"

"La La Land" (WINNER)

"Passengers"

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

"Blind Vaysha"

"Borrowed Time"

"Pear Cider and Cigarettes"

"Pearl"

"Piper" (WINNER)

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

"Ennemis Intérieurs"

"La Femme et le TGV"

"Silent Nights"

"Sing" (WINNER)

"Timecode"

SOUND EDITING

"Arrival" (WINNER)

"Deepwater Horizon"

"Hacksaw Ridge"

"La La Land"

"Sully"

SOUND MIXING

"Arrival"

"Hacksaw Ridge" (WINNER)

"La La Land"

"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"

"13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi"

VISUAL EFFECTS

"Deepwater Horizon"

"Doctor Strange"

"The Jungle Book" (WINNER)

"Kubo and the Two Strings"

"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

"Arrival"

"Fences"

"Hidden Figures"

"Lion"

"Moonlight" (WINNER)

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

"Hell or High Water"

"La La Land"

"The Lobster"

"Manchester by the Sea" (WINNER)

"20th Century Women"

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Mehr Feb 27, 2017 10:31am
Best picture is Moonlight!
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AGHA PASHA Feb 27, 2017 11:02am
Winners deserved awards.
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Ammad Feb 27, 2017 11:12am
*update your list as Moonlight wins best picture.
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kerala Feb 27, 2017 11:48am
Finally Oscars is going in tracks of Indian politics where minority card and religion are being played.
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jalaluddin s. hussain Feb 27, 2017 12:13pm
"Moonlight" winning the best picture award clearly reflects the changing times. The film is about the "coming out" of a black young man.
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A Feb 27, 2017 12:17pm
@Ammad, read and look closely.
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Princess_of_DHUMP Feb 27, 2017 12:23pm
Director of La La Land should have refused to accept the result and stage a dharna on the stage
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AAM aDMI Feb 27, 2017 12:26pm
i dont think La La Land deserved the wins. i guess Hollywood likes movies about Hollywood.
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Talal Feb 27, 2017 12:50pm
@AAM aDMI La La Land won in the categories where it deserved. If it had won for Best Picture then that would have been arguable.
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Sara Feb 27, 2017 12:52pm
Lion totally snubbed
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KhwarizmI Feb 27, 2017 01:08pm
Mahershala Ali, the first Muslim to win an Oscar. Congrats!
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Zanganeh Feb 27, 2017 03:47pm
Iranian movie "Salesman" awarded as best foreign movie award.
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skumar Feb 27, 2017 08:44pm
@KhwarizmI - ok. just check , he is a ahmadiya ..
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S Prasad Feb 27, 2017 11:14pm
Pakistan is ecstatic with Mahershala Ali winning the Oscar, the first one to do so
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Samkr Feb 28, 2017 03:13pm
First Muslim to win the Oscar. Well done Mr Ali
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