Oscar 2017 Winners


The biggest night of Hollywood, the 89th Academy Awards. celebrated the biggest and best names in the movie business. The award ceremony was held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Casey Affleck won the Best Actor Award for ‘Manchester By The Sea’ and Emma Stone walked away with the Best Actress Award for her performance in ‘ La La Land ‘. The Oscars ended with one of the most shocking conclusions to an award show ever: Moonlight won Best Picture, but only after La La Land was incorrectly announced first. The incident quickly went down as one of the strangest twists in Oscars history, as everyone tried to figure out what exactly had happened.

1. Best Picture

Best Picture

Winner: Moonlight
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight by Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner. One of the surprises at last night’s Golden Globes was the unexpected appearance of Brad Pitt, lately embroiled in a messy custody battle with wife Angelina Jolie, who was in the house to introduce Best Picture nominee Moonlight. It is director Barry Jenkins’ profound belief that we all stand at the threshold of change and forgiveness, and all be granted acceptance and love to ourselves,” Pitt said. But the introduction wasn’t just a curiously metaphorical ode to forgiveness and self-love from the beleaguered star. Rather Pitt’s presence was legit he had a hand in bringing Moonlight to the screen.

2. Best Actress

Winner: Emma Stone, La La Land
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Emma Stone (La La Land). Emma Stone took home the award for best actress at the 2017 Oscars for her performance in La La Land. She wins for La La Land, Damien Chazelle’s musical love letter to the city of Los Angeles and the ambitions of dreamers everywhere, for the role of struggling young actress Mia – starring across from Ryan Gosling’s ambitious jazz pianist, Seb. Stone won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy in January, and collected several other revered pre-Oscar prizes in the weeks following, including the British Academy of Film and Television’s annual award and the Screen Actor’s Guild award.

3. Best Actor

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
Casey Affleck (Manchester By The Sea). Casey Affleck has won the best actor award at the Oscars for his role in Manchester by the Sea. Surprising no one, Casey Affleck has just won the Oscar for Best Actor for his lead role in Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea. After winning the best actor award at yesterday’s Spirit Awards, Affleck addressed President Trump and his “un-American” stances. The policies of this administration are abhorrent, and they won’t last, he told the crowd. The movie was distributed by Amazon Studios, the film wing of billionaire-owned e-commerce platform Amazon. Affleck’s win tonight was almost assured after taking home the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama at last month’s Golden Globes.

4. Best Director

Best Director

Winner: Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Denis Villeneueve, Arrival
Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Damien Chazelle (La La Land). Damien Chazelle has won his first Academy Award as the director of the movie musical La La Land. The win was expected after Chazelle won Best Director at the Golden Globes in January, part of a record-breaking awards sweep for La La Land. Leading up to the Oscars, he also won awards from the Director’s Guild of America, the British Academy of Television and Film, and the Broadcast Film Critics Association, among others. The 32-year-old filmmaker is just months younger than Norman Taurog, the deceased director of the 1931 film Skippy, who had held the record as the youngest person to win the Academy Award for Best Director.

5. Best Adapted Screenplay

Best Adapted Screenplay

Winner: Barry Jenkins & Tarell Alvin McCraney, Moonlight
Eric Heisserer, Arrival
August Wilson, Fences
Allison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi, Hidden Figures
Luke Davies, Lion
Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight). Barry Jenkins, the young writer and director of the Oscar-winning 2016 film “Moonlight,” has a lot to teach about how to work hard to achieve success. Jenkins recently shared the speech he had prepared with the Hollywood Reporter. he story pulls heavily from the personal experiences of Barry Jenkins and his co-writer Tarrell Alvin McCraney. Moonlight playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney and I are this kid. We are Chiron. And you don’t think that kid grows up to be nominated for eight Academy Awards. It’s not a dream he’s allowed to have. I still feel that way.

6. Best Original Screenplay

Best Original Screenplay

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Winner: Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Taylor Sheridan, Hell or High Water
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou, The Lobster
Mike Mills, 20th Century Women

Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester By The Sea). Kenneth Lonergan’s original script for “Manchester by Sea,” which he also directed, surprised with an original screenplay Oscar win. Manchester by the Sea is a 2016 American drama film written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan and starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, and Lucas Hedges. The plot follows a man who looks after his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies.

7. Best Original Song

Winner: “City of Stars,” La La Land
“Audition (The Fools Who Dream),” La La Land
“Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Trolls
“The Empty Chair,” Jim: The James Foley Story
“How Far I’ll Go,” Moana

Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land). City of Stars” from “La La Land” shined bright at the 89th Academy Awards, winning the statuette for best original song. Justin Paul, one of the song’s lyricists, made a point to shout out public schools in the acceptance speech. I was educated in public schools where arts and culture were valued and recognized and resourced, he said. “And I’m so grateful to all my teachers who taught so much and gave so much to us. Pasek also gave a touching tribute to his mother, who nurtured his early songwriting talent: She let me quit the JCC soccer league to be in a school musical. So this is dedicated to all the kids who sing in the rain, and all the moms who let them.

8. Best Original Score

Best Original Score

Winner: La La Land, Justin Hurwitz
Jackie, Mica Levi
Lion, Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka
Moonlight, Nicholas Britell
Passengers, Thomas Newman

Justin Hurwitz (La La Land). Justin Hurwitz’s score for La La Land has won the Academy Award for Best Original Score. Hurwitz had been a frontrunner during the awards season after collecting wins for La La Land’s score at the Golden Globes, the BAFTAs and the Critics’ Choice Awards. Hurwitz made sure to thank the young director, Damien Chazelle, saying I’m so glad I met you. Little did he know that he’d soon be right back up on stage, rattling off the names he had skipped before.

9. Best Cinematography

Best Cinematography

Winner: La La Land, Linus Sandgren
Arrival, Bradford Young
Lion, Greig Fraser
Moonlight, James Laxton
Silence, Rodrigo Prieto

Linus Sandgren for (La La Land). Linus Sandgren is an Academy Award winning Swedish cinematographer. Sandgren is most known for his work with Damien Chazelle on La La Land and his collaboration with David O Russell on the films American Hustle and Joy. While Russell’s acidic worldview bears little resemblance to the candy-colored fantasy of “La La Land,” his camera is often moving, almost swirling, as it mirrors the often frenetic internal state of his characters. When Chazelle saw the film, he thought cinematographer Linus Sandgren might be someone he should meet.

10. Best Live Action Short

Best Live Action Short

Winner: Sing
Ennemis Intérieurs
La Femme et le TGV
Silent Nights

Kristof Deak and Anna Udvardy (Sing). Sing is a Hungarian short film directed and written by Kristóf Deák. Set in 1991, it follows the story of a girl who moves to a new elementary school and becomes a member of the award-winning school choir. A Martinez spoke to Kristof last week during our series looking at the Oscar nominated live action shorts. Hungarian director Kristóf Deák’s first job in filmmaking was with the production of Stephen Spielberg’s 2005 historical drama, Munich which was partially filmed in Budapest and Deák also directed 12 episodes of a Hungarian action series, Hacktion; after this victory, we are quite certain that he will be making more internationally acclaimed films in the very near future.

11. Best Documentary Short

Best Documentary Short

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

The White Helmets. Director Orlando von Einsiedel then read a message from the head of the White Helmets: We’re so grateful that this film has highlighted our work to the world. To save one life is to save humanity. The statement continued, urging people to work on the side of life, to stop the bloodshed in Syria and around the world. White Helmets leader Raed Saleh attended the event despite earlier concerns that he wouldn’t be able to as a result of President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, which barred Syrian refugees from entering the United States.

12. Best Editing

Best Editing

Winner: Hacksaw Ridge, John Gilbert
Arrival, Joe Walker
Hell or High Water, Jake Roberts
La La Land, Tom Cross
Moonlight, Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders

John Gilbert (Hacksaw Ridge). John Gilbert has won an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Film Editing for his work on war drama Hacksaw Ridge. Gilbert received an Oscar nomination in the 2002 for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, but Hacksaw Ridge marks his first win. The story of Desmond Doss and his courage and selflessness was as good as you get, Gilbert said in his acceptance speech. So that was a great start for me. I needed good material.

13. Best Visual Effects

Best Visual Effects

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

Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon (The Jungle Book). Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon won Oscars for visual effects for “Jungle Book,” based on the celebrated 1894 story collection by Rudyard Kipling that details the exploits of an Indian boy named Mowgli, raised by wolves and thus able to speak with animals. During a preshoot, Digital Domain explored the interaction between the real and virtual realms. On set, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop created animal puppets for use on a bluescreen set and special effects supervisor J.D. Schwalm rigged a range of practical gags. A team including Animatrik and Magnopus configured the motion capture system and streamlined the complex virtual production process.

14. Best Production Design

Best Production Design

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

David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds Wasco (La La Land). The Oscar for production design went to La La Land’s husband and wife team of production designer David Wasco and set decorator Sandy Reynolds-Wasco. Backstage, David Wasco said This city has a deep history; we have a passion for the diverse architecture. We wanted that as a backdrop for the story. Damien wanted to make a contemporary movie and juxtapose it with the history of the city. The production that made Stone and Ryan Gosling shine was artistically directed by local couple, David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco. It becomes an even more surreal out of body experience where this chaos happens and we’re standing on stage and all of that happened around us and becomes the most historic faux pas and we’re standing in the middle of that, Wasco said.

15. Best Animated Feature

Best Animated Feature

Winner: Zootopia
Kubo and the Two Strings
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle

Zootopia. Zootopia, co-directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore, scooped up Best Animated Film. Zootopia is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated buddy comedy-adventure film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 55th Disney animated feature film. While it’s stated that prey animals make up 90% of Zootopia’s population, they are, as prey animals, at a natural disadvantage against the predators. The results of Officer Hopps investigation make the majority population fear the minority, giving Zootopia a deeper-than-anticipated social meaning. Inside this fun Disney movie is a real look at what happens when different people and cultures find themselves crammed together in the same space. It’s not always peaceful, and it’s not pretty.

16. Best Animated Short

Best Animated Short

Winner: Piper
Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes

Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer (Piper). Piper is a 2016 computer-animated short film produced by Pixar Animation Studios. Written and directed by Alan Barillaro, it was theatrically released alongside Pixar’s Finding Dory on June 17, 2016. At the 89th Academy Awards, it won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film. The short involves a hungry baby sandpiper learning to overcome her fear of water. A mother bird tries to teach her little one how to find food by herself. In the process, she encounters a traumatic experience that she must overcome in order to survive.

17. Best Foreign Language Film

Best Foreign Language Film

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

18. Best Supporting Actress

Best Supporting Actress

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

19. Best Sound Mixing

Best Sound Mixing

Winner: Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

20. Best Sound Editing

Best Sound Editing

Winner: Arrival
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land

21. Best Documentary Feature

Best Documentary Feature

Winner: O.J.: Made in America
Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life, Animated

22. Best Costume Design

Best Costume Design

Winner: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Colleen Atwood
Allied, Joanna Johnston
Florence Foster Jenkins, Consolata Boyle
Jackie, Madeline Fontaine
La La Land, Mary Zophres

23. Best Makeup & Hairstyling

Best Makeup & Hairstyling

Winner: Suicide Squad
A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond

24. Best Supporting Actor

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

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