In one of the most bizarre moments in Oscars history, the wrong winner for Best Picture was announced.
After a seemingly confused Warren Beatty handed the envelope to Faye Dunway, she named La La Land the victor. But halfway through the filmmakers’ acceptance speech, one of the producers broke in to say that Moonlight was the real winner. Host Jimmy Kimmel joked, “Personally I blame Steve Harvey for this,” referring to the comedian’s infamous gaffe at the Miss Universe competition. Beatty later explained that he had been given the wrong envelope.
In accepting the award, Moonlight director Barry Jenkins said, “Very clearly even in my dreams, this couldn’t be true. But hell with it! It is true! We didn’t do this. You choose us. Thank you for the choice.”
Until that moment, La La Land had dominated Sunday’s award telecast, winning six trophies. With 14, the musical had garnered the most nominations in history (tied with Titanic and All About Eve). La La Land‘s Damien Chazelle made more history with his win. At 32, he’s the youngest recipient of the Best Director Oscar. La La Land star Emma Stone was named Best Actress. During her acceptance speech, she thanked the other nominees. “To the women in this category, you are all so extraordinary and I look up to you and admire you more than I can put into words,” she said.
Casey Affleck beat out favorite Denzel Washington for Best Actor. During his acceptance speech, the star of Manchester by the Sea paid tribute to the Fences star. “One of the first people who taught me how to act was Denzel Washington,” he said, “and I just met him tonight for the first time. Thank you.”
The first award of the night went to Moonlight star Mahershala [pr: ma-hersh-a-la] Ali for Best Supporting Actor. He was the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar. Moonlight also also won Best Adapted Screenplay.
Viola Davis won her first ever Oscar (Best Supporting Actress for Fences). She thanked director and co-star Denzel Washington, saying, “Thank you for putting two entities in the driving seat: [playwright August Wilson] and God. And they served you well.”
- Best Picture: Moonlight
- Best Director: Damien Chazelle, La La Land
- Best Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
- Best Actress: Emma Stone, La La Land
- Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
- Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, Fences
- Best Original Screenplay: Manchester by the Sea
- Best Adapted Screenplay: Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Moonlight
- Best Animated Feature Film: Zootopia
- Best Foreign Language Film: The Salesman
- Best Documentary – Feature: O.J.: Made in America
- Best Documentary – Short Subject: The White Helmets
- Best Live Action Short Film: Sing
- Best Animated Short Film: Piper
- Best Original Score: Justin Hurwitz, La La Land
- Best Original Song: “City of Stars” from La La Land
- Best Sound Editing: Arrival
- Best Sound Mixing: Hacksaw Ridge
- Best Production Design: La La Land
- Best Cinematography: Linus Sandgren, La La Land
- Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Suicide Squad
- Best Costume Design: Colleen Atwood, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
- Best Film Editing: Hacksaw Ridge
- Best Visual Effects: The Jungle Book