The Oscars 2017 Recap: La La Land Sweeps Except at the End
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Sunday night held the star-studded night of the 89th Academy Awards Ceremony, drawing in several hundred million viewers from across the nation. Of course, the most memorable moments of the night included various acceptance speeches, awards, and political commentaries.
La La Land was one of this year’s show’s most anticipated films, living up to the expectations of receiving 14 nominations, of which it won 6. The next highest number of awards was awarded to Moonlight, winning 3. Following Moonlight was Hacksaw Ridge and Manchester by the Sea, both with 2 awards each.
The biggest upset, and snafu, of the night was La La Land losing Best Picture to Moonlight (pictured above). As Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway began to announce the winning film, they received the best actress card containing Emma Stone’s name for La La Land, instead of the card for the winning film of Moonlight. Trying to cover their mistake, Dunaway announced La La Land, and three producers gave acceptance speeches before the stage managers finally came on stage with the right card and corrected the awkward wrong. Naturally, the internet exploded with energy from the mix up, many people cracking joke, including host Jimmy Kimmel referring back to the Steve Harvey incident with the Miss Universe beauty pageant earlier last year.
The documentary on the case of OJ Simpson, OJ: Made in America, won the award for Best Documentary Feature, becoming the longest documentary to be nominated and win the award, being 7 hours and 47 minutes. The most emotional victory speech of the night was delivered by Viola Davis for winning Best Supporting Actress for the film Fences. Her speech was heartfelt and strongly delivered, moving many audience members to tears.
With music being such a vital part of the film industry, artists Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Sting, and Lin-Manuel Miranda performed songs up for the Best Original Song award. The award went to “City of Stars,” written by Justin Hurwitz, from La La Land.
The following are the highlights of the 2017 Oscar Winners:
Best Picture: Moonlight
Best Animated Feature: Zootopia
Best Documentary Feature: OJ: Made in America
Best Documentary Short: White Helmets
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 Original Song: City of Stars (La La Land)
Best Director: Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Best Cinematography: La La Land