Top Awards Go to 'Moonlight,' Emma Stone and Casey Affleck at the Oscars

Barry Jenkins, foreground left, and the cast accept the award for best picture for Photo: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
Barry Jenkins, foreground left, and the cast accept the award for best picture for

March 05, 2017 07:40 PM

The coming-of-age drama "Moonlight" is the winner of the best picture Academy Award.

The film won after the end of the awards ceremony was plunged into chaos after "La La Land" was mistakenly announced as the best picture winner.


Presenter Warren Beatty says he paused so long before the name was read because the envelope read Emma Stone, "La La Land." Actress Faye Dunaway read the name "La La Land" after chiding Beatty for taking so long to read the winner.

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The film tells the story of a boy's journey to adulthood through his rough upbringing in Miami. The film stars Naomi Harris as the boy's drug-addicted mother, and Mahershala Ali as a drug dealer-turned mentor for the boy.

"Moonlight" has provided some of the stiffest competition during Hollywood's awards season for the musical "La La Land," which was nominated for a history-tying 14 Academy Awards.

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Emma Stone's portrayal of a struggling actress in "La La Land" has won her the best actress Academy Award.

Stone won for her portrayal of Mia, an aspiring actress forced to suffer the indignities of failed auditions and working as a barista at a studio cafe. Her character's career gets a nudge from a struggling jazz pianist played by Ryan Gosling.

It is the actress' first Oscar, and comes during a year in which "La La Land" and its catchy song-and-dance numbers have charmed Hollywood. The film tied history with its 14 Oscar nominations.

It is the sixth Oscar "La La Land" has won Sunday, including Best Director, awarded to Damien Chazelle.

Casey Affleck's portrayal of a grieving father in "Manchester by the Sea" has won him the best actor Academy Award.

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It is Affleck's first Oscar. He is the younger brother of Ben Affleck and took the "Manchester" part after Matt Damon had to drop the role.

Affleck appeared to get emotional after his win. He thanked Denzel Washington, who he said taught him how to act but who he had never met before Sunday's ceremony.

Affleck plays a janitor who's still reeling from the loss of three children when he is forced to confront another death in his family. "Manchester by the Sea" is also nominated for best picture.

List of winners for the 89th annual Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

  • Best Picture: "Moonlight."
  • Actor: Casey Affleck, "Manchester by the Sea."
  • Actress: Emma Stone, "La La Land."
  • Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, "Moonlight."
  • Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, "Fences."
  • Directing: Damien Chazelle, "La La Land."
  • Foreign Language Film: "The Salesman," Iran.
  • Adapted Screenplay: "Moonlight," screenplay by Barry Jenkins, story by Tarell Alvin McCraney.
  • Original Screenplay: Kenneth Lonergan, "Manchester by the Sea."
  • Production Design: "La La Land," Production Design: David Wasco; Set Decoration: Sandy Reynolds-Wasco.
  • Cinematography: Linus Sandgren, "La La Land."
  • Sound Mixing: "Hacksaw Ridge," Kevin O'Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace.
  • Sound Editing: "Arrival," Sylvain Bellemare
  • Original Score: "La La Land," Justin Hurwitz.
  • Original Song: "City of Stars" from "La La Land," music by Justin Hurwitz, lyric by Ben Pasek and Justin Paul.
  • Costume Design: Colleen Atwood, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."
  • Documentary (short subject): "The White Helmets," Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara.
  • Documentary Feature: "O.J.: Made in America," Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow.
  • Film Editing: "Hacksaw Ridge," John Gilbert.
  • Makeup and Hairstyling: "Suicide Squad," Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson.
  • Animated Feature Film: "Zootopia," Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer.
  • Animated Short Film: "Piper," Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer.
  • Live Action Short Film: "Sing," Kristof Deak and Anna Udvardy.
  • Visual Effects: "The Jungle Book," Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon.

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