Everything That Went Down at the 89th Academy Awards

The 89th Academy Awards saw film royalty gather at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on 26th February 2017 and walk down the red carpet to acknowledge and celebrate the best that the industry has to offer.

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Photo credit: USA Today


Musical God Justin Timberlake got the evening going with a bang, performing a mashup that got everyone pumped up. The awards were hosted by ABC TV host Jimmy Kimmel this year, who navigated through the evening with a generous sprinkling of wit, Donald Trump jokes, a short segment of Mean Tweets and a decent supply of cookies and candy dropping from above.

The 89th year of the Academy Awards saw numerous records being broken. The romantic comedy musical La La Land was nominated for fourteen Oscars, allowing it a spot alongside ‘Titanic’ and ‘All about Eve’ as the films with the most Oscar nominations. The film would end up walking away with only six gold statuettes though.

Sound mixer Kevin O’Connell who held the longest losing streak in Oscar history, finally broke through with a win on his 21st try through his work on Hacksaw Ridge. Mahershala Ali became the first Muslim to win an Oscar when he accepted the award for actor in supporting role. Damien Chazelle, director of La La Land became the youngest person to win the Best Director award at 32 years of age.

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Photo credit: XXL


However, the moment that will definitely go down in academy record books is slightly more scandalous. It occurred when legends Warren Beatty and  Faye Dunaway mistakenly announced the winner for best picture as La La Land. In a series of unfortunate events, the La La Land team were halfway through their victory speeches when it was noticed that the wrong film name had been read out by Warren Beatty and that Moonlight was actually the winner. Whoops! We bet someone’s head is going to roll, over this error.

Chaos on stage. Photo credit: Vulture


“There’s a mistake. Moonlight, you won best picture,” Jordan Horowitz, La La Land producer, announced. He even held up the card as proof, with the name Moonlight clearly written.

One of the best reactions to the blunder was when director M.Night Shyamalan took to twitter to justify the surprise ending to the evening.


The handover was graciously completed and the Moonlight team took away the well deserved prestigious award. The evening was rounded up into the perfect mix of an award-winning film. There was laughter, tears, shock and awe with a stunning cast to boot.

The complete list of winners from the evening!

Best Picture

Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight: WINNER

Best Director

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

Actress in a Leading Role

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

Actor in a Leading Role

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea: WINNER
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences

Actress in a Supporting Role

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

Actor in a Supporting Role

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight: WINNER
Dev Patel, Lion
Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea


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

Original Screenplay

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

Adapted Screenplay

Hidden Figures
Moonlight: WINNER 

Makeup and Hairstyling

A Man Called Ove, Eva von Bahr and Love Larson
Star Trek Beyond, Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo
Suicide Squad, Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini, and Christopher Nelson: WINNER

Costume Design

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

Foreign Language Film

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

Documentary Feature

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

Original Song

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

Original Score

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

Sound Mixing

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

Sound Editing

Arrival, Sylvain Bellemare: WINNER
Deepwater Horizon, Wylie Stateman and Renée Tondelli
Hacksaw Ridge, Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright
La La Land, Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan
Sully, Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

Animated Short Film

Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes

Animated Feature Film

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

Production Design

Arrival, Patrice Vermette and Paul Hotte
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Stuart Craig and Anna Pinnock
Hail, Caesar! , Jess Gonchor and Nancy Haigh
La La Land, Davis Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco: WINNER
Passengers, Guy Hendrix Dyas and Gene Serdena

Visual Effects

Deepwater Horizon, Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Justin Billington, and Burt Dalton
Doctor Strange, Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli, and Paul Corbould
The Jungle Book, Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones, and Dan Lemmon: WINNER
Kubo and the Two Strings, Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean, and Brad Schiff
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel, and Neil Corbould

Film Editing

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

Documentary Short Subject

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

Live Action Short Film

Ennemis Intérieurs
La Femme et le TGV
Silent Nights