Oscar 2017: “Moonlight” Wins Best Film After Host Reads Wrong Name

 
  • Mixed Emotions

    Mixed Emotions
  • Best Director

    Best Director
  • Best Song: “City of Stars”

    Best Song
  • Best Original Score: Justin Hurwitz

    Original Score
  • Best Cinematography: Linus Sandgren

    Best Cinematography: Linus Sandgren

First there was that infamous wrong announcement made by Steve Harvey regarding the Winner of the 2005 Miss Universe Pageant, and now the Oscars has imprinted the same sorry moment in its history too. On Sunday, Best Picture presenters, Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, announced that the Oscar was won by “La La Land” when in fact, it was “Moonlight” that won. “Personally, I blame Steve Harvey for this,” Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel would later say.

Mixed Emotions

Mixed Emotions

While the cast and crew were in the middle of their acceptance speeches, Jordan Horowitz, the Musical Producer of “La La Land,” revealed that it was, in fact, “Moonlight” that won Best Picture. “They read the wrong thing,” he said. Horowitz added, “This is not a joke. ‘Moonlight’ has won Best Picture”. Then, he showed what’s written in the envelope for the audience to see, at the same moment that Beatty reappeared on stage bearing the correct envelope.

Everyone at the Dolby Theatre located in Hollywood were up on their feet, not sure how to react to what was unfolding on the stage. Even the cast and crew of “Moonlight” hesitated to come up the stage for a while.

“Moonlight” is a story about a young black man who was raised by people he knew and by strangers he met along the way. Eventually, the once little boy grows up and finds his own corner of happiness in the world, as a gay black man. The movie was produced by Adeke Romanski, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, and was top billed by Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Janelle Monáe and Trevante Rhodes.

“Moonlight” Director, Barry Jenkins, once on stage, exclaimed, “Very clearly, even in my dreams this could not be true!” Then says, “Oh my goodness.” “Moonlight” also bagged the Oscars for Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

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“La La Land” Still Dominated The Oscars

According to Beatty, he was handed an envelope that read: “Emma Stone, ‘La La Land'”. “That is why I took such a long look at Faye and at you,” he explained in a trembling voice. It may have been indeed the wrong envelope he was holding as Stone was actually called up as this year’s Best Actress.

Other awards collected by the film on Sunday include:

Best Director
Damien Chazelle, who also made a record breaking win as the youngest director to ever win the award

Best Director

Best Song: “City of Stars”

Best Song

Best Original Score: Justin Hurwitz

Original Score

Best Cinematography: Linus Sandgren

Cinematography

Best Production Design: David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco

Prior to the Oscars, “La La Land” won the Golden Globe Best Picture in the Musical or Comedy category, the BAFTA Award for Best Film, and several other top awards from critics’ circles.

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CONCLUSION

In the aftermath of all the confusion at the Oscars, we turn to Steve Harvey for a grain of wisdom, “I don’t feel sorry for me. I don’t feel sorry for the pageant, the pageant will now be bigger than it’s ever been.” Perhaps, Beatty just made Oscars more popular.

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