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Oscars 2017: La La Land and Moonlight, Stars of the Show

Last Sunday was the long-awaited ceremony of the 89th Academy Awards,  hosted by Jimmy Kimmel at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and live on ABC Channel. The show started with a beautiful backstage then onstage performance of Justin Timberlake for his nominated song Can’t Stop the Feeling which was, in my opinion, one of the best parts of the show. Several nominees were not present at the ceremony for different reasons: Asghar Farhadi, Iranian director of The Salesman, winner of the Best Foreign Language Film Award didn’t attend out of respect for his fellow Iranians after the U.S. ban, sending on his behalf the first Iranian woman in space Anousheh Ansari who read Farhadi’s inspiring acceptance speech, and Natalie Portman, leading actress nominee for Jackie, didn’t show up at the show because of her pregnancy. There was also a stop to pay tribute for the artists who left us last year, and in the end, the announcement of the Best Picture winner wasn’t surprising, for the winner that was announced was La La Land, but after few minutes, this information was rectified on stage and the real winner was announced: Moonlight. All of this happened because of a mistake with the envelope of the category, holding the envelope of the Best Leading Actress (Emma Stone for La La Land) instead of the Best Picture.

After this quite memorable night, here are all the winners and honored names:

Best Picture: Moonlight – Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner

Best Director: Damien Chazelle – La La Land

Best Actor: Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea as Lee Chandler

Best Actress: Emma Stone – La La Land as Mia Dolan

Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali – Moonlight as Juan

Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis – Fences as Rose Maxson

Best Original Screenplay: Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan

Best Adapted Screenplay: Moonlight – Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney from “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” by Tarell Alvin McCraney

Best Animated Feature Film: Zootopia – Byron Howard, Rich Moore, and Clark Spencer

Best Foreign Language Film: The Salesman (Iran) in Persian – Asghar Farhadi

Best Documentary – Feature: O.J.: Made in America – Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow

Best Documentary – Short Subject: The White Helmets – Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

Best Live Action Short Film: Sing – Kristóf Deák and Anna Udvardy

Best Animated Short Film: Piper – Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer

Best Original Score: La La Land – Justin Hurwitz

Best Original Song: “City of Stars” from La La Land – Music by Justin Hurwitz, Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Best Sound Editing: Arrival – Sylvain Bellemare

Best Sound Mixing: Hacksaw Ridge – Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie, and Peter Grace

Best Production Design: La La Land – David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco

Best Cinematography: La La Land – Linus Sandgren

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Suicide Squad – Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini, and Christopher Nelson

Best Costume Design: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Colleen Atwood

Best Film Editing: Hacksaw Ridge – John Gilbert

Best Visual Effects: The Jungle Book – Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones, and Dan Lemmon

Honorary Award: Jackie Chan, Anne V. Coates, Lynn Stalmaster and Frederick Wiseman

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