Oscars 2017: Nominations and Winners

Hollywood’s biggest night was broadcasted live on ABC on February 26th, Sunday, as the 89th Annual Academy Awards – Oscars 2017 were held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The evening’s master of ceremonies was none other than Jimmy Kimmel, who had gotten the honor for the first time. He even reached out to Billy Crystal to get some advice as the comedian has about eight years of Oscar-hosting experience under his belt. The 49-year-old late night host shared the stage with an impressive horde of presenters including Scarlett Johannsen, Halle Berry, David Oyelowo, Dwayne Johnson and Amy Adams.

The list of performers included Sting, Lin-Manuel Miranda, John Legend and Justin Timberlake, all of whom were nominees of the Best Original Song Category. The pack was led by La La Land, which had a total of 14 nominations. This brought it alongside All About Eve (1950) and Titanic (1997) for the most nominations to a single film in Oscar history. The record for nabbing most Academy Awards by a single film is currently held by Ben-Hur (1959), Titanic and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), as they took home 11 statues.

The night was not without scandal as there was a shocking mix up in the announcement of Best Picture. La La Land was declared the winner, only to be revealed a short while later that it was actually Moonlight that had won. The movie musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone did have 14 nominations and it was followed by sci-fi mystery Arrival and emotional coming-of-age drama Moonlight, with 8 nominations for each.

Here are the nominations and winners of the night:

Best Picture

  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • La La Land
  • Fences
  • Arrival
  • Moonlight (Winner)
  • Lion
  • Hidden Figures
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Hell or High Water

Best Actor in a Leading Role

  • Denzel Washington for Fences
  • Ryan Gosling for La La Land
  • Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea (Winner)
  • Andrew Garfield for Hacksaw Ridge
  • Viggo Mortensen for Captain Fantastic

Best Actress in a Leading Role

  • Natalie Portman for Jackie
  • Emma Stone for La La Land (Winner)
  • Isabelle Huppert for Elle
  • Meryl Streep for Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Ruth Negga for Loving

Best Director

  • Mel Gibson for Hacksaw Ridge
  • Barry Jenkins for Moonlight
  • Denis Villeneuve for Arrival
  • Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea
  • Damien Chazelle for La La Land (Winner)

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Viola David for Fences (Winner)
  • Michelle Williams for Manchester by the Sea
  • Nicole Kidman for Lion
  • Naomie Harris for Moonlight
  • Octavia Spencer for Hidden Figures

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Lucas Hedges for Manchester by the Sea
  • Michael Shannon for Nocturnal Animals
  • Jeff Bridges for Hell or High Water
  • Mahershala Ali for Moonlight (Winner)
  • Dev Patel for Lion

Achievement in Film Editing

  • Hell or High Water
  • Moonlight
  • Hacksaw Ridge (Winner)
  • La La Land
  • Arrival

Achievement in Visual Effects

  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Doctor Strange
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • Deepwater Horizon
  • The Jungle Book (Winner)

Achievement in Production Design

  • La La Land (Winner)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Passenger
  • Arrival
  • Hail, Caesar!

Adapted Screenplay

  • Luke Davies for Lion
  • Eric Heisserer for Arrival
  • Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi for Hidden Figures
  • Barry Jenkins, story by Tarell Alvin McCraney for Moonlight (Winner)
  • August Wilson for Fences

Original Screenplay

  • Damien Chazelle for La La Land
  • Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea (Winner)
  • Taylor Sheridan for Hell or High Water
  • Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou for The Lobster
  • Mike Mills for 20th Century Women

Best Original Song

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

Original Score

  • Justin Hurwitz for La La Land (Winner)
  • Thomas Newman for Passengers
  • Mica Levi for Jackie
  • Nicholas Britell for Moonlight
  • Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka for Lion

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Tanna (Australia)
  • A Man Called Ove (Sweden)
  • Toni Erdmann (Germany)
  • Land of Mine (Denmark)
  • The Salesman (Iran) (Winner)

Achievement in Cinematography

  • Silence
  • Lion
  • Moonlight
  • La La Land (Winner)
  • Arrival

Best Documentary Feature

  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • J.: Made in America (Winner)
  • Fire at Sea
  • 13th
  • Life, Animated

Best Documentary Short

  • Joe’s Violin
  • Extremis
  • The White Helmets (Winner)
  • Watani: My Homeland
  • 1 Miles

Achievement in Sound Editing

  • Arrival (Winner)
  • Sully
  • La La Land
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Deepwater Horizon

Achievement in Costume Design

  • Jackie
  • Allied
  • Florence Foster Jenkins
  • La La Land
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Winner)

Achievement in Sound Mixing

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • Hacksaw Ridge (Winner)
  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
  • La La Land
  • Arrival

Best Live Action Short Film

  • La Femme et le TGV
  • Ennemis Intérieurs
  • Timecode
  • Sing (Winner)
  • Silent Night

Best Animated Feature Film

  • Moana
  • Kubo and The Two Strings
  • Zootopia (Winner)
  • My Life as a Zucchini
  • The Red Turtle

Best Animated Short Film

  • Piper (Winner)
  • Borrowed Time
  • Pearl
  • Blind Vaysha
  • Pearl Cider and Cigarettes

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Star Trek Beyond
  • Suicide Squad (Winner)
  • A Man Called Ove

Moonlight had been deemed the underdog, but it succeeded in winning the Best Picture Oscar, after a slight hiccup. Presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway had mistakenly announced the winner as La La Land as they were handed the wrong envelope. They were given the best actress envelope, which had Emma Stone, La La Land, printed on it. Warren Beatty said that he hadn’t been making a joke at all. While that was a major disappointment for La La Land, it wasn’t a total letdown. The musical romance had been favored to win big and it did succeed in taking home six Oscars.

Apart from this fiasco, the 89th Academy Awards stood out because the nomination roster was significantly different and diverse than ever before. For the first time in the history of Oscars, a black actor had been nominated in every single category in the same year. The Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences seemed to have turned the tide this year, especially after last year’s protests.