Incredible situation on the stage of 2017’s Oscar celebration: Faye Dunaway announces La La Land victory as Best Picture. Just a few minutes after the declaration, the mistake is revealed; Moonlight is the true winner. Anyway La La Land gets 6 awards; good results for Moonlight (3) Manchester by the Sea (2) and Hacksaw Ridge (2). Delusion for Arrival: just one award on 8 nominees.
“I want to tell you what happened. I opened the envelope and it said Emma Stone, ‘La La Land.’ That’s why I took such a long look at Faye and at you. I wasn’t trying to be funny”. Just a simple phrase to explain why the 89th Oscar edition will be remembered forever: something unpredictable changes the rhythm of a night that was slowly passing by, with no big surprises.
Each prize is declared just with a little of suspance: crazy success, as expected, for La La Land. Damien Chazelle’s masterpiece is the most titled movie, with 6 awards: Best Actress in a Leading Role (Emma Stone); Cinematography, Direction and Production Design; last but not least Best Music (original score) and Best Soundtrack (“City of Stars”).
The second winner of this edition is, somehow, Moonlight. Best Picture (yes, it was definitively so), but also Best Actor in Supporting Role (Mahershala Ali) and Best Writing (adapted screenplay).
“The last 20 minutes of my life have been insane,” said Barry Jenkins, Moonlight Director, after the ceremony. “I don’t think my life could be changed any more dramatically than the last 20 or 30 minutes.”
Manchester by the Sea doesn’t go home with empty hands: an Oscar for the Actor in a Leading Role (Casey Affleck) and another for the best Originale Screenplay Writing.
Hacksaw Ridge gets its satisfactions too: best Film Editing and best Sound Mixing.
And on the soundtrack & music side, also the Award for the best Sound Editing has to be noticed: it goes to Arrival, that probably expected something more than just this.
Viola Davis (Fences) will surely be proud: best Actress in a Supporting Role for her, and that’s truly deserved.
The other categories gave us some good points: Zootopia gets the Animated Feature Film Oscar, while Piper is the Short Animated Film winner. The Jungle Book dominates Visual Effects category, beating competitors like Doctor Strange and Rogue One.
A last joy for Suicide Squad: after the crazy box office and soundtrack album successes, the movie also wins the Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar. Not so surprising, but who would have said it some months ago?