‘Moonlight’ Eventually Ends Up Winning Oscar for Best Picture

From awards prognosticators, to the confused, elderly cast of Bonnie and Clyde, to the producers of La La Land, trophies for Best Picture gripped in their hands—pretty much everyone thought La La Land would take home the big prize at last night’s Oscars. But then, after it briefly did, it didn’t:

Yes, if you missed it, last night’s Academy Awards were capped off with a Best Picture announcement of the Steve Harvey-est order. Due to a horrible, confusing mistake unparalleled since Crash was legitimately given the show’s highest honor, the wrong film was declared Best Picture.

As was hastily explained just after the gaff, it seems presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were somehow given the wrong envelope. Instead of getting Best Picture, they got the same card that had, minutes before, revealed Emma Stone as Best Actress for La La Land. Beatty, visibly befuddled seeing Stone’s name, showed his co-presenter as a both public and private “so this is weird, huh?”; Dunaway, seeing the film title written below, just went for it, announcing La La Land the winner. Only after La La Land‘s filmmakers took the stage and began their acceptance speeches that the error was awkwardly corrected: turns out, Moonlight actually won. It was the only noteworthy thing that happened the entire night.

Here’s a full list of the winners and publicly shamed losers:

Best Picture

Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Lion
Manchester By the Sea
Moonlight

Best Director

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

Best Actress

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

Best Actor

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

Best Supporting Actress

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

Best Supporting Actor

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

Best Adapted Screenplay

Arrival
Fences
Hidden Figures
Lion
Moonlight

Best Original Screenplay

Hell or High Water
La La Land
The Lobster
Manchester by the Sea
20th Century Women

Best Foreign Language Film

Land of Mine, Denmark
A Man Called Ove, Sweden
The Salesman, Iran
Tanna, Australia
Toni Erdmann, Germany

Best Documentary Feature

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

Best Animated Feature

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

Best Film Editing

Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Moonlight

Best Original Song

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

Best Original Score

Jackie
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Passengers

Best Cinematography

Arrival, Bradford Young
La La Land, Linus Sandgren
Lion, Grieg Fraser
Moonlight, James Laxton

Best Costume Design

Allied
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
Jackie
La La Land

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad

Best Production Design

Arrival
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hail, Caesar!
La La Land
Passengers

Best Sound Editing

Arrival
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Sully

Best Sound Mixing

Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One
13 Hours

Best Visual Effects

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
The Jungle Book
Doctor Strange
Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them
Arrival
The BFG
Kubo and the Two Strings
A Monster Calls

Best Short Film, Live Action

Ennemis Intérieurs
La Femme et le TGV
Silent Nights
Sing
Timecode

Best Short Film, Animated

Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Pearl
Piper

Best Documentary, Short Subject

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

  • I didn’t watch it, but now I think it’s worth checking it out. It needs like a 20 minute supercut.