Movie Report: In SHOCKING Turn Of Events, ‘Moonlight’ Wins Over ‘La La Land’

At the night’s climax, it had seemed “La La Land” had captured Oscar No. 7, winning the biggest award of the ceremony.

Then, in a surprise, it all turned around.

Through some sort of strange screw-up, Warren Beatty read the wrong name on the card and announced “La La Land” as the Best Picture winner of the night. A few moments later, it was announced that there had been a mistake and “Moonlight” had won Best Picture instead.

In the end, “La La Land” took six Oscars while “Moonlight” won its own fair share, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. The full list of winners included:

Best Picture

Best Director
Damien Chazelle

Adapted Screenplay

Original Screenplay
Manchester by the Sea

Best Actor
Casey Affleck

Best Actress
Emma Stone, “La La Land.”

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis

“La La Land.”

Film Editing
“Hacksaw Ridge”

Production Design
“La La Land.”

Original Score
“La La Land.”

Original Song
“City of Stars” from “La La Land.”

Animated Feature

Costume Design
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

Documentary Feature
“O.J. Made in America”

“Suicide Squad”

Sound Editing

Sound Mixing
“Hacksaw Ridge”

Visual Effects
“The Jungle Book”

Documentary Short
“The White Helmets.”

Live Action Short Film

Animated Short Film

Foreign Language Film
“The Salesman”

On Saturday, Moonlight was also a big winner, earning a total of six honors from the Film Independent Spirit Awards. The full list of winners from the show was:

Best Feature

Best Director
Barry Jenkins –”Moonlight”

Best Male Lead
Casey Affleck –”Manchester by the Sea” as Lee Chandler

Best Female Lead
Isabelle Huppert –”Elle” as Michèle Leblanc

Best Supporting Male
Ben Foster – ”Hell or High Water” as Tanner Howard

Best Supporting Female
Molly Shannon – ”Other People” as Joanne Mulcahey

Best Screenplay
Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney – ”Moonlight”

Best First Screenplay
Robert Eggers – ”The Witch”

Best First Feature
“The Witch”

Best Documentary Feature
“O.J.: Made in America”

Best Cinematography
James Laxton – ”Moonlight”

Best Editing
Joi McMillon and Nat Sanders – ”Moonlight”

Best International Film
“Toni Erdmann” (Germany/Romania)

Robert Altman Award

John Cassavetes Award
Spa Night

Piaget Producers Award
Jordana Mollick – “Hello, My Name Is Doris”

Truer than Fiction Award
Nanfu Wang – Hooligan Sparrow

Acura Someone to Watch Award
Anna Rose Holmer – The Fits

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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