Oscar firsts for many: Stone, Affleck, Chazelle, and blooper!
It started with a bang and ended with a blooper, but 89th Oscar Awards night had all the glory it deserved. It was nothing less than a mistaken identity for ‘La La Land’. The movie was announced the best film but then the jubilant team had to hand over the trophy to ‘Moonlight’ after a mistake was noticed. The team was halfway through their victory speeches when it was noticed that Warren Beatty had read out the wrong film name and ‘Moonlight’ was actually the winner. "There's a mistake. ‘Moonlight’, you won best picture," Fred Berger, the 'La La Land' producer announced while the shocked audience couldn’t trust their ears.
He held up the card showing the winner was ‘Moonlight’.
However, both the movies had their share of glory on stage with ‘La La Land’ winning trophies for Best Actress (Emma Stone), Best Director (Damien Chazelle) Original song ‘City Of Stars’, Original Score (Justin Hurwitz), Cinematography (Linus Sandgren) and Production Design (David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco). While this is first Oscar for both Stone and Chazelle, the latter is the youngest winner of the award in best director category.
‘Moonlight’ stole the show with Mahershala Ali winning the statuette for Best Supporting Actor beating popular expectant Dev Patel. It also got the trophy for Best Adapted Screenplay. ‘Manchester by the Sea’ star Casey Affleck won his first Oscar trophy for Best Actor. ‘Manchester by the Sea’ writer Kenneth Lonergan won Best Original Screenplay award. Viola Davis was awarded the Best Actress in Supporting Role award for her role in ‘Fences’.
While ‘Zootopia’ bagged the award for Best Animated Film, ‘Jungle Book’ took home trophy for Best Visual Effects. When the award for Best Foreign Film was announced, it became apparent that some fireworks will go, and that’s what happened. Iranian film ‘The Salesman’ was awarded the Best Foreign Film but the director Asghar Farhadi, did not attend the ceremony. His absence was most pronounced by his reason to boycott the ceremony. He said that he was not attending because of the disrespect shown to seven majority Muslim countries by the ‘inhuman’ ban by the Trump administration.
“I’m sorry I’m not with you tonight. My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of other six nations who have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the US.”
Notably, this is Farhadi’s second Oscar win. He won the award for ‘A Separation’ in 2012.