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

  • “Moonlight”

Best Director

  • Damien Chazelle

Adapted Screenplay

  • Moonlight

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

  • “Zootopia”

Costume Design

  • “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

Documentary Feature

  • “O.J. Made in America”


  • “Suicide Squad”

Sound Editing


  • “Arrival”

Sound Mixing

  • “Hacksaw Ridge”

Visual Effects

  • “The Jungle Book”

Documentary Short

  • “The White Helmets.”

Live Action Short Film

  • “Sing”

Animated Short Film

  • “Piper.’

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

  • “Moonlight”

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

  • Moonlight

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


Box office top five:

1. Get Out – $30,524,435
2. The LEGO Batman Movie – $19,000,000
3. John Wick: Chapter Two – $9,000,000
4. The Great Wall – $8,700,000
5. Fifty Shades Darker – $7,700,000

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