Oscars 2017: As it happened

Jeremy Kleiner, from left, Adele Romanski and Barry Jenkins, winners of the award for best picture for 'Moonlight', pose with their awards.   | Photo Credit: AP

Welcome to The Hindu's live coverage of the Oscars 2017, bringing you all the latest from the 89th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.

Here are the big winners:

MoviesNumber of Oscars wonCategories
La La Land6Director, Actress, Production Design, Cinematography, Original Score, Original Song
Moonlight 3Best Picture, Supporting Actor, Adapted Screenplay
Hacksaw Ridge2Sound Mixing, Film Editing
Manchester by the Sea2Best Actor, Original Screenplay
Arrival1Sound Editing
Fences1Supporting Actress


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10: 50 am: Team La La Land must be understandably upset and so are fans of the movie. But the bizarre ending doesn't take away from the fact Moonlight - which is quite an affecting piece of cinema not just because of its story or execution, but especially because of its actors, who are steadfast in their performance - is a deserving winner.

Read our review of Moonlight here.

Oscars 2017: As it happened

Oh, spare a thought for Jimmy Kimmel too who had to swoop in and save the situation.

10: 45 am: This is the first mistake to have ever happened in announcing the winner in Oscar history.

So here's what really happened. Or so we assume. Warren Beatty took an unnaturally long time to announce the award for the Best Picture. The element of suspense and all thatP, yes?


Turns out, he was given the wrong envelope. The envelope read 'Emma Stone, La La Land'.' And he had no clue what to do. Of course, you could've always turned around and asked for the right one....

This has been pretty embarrassing for team La La Land.  They were in the middle of their acceptance speech.. when producer Jordan Horowitz gave the award to Moonlight. It was a few seconds before everyone realised that he wasn't trying to be humble... but that there was a genuine mistake.

10: 42 am: Umm, wait. Best Picture goes to Moonlight. No one knows what happened.

But bring on the Steve Harvey memes.


10: 30 am: We're on the home stretch now. The most-awaited category - The Oscar for the Best Picture. The nominees are:



Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

La La Land


Manchester by the Sea


La La Land it is!

La La Land

10: 20 am: Actress in a leading role up next. The nominees are:

Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Ruth Negga, Loving

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Emma Stone, La La Land

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

And it's Emma Stone!  This is her first Oscar win and second nomination. She was previously nominated for her role in Birdman. The jury (not the Oscar one, the general common-man one) is still out on this. Was it THE performance that deserved an Oscar?

Emma Stone, nominated for best actress in ‘La La Land’ sparkled in a 1920s inspired gold fringed Givenchy gown.

Emma Stone, nominated for best actress in ‘La La Land’ sparkled in a 1920s inspired gold fringed Givenchy gown.   | Photo Credit: AP


10: 15 am: We're quickly moving on to Best Actor. The nominees are:

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington, Fences

Casey Affleck wins it! This is his first Oscar and second nomination.

A still from Manchester By The Sea

A still from Manchester By The Sea   | Photo Credit: AP


Maybe a Best Actor in an 80s tux award for Ryan Gosling?

10: 10 am: We're now officially moving on to the heavyweight categories. Oscar for Best Director up next. The nominees are:

Denis Villeneuve, Arrival

Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge

Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

And say hello to the youngest Best Director in Oscar history - Damien Chazelle! 32-year-old Chazelle says "This was a film about love. I was lucky to fall in love while making it."

Damien Chazelle accepts the award for best director for "La La Land" at the 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California, U.S., on December 11, 2016.

Damien Chazelle accepts the award for best director for "La La Land" at the 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California, U.S., on December 11, 2016.   | Photo Credit: Reuters


10: 00 am: Up next: The Oscar for the Best Original and Best Adapted Screenplay.

The nominees for Best Original Screenplay are:

Hell or High Water , Taylor Sheridan
La La Land ,
Damien Chazelle, 
The Lobster ,
Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou, 
Manchester by the Sea ,
Kenneth Lonergan, 
20th Century Women,
Mike Mills

Manchester by the Sea wins it!

09: 30 am: Possibly two of most sure-shot wins this year for La La Land. And it doesn't disappoint. It lands the Oscar for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for the memorable 'City of Stars'.

Sudhish Kamath puts in perspective. "That gentle whistling, enchanting colours, old world mood, vintage styling and choreography of that magical melody sucked us into the world of La La Land. It took our breath away and left us wanting for more. How can you go wrong with music like that?" More here.


That's Justin Hurwitz second win for the night and the film's fourth. La La Land is well ahead of the pack now, and we have at least five more categories where it is a strong contender.

09: 25 am: Some really important awards lined up for us next. To begin with.. The Oscar for Cinematography. The nominees are:

Arrival, Bradford Young

La La Land, Linus Sandgreen

Lion, Greig Fraser

Moonlight, James Laxton

Silence, Rodrigo Prieto

This was a sure-fire win and it doesn't disappoint us. La La Land wins the award for Best Cinematography.

Here's what our critic Baradwaj Rangan had to say about La La Land. "The camera becomes an invisible third dancer, executing its own choreography around the choreography of the stars." Read more here

As Linus Sandgreen walks up to pick his award, La La Land's 'Late for the date' plays in the background. Raise your hand if you want La La Land to win many more awards just so they can play that over and over again..

09: 22 am: Host Jimmy Kimmel just tweeted to President Donald Trump. Live.


09: 15 am: The White Helmets picks up Best Documentary Short and Sing wins it in the Short Film (Live Action) award.

White Helmets is a 40-minute film about first responders of the Syrian war. Cinematographer Khaled Khatib — who is himself a member of the Syria Civil Defense, the group profiled in White Helments — was denied entry to the US after Department of Homeland Security officials said they had discovered “derogatory information” about him.

09: 05 am: Coming up next, is the award for Film Editing. The nominees are:

Arrival, Joe Walker

Hacksaw Ridge, John Gilbert

Hell or High Water, Jake Roberts

La La Land, Tom Cross

Moonlight, Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon

And the winner is... Hacksaw Ridge!

A still from ‘Hacksaw Ridge’.

A still from ‘Hacksaw Ridge’.   | Photo Credit: Photo: Special arrangement


Possibly the first surprise of the day. Hacksaw Ridge wins it. This is the second award for this movie. Hasn't been a good day for La La Land fans so far...

Read our Hacksaw Ridge review.

09: 00 am: And the Oscar for Visual Effects goes to.....

...... The Jungle Book!  Hard to argue with that.

Oscars 2017: As it happened

08: 45 am: Next up, the award for Production Design.

And it's La La Land's  first award for the day!

La La Land

08: 35 am: The Oscar for the Best Animated Film (Short) goes to Piper.

Haven't watched it yet? Go on, you can watch it even during a commercial break. It's all of 6 minutes.

08: 30 am: Sting performs a powerful number from Jim: The James Foley story.

A strong message projected on screen: "If we don't have the moral courage to challenge the authority, we don't have journalism."

Aye, sir.

08: 25 am: Next up: Award for the Best Foreign Language Film. Too bad Visaaranai  didn't make it to the final list. Here are the nominees:

Land of Mine

A Man Called Ove

The Salesman


Toni Erdmann

And the award goes to.... The Salesman!

This is the second award for director Asghar Farhadi. He, however, is not present to receive his award. In a letter addressed to the Academy, Ashgar Farhadi says his absence is “out of respect” for people caught up in travel ban.

08: 10 am: Another big award now... Award for the Actress in a Supporting Role. The nominees are:

Viola Davis, Fences

Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

And the Oscar goes to... Viola Davis! This is her first Oscar win. 

A tearful Viola Davis gives a splendid acceptance speech.


07: 50 am: The awards for Sound Editing and Sound Mixing are up next. Could this be the first one for La La Land?

Turns out it isn't. The Oscar for Sound Editing goes to Sylvain Bellemare for Arrival and Oscar for Sound Mixing to Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace for Hacksaw Ridge.

This is Kevin O’Connell's first win after being nominated 20 times.

07: 40 am:  The award for the Best Documentary Feature is up next, touted to be a severely competitive category. The nominees are:

Fire at Sea

I am Not Your Negro

Life, Animated

OJ: Made in America


And the winner is... OJ: Made in America.

07: 30 am: Next up: the award for the best costume design. Here are the nominees:

- Mary Zophres, La La Land

- Madeline Fontaine, Jackie

- Consolata Boyle, Florence Foster Jenkins

- Colleen Atwood, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

- Joanna Johnston, Allied

And the award goes to....

Harry Potter geeks! Our universe is an official Oscar winner! The Oscar goes to Colleen Atwood, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

This is the fourth award for Colleen Atwood in this category.

Oscars 2017: As it happened

07: 30 am: And it goes to Suicide Squad!

07: 25 am: Next up: best make-up and hairstyling. Here are the nominees:

Eva von Bahr and Love Larson, A Man Called Ove

Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo, Star Trek Beyond

Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson, Suicide Squad

07: 20 am: And the award goes to...... Mahershala Ali. For Moonlight.

Sorry, Dev Patel.

07: 15 am

First up! The Best Actor in a Supporting Role. The nominees are:

- Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

- Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

- Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

- Dev Patel, Lion

- Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals


07: 15 am: And we begin!


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