The 2017 Oscars

Nick Nagle

The 89th Academy Awards aired on Sunday, February 26, 2017. The award show was full of amazing and surprising moments from impressive outfits to Oscar winner screw-ups. Formerly, I predicted some Oscar nominees based on movies I saw during 2016. I chose the five following movies as being possible nominees for the 2017 Oscars: Florence Foster Jenkins, The Jungle Book, Zootopia, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, and Kubo and the Two Strings. Funny enough, each one of these movies was nominated for an Oscar and some even managed to win one. In this article, I will mention the 2017 Academy Awards winners and all of the big events that occurred Oscar night.

2017 Oscar Winners:

Best Actor – Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea; Casey Affleck won the Oscar for Best Actor over other phenomenal actors such as Andrew Garfield in Hacksaw Ridge, Ryan Gosling in La La Land, and Denzel Washington in Fences.

Best Actress – Emma Stone in La La Land; Emma Stone won over Meryl Streep for this same award. Streep was nominated for her role in Florence Foster Jenkins for playing the character by the same name.

Best Supporting Actor – Mahershala Ali in Moonlight; Mahershala Ali’s award as Best Supporting Actor this year made him the first Muslim ever to win an Oscar. 

Best Supporting Actress – Viola Davis in Fences; Viola Davis is the only black woman ever to have been nominated for three Academy Awards, one of which she won this year.

Best Visual Effects – The Jungle Book; Stunningly, The Jungle Book was able to win the Oscar for Best Visual Effects over other amazing movies from 2016 such as Deepwater Horizon, Doctor Strange, Kubo and the Two Strings, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. 

Best Production Design – La La Land

Best Makeup and Hairstyling – Suicide Squad

Best Costume Design – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; Fantastic Beasts won the first Oscar ever for the Harry Potter film series.

Best Director – Damien Chazelle (La La Land); Damien Chazelle’s work on La La Land allowed the movie to win six of the 24 Oscars this year.

Best Film Editing – Hacksaw Ridge

Best Sound Editing – Arrival

Best Sound Mixing – Hacksaw Ridge

Best Adapted Screenplay – Moonlight

Best Foreign Language Film – The Salesman from Iran; The director of The Salesman did not appear to accept his Oscar in protest of President Trump’s Muslim travel ban.

Best Documentary – O. J.: Made in America; This documentary is the longest film to win an Academy Award as well as being the first Oscar won by ESPN Films.

Best Documentary Short – The White Helmets; During their acceptance speech, the cast of The White Helmets tried to bring attention to the war occurring in Syria. Later on, President Trump reacted to their comments on the war.

Best Score – La La Land

Best Original Screenplay – Manchester by the Sea

Best Cinematography – La La Land

Best Song – City of Stars from La La Land; La La Land was nominated for two different songs for the Best Song award: “City of Stars” and “Audition (The Fools Who Dream).”

Best Animated Film – Zootopia

Best Animated Short Film – Piper; This was the animated short released with Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory. 

Best Live Action Short Film – Sing

Best Picture – La La LandMoonlightMost likely the most well-known moment of the 2017 Academy Awards was the mistake with awarding La La Land as Best Picture when the actual winner was Moonlight. Producers quickly realized the mistake, and the actors of La La Land politely stepped down and graciously gave the award to its proper owners: the cast and crew of Moonlight.

The 89th annual Academy Awards was full of so many surprises and amazing moments. “Hopefully, next year’s Oscars will be as exciting as this year’s except with a little less of the chaos,” Kaihla Powell said when talking about the Oscars. I look forward to the future of entertainment and all of the brilliant works that I’m sure will be created within the next year.