The Academy Awards 2017 have been given away…Here are the winners !

IT WAS ‘MOONLIGHT’ in ‘LA LA LAND’

Ironic, it was that Moonlight did flow in the La La Land literally, as the title of my last article said…and most of the Scriptors’ Predictions were true as well.

The best motion picture was Moonlight

The best motion picture was Moonlight

Seems like Meryl Streep’s elaborate speech on ‘Cinema beyond boundaries’ made at the Golden Globe earlier this year has made a lasting impression on the, ‘Hollywood, Foreigners and the Press’. This year Academy tried to break free and give away some of the most amazing Oscars in the history of Oscars.

The United Colors of Cinema

There was a time in Hollywood, that men and women of color were seldom seen on the stage receiving Awards. The times have changed. The are no more the ‘Hidden Figures’, The ‘Fences’ have been broken and talent shines like, ‘Moonlight’.

While I was watching Moonlight, Hidden Figures and Fences this year I was amazed at the movies that I watched, There was something common about the three. All the three talked about the men and women of color, their stories were incredible, their journeys were breath-taking. Once called as the ‘Black Movies’, now renamed as ‘Best Movies’.

Men and women of color have seen some tough times in the International Political History, and movies are the documentation of those hardships. I distinctly recall a scene in the movie Hidden Figures, where our dear intelligent computer and a lady has to run yards just to use a washroom, says so much about the hard times that the people of color have seen in the past. Things have changed for good and we love it. Congratulations to all the men and women of color who won, and who couldn’t.

Cinema : World Peace V/S Politics

We love Iranian, films. We all really do. But in a country where politically Iranians are ‘Not Welcome’, academy chose to award a film from the pack of best foreign films, an amazing motion picture from Iran. ‘The Salesman’, directed by Oscar Nominated, Writer, Producer and Director Asghar Farhadi was a pleasant surprise and a slap on the face of politicians who are drawing lines on maps with blood of Humanity. Applause.

Lights, Camera and La La Land

‘La la land’ was nominated for 14 Oscars this year, which is the count for highest number of Oscar nominations by a film. La La Land ruled the Awards and got 6 out of the 14 awards. Emma Stone went on to win an Oscar for her amazing performance as Mia. The Director Damian Chazelle went on to become the youngest director in the history of Academy awards to win the trophy of the best director. Also La La Land was honoured for its amazing music, production design and its cinematography and thus became the movie that took most of the Oscars this year.

Moonlight all around

Moonlight, a heart ripping tale of ‘Chiron’ was one of the best movies that I had watched this year. It was amazing to watch a movie where I embody soul of a character of the movie I was watching. This year giving away the award to the best film was like a blockbuster movie ending. La la land was announced best film already, speeches of acceptance were given and then suddenly the pre climax ended and climax shocked and surprised us, pleasantly ofcourse. Confusion was cleared and ‘Moonlight’ won the Best Motion Picture for 89th Academy awards. Maheshala Ali won for his performance as Juan and Moonlight also took the award for the best adapted screenplay.

Jimmy Kimmel

You love him or you hate him. You cannot ignore him. It was fun to see him host this show with his sassy wits. Real fun.

Here is a list of winners.

BEST PICTURE
“Arrival”
“Fences”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Hell or High Water”
“Hidden Figures”
“La La Land”
“Lion”
“Manchester by the Sea”
“Moonlight” ( WINNER )
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Casey Affleck in “Manchester by the Sea” (WINNER)
Andrew Garfield in “Hacksaw Ridge”
Ryan Gosling in “La La Land”
Viggo Mortensen in “Captain Fantastic”
Denzel Washington in “Fences”
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Jeff Bridges in “Hell or High Water”
Mahershala Ali in “Moonlight” (WINNER)
Lucas Hedges in “Manchester by the Sea”
Dev Patel in “Lion”
Michael Shannon in “Nocturnal Animals”
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Isabelle Huppert in “Elle”
Ruth Negga in “Loving”
Natalie Portman in “Jackie”
Emma Stone in “La La Land” (WINNER)
Meryl Streep in “Florence Foster Jenkins”
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Nicole Kidman in “Lion”
Viola Davis in “Fences” (WINNER)
Naomie Harris in “Moonlight”
Octavia Spencer in “Hidden Figures”
Michelle Williams in “Manchester by the Sea”
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
“Kubo and the Two Strings”
“Moana”
“My Life as a Zucchini”
“The Red Turtle”
“Zootopia” (WINNER)
CINEMATOGRAPHY
“Arrival”
“La La Land” (WINNER)
“Lion”
“Moonlight”
“Silence”
COSTUME DESIGN
“Allied”
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (WINNER)
“Florence Foster Jenkins”
“Jackie”
“La La Land”
“Fantastic
DIRECTING
“Arrival” – Denis Villeneuve
“Hacksaw Ridge” – Mel Gibson
“La La Land” – Damien Chazelle (WINNER)
“Manchester by the Sea” – Kenneth Lonergan
“Moonlight” – Barry Jenkins
DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)
“Fire at Sea”
“I Am Not Your Negro”
“Life, Animated”
“O.J.: Made in America” (WINNER)
“13th”
DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)
“Extremis”
“4.1 Miles”
“Joe’s Violin”
“Watani: My Homeland”
“The White Helmets” (WINNER)
FILM EDITING
“Arrival”
“Hacksaw Ridge” (WINNER)
“Hell or High Water”
“La La Land”
“Moonlight”
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“Land of Mine”
“A Man Called Ove”
“The Salesman” (WINNER)
“Tanna”
“Toni Erdmann”
MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
“A Man Called Ove”
“Star Trek Beyond”
“Suicide Squad” (WINNER)
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
“Jackie”
“La La Land” (WINNER)
“Lion”
“Moonlight”
“Passengers”
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)
“Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from “La La Land”
“Can’t Stop The Feeling” from “Trolls”
“City Of Stars” from “La La Land” (WINNER)
“The Empty Chair” from “Jim: The James Foley Story”
“How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana”
PRODUCTION DESIGN
“Arrival”
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
“Hail, Caesar!”
“La La Land” (WINNER)
“Passengers”
ANIMATED SHORT FILM
“Blind Vaysha”
“Borrowed Time”
“Pear Cider and Cigarettes”
“Pearl”
“Piper” (WINNER)
LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
“Ennemis Intérieurs”
“La Femme et le TGV”
“Silent Nights”
“Sing” (WINNER)
“Timecode”
SOUND EDITING
“Arrival” (WINNER)
“Deepwater Horizon”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“La La Land”
“Sully”
SOUND MIXING
“Arrival”
“Hacksaw Ridge” (WINNER)
“La La Land”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”
VISUAL EFFECTS
“Deepwater Horizon”
“Doctor Strange”
“The Jungle Book” (WINNER)
“Kubo and the Two Strings”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)
“Arrival”
“Fences
“Hidden Figures”
“Lion”
“Moonlight” (WINNER)
WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
“Hell or High Water”
“La La Land”
“The Lobster”
“Manchester by the Sea” (WINNER)
“20th Century Women”
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Movie Buff. Yohaann is a film critic with Jagran Prakashan Limited. He has been associated with Print and TV media as a branding professional. Presently he is a screenwriter trying to bring in some good scripts up for Bollywood. At Scriptors he works as a writer and handles business development.
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