With a bit of a dramatic ending, affter La La Land was declared the winner of Best Picture at tonight’s Academy Awards, it was revealed that Moonlight had actually defied the odds and took home the highest honor of the evening.
But in a twist almost too wild to believe, presenter Warren Beatty read off the incorrect film, and Moonlight was presented with Best Picture halfway through La La Land‘s acceptance speech.
The Mixup and Behind the Scenes Interviews…
Emma Stone Shares her thoughts on the Mixup
Moonlight concluded the awards season last night with three Oscar statues at the 89th Academy Awards. Actor Mahershala Ali won “Best Supporting Actor;” director Barry Jenkins and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney earned “Best Adapted Screenplay” and the film won “Best Picture” – the most coveted prize of the night.
On Saturday, Moonlight dominated the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards, winning every category they were nominated in: “Best Feature,” “Best Director,” “Best Screenplay,” “Best Cinematography,” “Best Editing” (for which co-editor Joi McMillon became the first black woman to win such an award), and the “Robert Altman Award.”
Take a look at all the acceptance speeches below, and congratulations to Moonlight and the entire team at A24 and Plan B.
La La Land was widely expected to win Best Picture. In fact, in an article published by The Hollywood Reporter earlier this week, math predicted a win for the Damien Chazelle-directed musical.
“Best Picture” Oscars Speech – Barry Jenkins, Adele Romanski