BEST PICTURE “La La Land” “Moonlight” - WINNER “Manchester by the Sea” “Arrival” “Fences” “Lion” “Hidden Figures” “Hacksaw Ridge” “Hell or High Water”
BEST DIRECTOR Damien Chazelle, “La La Land” - WINNER Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight” Denis Villeneuve, “Arrival” Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea” Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge”
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE Natalie Portman, “Jackie” Emma Stone, “La La Land” - WINNER Isabelle Huppert, “Elle” Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins” Ruth Negga, “Loving”
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE Ryan Gosling, “La La Land” Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea” - WINNER Denzel Washington, “Fences” Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge” Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE Viola Davis, “Fences” - WINNER Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea” Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures” Naomie Harris, “Moonlight” Nicole Kidman, “Lion”
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight” - WINNER Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water” Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea” Dev Patel, “Lion” Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY “Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins - WINNER “Arrival,” Eric Heisserer “Lion,” Luke Davies “Fences,” August Wilson “Hidden Figures,” Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY “La La Land,” Damien Chazelle “Hell or High Water,” Taylor Sheridan “Manchester by the Sea,” Kenneth Lonergan - WINNER “The Lobster,” Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou “20th Century Women,” Mike Mills
The Best Picture mix-up wasn't a ratings ploy or white privilege conspiracy.
Y'all, save your brain cells and just scroll on by all of the thinkpieces that will hit the Internet today about what happened with the Best Picture announcement. I have already been text messaged, tweeted at, and facebook tagged about how it was a stunt for ratings, about how it was a conspiracy to overshadow Moonlight’s historic win, about how white privilege just led Warren Beatty to assume the result. Maybe because it’s 2017 and there are other things to worry about or maybe because it’s 2017 and I’m tired of the hyperbolic reactions to literally everything, but I’m not here for all the dramatic responses. The simplest answer is usually the correct one. I think the saying in med school is something like “If you hear hooves, it’s probably a horse, not a zebra.” That pretty much carries through most areas of life and the simplest explanation is almost always the correct one. Let’s break down three things real quick.
‘La La Land’ producer Jordan Horowitz holds up the winner card reading actual Best Picture winner 'Moonlight’ with actor Warren Beatty onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.