Los Angeles built up the 2107 Oscars to finish in what must be the most controversial ending to the Academy Awards in the history most illustrious awards ceremony in film.
Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty mistakenly named La La Land as the winners of the evening’s top prize; Best Picture, which should have been placed in the hands of Moonlight director Barry Jenkins.
On-stage chaos resulted in La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz reveal the truth on stage and call up the rightful winners:
“Guys, I’m sorry, no, there’s a mistake. Moonlight, you guys won best picture,” he said. Marc Platt, another La La Land producer added: “This is not a joke, I’m afraid they read the wrong thing.”
Besides the monumental moment of panic, the evening saw the best actress and actor awarded, the best score, the best editing and plenty more:
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight director and writer: “Very clearly, even in my dreams this could not be true, but to hell with dreams, I’m done with it because this is true, oh my goodness.
“And I have to say, and it is true it’s not fake, we’ve been on the road with these guys for so long and that was so gracious, so generous of them, my love to La La Land, my love to everybody, man.”
And, after all the nightmare, you can witness the awkardness for yourself:
Isabelle Huppert (Elle)
Ruth Negga (Loving)
WINNER: Emma Stone (La La Land)
Natalie Portman (Jackie)
Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)
Emma Stone: “To the women in this category – you were all so extraordinary and I look up to you and admire you. It has been the greatest honour to stand alongside you.
“I realise a moment like this is a huge confluence of luck and opportunity so I want to thank Damien Chazelle to be given the opportunity. Ryan Gosling, thank you for making me laugh and always raising the bar and being the best partner on this crazy adventure.”
WINNER: Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)
Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)
Denzel Washington (Fences)
Casey Affleck: “One of the first people who taught me how to act was Denzel Washington and I met him tonight for the first time, thank you.
“I’m only here because of all the talent and goodwill of so many people. Most of all [director and writer] Kenneth Lonergan, without his writing I wouldn’t be here for sure. I’m really proud to be a part of this community and I’m dumfounded that I’m included.”
Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)
Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)
WINNER: Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
Damien Chazelle pays homage to his love Olivia during his acceptance speech: “I feel lucky enough to fall in love while making it (the film).”
Best original screenplay
Hell or High Water
La La Land
WINNER: Manchester by the Sea
20th Century Women
Best adapted screenplay
WINNER: La La Land
Although desperately rooting for Micachu and the Shapes’ very own Mica Levi who was nominated for her score with Jackie, it was perhaps slightly unrealistic to believe the much-nominated La La Land could be beaten in this category.