Film 27 February 2017 How Moonlight’s win led to the most shocking Oscars night in history They gave Best Picture to La La Land first by mistake. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up “This is not a joke by the way. This is not a joke.” You know things are bad when, at possibly the most anticipated cultural moment of the year, you have to keep insisting what’s happening is not a bad skit. Yes, La La Land was announced as the winner of Best Picture at the 89th Academy Awards - but it later turned out that Moonlight had actually won the prize. And the Academy Award for Best Picture ACTUALLY goes to... Moonlight! #Oscars pic.twitter.com/fubHaRH7Ds — Channel 9 (@Channel9) February 27, 2017 We often talk about “Best Picture shocks”, but this was an unprecedented moment in Oscars history: an extraordinary sequence of live television that ended in the makers of La La Land, led by producer Jordan Horowitz, having to hand over the most prestigious award of the night, mid-acceptance speech, to the Moonlight team. But Moonlight’s victory is shocking in a more significant way than the deep, horrible cringe you feel watching the La La Land team’s celebrations turn sour. It’s shocking because a genuinely original and urgent underdog film about the coming-of-age of a black gay man won Best Picture. It’s tempting to see Moonlight’s win as part of a conversation that started last year, when the #OscarsSoWhite scandal began. But, of course, the Oscars has a much longer history of rewarding straight white stories and actors. This was the first Oscars in a decade with multiple black acting winners. Viola Davis became the first black person to receive an Oscar, Emmy and Tony for acting. Mahershala Ali became the first Muslim to win for acting, ever. In 2017. This year's awards saw the continuation of a split result for the Best Directing and Best Picture gongs - something that was once relatively rare but has happened almost every year since 2013. But while La La Land did still pick up six awards, and Moonlight three, there can be no doubt that this was Moonlight’s night. "All you people out there who feel like there's no mirror for you, that your life is not reflected… we have your back," director Barry Jenkins said when accepting the award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The biggest shock of the night wasn’t the seven-minute long fumble over who actually won Best Picture. It’s that a film about black gay love could move the voting members of an awards ceremony dogged by such a long history of racism. Oh, and that Suicide Squad is now an Oscar-winning film. The full list of winners and nominees at the 2017 Academy Awards Best picture Winner: Moonlight Arrival Fences Hacksaw Ridge Hell or High Water Hidden Figures La La Land Lion Manchester by the Sea Moonlight Best director Winner: La La Land - Damien Chazelle Arrival - Denis Villeneuve Hacksaw Ridge - Mel Gibson Manchester by the Sea - Kenneth Lonergan Moonlight - Barry Jenkins Best actor Winner: Casey Affleck - Manchester by the Sea Andrew Garfield - Hacksaw Ridge Ryan Gosling - La La Land Viggo Mortensen - Captain Fantastic Denzel Washington - Fences Best actress Winner: Emma Stone - La La Land Isabelle Huppert - Elle Ruth Negga - Loving Natalie Portman - Jackie Meryl Streep - Florence Foster Jenkins Best supporting actor Winner: Mahershala Ali - Moonlight Jeff Bridges - Hell or High Water Lucas Hedges - Manchester by the Sea Dev Patel - Lion Michael Shannon - Nocturnal Animals Best supporting actress Winner: Viola Davis - Fences Naomie Harris - Moonlight Nicole Kidman - Lion Octavia Spencer - Hidden Figures Michelle Williams - Manchester by the Sea Best cinematography Winner: La La Land - Linus Sandgren Arrival - Bradford Young Lion - Greig Fraser Moonlight - James Laxton Silence - Rodrigo Prieto Best original score Winner: La La Land - Justin Hurwitz Jackie - Mica Levi Lion - Dustin O'Halloran and Hauschka Moonlight - Nicholas Britell Passengers - Thomas Newton Best original song Winner: La La Land - City of Stars by Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul La La Land - Audition by Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul Moana - How Far I'll Go by Lin-Manuel Miranda Trolls - Can't Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster Jim: The James Foley Story - The Empty Chair by J Ralph and Sting Best original screenplay Winner: Manchester by the Sea - Kenneth Lonergan 20th Century Women - Mike Mills Hell or High Water - Taylor Sheridan La La Land - Damien Chazelle The Lobster - Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou Best adapted screenplay Winner: Moonlight - Barry Jenkins and Alvin McCraney Arrival - Eric Heisserer Fences - August Wilson Hidden Figures - Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi Lion - Luke Davies Best costume design Winner: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Colleen Atwood Allied - Joanna Johnston Florence Foster Jenkins - Consolata Boyle Jackie - Madeline Fontaine La La Land - Mary Zophres Best make-up and hairstyling Winner: Suicide Squad - Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson A Man Called Ove - Eva Von Bahr and Love Larson Star Trek Beyond - Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo Best documentary feature Winner: OJ: Made in America 13th Fire At Sea I Am Not Your Negro Life, Animated Best sound editing Winner: Arrival - Sylvain Bellemare Deepwater Horizon - Wylie Stateman and Renee Tondelli Hacksaw Ridge - Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright La La Land - Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan Sully - Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman Best sound mixing Winner: Hacksaw Ridge - Kevin O'Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi - Gary Summers, Jeffrey J Haboush and Mac Ruth Arrival - Bernard Gariepy Strobl and Claude La Haye La La Land - Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee and Steve A Morrow Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson Best foreign language film Winner: The Salesman - Iran A Man Called Ove - Sweden Land of Mine - Denmark Tanna - Australia Toni Erdmann - Germany Best animated short Winner: Piper - Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer Blind Vaysha - Theodore Ushev Borrowed Time - Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj Pear Cider and Cigarettes - Robert Valley and Cara Speller Pearl - Patrick Osborne Best animated feature Winner: Zootopia Kubo and the Two Strings Moana My Life as a Zucchini The Red Turtle Best production design Winner: La La Land - David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco Arrival - Patrice Vermette and Paul Hotte Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Stuart Craig and Anna Pinnock Hail, Caesar! - Jess Gonchor and Nancy Haigh Passengers - Guy Hendrix Dyas and Gene Serdena Best visual effects Winner: The Jungle Book - Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R Jones and Dan Lemmon Deepwater Horizon - Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Jason Billington and Burt Dalton Doctor Strange - Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli and Paul Corbould Kubo and the Two Strings - Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean and Brad Schiff Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel and Neil Corbould Best film editing Winner: Hacksaw Ridge - John Gilbert Arrival - Joe Walker Hell or High Water - Jake Roberts La La Land - Tom Cross Moonlight - Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon Best documentary short Winner: The White Helmets - Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara 4.1 Miles - Daphne Matziaraki Extremis - Dan Krauss Joe's Violin - Kahane Cooperman and Raphaela Neihausen Watani: My Homeland - Marcel Mettelsiefen and Stephen Ellis Best live action short Winner: Sing - Kristof Deak and Anna Udvardy Ennemis Interieurs - Selim Azzazi La Femme et le TGV - Timo Von Gunten and Giacun Caduff Silent Nights - Aske Bang and Kim Magnusson Timecode - Juanjo Gimenez *** Now listen to Anna discussing the Oscars on the NS pop culture podcast, SRSLY: › The old British tactic of divide and rule in Europe will not work for Brexit negotiations Anna Leszkiewicz is culture editor of the New Statesman. 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