Oscar Derby 2017 Finale

La La-- say what now???

Well… uh… that was an Oscar first, wasn’t it? I admit I did not anticipate that.

Last night was the 89th Academy Awards and in a surprise last second twist actors Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced La La Land as the winner of Best Picture… only to have it revealed to be an error once the cast and crew took the stage and began their acceptance speeches. Beatty it seems had the wrong envelope — and the real Best Picture winner was Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight.

In Oscar’s 88 year history this has never happened. It was incredible last second drama. And as much as I did not like La La Land, that situation is a creator nightmare and a lot of credit goes to producer Jordan Horowitz for giving a brief speech about the importance of diversity… and then swiftly, graciously, and enthusiastically inform the Moonlight folk they’d won. Other credit to the rest of the cast and crew behind him for keeping their own cool about such an egregious mistake (at least on stage, that is.) I can’t imagine hearing you’ve won, holding the award, and finding out it was wrong.

But all that said, the important fact here is YOU GUYS MOONLIGHT ACTUALLY WON. The small, personal masterpiece about a gay black boy won the Oscar this year. Once again it is a brief glimmer of the artistic community giving one massive middle finger to Trump & The Hate Co.

 

BEST PICTURE

Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight

So happy for this cast and crew. This was my favorite film I saw. I’ll admit I’d lost some hope and resigned myself to a La La Land victory, and I’m so glad that it turned out differently (minus the awful gaffe of course.)

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)
Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)

Shoulda been Barry Jenkins… But the Chazelle win stings much less since Moonlight did win Best Picture.

 

BEST ACTOR

Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)
Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)
Denzel Washington (Fences)

Hey, his work is genuinely great in that movie… but yeah, there is definitely something inescapably skeevy about him winning over Denzel. Makes me feel a bit gross.

Oh Hollywood, how you love to be both progressive and regressive at the same time…

 

BEST ACTRESS

Isabelle Huppert, (Elle)
Ruth Negga, (Loving)
Natalie Portman, (Jackie)
Emma Stone, (La La Land)
Meryl Streep, (Florence Foster Jenkins)

Fine. I’d come to accept it.

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)
Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)
Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea)
Dev Patel (Lion)
Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)

I did not have to set anything on fire.

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Viola Davis (Fences)
Naomie Harris (Moonlight)
Nicole Kidman (Lion)
Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)
Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)

Yup.

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Mike Mills (20th Century Women)
Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water)
Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Yorgos Lanthimos & Efthymis Filippou (The Lobster)
Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)

Genuinely pleasantly surprised by this! I’d grudgingly resigned myself to hissing about a La La Land win, and am quite happy to see it go to my Original Screenplay close runner-up choice.

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Eric Heisserer (Arrival)
August Wilson (Fences)
Allison Schroeder & Theodore Melfi (Hidden Figures)
Luke Davies (Lion)
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)

Once again, I did not have to set anything on fire.

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Bradford Young (Arrival)
Linus Sandgren (La La Land)
Greig Fraser (Lion)
James Laxton (Moonlight)
Rodrigo Prieto (Silence)

I don’t get it. Think it really could have been anyone else — especially Laxton or Young. But whatever. La La Land didn’t sweep, and didn’t win the big prize so my anger is quite lower.

 

BEST FILM EDITING

Joe Walker (Arrival)
John Gilbert (Hacksaw Ridge)
Jake Roberts (Hell or High Water)
Tom Cross (La La Land)
Nat Sanders and Joi Mcmillan (Moonlight)

Huh. Well ok then…? Dear Academy: faster, flashier, more chaotic editing does not necessarily equal best editing.

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

The Jungle Book
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Doctor Strange
Deepwater Horizon
Kubo and the Two Strings

A tiger had Idris Elba’s voice.

 

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Patrice Vermette (Arrival)
Stuart Craig & James Hambidge (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them)
Jess Gonchor (Hail, Caesar!)
David Wasco (La La Land)
Guy Hendrix Dyas (Passengers)

Disagree; but whatever.

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Joanna Johnston (Allied)
Colleen Atwood (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them)
 Consolata Boyle (Florence Foster Jenkins)
 Madeline Fontaine (Jackie)
Mary Gophers (La La Land)

Surprised by this one. Sure. Why not. Go Colleen Atwood.

 

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad

No matter how much you try to justify the hair and make-up work on its own, “Oscar winning Suicide Squad” just sounds wrong.

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Mica Levi (Jackie)
Justin Hurwitz (La La Land)
Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka (Lion)
Nicholas Britell (Moonlight)
Thomas Newman (Passengers)

This actually might be one of the Moonlight losses that actually gets to me. It really really really should have been Britell’s score.

 

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“The Empty Chair” (Jim: The James Foley Story)
“Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” (La La Land)
“City of Stars” (La La Land)
“How Far I’ll Go” (Moana)
“Can’t Stop the Feeling” (Trolls) 

And Lin-Manuel misses out on his EGOT this year. … Something tells me he’ll have other chances to get that O though.

Oh, and UGH.

 

BEST SOUND EDITING

Arrival 
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Sully 

It really would be hard to argue against Arrival as far as having the best original sounds and specific sound creations. Aliens and all.

 

BEST SOUND MIXING

13 Hours
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Sound mixing really does love its war films. Bullets whizzing and dirt flying and all.

 

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Land of Mine, Denmark
A Man Called Ove, 
Sweden
The Salesman, 
Iran
Tanna,
Australia
Toni Erdmann, 
German

Pretty much what I expected in all respects. Not just the win itself, but the statement.

 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Zootopia 

Congratulations.

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

13th
Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life Animate
O.J.:Made in America

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

4.1 Miles
Extremis
Joe’s Violin
Watani: My Homeland
The White Helmets

 

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

Ennemis Interieurs
La Femme et le TGV
Silent Nights
Sing (Mindenki)
Timecode

 

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Pearl
Piper

 

Anyways, that’s it, folks. Another year, another derby completed. 

I am excited for what next years crop of movies will bring… because I believe that while he was hibernating this year, next Oscar season will see the (hopefully triumphant) return of our favorite under-appreciated Moose ginger. Will next year be The Year of Domhnall?? Fingers crossed. 

Keep watching movies.