The 89th Academy Awards Review

So the Oscars were 6 days ago…

And I’ve been gathering my thoughts while sipping on some tea (both literally and figuratively as I’ve been feeling under the weather). And surprisingly, they weren’t a complete disappointment.

Anyways, moving onto the actual ceremony…

Out of all of the awards season hosts, Jimmy Kimmel was the best. He had some good jokes and he live-tweeted he-who-shall-not-be-named. And throughout the night he made subtle jabs at our current administration that were pretty clever and funny.  I also appreciated his jabs at Matt Damon, which were probably the funniest moments of the night for me personally.

The show as a whole only had five moments, in my opinion, that stood out to me as important.

The first moment happened to be Mahershala Ali’s win for Best Supporting Actor. After winning almost every major supporting actor award this season it was no surprise that Ali won the award. He also made history, by becoming the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar.


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– image via Digital Spy


The second moment was when Viola won for best Supporting Actress. Her speech was moving (as per usual) and to top it off she looked amazing. I knew she was going to win because she was long overdue for an Oscar and I’m happy I can now call her Oscar winner Viola Davis from this day forward. And of course, Viola made history once again. She became the first black actor to win the Triple Crown of Acting: winning a competitive Emmy, Oscar, and Tony in the acting categories.


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– image via International Business Times


Moment number three occurred when Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney (author of the play that Moonlight was adapted from) won Best Adapted Screenplay. I was happy to see Barry Jenkins win some award for his work on Moonlight, and seeing him also win Best Director would have been amazing, but his win for the beautifully written film that is Moonlight was enough for me.


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– image via Digital Spy


The four moment was a disappointing one. Watching Casey Affleck win Best Actor over Denzel was bizarre. Seeing that Affleck has the same monotone and emotionally empty demeanor in every single role he plays, and Denzel is one of the greatest actors ever and gave one of his best performances in Fences. I think Denzel sums up how I was feeling when I heard Affleck’s name…


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– image via Us Weekly


And of course, let’s not forget about Affleck’s sexual assault allegations that he’s been silent about this entire awards season. But that’s none of my business…*sips tea*

And lastly, the fifth moment of the night has to do with the mess that was the award for Best Picture. Yes, it’s been discovered that there was a mix up with the envelopes and The Academy, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway have all issued an apology but that’s not important.


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– image via The Globe and Mail


What’s important is the political and cultural significance of Moonlight winning the Best Picture award has. Moonlight is the first film with an all-black cast, and the first LGBT film to win Best Picture. This is an important win not only for these communities, but also other underrepresented communities in film and entertainment.

Well, that’s it for this awards season folks! In all, it was an underwhelming awards season for the most part. What this awards season taught me is that while we have come a long way as far as the representation of minorities on screen in Hollywood, we still have a long way to go, especially behind the scenes. I was disappointed to see very few people of color who were nominated in the technical categories. But hopefully, Moonlight’s win will inspire more filmmakers of color to step behind the camera.

Check out the full list of winners below!

Best Picture

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

Best Actress

  • Winner: Emma Stone – La La Land
  • Isabelle Huppert – Elle
  • Ruth Negga – Loving
  • Natalie Portman – Jackie
  • Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Actor

  • Winner: Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
  • Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
  • Ryan Gosling – La La Land
  • Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
  • Should Have Won: Denzel Washington – Fences

Best Supporting Actress

  • Winner: Viola Davis – Fences
  • Naomie Harris – Moonlight
  • Nicole Kidman – Lion
  • Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
  • Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

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 Director

  • Winner: La La Land – Damien Chazelle
  • Arrival – Denis Villeneuve
  • Hacksaw Ridge – Mel Gibson
  • Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
  • Moonlight – Barry Jenkins

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 Tarell Alvin McCraney
  • Arrival – Eric Heisserer
  • Fences – August Wilson
  • Hidden Figures – Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi
  • Lion – Luke Davies

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 Cinematography

  • Winner: La La Land – Linus Sandgren
  • Arrival – Bradford Young
  • Lion – Greig Fraser
  • Moonlight – James Laxton
  • Silence – Rodrigo Prieto

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Winner: The Salesman – Iran
  • A Man Called Ove – Sweden
  • Land of Mine – Denmark
  • Tanna – Australia
  • Toni Erdmann – Germany

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 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