The 89th Oscar Awards 2017 has come and gone, serving us with surprising but well-deserved victories.
The award show took a step back from previous themes of other award shows which gave honorees and presenters a chance to voice their white-hot anger towards President Trump’s policies including his travel ban and his plan to build a wall at the border with Mexico.
The academy puts on a show that only Hollywood knew how to do, which was to entertain. The Oscars made everybody forget about everything political as the red carpet rolled out and the glitz and glamor of the night unfolded as candy and snacks were attached to parachutes dropping out of the ceiling.
There was so much levity all through the night with jokes flying from host Jimmy Kimmel although the most infamous one was when presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway named ‘La La Land’ the winner for best picture when it was in fact ‘Moonlight’.
Oscar awards 2017 – Complete list of winners
1. Best Actor: Casey Affleck ”Manchester by the Sea”.
Born Caleb Casey McGuire Affleck-Boldt on August 12, 1975, this talented American actor began his acting career when he was a child as a result of the friendship between his mother and a Cambridge-area casting director, Patty Collinge. He appeared in the 1988 PBS television film Lemon Sky and the ABC miniseries The Kennedys of Massachusetts (1990) in addition to featuring in local weather commercials and movie extra work. However, Casey only started considering building a career in acting when he was in high school.
Casey Affleck got his big breakthrough in the industry in 2007 after he played the role of Robert Ford in the Western drama, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. His outstanding performance in the film earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
He then recorded a line-up of successful films in the early 2010s and was particularly applauded for his role as an outlaw in the indie film Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.
In 2016, Casey Affleck played the lead role in the drama film Manchester by the Sea and for his amazing performance as Lee Chandler, he bagged over 40 awards including the 2017 Academy Award for Best Actor.
2. Best Actress: Emma Stone ”La La Land”
Emma Stone is considered to be one of the most talented actresses in her generation. She is currently number one on Forbes’ list of highest-paid actresses following her $26 million earnings from the movie-musical La La Land.
Born on November 6, 1988, the actress – whose birth name is Emily Jean Stone – kicked off her acting career when she was only four years old but at that age, it was too early to decide for sure which area of acting she wanted to build on. Consequently, when she became older, she decided to focus her attention on musical theater, and for many years, she took voice training classes. This was contrary to her original plan of going into sketch comedy.
In pursuit of her acting dream, Emma as a teenager relocated from her birthplace in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her mother, to Los Angeles. She got some small television roles but eventually had her big breakthrough with her first starring role in the 2010 teen comedy Easy A. Emma’s outstanding performance in the film earned her nominations for various awards including a BAFTA Rising Star Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. This major breakthrough opened up doors for many more successes in her career with one of the latest being the highly successful 2016 musical film La La Land.
3. Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali ”Moonlight”
Mahershala Ali was born on February 16, 1974, and works in the American entertainment industry as an actor and rapper. At birth, he was named Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore but he later converted from Christianity to Islam, dropped his surname ‘Gilmore’, and adopted Ali.
The actor bore his full name, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali until he decided to shorten it to Mahershala Ali in 2010 in order to make it easier for pronunciation, in addition to other factors that necessitated the change.
Ali’s acting career started with roles on the American TV drama series, Crossing Jordan, and Threat Matrix before he subsequently got a chance to play the role of Richard Tyler in the science fiction television series The 4400, which launched his career to greater heights afterward.
Following his performance as Juan, a drug dealer, in the movie Moonlight, Ali was globally applauded by critics and won many awards including the Best Supporting Actor at the 89th Academy Awards, making him the first actor from the Muslim community to win an acting Oscar.
4. Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis ”Fences”
Viola Davis is one of the few black-American women who has managed to get to the peak of their acting careers against all odds. She was born in Rhode Island, South Carolina, on August 11, 1965. While still in high school, Viola discovered she had a knack for acting and this made her enroll at Rhode Island College afterward, to study for a degree in theatre. After she bagged her degree in 1988, the talented actress moved on to the famed Juilliard School of Performing Arts in New York City, from where she finished in 1993.
Viola Davis kicked off her acting career on stage in 1996 with Seven Guitars, a tragic comedy by August Wilson and by 1999 her awards started rolling in, first an Obe Award for her performance as Ruby McCollum in Everybody’s Ruby.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, she played both supporting and minor roles in various films and television series before working again in August Wilson’s 2001 stage drama, King Hedley II, which earned her her first Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play. Seven years later, she got her major breakthrough in the industry as a result of several nominations which came her way following her supporting role in the drama Doubt (2008). This was followed by more amazing performances and more awards!
In 2017, Davis bagged her first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Rose Maxson in the film adaptation of Fences.
5. Best Animated Feature Film: ”Zootopia”
6. Best Animated Short Film: ”Piper”
7. Best Cinematography: “La La Land”
Born on December 5, 1972, Swedish cinematographer Linus Sandgren won the Academy Award for his work on La La Land alongside twenty-three other awards and several nominations. He shot the movie in the classic Cinemascope ratio 2.55:1.
8. Best Costume Design: ”Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
The costumes used in the movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, was designed by Colleen Atwood. This makes her the first person to ever win an Oscar for a film in the Harry Potter franchise.
Collen had previously been nominated in the category twelve times, with the latest win being her fourth.
9. Best Direction: Damien Chazelle ”La La Land”
Damien Chazelle is the American director who whisked away the 2017 Academy Award for Best Directing for the movie La La Land, which was also written by him. Born on January 19, 1985, the award-winning director, screenwriter, and producer, is popular for his 2014 film, Whiplash. His victory at the Academy Award makes him the youngest winner in the Best Director categories.
The Havard graduate relocated to Los Angeles upon his graduation with the sole purpose of attracting interest to produce his musical La La Land.
10. Best Documentary (Feature): ”O.J. Made in America”
11. Best Documentary (Short Subject): ”The White Helmets”
12. Best Film Editing: ”Hacksaw Ridge”
Mel Gibson’s 2016 war drama Hacksaw Ridge was edited by John Gilbert who did such a wonderful job that he received the Academy Award for Best Film Editing in addition to many other honours.
The award-winning editor is a member of the American Cinema Editors.
13. Best Foreign Language Film: ”The Salesman”
14. Best Makeup and Hairstyling: ”Suicide Squad”
15. Best Music (Original Score): “La La Land”
16. Best Music (Original Song): “City of Stars” from La La Land Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
17. Best Picture: ”Moonlight”
18. Best Production Design: “La La Land”
19. Best Live Action Short: “Sing”
20. Best Sound Editing: “Arrival”
This award went to Sylvain Bellemare, a Canadian sound editor and sound designer. In 2016, he won the BAFTA Award for Best Sound for the movie Arrival, alongside Claude La Haye and Bernard Gariépy Strob.
21. Best Sound Mixing: “Hacksaw Ridge”
For this movie, Kevin O’Connell took away the award. Before he finally won his first Academy Award for Hacksaw Ridge, Kevin had been nominated 20 times without a win.
Kevin O’Connell (L) and Andy Wright (R)
22. Best Visual Effects: “The Jungle Book”
23. Best Adapted Screenplay: “Moonlight”
24. Best Original Screen Play: “Manchester by the Sea”