Magazine article Screen International

'Moonlight' Wins Best Picture at Dramatic Oscars 2017

Magazine article Screen International

'Moonlight' Wins Best Picture at Dramatic Oscars 2017

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Read: Oscars 2017: Full list of winners

Faye Dunaway had announced the musical as the winner at the Dolby Theatre after co-presenter Warren Beatty, who opened the envelope and appeared lost for words, handed it to his Bonnie And Clyde co-star.

As chaos reigned, Beatty walked up to the microphone and explained the envelope read, "Emma Stone, La La Land".

The actress had already received her best actress Oscar in one of the key awards of the night alongside Casey Affleck's triumph in the best actor category for Manchester By The Sea.

La La Land won six Oscars on the night led by Stone and Damien Chazelle, who became the youngest person to win the best directing Oscar. The film started the night on a joint-record 14 nominations.

Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney were popular winners in the adapted screenplay category for Moonlight. The film's three wins, alongside a best supporting actress award for Viola Davis from Fences and Ezra Edelman's documentary triumph for O.J.: Made In America will go a long way towards soothing - for one year at least - the hurt felt over last year's #Oscarssowhite furore.

· Comment: Academy got it right with 'Moonlight' best picture win

Kenneth Lonergan accepted the original screenplay award for Manchester By The Sea in the film's only other prize. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon - winners of this award for Good Will Hunting 19 years ago - presented the honour to Lonergan.

Damon was a producer on the film, which earned two wins for Amazon Studios in a significant marker of how a streaming service can get behind a campaign and present a highly attractive alternative to working for a traditional distributor.

Meryl Streep - nominated a record career 20 times for an actor - used her Oscar show platform to pay subtle homage to the unifying power of film when she joined Javier Bardem on stage to present the cinematography award.

"Truth is hard to reveal," Streep said, "but when it happens on the movie screen filmgoers, no matter where they are from, feel their hearts soar."

Sweden's Linus Sandgren won the cinematography prize for La La Land. The musical also triumphed in the original score and original song categories, adding to an earlier win for the production design.

While Streep's appearance did not replicate the power of her stirring Golden Globes speech in January, when she spoke out against a climate of bullying and incurred the wrath of US president Donald Trump, her presence was no less powerful.

At the start of Sunday's show host Jimmy Kimmel was in arch mood when he paid tribute to Streep for her "many uninspiring over-rated performances", in reference to Trump's notorious tweet in January that the star was "over-rated".

Hacksaw Ridge won two Oscars for editing for John Gilbert and sound mixing, which prompted an emotional Kevin O'Connell from the sound mixing team to pay tribute to his mother after winning his first Oscar in 21 attempts.

· Read: Oscars 2017: seven talking points

In the most overtly political moment of Sunday's show - and the biggest pure upset of the night before the best picture finale - Asghar Farhadi's Iranian drama The Salesman trumped Maren Ade's German contender Toni Erdmann to win the best foreign-language award.

Farhadi boycotted the show in protest over US president Donald Trump's ill-fated executive order - now the subject of a stay by the courts - banning entry into the country by citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries including the director's native Iran. …

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