Monday, February 27th, 2017 at 10:27am

Moonlight wins best picture Oscar after onstage gaffe

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The coming-of-age drama, Moonlight, has won the Academy Award for best picture, in an extraordinary Oscar upset and an unprecedented gaffe that saw one winner swapped for another. 

Best Picture: Moonlight

Best Directing: Damien Chazelle – La La Land

Best Actress: Emma Stone – La La Land

Best Actor: Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea

Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis – Fences 

Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali – Moonlight 

Foreign Language Film: The Salesman (Iran)

Animated Feature Film: Zootopia

Documentary Feature: OJ: Made in America

Live Action Short Film: Sing

Animated Short Film: Piper

Documentary Short Subject: The White Helmets

Cinematography: La La Land

Adapted Screenplay: Moonlight 

Original Screenplay: Manchester by the Sea 

Original Score: La La Land 

Original Song: City Of Stars – La La Land 

Sound Editing: Arrival  

Sound Mixing: Hacksaw Ridge  

Production Design: La La Land  

Visual Effects: The Jungle Book

Film Editing: Hacksaw Ridge

Costume Design: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them  

Make-up and Hairstyling: Suicide Squad

While announcing the top honour of Sunday’s event, an apparent mix-up of cards created uproar and confusion in which presenters Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty initially declared smash hit musical, La La Land, the winner. 

But as La La Land’s producers were accepting the award, they were interrupted for a highly unusual correction: La La Land was not the winner, Moonlight was.

A chagrined Beatty blamed the flub on the envelope, which he said had contained a duplicate of the card for the best actress trophy.

“I opened the envelope and it said Emma Stone, La La Land,” he said. “I wasn’t trying to be funny.”

Host Jimmy Kimmel had come forward to inform the cast that Moonlight had indeed won, showing the inside of the envelope as proof. “I knew I would screw this up,” said Kimmel, a first-time host.

“I promise to never come back.”

Producer Jordan Horwitz then graciously passed his statue to the Moonlight producers.

Al Jazeera’s Andy Gallacher, reporting from Los Angeles, said there was a complete chaos after the error and people were confused. 

“This was not exactly the Hollywood ending,” he said.

“As the La La Land crew got on stage to receive the award, one of the members of the La La Land put up the card to the camera and said this is not a joke, Moonlight won.”

“The mistake has overshadowed the entire awards night. Now the only thing people will remember is this monumental mistake, which was … great news for Moonlight and bad news for La La Land,” Gallacher said.

The best picture award was the third Oscar for Barry Jenkins’ filmabout an African American boy growing up gay in a poor neighbourhood in Miami.

Moonlight also won best supporting actor for Mahershala Ali – the first Muslim actor ever to win the Oscar – and best adapted screenplay for Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney.

The film has won plaudits as a vital portrait of contemporary African American life and is praised in equal measure as a groundbreaking and personal meditation on identity, family, friendship and love.

Besides La La Land, Moonlight beat seven other films, including alien thriller Arrival and family dramas Manchester by the Sea and Fences for best picture honours.

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