Oscar winner, take two.
Barry Jenkins' "Moonlight" — not, as it turned out, "La La Land" — won best picture at the Academy Awards in a historic Oscar upset and an unprecedented fiasco that saw one winner swapped for another while the "La La Land" producers were in mid-speech.
Presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway apparently took the wrong envelope — the one for best actress winner Emma Stone — onto the stage. When they realized the mistake, representatives for ballot tabulators Price Waterhouse Coopers raced onstage to try to stop the acceptance speeches.
But backstage, Stone said she was holding her winning envelope at the time. "I think everyone's in a state of confusion still," said Stone. Later the actress, who pledged her deep love of "Moonlight," added, "Is that the craziest Oscar moment of all time? Cool!"
It was, nevertheless, a shocking upset considering that "La La Land" came in with 14 nominations, a record that tied it with "Titanic" and "All About Eve." Barry Jenkins' tender, bathed-in-blue coming-of-age drama, made for just $1.5 million, is an unusually small Oscar winner. Having made just over $22 million as of Sunday at the box office, it's one of the lowest grossing best-picture winners ever — but also one of the most critically adored.
"Even in my dreams this cannot be true," said an astonished Jenkins, once he reached the stage. "Moonlight," released by indie distributor A24, also had some major muscle behind it, including Brad Pitt's Plan B, which also backed the 2015 winner "12 Years a Slave."
"It was unfortunate that things happened as they did but, goddamn, we won best picture," the still cool and composed Jenkins told reporters.
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.
Producer Jordan Horwitz then graciously passed his statue to the "Moonlight" producers. "I noticed the commotion that was happening and I thought that something strange had occurred," Jenkins said backstage. "The last 20 minutes of my life have been insane."
"Moonlight" co-star Mahershala Ali, the supporting actor winner, said the conclusion "threw me a bit." ''I don't want to go up there and take anything from someone," he said afterward. "It's very hard to feel joy in a moment like that."
Social media was quick to react. Here's a small sample:
Shortly after midnight, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, the firm that tallies the Oscars, released an apologetic statement:
We sincerely apologize to "Moonlight," "La La Land," Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture. The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred.
We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation.
That wasn't the only epic mistake of the night. Australian costume designer and multiple Oscar nominee Janet Patterson was honored during the Oscars' "In Memoriam" montage – except the picture that appeared on the screen was of Australian producer Jan Chapman, who is still alive.
Chapman told Variety she was "devastated" by the error.
John Horn of KPCC's "The Frame" was at the Oscars as well:
The governors were also described as somewhere between "apoplectic, dumbfounded, furious and bewildered" because of the result.
Horn also noted to Morning Edition how a chaotic and complex set change added to the confusion before Beatty and Dunaway even got on stage, with Beatty having to pull Dunaway away from a staircase due to the impending conclusion of the commercial break.
"La La Land" still collected a leading six awards, including honors for cinematography, production design, score, the song "City of Stars" and best director. Chazelle, the 32-year-old filmmaker, became the youngest to win best director. "This was a movie about love and I was luckily enough to fall in love while making it," said Chazelle, speaking about his girlfriend and Oscars date, Olivia Hamilton.
Up until the chaotic end, the telecast had seesawed between jabs at Donald Trump and passionate arguments for inclusivity. "All you people out there who feel like there isn't a mirror out there for you, the academy has your back, the ACLU has your back and for the next four years we will not leave you alone, we will not forget you," said Jenkins, whose film is, in three chapters, about a young black kid growing up poor and gay in impoverished Miami.
Kenneth Lonergan, the New York playwright whose last film ("Margaret") was beset by lawsuits and conflict, won best original screenplay for "Manchester by the Sea." ''I love the movies. I love being part of the movies," said Lonergan. After the wild ending, Lonergan deadpanned to reporters, "It turned out that we actually won best picture."
Shortly later, Affleck — in one of the night's most closely watched races, won best actor — his first Oscar — for his soulful, grief-filled performance in Lonergan's film. Affleck and Denzel Washington ("Fences") were seen as neck-and-neck in the category. An admittedly "dumbfounded" Affleck looked shocked when his name was read. "Man I wish I had something bigger and more meaningful to say," said Affleck, who hugged his more famous brother, Ben, before taking the stage.
The show kicked off with Justin Timberlake dancing down the Dolby Theatre aisles, singing his ebullient song, "Can't Stop the Feeling," from the animated film "Trolls." It was an early cue that the Oscars would steer, at least in part, toward festiveness rather than heavy-handedness. Protests, boycotts and rallies have swirled ahead of Sunday night's Oscars. But Kimmel, in his opening monologue, quickly acknowledged that he "was not that guy" to heal a divided America.
But he pointedly led a standing ovation for the "overrated" Meryl Streep and later tweaked the president by tweeting to him on air, including telling him that Streep "says hi."
The wins for Davis, who co-starred in Denzel Washington's August Wilson adaptation "Fences," and Mahershala Ali, the "Moonlight" co-star, were both widely expected. Their awards marked the first time in more than a decade that multiple Oscar acting honors went to black actors.
"I became an artist, and thank god I did, because we are the only profession to celebrate what it means to live a life," said Davis, the best supporting actress winner. "So here's to August Wilson, who exhumed and exalted the ordinary people."
The evening's most blunt protest came from a winner not in attendance. Best foreign film for the second time went to Asghar Farhadi, director of Iran's "A Salesman." Farhadi, who also won for his "A Separation," had said he wouldn't attend because of Trump's travel band to seven predominantly Muslim nations. Anousheh Ansari, an Iranian astronaut, read a statement from Farhadi.
"I'm sorry I'm not with you tonight," it read. "My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of other six nations who have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S."
The broadcast often veered between such strong personal statements and Kimmel's efforts to keep things a little lighter with bits reminiscent of his late-night show. Shortly before he led a dazed, unsuspecting tour group into the theater, presenter Gael Garcia Bernal, the Mexican actor, declared: "As a migrant worker, as a Mexican, and as a human being, I am against any wall." Rich Moore, one of the three directors of Disney's best animated film winner "Zootopia," described the movie as about "tolerance being more powerful than fear of the other."
Gibson's World War II drama "Hacksaw Ridge" was, surprisingly, the evening's first double winner, taking awards for editing and sound mixing. The bearded Gibson, for a decade a pariah in Hollywood, was seated front and center for the show, and was a frequent presence throughout.
Ezra Edelman's "O.J.: Made in America" took best documentary, making it — at 467 minutes — the longest Oscar winner ever, beating out the 1969 Best Foreign Language Film winner "War and Peace" (431 minutes). Edelman's documentary, while it received an Oscar-qualifying theatrical release, was seen by most on ESPN as a serial, prompting some to claim its place was at the Emmys, not the Oscars.
Edelman dedicated the award to the victims of the famous crime, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. "This is also for other victims, victims of police violence, police brutality," Edelman said. "This is their story as it is Ron and Nicole's."
The "OscarsSoWhite" crisis of the last two years was largely quelled this season by a richly diverse slate of nominees, thanks to films like "Moonlight," ''Fences" and "Hidden Figures." A record six black actors are nominated. For the first time ever, a person of color is nominated in each acting category.
"I want to say thank you to President Trump," Kimmel said in the opening. "Remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist?"
The nominees follow the efforts by Academy of Motions Pictures Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs to diversify the membership of the largely white, older and male film academy. "Tonight is proof that art has no borders, no single language and does not belong to a single faith," said Isaacs.
- “Hacksaw Ridge”
- “Hell or High Water”
- “Hidden Figures”
- “La La Land”
- “Manchester by the Sea” — Jen Lame on crafting the narrative of ‘Manchester by the Sea’
Actor in a Leading Role
- Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea” — Casey Affleck reflects on working with Joaquin Phoenix, Christian Bale and others
- Denzel Washington, “Fences”
- Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”
- Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic” — Viggo Mortensen & Matt Ross talk ‘Captain Fantastic’; arts in state prisons
- Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge” — Actor Andrew Garfield; editor William Goldenberg; Getty exhibit views the news
Actress in a Leading Role
- Emma Stone, “La La Land” — Emma Stone learns some new moves in ‘La La Land’
- Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”
- Ruth Negga, “Loving” — Actress Ruth Negga takes a stand on equality, race and representation with ‘Loving’
- Natalie Portman, “Jackie” — ‘Jackie’ star Natalie Portman: Hollywood still needs more opportunities for women
- Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”
Actor in a Supporting Role
- Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
- Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”
- Dev Patel, “Lion”
- Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”
- Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”
Actress in a Supporting Role
- Viola Davis, “Fences”
- Naomie Harris, “Moonlight” — How ‘Moonlight’ actress Naomie Harris found herself in the role of a crack addict
- Nicole Kidman, “Lion”
- Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”
- Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”
Animated Feature Film
- “Zootopia” — Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer
- “Kubo and the Two Strings” — Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner
- “Moana” — John Musker, Ron Clements and Osnat Shurer
- “My Life as a Zucchini” — Claude Barras and Max Karli
- “The Red Turtle” — Michael Dudok de Wit and Toshio Suzuki
- “La La Land” — Linus Sandgren
- “Arrival” — Bradford Young
- “Lion” — Greig Fraser
- “Moonlight” — James Laxton
- “Silence” — Rodrigo Prieto
- “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
- “La La Land” — Director Damien Chazelle taps into the unglamorous side of LA
- “Arrival” — Denis Villeneuve: Moving on from ‘Arrival’ to ‘Blade Runner 2049’
- “Hacksaw Ridge” — Mel Gibson
- “Manchester by the Sea” — Kenneth Lonergan
- “Moonlight” — ‘Moonlight’ director Barry Jenkins: ‘There was no code switching in this film’
- “OJ: Made in America” — Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow
- “Fire at Sea” — Gianfranco Rosi and Donatella Palermo
- "I am Not Your Negro" — Raoul Peck, Remi Grellety and Hebert Peck
- “Life, Animated” — Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman
- “13th” — Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick and Howard Barish
Documentary (Short Subject)
- “The White Helmets” — Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara
- “Extremis” — Dan Krauss
- “41 Miles” — Daphne Matziaraki
- “Joe’s Violin” — Kahane Cooperman and Raphaela Neihausen
- “Watani— My Homeland” — Marcel Mettelsiefen and Stephen Ellis
- “Hacksaw Ridge” — John Gilbert
- “Arrival” — Joe Walker
- “Hell or High Water” — Jake Roberts
- “La La Land” — Tom Cross
- “Moonlight” — Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon
Foreign Language Film
- “The Salesman” — Iran — ‘Salesman’ director says working around Iran’s censorship laws led to more creative filmmaking
- “Land of Mine” — Denmark
- “A Man Called Ove” — Sweden
- “Tanna” — Australia
- “Toni Erdmann” — Germany — Actress Sandra Hüller
Makeup and Hairstyling
- “Suicide Squad” — Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson
- “A Man Called One” — Eva von Bahr and Love Larson
- “Star Trek Beyond” — Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo
Music (Original Score)
- “La La Land” — Justin Hurwitz
- “Jackie” — Mica Levi
- “Lion” — Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka
- “Moonlight” — Nicholas Britell
- “Passengers” — Thomas Newman
Music (Original Song)
- “City of Stars” from “La La Land” — music by Justin Hurwitz, lyric by Ben Pasek and Justin Paul
- “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from “La La Land” — music by Justin Hurwitz, lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
- “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” from “Trolls” — music and lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster
- “The Empty Chair” from “Jim: The James Foley Story” — music and lyric by J Ralph and Sting
- “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana” — music and lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda
- “La La Land” — David Wasco (Production Design); Sandy Reynolds-Wasco (Set Decoration)
- “Arrival” — Patrice Vermette (Production Design); Paul Hotte (Set Decoration)
- “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” — Stuart Craig (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration)
- “Hail, Caesar!” — Jess Gonchor (Production Design); Nancy Haigh (Set Decoration)
- “Passengers” — Guy Hendrix Dyas (Production Design); Gene Serdena (Set Decoration)
Animated Short Film
- “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
Live Action Short Film
- “Sing” — Kristof Deak and Anna Udvardy — ‘Sing’ is about giving a voice to the oppressed and fighting injustice
- “Ennemis Interieurs” — Selim Azzazi — How ‘Ennemis Intérieurs’ tackles anti-foreigner sentiment through a tense interrogation
- “La Femme et le TGV” — Timo von Gunten and Giacun Caduff — ‘La Femme et le TGV’ explores loneliness and human connect
- “Silent Nights” — Aske Bang and Kim Magnusson — ‘Silent Nights’ illustrates the complexities of being human and immigration
- “Timecode” — Juanjo Gimenez — ‘Timecode’ reminds its audience they’re more than their monotonous job
- “Hacksaw Ridge” — Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace
- “Arrival” — Bernard Gariepy Strobl and Claude La Haye
- “La La Land” — Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee and Steve A Morrow
- “Rogue One” — David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson
- “13 Hours” — Greg P Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J Haboush and Mac Ruth
- “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
- “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
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
- “Moonlight” — screenplay by Barry Jenkins, story by Tarell Alvin McCraney — ‘Moonlight’ director Barry Jenkins: ‘There was no code switching in this film’
- “Lion” — screenplay by Luke Davies
- “Arrival” — screenplay by Eric Heisserer
- “Fences” — screenplay by August Wilson
- “Hidden Figures” — screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi
Writing (Original Screenplay)
- “Manchester by the Sea” — written by Kenneth Lonergan
- “Hell or High Water” — written by Taylor Sheridan
- “La La Land” — written by Damien Chazelle
- “The Lobster” — written by Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou
- “20th Century Women” — written by Mike Mills
Associated Press writers Sandy Cohen and Lindsey Bahr contributed to this report.
This story has been updated.