Oscars: Moonlight Scoops Best Picture After Awards Mix-Up

In a jaw-dropping turn of events, Barry Jenkins' citically-acclaimed Moonlight won best picture at last night's Oscars after a mix-up in which Damien Chazelle's hottly-tipped La La Land was incorrectly announced.

The La La Land team were in the middle of their acceptance speech when producer Jordan Horowitz stopped proceedings and graciously told the crowd that the wrong film had been read and that Moonlight was the real winner.

Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty had stepped up to present the award, but Beatty had clearly been given the wrong envelope and his confusion in the moment was evident.

Moonlight director Barry Jenkins took to the stage looking stunned.

"Very clearly, even in my dreams this could not be true," he said. "But to hell with dreams, I'm done with it, cause this is true."

Earlier in the ceremony, he and original playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney had won for best adapted screenplay for the moving coming-of-age drama about a young, gay black man in a rough Miami neighborhood.

"All you people out there who feel like there's no mirror for you, that your life is not reflected, the Academy has your back, the ACLU has your back, we have your back and for the next four years we will not leave you alone, we will not forget you," Jenkins said.

The film's co-star Mahershala Ali also won for best supporting actor.

Despite the confusion, it was still a good night for La La Land, which took six awards out of the 14 it was nominated for, with director Damien Chazelle making history as the youngest person ever to win best director at just 32 years old, and Emma Stone taking best actress for her role in the film.

Elsewhere, Casey Affleck won best actor for his performance in the poignant Manchester by the Sea, and Viola Davis won best supporting actress for her role in Fences.

Awards host Jimmy Kimmel brought a healthy mix of politics and comedy on Sunday night, taking swipes at Donald Trump ("I want to say thank you to President Trump. Remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist? That's gone, thanks to him,") and ribbing "highly over-rated" actress Meryl Streep in the wake of her Golden Globes acceptance speech in which she denounced Trump's campaign rhetoric and after which the President slammed her in a tweet...

The full list of winners:

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 makeup and hairstyling

A Man Called Ove

Star Trek Beyond

WINNER: Suicide Squad

Best costume design


WINNER: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Florence Foster Jenkins


La La Land

Best documentary

Fire at Sea

I Am Not Your Negro

Life, Animated

WINNER: OJ: Made in America



Best sound editing

WINNER: Arrival

Deepwater Horizon

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land



Best sound mixing


WINNER: Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

13 Hours

Best supporting actress

WINNER: Viola Davis (Fences)

Naomie Harris (Moonlight)

Nicole Kidman (Lion)

Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)

Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)


Best foreign language film

Land of Mine

A Man Called Ove

WINNER: The Salesman


Toni Erdmann


Best animated short

Blind Vaysha

Borrowed Time

Pear Cider and Cigarettes




Best animated feature

Kubo and the Two Strings


My Life As a Zucchini

The Red Turtle

WINNER: Zootopia


Best production design


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hail, Caesar!

WINNER: La La Land



Best visual effects

Deepwater Horizon

Doctor Strange

WINNER: The Jungle Book

Kubo and the Two Strings

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


Best film editing


WINNER: Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

La La Land


Best documentary short

4.1 Miles


Joe’s Violin

Watani: My Homeland

WINNER: The White Helmets


Best live-action short

Ennemis Interieurs 

La Femme et le TGV

Silent Nights 




Best cinematography


WINNER: La La Land





Best score


WINNER: La La Land





Best song

Audition (La La Land)

Can’t Stop the Feeling! (Trolls)

WINNER: City of Stars (La La Land)

The Empty Chair (Jim: The James Foley Story)

How Far I’ll Go (Moana)


Best original screenplay

Hell or High Water

La La Land

The Lobster

WINNER: Manchester by the Sea

20th Century Women


Best adapted screenplay



Hidden Figures


WINNER: Moonlight


Best director

Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)

Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)

WINNER: Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)

Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)


Best actor

WINNER: Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)

Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)

Ryan Gosling (La La Land)

Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)

Denzel Washington (Fences)


Best actress

Isabelle Huppert (Elle)

Ruth Negga (Loving)

WINNER: Emma Stone (La La Land)

Natalie Portman (Jackie)

Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)


Best picture



Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

La La Land


Manchester by the Sea

WINNER: Moonlight