HOLLYWOOD, Los Angeles — Amid the biggest announcement fiasco in the history of Academy Awards, ‘Moonlight’ won the Oscar for best picture, a crowning achievement for African-American filmmakers after two years of controversy over institutional racism in Hollywood.
Initially, ‘La La Land’ was declared the winner and the producers were in the middle of their acceptance speeches when the mistake was discovered.
PriceWaterhouseCooper, the accountancy firm responsible for counting the ballots, apologized for the mix-up.
La La Land still ended up the biggest winner of the night, taking home six Oscars including a best actress award for Emma Stone.
Moonlight’s surprise best picture win took its haul to three, the low-budget film having earlier won the adapted screenplay award and a best supporting actor prize for Mahershala Ali.
These are the winners of the 89th annual Academy Awards.
Best Picture: “Moonlight”
Actor: Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”
Actress: Emma Stone, “La La Land”
Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, “Fences”
Animated Feature: “Zootopia”
Cinematography: “La La Land”
Costume Design: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
Direction: Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”
Documentary Feature: “O.J.: Made in America”
Documentary Short: “The White Helmets”
Film Editing: “Hacksaw Ridge”
Foreign Language Film: “The Salesman”
Makeup and Hairstyling: “Suicide Squad”
Score: “La La Land”