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Many of us (i.e., the critics) have spent the last few months debating which films and performers were the best of 2016. It’s something so many different people have an opinion on which is why we see the number of different award shows that we do. From the Golden Globes, to the BAFTAs and the Guild awards. In the end, as important as those awards all are, its the Oscars that are generally considered to have the real clout in determining which films were really the best of the past year. So after the marathon of award shows we’ve had over the last few months, it all comes down to this, who gets to walk away with this year’s Oscar.

And there was one big surprise in frontrunner La La Land – which was nominated for a record-tying 14 categories – not taking home the Best Picture statue, which was instead claimed by indie darling Moonlight. Not that you would have known that as one of the biggest flubs in Oscar history went down as announcer Faye Dunaway incorrectly read out that La La Land had won Best Picture. The producers and cast for that film were already on stage with the acceptance speech when producer Jordan Horowitz noticed the mistake on the card and interrupted proceedings saying “This is not a joke, ‘Moonlight’ has won best picture. Moonlight. Best picture.” Initially confusion took hold, but as the La La Land ensemble began to make way for the Moonlight crew to take their place, Horowitz continued, “I’m going to be really proud to hand this to my friends from Moonlight.” (In case you’re wondering, Steve Harvey didn’t have anything to do with this ceremony)

Besides for just being involved in embarrassing moments, Moonlight also made history as Mahershala Ali took home the Best Supporting actor award, becoming the first
Muslim actor to ever win an Oscar. And speaking of records, among the six Oscars that La La Land did eventually pick up – the most of any one film on the night – its 32-year old director Damien Chazelle also entered the record books as the youngest filmmaker in history to win Best Director. Oh and Suicide Squad is now officially an Oscar-winning movie. For real.

Here is the full list of nominations for this years Oscars, with the winners of each category in bold:

BEST PICTURE

Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Lion
Manchester By the Sea
Moonlight

BEST DIRECTOR

Denis Villeneuve, Arrival
Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

BEST ACTRESS

Emma Stone, La La Land
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Ruth Negga, Loving
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins
Isabelle Huppert, Elle

BEST ACTOR

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Viola Davis, Fences
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel, Lion
Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Arrival
Fences
Hidden Figures
Lion
Moonlight

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Hell or High Water
La La Land
The Lobster
Manchester by the Sea
20th Century Women

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Land of Mine, Martin Zandvliet, Denmark
A Man Called Ove, Hannes Holm,  Sweden
The Salesman, Asghar Farhadi, Iran
Tanna, Bentley Dean, Martin Butler, Australia,
Toni Erdmann, Maren Ade, Germany

 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Zootopia

BEST FILM EDITING

Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Moonlight

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“Audition (The Fools Who Dream)”, La La Land
“Can’t Stop the Feeling”, Trolls
“City of Stars,” La La Land
“The Empty Chair,” Jim: The James Foley Story
“How Far I’ll Go,” Moana

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Jackie
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Passengers

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Arrival, Bradford Young
La La Land, Linus Sandgren
Lion, Grieg Fraser
Moonlight, James Laxton

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Allied
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
Jackie
La La Land

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Arrival
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hail, Caesar!
La La Land
Passengers

BEST SOUND EDITING

Arrival
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Sully

BEST SOUND MIXING

Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One
13  Hours

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
The Jungle Book
Doctor Strange
Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them
Arrival
The BFG
Kubo and the Two Strings
Monster Calls

BEST SHORT FILM, LIVE ACTION

Ennemis Intérieurs
La Femme et le TGV
Silent Nights
Sing
Timecode

BEST SHORT FILM, ANIMATED

Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Pearl
Piper

BEST DOCUMENTARY, SHORT SUBJECT

Extremis
4.1 Miles
Joe’s Violin
Watani: My Homeland
The White Helmets

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life, Animated
O.J.: Made in America

 

 

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Craig Risi

A man of many talents, but no sense how to use them. I could be discovering the cure for aids or finding ways to achieve world peace, but I'd rather be watching movies and writing here instead.

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