2017 Academy Awards Winners - 'Moonlight' & Damien Chazelle Win

February 26, 2017

2017 Academy Awards Winners

The 89th Academy Awards are upon us and it's time to watch the show and discover the winners of the most prestigious award in Hollywood. The Oscar ceremony is being broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood with the esteemed Jimmy Kimmel as our host of the show this year. There are nine fantastic Best Picture nominees, and I'm looking forward to finally knowing who wins. It has been a very exciting, but also a challenging year in 2016. The big battle seems to be between La La Land and Moonlight. It's finally time to find out who is taking home all the Oscars, and who isn't, at the Academy Awards. The full list of nominees below will be updated with winners marked once announced live tonight - refresh for all updates.

Damien Chazelle
Damien Chazelle for
La La Land
Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck for
Manchester by the Sea
Emma Stone
Emma Stone for
La La Land

Read on for a complete list of #Oscars2017 nominees & winners. Let us know what you think of the results!

This will be updated throughout the night to reflect the winners as revealed. Additionally, I might be adding a small bit of editorial commentary beneath each category. Winners are highlighted in BOLD below.

Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Winner! Moonlight

Thoughts: Wait what?!! We all thought La La Land had it, but apparently it is Moonlight instead! Wow. Okay, good for Moonlight, but man I really really wanted it to be La La Land. Oh well.

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

Thoughts: Yes yes yes!! Chazelle wins it! Youngest Best Director winner ever. Totally deserves it. Yay.

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

Thoughts: I prefer Viggo, but I'm still fine with Casey winning. Manchester by the Sea is a fine film and he makes it work through his heartbreaking performance. Bravo.

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

Thoughts: Whoa!! Congrats to Emma! This is wonderful, she's just so delightful, huge moment for her.

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

Thoughts: As expected! I'm happy for Mahershala Ali, this is fantastic, he's a wonderful guy. Glad he won.

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

Thoughts: Hooray!! As expected, Viola Davis wins this one. Totally deserving win, though all 5 of these supporting performances were exceptional.

Hell or High Water - Taylor Sheridan
La La Land - Damien Chazelle
The Lobster - Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou
Winner! Manchester by the Sea - Kenneth Lonergan
20th Century Women - Mike Mills

Thoughts: Whoa! Big win for this fine film, which really deserves this Oscar. Congrats.

Arrival - Eric Heisserer
Fences - August Wilson
Hidden Figures - Allison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi
Lion - Luke Davies
Winner! Moonlight - Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McRaney

Thoughts: Wooo!! Congrats! Another deserving win, it's a great start for Barry.

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

Thoughts: Okay, okay fine. I really wanted Kubo or Zucchini, but this is fine.

A Man Called Ove
Land of Mine
Winner! The Salesman
Toni Erdmann

Thoughts: Yay! Congrats to Asghar Farhadi. I would've been happy with Toni Erdmann, too.

Arrival - Bradford Young
Winner! La La Land - Linus Sandgren
Lion - Greig Fraser
Moonlight - James Laxton
Silence - Rodrigo Prieto

Thoughts: Woohoo!! Beautiful film, it looks wonderful. Let the La La Land train roll on.

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

Thoughts: I wanted I Am Not Your Negro or 13th to win, but okay there you go. It's O.J.

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

Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Winner! Piper

Thoughts: Aw! Yay. Adorable short film from Pixar, happy to see it win.

Ennemis Intérieurs
La Femme et le TGV
Silent Nights
Winner! Sing

Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
Winner! Jungle Book
Kubo and the Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Thoughts: Sure, this movie looks great. But I still think any of the other nominees deserve the win as well.

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

Thoughts: Hooray! First big win for La La Land during the ceremony, and it makes me happy! Keep ’em coming (hopefully).

Winner! Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
La La Land

Thoughts: Well okay, congrats. Another interesting win at the start.

A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Winner! Suicide Squad

Thoughts: Say whaaa? I guess this movie is now an Oscar winner. So be it.

Arrival - Joe Walker
Winner! Hacksaw Ridge - John Gilbert
Hell or High Water - Jake Roberts
La La Land - Tom Cross
Moonlight - Joi McMillon & Nat Sanders

Winner! Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours

Winner! Arrival
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land

Thoughts: Whoa, awesome! A good tech win for Arrival! I hope there's more to come for this film.

Jackie - Mica Levi
Winner! La La Land - Justin Hurwitz
Lion - Dustin O'Halloran
Moonlight - Nicholas Britell
Passengers - Thomas Newman

Thoughts: Yay for both of these wins! I really love the music in La La Land, so I'm happy to see both of these music winners.

"Audition" from 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

Final Thoughts: Okay, so everything didn't exactly go as planned. I was expecting La La Land to win Best Picture, and for a moment, it seemed like that was the case. I am happy with Moonlight winning, I just would've preferred to see La La Land take it home. It's my personal favorite and I've been rooting for it all along. Oh well. It won quite a few other awards, which is good enough. I'm satisfied with the two screenplay winners, both of those usually end up going to the right films - and that's definitely the case this year. I'm not happy about Suicide Squad or Zootopia winning, but again, nothing I can do. No matter how you feel, this is a very odd and unforgettable year at the Oscars. The show and the awards were not what we expected.

[For last year's list of Academy Awards winners, including Spotlight and Alejandro G. Iñárritu, click here.]

Chime in below after reviewing the list of 2017 Oscars winners updated throughout the night and let us know if you're satisfied with this year's results, and what your thoughts are on the actual Oscar ceremony hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. It's always fun to watch the live show. Plus, of course, a big congratulations to all of this year's winners and all of the nominees, too! Thoughts on the 89th Academy Awards so far?

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Everything aside...Ben's reaction to Casey winning was adorable.

Xerxexx on Feb 26, 2017


I got emotional when I saw Ben holding back his tears. Casey deserves his Oscar. He's an underrated and humble actor.

tarek on Feb 27, 2017



Xerxexx on Feb 27, 2017


And it was a great performance in that film, particularly in the police station and when he meets is ex.

Payne by name on Feb 28, 2017


Best animated feature was Zootopia?!? Man they are idiots...

RAW_D on Feb 26, 2017


Nope. They are Disney worshipers.

tarek on Feb 27, 2017


Not too bummed for La La Land.

Xerxexx on Feb 26, 2017


I can't believe that actually happened!!! What a kick in the nuts for the LaLa Land guys. But the film won a ton of others. Guess that's the last time they get 80 year olds to do anything important live. Lol

David Diaz on Feb 26, 2017


Thought Moonlight was well deserving of best picture to be honest with you. I liked La La Land but Moonlight tackled bolder themes and did it really well. I thought Kubo definitely should have won best Animated. I also thought Moana should have won best original song for How Far I'll Go. I still happen to think that Hacksaw Ridge was the best movie out of all of them but the Gibson's past indescretions really kicked that movie in the the teeth.

TK on Feb 26, 2017


I agree on Hacksaw Ridge. The themes of humility, quiet conviction in one's beliefs and staggering heroism were all admirable themes that resonated with me deeply. Disappointing that for all of everyone's talk of tolerance and inclusion, people still can't move on with Gibson despite his penance.

Payne by name on Feb 27, 2017


Mel is a boss. So people can go hang themselves.

tarek on Feb 27, 2017


I haven't seen Moonlight yet so cannot compare it to La la land. However, the musical is a modern classic with or without the best picture award.

David Velázquez on Feb 27, 2017


I wish Ryan Gosling took the Best Actor Oscar... he and Emma Stone did a wonderful job in their roles. Casey Affleck was the expected winner in any case... I am just super duper relieved that Meryl Streep did not win! They need to stop giving her Oscars for every little thing she does! It's enough, now! There are far better actresses out there. I believe Amy Adams was more deserving of the nomination than Streep.

Moe on Feb 27, 2017


La La Land deserved its 14 nominations x 5 wins (extra big ups to Emma!! I wanted her to win!)! Damien Chazelle accomplished a damn good follow up to Whiplash x wining Best Director was warranted; I can't wait to see what he does next. The fight for Best Pictire was really scary, x I wasn't too too upset ha when La La Land was announced but that JUSTIFIED STEAL FROM MOONLIGHT THOUGH! Moonlight was just the better resonating film. I was pleased this year. Jimmy surprised me!

Brandon Cole on Feb 27, 2017


Sad that The Lobster didn't win Screenplay. Also would've been great to see Pear Cider and Cigarettes win Best Animated Short... Pixar doesn't need another Oscar when such a fantastic indie short has been made. Glad to see Chazelle win, though; totally deserved.

Terry Craig on Feb 27, 2017


agreed for the lobster and Disney/Pixar. I know I'm in the minority here, but I don't give a C**p about La La Land. Too much ado. It's better than the notebook though. (which I don't give a c**p too).

tarek on Feb 27, 2017


The trailers are misleading. It's much more than what it is marketed to be

Joker's hideout on Mar 3, 2017


What a giant circle jerk....

TheOct8pus on Feb 27, 2017


Honestly, I am quite happy with the results.

DAVIDPD on Feb 27, 2017


I honestly feel the same way.

Brandon Cole on Feb 28, 2017


Me too

Joker's hideout on Mar 3, 2017


I was hoping Mad Max got another award ;p

Cyberdine on Feb 28, 2017


I'm sorry, as much as I like Mahershala Ali (he's amazing in house of cards, seems a great guy), just can't understand why he won for moonlight. He was in it for no more than 10 minutes, it's not a groundbreaking or remarkable performance and certainly not the best in the movie. I just don't get this one. Specially with Michael Shannon and Bridges doing the work they did

Ricardo_PT on Feb 28, 2017


This one's easy. Racial tension stuff. That's why he won.

boball on Feb 28, 2017

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