AFTER Goof-Up In 2017 Oscar Function, Moonlight Bags the Best Film’s Award

February 27th, 2017 | by Sukumar Roy



LOS ANGLES based 37 years old Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” has received the best picture award after the presenter corrected himself begging excuse for mistakenly earlier announcing that “La La Land”   as the best picture at the 2017 Academy Awards held in a historic Oscar function. The unprecedented fiasco that saw one winner swapped for another while the “La La Land” producers were in mid acceptance speech. “La La Land”  has however bagged  as many as six awards, including honours for cinematography, production design, score, the song “City of Stars” and best director. Chazelle, the 32-year-old filmmaker, became the youngest ever to win the coveted prize as the best director.

“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.Millions of TV viewers across the globe, the dignitaries and media people present at the function saw the representatives for ballot tabulators Price Waterhouse Coopers rushing to the stage to stop the acceptance speech. Presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway had taken the wrong envelope – the one for best actress winner Emma Stone to make the announcement.

It was  shocking  that despite  “La La Land” with 14 nominations, a record that tied it with “Titanic” and “All About Eve, “could not bag the award as the best motion picture, said an noted film critic.

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.”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, “writes The Business Insider.

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.” He said that backstage Beatty insisted on showing the wrong envelope to him before anyone else. However,  the director of the best foreign language film, Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi , had deputed Iranian-American engineer Anousheh Ansari to  accept the award on his behalf and read a prepared statement that protested President Donald Trump’s immigration policy banning  entry of people from his motherland Iran and six other countries to the United States.”I’m sorry I’m not with you tonight,” Farhadi’s statement read. “My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of the other six nations who have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S.”, he said.

Kenneth Lonergan, the New York playwright whose last film “Margaret” engulfed in lawsuits and conflicts has won the best original screenplay. “I love the movies. I love being part of the movies,” said Lonergan, who then thanked his star. “Thank you Casey Affleck, Casey Affleck, Casey Affleck.”She also has won best actor – his first Oscar – for his soulful, grief-filled performance in “Manchester by the Sea.” 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 host Kimmel, in his opening monologue, quickly acknowledged that he “was not that guy” to heal a divided America.

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 centre for the show, and was a frequent presence throughout.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 colour is nominated in each acting category. And four of the five best documentary nominees were also directed by black filmmakers.”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.

Incidentally, the much coveted Academy Award called “Oscars”, is a group of twenty-four artistic and technical honours given annually by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to recognize excellence in cinematic achievements .The winners are awarded a copy of a statuette, officially called the Academy Award of Merit, which has become commonly known by its nickname “Oscar.” The awards were first presented in 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

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