February 27, 2017

The Rogue Oscars Recap

Words by Philbert Dy

We think Moonlight won, but we will never really be sure.

Whatever else happened in another typically overlong Oscars telecast, the only thing that people will really be talking about are the final moments. Warren Beatty was apparently given the wrong envelope to read, and this resulted in him announcing La La Land as the best picture winner. This then led into a trainwreck of awkwardness that had producer Jordan Horowitz racing to announce that the real winner of best picture this year is Moonlight. It is the rare thrilling plot twist in an annual event that has become known for its staidness.

With people already expecting this year’s Oscars to be notably political, this accidental moment proved to be the most potent and relevant message of the night. In what turned to be a pretty tame affair overall, here was a moment when the favored juggernaut had to be humbled onstage, made to realize that the victory was not legitimate. Moonlight didn’t get the moment that it so rightly deserved, but there must be a different satisfaction in seeing the mighty fall. The Germans call this schadenfreude, and it is delicious.

(Although really, those La La Land folks seem really nice, and the movie’s actually pretty lovely. Hating on La La Land is stupid. Let us instead celebrate that a tiny movie like Moonlight can be given this spotlight. Hey local distributors, show Moonlight here!)

Other highlights: Viola Davis gave an Oscar speech that felt like it deserved an Oscar. Ashgar Farhadi delivered a statement through a proxy that called for empathy. Emma Stone won best actress for playing a struggling actress. Casey Affleck’s sexual harassment allegations didn’t keep him from winning the big prize. La La Land won a bunch of other awards, with Damien Chazelle becoming the youngest filmmaker to ever win the best directing prize. Hacksaw Ridge won a bunch of awards that regularly go to war movies. Lin-Manuel Miranda didn’t win his EGOT. Suicide Squad now has one more Oscar than Amy Adams. And Jimmy Kimmel was a host.

Here is the full list of winners:

Best Actor In A Supporting Role

1 Moonlight

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight


Best Makeup And Hairstyling

2 Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad



Best Costume Design

3 Fantastic Beasts

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them


Best Documentary Feature

4 OJ Made in America

O.J.: Made In America


Best Sound Editing

5 Arrival




Best Sound Mixing

6 Hacksaw

Hacksaw Ridge


Best Supporting Actress

7 fences

Viola Davis, Fences


Best Foreign Language Film

8 Salesman

The Salesman (Iran)


Best Animated Short Film

9 piper



Best Animated Feature

10 zootopia



Best Production Design

11 La La Land

La La Land


Best Visual Effects

12 Jungle Book

Jungle Book


Best Editing

13 Hacksaw

Hacksaw Ridge


Best Documentary Short Subject

14 White Helmets

The White Helmets


Best Live Action Short Film

15 Sing

Sing (We had our own Oscars moment and originally posted this with that animated film of singing animals. Sorry kids.)

Best Cinematography

16 LalaLand

Linus Sandgren, La La Land


Best Original Score

17 LalaLand

Justin Hurwitz, La La Land


Best Original Song

18 LalaLand

“City Of Stars,” La La Land


Best Original Screenplay

19 Manchester

Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester By The Sea


Best Adapted Screenplay

20 Moonlight

Barry Jenkins and Tyrell Alvin McCreaney, Moonlight


Best Director

21 La La Land

Damien Chazelle, La La Land


Best Actor

22 Manchester

Casey Affleck, Manchester By The Sea


Best Actress

23 La La Land

Emma Stone, La La Land


Best Picture

24 Lala Moonlight

La La Land, but it turned out to be Moonlight after all.

PIFS Web Banner (742 x 92)