Many First Time Winners at 89th Oscars

It’s the biggest night in Hollywood for actors with the 89th annual Academy Awards. This year late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel makes his debut as host of the gala event.


Pop star Justin Timberlake gets the night of entertainment started with a performance of “I Can’t Stop the Feeling” with plenty of dance moves. He had the whole Theater on their feet clapping and dancing along.

After an eight minute monologue by host Jimmy Kimmel, the first award of the night is awarded for Best Supporting Actor to Mahershala Ali for his role in “Moonlight”. It is the actor’s first Academy Award.

The award for Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling went to Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giogio Gregorini, and Christopher Nelson for “Suicide Squad”

The award for Best Achievement in Costume Design went to Colleen Atwood for “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”.

Stars from the Academy Award nominated film “Hidden Figures” were joined by real life NASA scientist Catherine Johnson prior to the presentation of the award for Best Feature Documentary to Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow for “O.J.: Made in America”. It was the first nomination and win for the duo.

Broadway star Lin Manuel-Miranda performs music from “Moana”.

The award for Best Achievement in Sound Editing went to Sylvain Bellemare for “Arrival”.

The award for Best Achievement in Sound Mixing went to Kevin O’Connell, Adny Wright, Robert Mackenzie, and Peter Grace for “Hacksaw Ridge”.

Earlier Lynn Stallmaster, Ann Coates, Frederick Wiseman, and Jackie Chan were all awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Governor’s Ball.

The award for Best Supporting Actress went to Viola Davis for her role in “Fences”. In her acceptance speech Viola said that she was glad that became an entertainer because, “we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live life.”

The award for Best Foreign Language Film went to “The Salesman” from Iran. Film director Asghar Farhadi was not in attendance in protest of the “travel ban” but sent a message that was read on the stage.

Sting performs the Oscar nominated song “The Empty Chair”.

The award for Best Animated Short Film went to Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer for “Piper”.

The Best Animated Feature Film went to “Zootopia”.

The award for Best Achievement in Production Design went to the husband and wife team of David and Sandy Wasco for “La La Land”.

The award for Best Achievement in Visual Effects went to Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones, and Dan Lemmon for “The Jungle Book”.

The award for Best Achievement in Film Editing went to John Gilbert for “Hacksaw Ridge”.

The award for Best Short Subject Documentary went to Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara for “The White Helmets”.

The award for Live Action Short Film went to Kristof Deak and Ann Udvardy for “Sing”.

The award for Best Achievement in Cinematography went to Linus Sandgren for “La La Land”.

John Legend performed music from “La La Land”.

Samuel L Jackson took some time out from asking us what was in our wallets to present the award for Best Original Music Score to Justin Hurwitz for “La La Land”.

The award for Best Original Song from a Film went to Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul for “City of Stars” from “La La Land”.

For the In Memoriam segment of the show, singer Sarah Bareilles performed “Send in the Clowns” as the video aired of members from the entertainment community who have passed on over the past year.

The award for Best Original Screenplay went to Kenneth Lonergan for “Manchester by the Sea”.

The award for Best Adapted Screenplay went to Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney for “Moonlight”.

The award for Best Achievement in Directing went to Damien Chazelle for “La La Land”.

The Best Actor in a Leading Role went to Casey Afleck for his role in “Manchester by the Sea”.

The Best Actress in a Leading Role went to Emma Stone for her role in “La La Land”.

Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty presented the biggest award of the night for Best Picture. After taking a prolonged time to read the card, Beatty announced that the winner was “La La Land”. Amidst the thank yous it was revealed that Beatty had made a mistake and in fact “Moonlight” won the award for Best Picture.

photo courtesy of By Ivan Bandura – Oscars for sale, CC BY 2.0,

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