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'Moonlight' becomes the first LGBT film in history to win Best Picture at the Oscars
2017-02-27
After months of critical adulation and major awards show glory, Moonlight has made history by becoming the first LGBT-themed film in history to win Best Picture at the Oscars. Barry Jenkins' compelling coming-of-age drama, which charts the life of a young gay black man growing up in a deprived Miami neighbourhood, scooped the top prize at the 89th Academy Awards in Los Angeles last night (February 27) in the most exceptional of circumstances, after its main rival, La La Land, was wrongly announced as the winner following a mix-up with the announcement cards. Presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced Damien Chazelle's musical romance as the winner after mistakenly being given an envelope opened earlier and containing a card that said Emma Stone had won best actress for La La Land. The teams behind La La Land were in the middle of their acceptance speeches when the mistake was noticed. After learning of the error, one of the film's producers told the stunned audience of A-listers: "There's been a mistake - Moonlight, you guys won Best Picture." After holding the correct card announcing Moonlight's historic victory, he later added: "I'm really proud to hand this to my friends at Moonlight." There was understandable shock in the Moonlight camp as the film's stars and producers came to terms with their victory, which came following wins earlier in the night for Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali. The unfortunate mix-up could not overshadow the magnitude of Moonlight's achievement, which comes 11 years after Ang Lee's romantic cowboy drama Brokeback Mountain controversially lost out to Crash for Best Picture at the 2006 ceremony, amid accusations that the film's central same-sex romance had hindered its chances with Academy voters. Taking to the stage, Jenkins said: "Very clearly, even in my dreams this could not be true, but to hell with dreams! I'm done with it because this is true. Oh, my goodness. I have to say it is true, it's not fake." PriceWaterhouseCooper, the accountancy firm responsible for counting the ballots, have "sincerely" apologised for the error, saying in statement: "We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred."

Related: 'Moonlight' review - 'An essential, heartwrenching exploration of sexuality and masculinity'

Despite missing out on Best Picture, La Land remained the night's biggest individual winner with six awards, including Best Director for Chazelle and Best Actress for Emma Stone. The 28-year-old, who had accepted her own award just minutes before the Best Picture mix-up, later paid tribute to Moonlight, telling reporters alter she believed it was "one of the best films of all time." In the acting categories there were also victories for Casey Affleck, for his affecting turn as a man dealing with grief in Manchester by the Sea, and for Viola Davis, who took home a first - and, for many, long overdue - Academy Award for her role in Fences. Moonlight opened in UK cinemas last Friday, taking a modest £368,000 in its opening week. Importantly, however, it had a higher screen average than any other film on release, achieving its taking from just 85 cinemas. The film's Best Picture win is likely to propel it to even greater commercial success - aided by the fact it expanded into 177 UK venues. Check out the full list of winners from the 89th Academy Awards below: BEST PICTURE Arrival Fences Hacksaw Ridge Hell or High Water Hidden Figures La La Land Lion Manchester by the Sea Moonlight - WINNER BEST ACTRESS Emma Stone, La La Land - WINNER Isabelle Huppert, Elle Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins Natalie Portman, Jackie Ruth Negga, Loving BEST ACTOR Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea - WINNER Denzel Washington, Fences Ryan Gosling, La La Land Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Dev Patel, Lion Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea Mahershala Ali, Moonlight - WINNER Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea Naomie Harris, Moonlight Nicole Kidman, Lion Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures Viola Davis, Fences - WINNER BEST DIRECTOR Denis Villeneuve, Arrival Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge Damien Chazelle, La La Land - WINNER Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea Barry Jenkins, Moonlight BEST DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE) 13th Fire at Sea I Am Not Your Negro Life, Animated O.J.: Made in America - WINNER BEST SCORE Jackie La La Land - WINNER Lion Moonlight Passengers BEST SONG "Audition (The Fools Who Dream)," La La Land "Can't Stop the Feeling," Trolls "City of Stars," La La Land - WINNER "How Far I'll Go," Moana "The Empty Chair," Jim: The James Foley Story BEST ANIMATED FEATURE Kubo and the Two Strings Moana My Life as a Zucchini The Red Turtle Zootopia - WINNER BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY 20th Century Women Hell or High Water La La Land The Lobster Manchester by the Sea - WINNER BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Arrival Fences Hidden Figures Lion Moonlight - WINNER BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM A Man Called Ove Land of Mine Tanna The Salesman - WINNER Toni Erdmann BEST DOCUMENTARY (SHORT) 4.1 Miles Extremis Joe's Violin The White Helmets - WINNER Watani: My Homeland BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT Ennemis Intérieurs La Femme et le TGV Sing - WINNER Silent Nights Timecode BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Arrival La La Land - WINNER Lion Moonlight Silence BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN Arrival Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Hail, Caesar! La La Land - WINNER Passengers BEST MAKE-UP AND HAIR A Man Called Ove Star Trek Beyond Suicide Squad - WINNER BEST COSTUME DESIGN Allied Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - WINNER Florence Foster Jenkins Jackie La La Land BEST SOUND EDITING Arrival - WINNER Deepwater Horizon Hacksaw Ridge La La Land Sully BEST SOUND MIXING 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Arrival Hacksaw Ridge - WINNER La La Land Rogue One: A Star Wars Story BEST ANIMATED SHORT Blind Vaysha Borrowed Time Pear Cider and Cigarettes Pearl Piper - WINNER BEST VISUAL EFFECTS Deepwater Horizon Doctor Strange The Jungle Book - WINNER Kubo and the Two Strings Rogue One: A Star Wars Story BEST FILM EDITING Arrival Hacksaw Ridge - WINNER Hell or High Water La La Land Moonlight More stories: Paul O'Grady recalls the horror of the AIDS crisis in brand new Attitude Heroes podcast Inspiring story of forbidden love discovered in Word War Two letters between two men