(K. Brent Tomer),
IT IS a pity that the 89th Academy Awards will be forever remembered for that last-minute bungle. Presenting the Oscar for best picture, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were given the wrong envelope, with Ms Dunaway announcing that “La La Land” was the winner. It was only after the producers of the hit musical had launched into their acceptance speeches that they heard that there had been an unprecedented, scarcely believable mix-up, and that the best-picture recipient was actually “Moonlight”. Oscar history was made. But it is important to remember that history would have been made, anyway, even without that excruciatingly embarrassing blunder.
Most of the major categories had gone the way that the press and bookmakers thought they would. Viola Davis, who starred in “Fences” with Denzel Washington, was named best supporting actress. “Manchester by the Sea” took the prizes for Original Screenplay (by Kenneth Lonergan, also the film’s director) and Lead Actor (Casey Affleck). “Moonlight” won for Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali) and Adapted Screenplay (the film’s director, Barry Jenkins, based his script on…Continue reading