The story of the night was the epic mistake for the final big award but there were other flubs that stole the spotlight from the films awarded. Also, it came out today that the broadcast experienced the lowest ratings in some time. The night appeared to be rather uneventful for the most part as it appeared to be heading towards a La La Land victory though there were some upsets in the technical awards by Hacksaw Ridge. The big award was announced but then the surprise came and changed the night.
Moonlight was the ultimate winner of the night, taking home the prize after the confusion. Barry Jenkins's moving film was a powerful piece of cinema and I had thought there might be an upset but also thought that La La Land had the greatest chance. Still, I think the better choice was made if not belatedly and I look forward to seeing Moonlight again now that it has come out to buy. Mahershala Ali also took home the Best Supporting Actor award for his role as Juan. Barry Jenkins also shared the award for Best Adapted Screenplay with Tarell Alvin McCraney.
Emma Stone took the award for her performance in La La Land. Her character got a lot more interesting during the part scene where she tortures Ryan Gosling's character by requesting a frustrating song. I appreciate her singing and dancing and the performance of Audition was a moving part. I also liked the final moment when she conveyed so much in just a look. Damien Chazelle also took home the award for Best Director. La La Land also won awards for Cinematography and the music awards, Best Original Song and Best Score.
Casey Affleck won for his display of grief in the powerful film, Manchester by the Sea. With Kenneth Lonergan's award-winning screenwriting for Best Original Screenplay, Affleck was able to channel so much in just a look or a sigh. His rage boiled up at moments and Affleck was great at showing that violence bubble to the surface. The movie drops heavy news on the viewer right in the middle of the film and continues on with a tale that will leave many in tears.
Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis is one of the greatest actresses of our time. Her performance in Fences was amazing and so beautiful. She loves a man in the great Denzel Washington's character that does not always return the favor. She puts up with his flaws and soldiers on until the grief just became too powerful. Her monologues were extraordinary and her acceptance speech was the best of the night. Looking forward to a lot more movie with her in starring roles.