Oscars 2017 Winners: 'Moonlight' Mix-Up, 'La La Land,' Viola Davis, Mahershala Ali Among Champions

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In the shadow of two back-to-back years of the "Oscars So White" diversity controversy, the Academy Awards celebrated a whole slew of worthy talent this year. Host Jimmy Kimmel summed up these improvements best in his opening monologue on Sunday night.

When discussing the films up for Best Picture, the emcee said, "Black people saved NASA and white people saved jazz."

"That's what you call progress."

Kimmel was, of course, referring to the multiple nominations held by both "Hidden Figures" and "La La Land." According to Box Office Mojo, these were the two highest-grossing Best Picture-nominated films of the year.

But the progress Kimmel was jokingly referencing was just as visible by the wins in the Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress categories. Mahershala Ali took home the Best Supporting Actor statue for his work in "Moonlight," and Viola Davis won the Best Supporting Actress trophy for her work in "Fences."

Ali, who won for his role in Moonlight, became the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar.

In her tearful acceptance speech, Davis spoke about her love of storytelling and her desire to keep sharing the tales of those who were unable to spread the word themselves.

However, while Davis' and Ali's wins were predicted by several Oscar prognosticators — much like Emma Stone's win for Best Actress for "La La Land" and Casey Affleck's victory for Best Actor for "Manchester by the Sea" — nobody could have seen the night's Best Picture shocker coming.

Presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway had the honour of announcing the night's biggest prize, which they initially read as "La La Land." The "La La Land" team quickly rushed the stage to accept the award, and after a few speeches, they were interrupted by Kimmel, an Oscars producer and Beatty, all of whom told them they had mistakenly read out the wrong winner.

"No, there's a mistake," said "La La Land" producer Jordan Horowitz. "'Moonlight,' you guys won Best Picture."

"This is not a joke. 'Moonlight' has won Best Picture."

Shocked and absolutely dumbfounded, the "Moonlight" cast and crew took to the stage to celebrate their win.

"Guys, this is very unfortunate what happened," said Kimmel, before referencing the Miss Universe snafu from 2015.

"Personally, I blame Steve Harvey for this."

Beatty went on to explain that he had read out the wrong card, and apologized, saying he "wasn't trying to be funny." Eagle eyes on Twitter quickly spotted that the envelope that Beatty read from was indeed labeled "Actress in a Leading Role."

It's a moment of Oscar history that needs to be seen to be believed.

Here is the complete list of winners from the 2017 Academy Awards:

BEST PICTURE
"Arrival"
"Fences"
"Hacksaw Ridge"
"Hell or High Water"
"Hidden Figures"
"La La Land"
"Lion"
WINNER: "Moonlight"
"Manchester by the Sea"

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
WINNER: Emma Stone, “La La Land”
Natalie Portman, “Jackie”
Ruth Negga, “Loving”
Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”
Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
WINNER: Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”
Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”
Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”
Denzel Washington, “Fences”

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
WINNER: Viola Davis, “Fences”
Naomie Harris, "Moonlight"
Nicole Kidman, “Lion”
Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”
Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
WINNER: Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”
Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”
Dev Patel, “Lion”
Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”

BEST DIRECTING
Denis Villeneuve, “Arrival”
Mel Gibson, "Hacksaw Ridge"
WINNER: Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”
Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”
Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
“Lion,” by Luke Davies
“Arrival,” by Eric Heisserer
WINNER: “Moonlight,” by Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney
“Hidden Figures,” by Theodore Melfi and Allison Schroeder
“Fences,” by August Wilson

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
WINNER: “Manchester by the Sea,” by Kenneth Lonergan
“Hell or High Water,” by Taylor Sheridan
“La La Land,” by Damien Chazelle
"20th Century Women," Mike Mills
“The Lobster,” by Efthymis Filippou and Yorgos Lanthimos

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
“Kubo and the Two Strings”
“Moana”
“My Life as a Zucchini”
“The Red Turtle”
WINNER: “Zootopia”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Bradford Young, “Arrival”
WINNER: Linus Sandgren,“La La Land”
Greig Fraser, “Lion”
James Laxton, “Moonlight”
Rodrigo Prieto, “Silence”

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Mary Zophres, "La La Land"
Madeline Fontaine, "Jackie"
Consolata Boyle, "Florence Foster Jenkins"
WINNER: Colleen Atwood, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"
Joanna Johnston, "Allied"

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
“Fire at Sea”
“I am Not Your Negro”
“Life, Animated”
WINNER: “OJ: Made in America”
“13th”

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
“Extremis”
“4.1 miles”
“Joe’s Violins”
“Watani: My Homeland”
WINNER: “The White Helmets”

BEST FILM EDITING
Joe Walker, “Arrival”
WINNER: John Gilbert, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Jake Roberts, "Hell or High Water"
Tom Cross, “La La Land”
Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon, “Moonlight”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“Toni Erdmann,” Germany
WINNER: “The Salesman,” Iran
“A Man Called Ove,” Sweden
“Tanna,” Australia
“Land of Mine,” Denmark

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Eva von Bahr and Love Larson, “A Man Called Ove”
Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo, “Star Trek Beyond”
WINNER: Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson, “Suicide Squad”

BEST MUSIC - ORIGINAL SONG
WINNER: “City of Stars” (“La La Land”)
“How Far I’ll Go” (“Moana”)
“Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” (“La La Land”)
“The Empty Chair” (“Jim: The James Foley Story”)
“Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (“Trolls”)

BEST MUSIC - ORIGINAL SCORE
WINNER: Justin Hurwitz, "La La Land"
Mica Levi, "Jackie"
Nicholas Britell, "Moonlight"
Volker Bertelmann and Dustin O'Halloran, "Lion"
Thomas Newman, "Passengers"

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Patrice Vermette, Paul Hotte, "Arrival"
Stuart Craig, Anna Pinnock, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh, "Hail, Caesar!"
WINNER: David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, "La La Land"
Guy Hendrix Dyas, Gene Serdena, "Passengers"

BEST SHORT FILM - LIVE ACTION
"Ennemis intérieurs," Selim Azzazi
"La femme et le TGV," Timo von Gunten
"Silent Nights," Aske Bang, Kim Magnusson
WINNER: “Sing,” Kristof Deák, Anna Udvardy
"Timecode," Juanjo Gimenez

BEST SHORT FILM - ANIMATED
"Blind Vaysha”
"Borrowed Time"
"Pear Cider and Cigarettes"
"Pearl"
WINNER: "Piper"

BEST SOUND EDITING
WINNER: Sylvain Bellemare, “Arrival”
Wylie Stateman and Renée Tondelli, “Deepwater Horizon”
Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright, "Hacksaw Ridge”
Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan, “La La Land”
Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman, “Sully”

BEST SOUND MIXING
Bernard Gariépy Strobl and Claude La Haye, “Arrival”
WINNER: Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace, "Hacksaw Ridge”
Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee and Steve A. Morrow, “La La Land”
David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
DISQUALIFIED: Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Mac Ruth, “13 Hours"

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Jason Billington and Burt Dalton, “Deepwater Horizon”
Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli and Paul Corbould, “Doctor Strange”
WINNER: Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon, “The Jungle Book”
Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean and Brad Schiff, “Kubo and the Two Strings”
John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel and Neil Corbould, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

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