Disney‘s live-action remake of the classic ‘The Jungle Book‘, which featured the voice of Kenya‘s own Lupita Nyong’o, won at the 89th Academy Awards last night, taking the Oscar for ‘Best Visual Effects’. The film created a photo-realistic world, with striking use of green-screen, to bring to life a world where humans and animals interact seamlessly.
This was no mean feat, as the film beat a star-studded field of brilliant productions, including Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange‘, the blockbuster ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘, Laika’s ‘Kubo & the Two Strings‘ and ‘Deepwater Horizon‘.
While Casey Affleck took home the ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’ and Viola Davis bagged the ‘Best Actress in a Supporting Role’ for her performance in ‘Fences‘ alongside Denzel Washington, what has grabbed global headlines is the colossal mix-up in recognizing the ‘Best Picture‘ at the tail-end of the ceremony.
Co-presenter Warren Beatty erroneously announced ‘La La Land’ as the Best Picture, and as the crew was already on stage accepting the Award and beginning their Thank-You speech, producer Jordan Horowitz called out the mistake, as the winning card in his hands indicated ‘Moonlight‘. As the cast of ‘Moonlight’ came to the stage to accept their rightful award, Beatty stepped up to the mic to explain that he had seen something written ‘Emma Stone (La, La Land)’ which resulted in him announcing the film as the Oscar winner. He apologized for the mistake, but viewers both at the venue and online seemed less convinced, comparing his gaffe to that of Steve Harvey at the 2015 Miss Universe finals.
Nonetheless, it was a still a stellar night for ‘La La Land‘ the most nominated film, which scooped Oscars for ‘Best Directing‘, ‘Best Cinematography‘ and ‘Best Music‘. Emma Stone walked away with an Award for ‘Best Actress in a Leading Role‘.
Here’s the complete list of winners (highlighted in bold) at the 2017 Oscars ceremony: