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Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz, the two accountants responsible for muddling up the main award envelopes at this year’s Oscars ceremony, will not be employed to do the job again, the academy president has announced.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs said that the relationship with the accountancy company PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) was also under review.

Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz were responsible for the Oscars’s mishap.

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La La Land musical was mistakenly announced as the winner of the best picture award.

Oscars 2017 Big Mistake: Moonlight Wins Best Picture After La La Land Wrong Announcement

The team behind the movie was in the middle of their speeches before it was revealed the accolade should have gone to Moonlight.

The moment has been described as the biggest mistake in 89 years of Academy Awards history.

Brian Cullinan mistakenly handed the wrong envelope to the two presenters.

He gave Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway the back-up envelope for best actress in a leading role – rather than the envelope which contained the name of the winner for the best picture.

PWC, which counts the votes and organizes the envelopes, has apologized for the mix-up.

Brian Cullinan tweeted a picture of best actress winner Emma Stone minutes before handing the presenters the wrong envelope, and Cheryl Boone Isaacs blamed “distraction” for the error.

A big mistake has happened at the 89th Academy Awards – La La Land was announced as the best picture winner, then organizers revealed that Moonlight won the award.

It appears Warren Beatty was handed the previous winner’s envelope, containing a card saying “Emma Stone, La La Land”, resulting in the error.

The La La Land team was in the middle of their acceptance speeches when the mistake was discovered.

Emma Stone said backstage afterwards: “Is that the craziest Oscar moment of all time? Cool! It’s going to be history.”

The musical won six Oscars including best director and best actress. Moonlight also won adapted screenplay and best supporting actor.

La La Land director Damien Chazelle became the youngest filmmaker to win a best director Oscar at the age of 32.

Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced La La Land had taken the best picture prize – but then the musical’s producer Jordan Horowitz announced there had been a mistake.

Jordan Horowitz said: “This is not a joke. Moonlight is best picture,” and showed the camera the card that revealed the winner.

Two La La Land producers had already given their acceptance speeches before the mistake was revealed.

This year’s Academy Awards host Jimmy Kimmel joked that he knew he would mess up compering the ceremony, and added: “Personally I blame Steve Harvey for this,” referring to Harvey’s mistake in announcing the Miss Universe winner in 2015.

Warren Beatty had opened the envelope but hesitated to read out what it said in side, leaving it to Faye Dunaway to announce La La Land.

He returned to the microphone to say: “I want to tell you what happened. I opened the envelope and it said <<Emma Stone, La La Land>>, and that is why I took such a long look at Faye and at you.

“I wasn’t trying to be funny. This is Moonlight for best picture.”

Moonlight director Barry Jenkins said: “Very clearly even in my dreams this can’t be true. But to hell with it because this is true. It’s true, its not fake.”

Paying tribute to the team behind La La Land for the way they handled the mistake, he said: “We have been on the road with these guys and it was so gracious and so generous of them.”

Emma Stone, who won the coveted best actress prize, said backstage.

“I’m so excited for Moonlight. Of course it was an amazing thing to hear La La Land and I would love to win best picture. But we are so excited for Moonlight. I think it is one of the best films of all time.

“Is that the craziest Oscar moment of all time? Cool! It’s going to be history.”

She also said that she still had the envelope for best actress in her hand, although there are always two envelopes (one for back-up), which might explain why the mistake occurred.

La La Land also picked up best cinematography, best score and best original song for City of Stars.

The movie also won best production design.

Casey Affleck won best actor for Manchester by the Sea, while the drama also won best original screenplay.

Mahershala Ali won best supporting actor, for Moonlight.

He thanked his wife in his acceptance speech, telling the audience she gave birth to their daughter four days ago. It also picked up best original screenplay.

Best supporting actress went to Viola Davis for Fences, directed by and starring Denzel Washington.

The movie is an adaptation of August Wilson’s play of the same name.

Jimmy Kimmel put on a strong performance, with much of his patter unsurprisingly relating to the current political climate.

In a reference to President Donald Trump’s Twitter attack on Meryl Streep following her criticism of him at the Golden Globes, Jimmy Kimmel joked that the actress was “uninspiring… mediocre… underwhelming and lackluster”.

Jimmy Kimmel asked the audience to give a round of applause for “the highly overrated Meryl Streep. Great dress, is that Ivanka?”

He also joked that Hollywood doesn’t discriminate – apart from “on age and weight”.

The first political speech of the night came from Alessandro Bertolazzi, one of the make-up and hairstyling winners for Suicide Squad, who said: “I’m an immigrant, I’m from Italy, this is for all the immigrants.”

Colleen Atwood won an impressive fourth Oscar for costume design for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, having won previously in 2011 for Alice in Wonderland, in 2006 for Memoirs of a Geisha and in 2003 for Chicago.

Kevin O’Connell finally picked up an Oscar after 21 nominations for Hacksaw Ridge. He was first nominated back in 1984 for Terms of Endearment.

The movie also picked up best editing.

Iranian film director Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman was named best foreign film.

Asghar Farhadi chose to stay away from the ceremony following President Trump’s attempt to ban travel from Iran and six other mainly Muslim countries.

Zootopia won best animation, beating films such as Kubo and the Two Strings and Moana.

Other winners included The White Helmets, which picked up best documentary short.

The US denied entry to 21-year-old Syrian Khaled Khatib behind the movie because of problems with his documents.

The a 40-minute Netflix documentary follows volunteers who risk their lives to rescue civilians in Syria.


The 2017 Oscar nominations full list:

Best picture

  • Arrival
  • Fences
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • Hidden Figures
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight

Best actress

  • Isabelle Huppert (Elle)
  • Ruth Negga (Loving)
  • Natalie Portman (Jackie)
  • Emma Stone (La La Land)
  • Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)

Best actor

  • Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
  • Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)
  • Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
  • Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)
  • Denzel Washington (Fences)

Best supporting actress

  • Viola Davis (Fences)
  • Naomie Harris (Moonlight)
  • Nicole Kidman (Lion)
  • Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)
  • Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)

Best supporting actor

  • Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)
  • Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)
  • Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea)
  • Dev Patel (Lion)
  • Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)

Best director

  • Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)
  • Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)
  • Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
  • Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)
  • Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)

Best adapted screenplay

  • Eric Heisserer (Arrival)
  • August Wilson (Fences)
  • Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi (Hidden Figures)
  • Luke Davies (Lion)
  • Barry Jenkins and Alvin McCraney (Moonlight)

Best original screenplay

  • Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water)
  • Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
  • Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou (The Lobster)
  • Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)
  • Mike Mills (20th Century Women)

Best animated feature

  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Moana
  • My Life as a Zucchini
  • The Red Turtle
  • Zootopia

Best foreign language film

  • A Man Called Ove (Sweden)
  • Land of Mine (Denmark)
  • The Salesman (Iran)
  • Tanna (Australia)
  • Toni Erdmann (Germany)

Best documentary feature

  • Fire At Sea
  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • Life, Animated
  • OJ: Made in America
  • 13th

Best original song

  • La La Land – Audition by Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
  • La La Land – City of Stars by Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
  • Moana – How Far I’ll Go by Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Trolls – Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster
  • Jim: The James Foley Story – The Empty Chair by J Ralph and Sting

Best original score

  • Jackie by Mica Levi
  • La La Land by Justin Hurwitz
  • Lion by Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka
  • Moonlight by Nicholas Britell
  • Passengers by Thomas Newton

Best cinematography

  • Arrival
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Moonlight
  • Silence

Best costume design

  • Allied
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Jackie
  • La La Land

Best make-up and hairstyling

  • A Man Called Ove
  • Star Trek Beyond
  • Suicide Squad

Best live action short

  • Ennemis Interieurs
  • La Femme et le TGV
  • Silent Nights
  • Sing
  • Timecode

Best sound editing

  • Arrival
  • Deepwater Horizon
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • La La Land
  • Sully

Best sound mixing

  • Arrival
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • La La Land
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Best documentary short

  • 4.1 Miles
  • Extremis
  • Joe’s Violin
  • Watani: My Homeland
  • The White Helmets

Best production design

  • Arrival
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Hail, Caesar!
  • La La Land
  • Passengers

Best visual effects

  • Deepwater Horizon
  • Doctor Strange
  • The Jungle Book
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best animated short

  • Blind Vaysha
  • Borrowed Time
  • Pear Cider and Cigarettes
  • Pearl
  • Piper

Best film editing

  • Arrival
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • La La Land
  • Moonlight


Modern musical romance La La Land has scored a record 14 nominations for this year’s Oscars.

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are up for best actor and actress for their roles in the movie.

La La Land is also one of nine movies up for the best picture award.

Arrival and coming-of-age drama Moonlight have eight nominations each, with the latter’s citations including a supporting actress nod for Naomie Harris.

Naomie Harris, who plays Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond movies, said she was “over the moon” and “couldn’t be more thrilled”.

La La Land‘s 14 nominations puts it on the same footing as All About Eve and Titanic, which both received 14 nominations in 1951 and 1998 respectively.

It is now the most nominated musical in Oscar history, having topped the 13 nods Mary Poppins received in 1965.

Damien Chazelle is nominated both for his direction and original screenplay, while his movie has two nominations in the best song category.

La La Land, which received 11 BAFTA nominations earlier this month, gets additional nods for its score, editing and cinematography.

It is also shortlisted for its costume and production design and for its sound editing and mixing.

Ben-Hur, Titanic and the third Lord of the Rings movie share the record for Oscar wins, having each won 11 awards.

Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, Lion and Manchester by the Sea join Arrival, La La Land and Moonlight on the best picture shortlist.

Meryl Streep gets her 20th Oscar nomination, in the best actress category, for her role in Florence Foster Jenkins.

Natalie Portman, Ruth Negga and Isabelle Huppert are also in contention for their roles in Jackie, Loving and Elle.

Previous Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Octavia Spencer also receive nominations for Lion and Hidden Figures.

Lion tells the true story of an Indian-born man who, having been adopted and raised in Tasmania, uses Google Earth to find the family he was parted from as a child.

In a statement, Nicole Kidman thanked AMPAS (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) “for all of the acknowledgements you have given this heartfelt film”.

Moonlight‘s Mahershala Ali, Manchester by the Sea‘s Lucas Hedges and Hell or High Water‘s Jeff Bridges are also up for best supporting actor.

The line-up is completed by Michael Shannon, a surprise nominee for his role as a grizzled sheriff in Nocturnal Animals.

Many had expected Aaron Taylor-Johnson to be nominated following his triumph at the Golden Globes earlier this month.

If Damien Chazelle wins best director, he will be the youngest person ever to receive the award.

Mel Gibson is also up for the director prize, as is Arrival‘s Denis Villeneuve, Moonlight‘s Barry Jenkins and Manchester by the Sea‘s Kenneth Lonergan.

Non-white talent is well-represented in this year’s acting nominations, with at least one non-white actor included in each of the four categories.

This contrasts with 2015 and 2016’s nominations, which were criticized for having all-white line-ups in the acting categories.

Jimmy Kimmel will host this year’s Oscar ceremony on February 26.


La La Land has broken the record for the most Golden Globe Awards after winning seven prizes.

The musical won every award it was nominated for – including best musical or comedy film, best director, screenplay, score and song.

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling also won in the acting categories.

The Globes are always seen as pointers to the Oscars.

Moonlight was named best drama film, while Casey Affleck and Isabelle Huppert won other acting prizes.

Casey Affleck was named best actor in a film drama for his role in Manchester By The Sea and Isabelle Huppert was the surprise winner of the award for best film drama actress.

Isabelle Huppert’s performance in thriller Elle – which was also named best foreign language film – beat contenders including Natalie Portman, who had been considered the favorite for playing Jackie Kennedy in Jackie.

Viola Davis was named best supporting film actress in Fences – a role she first played on Broadway six years ago.

Fences is an adaptation of the August Wilson play, which explores race relations in post-war America.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson was named best supporting actor for his role in Nocturnal Animals – a prize that had been widely expected to go to Mahershala Ali for Moonlight.

Zootopia was named best animated feature film at January 8ceremony, which was hosted by Jimmy Fallon.

Jimmy Fallon’s opening monologue was less risqué than those of some of his predecessors, but he still found time to make light of the divisive year in US politics.

He joked that the Golden Globes ceremony was “one of the few places left where America still honors the popular vote” – a reference to Donald Trump beating Hillary Clinton in the recent election despite getting fewer votes overall.

Jimmy Fallon also described grief-stricken film Manchester By The Sea as “the only thing more depressing than 2016”.

This year’s Golden Globes ceremony featured several references to Donald Trump – not least when Meryl Streep launched an attack on the president-elect while accepting the Cecil B. Demille award for outstanding contribution to entertainment.

Meryl Streep referred to Donald Trump’s mocking of a disabled reporter and said: “Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose.”

The Golden Globe Awards, which are run by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, honor the best in TV and movie from the past year.


The nominations for the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards have been announced.

The 2017 Golden Globes will be handed out in Los Angeles on January 8 at a ceremony hosted by Jimmy Fallon.

Here is the full list.

Film categories

Best motion picture – drama

  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • Lion
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight

Best motion picture – comedy or musical

  • 20th Century Women
  • Deadpool
  • Florence Foster Jenkins
  • La La Land
  • Sing Street

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture – drama

  • Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
  • Joel Edgerton – Loving
  • Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
  • Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
  • Denzel Washington – Fences

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture – drama

  • Amy Adams – Arrival
  • Jessica Chastain – Miss Sloane
  • Isabelle Huppert – Elle
  • Ruth Negga – Loving
  • Natalie Portman – Jackie

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture – comedy or musicalGolden Globes Awards 2017

  • Colin Farrell – The Lobster
  • Ryan Gosling – La La Land
  • Hugh Grant – Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Jonah Hill – War Dogs
  • Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture – comedy or musical

  • Annette Bening – 20th Century Women
  • Lily Collins – Rules Don’t Apply
  • Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen
  • Emma Stone – La La Land
  • Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture

  • Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
  • Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
  • Simon Helberg – Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Dev Patel – Lion
  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson – Nocturnal Animals

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a motion picture

  • Viola Davis – Fences
  • Naomie Harris – Moonlight
  • Nicole Kidman – Lion
  • Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
  • Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

Best director – motion picture

  • Damien Chazelle – La La Land
  • Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals
  • Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
  • Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
  • Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea

Best screenplay – motion picture

  • Damien Chazelle – La La Land
  • Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals
  • Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
  • Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
  • Taylor Sheridan – Hell or High Water

Best animated feature film

  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Moana
  • My Life as a Zucchini
  • Sing
  • Zootopia

Best foreign language film

  • Divines
  • Elle
  • Neruda
  • The Salesman
  • Toni Erdmann

Best original score – motion picture

  • Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, Benjamin Wallfisch – Hidden Figures
  • Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka – Lion
  • Johann Johannsson – Arrival
  • Justin Hurwitz – La La Land
  • Nicholas Britell – Moonlight

Best original song – motion picture

  • Can’t Stop the FeelingTrolls
  • City of StarsLa La Land
  • FaithSing
  • GoldGold
  • How Far I’ll GoMoana

Television categories

Best television series – drama

  • The Crown
  • Game of Thrones
  • Stranger Things
  • This is Us
  • Westworld

Best television series – comedy or musical

  • Atlanta
  • Black-ish
  • Mozart in the Jungle
  • Transparent
  • Veep

Best mini-series or motion picture made for television

  • American Crime
  • The Dresser
  • The Night Manager
  • The Night Of
  • The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story

Best performance by an actor in a television series – drama

  • Rami Malek – Mr. Robot
  • Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul
  • Matthew Rhys – The Americans
  • Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan
  • Billy Bob Thornton – Goliath

Best performance by an actress in a television series – drama

  • Caitriona Balfe – Outlander
  • Claire Foy – The Crown
  • Keri Russell – The Americans
  • Winona Ryder – Stranger Things
  • Evan Rachel Wood – Westworld

Best performance by an actor in a television series – comedy or musical

  • Anthony Anderson – Black-ish
  • Gael Garcia Bernal – Mozart in the Jungle
  • Donald Glover – Atlanta
  • Nick Nolte – Graves
  • Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent

Best performance by an actress in a television series – comedy or musical

  • Rachel Bloom – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
  • Sarah Jessica Parker – Divorce
  • Issa Rae – Insecure
  • Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin
  • Tracee Ellis Ross – Black-ish

Best performance by an actor in a mini-series or motion picture made for television

  • Riz Ahmed – The Night Of
  • Bryan Cranston – All the Way
  • Tom Hiddleston – The Night Manager
  • John Turturro – The Night Of
  • Courtney B Vance – The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story

Best performance by an actress in a mini-series or motion picture made for television

  • Felicity Huffman – American Crime
  • Riley Keough – The Girlfriend Experience
  • Sarah Paulson – The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story
  • Charlotte Rampling – London Spy
  • Kerry Washington – Confirmation

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, mini-series or motion picture made for television

  • Sterling K Brown – The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story
  • Hugh Laurie – The Night Manager
  • John Lithgow – The Crown
  • Christian Slater – Mr. Robot
  • John Travolta – The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series, mini-series or motion picture made for television

  • Olivia Colman – The Night Manager
  • Lena Headey – Game of Thrones
  • Chrissy Metz – This is Us
  • Mandy Moore – This is Us
  • Thandie Newton – Westworld


La La Land took seven nominations in the 74th Golden Globe Awards.

The musical comedy is up for best musical or comedy film, while there are acting nominations for its stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.

Damien Chazelle is up for best film director and it is also nominated for original screenplay, score and song.

Coming-of-age drama Moonlight is close behind with six nominations, including best drama film.

Naomie Harris is up for best supporting actress for her role as a drug addict in the movie.

Manchester by the Sea, about a caretaker who finds himself taking in his teenage nephew, has five nods – best drama film, original screenplay, director for Kenneth Lonergan, actor for Casey Affleck and supporting actress for Michelle Williams.Golden Globes 2017

The other best drama actor nominees are Joel Edgerton for Loving, Andrew Garfield for Hacksaw Ridge, Viggo Mortensen for Captain Fantastic and Denzel Washington for Fences.

Natalie Portman is favorite for the best drama actress award for playing Jacqueline Kennedy in the biopic Jackie.

The actress will face competition from Arrival‘s Amy Adams, Jessica Chastain for Miss Sloane, Isabelle Huppert for Elle and Ruth Negga for Loving.

World War II biopic Hacksaw Ridge, Texan family drama Hell or High Water and Indian/Australian coming-of-age movie Lion are also up for best drama film.

OJ Simpson v The People is also recognized, with acting nominations for John Travolta, Sterling K. Brown and Sarah Paulson alongside Vance. The drama is also up for best limited series.

In the movie categories, Disney’s Zootopia and Moana are among those up for best animated feature film, alongside Kubo and the Strings, My Life as A Zucchini and Sing.

Florence Foster Jenkins, based on the true story of a New York heiress who dreams of being an opera star, has four nominations, including a 30th Golden Globe nod for Meryl Streep and one for Hugh Grant.

The 74th Golden Globe Awards will be handed out in Los Angeles on January 8 at a ceremony hosted by Jimmy Fallon.