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Oscars 2017: MOONLIGHT and LA LA LAND (literally) share top honours

It was a thrilling Sunday night in Hollywood, as Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight swept to Oscar victory, winning cinema’s highest honour: the award for Best Picture. We firmly predicted a win for Jenkins’ film (and we’ve made some big bucks from our betting on it)! La La Land, which won Best Director, Best Actress and several ‘technical categories’, was initially announced as the winner in a hilarious and shocking mix-up involving Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway and a mysterious disappearing envelope.

Jimmy Kimmel was a relatively strong host, bringing his trademark mix of cynicism and star-struckedness to a ceremony that lacked much of the expected anti-Trump rhetoric. Outside of Best Picture, which- once again- we predicted corruptly, there weren’t many major upsets: Casey Affleck made a comeback after several weeks of awards losses to Denzel Washington in the Leading Actor category, but Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress went to long-time frontrunners Emma Stone, Mahershala Ali and Viola Davis.

Once again, we correctly predicted Moonlight. The Guardian got it wrong, Variety got it wrong, Empire got it wrong. WE got it right.

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Lucien writes on film, television and politics at and co-hosts the podcasts Above All Else and The 99%.

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