The much awaited 89th Academy Awards 2017 ceremony took place at the prestigious Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on February 26, 2017. Like every year, Oscars 2017 was entertaining and full of surprises. Emotions were high on the night that saw some of the best talents and films from the world over get applauded, appreciated and awarded for their phenomenal work. The wonderful speeches from the winners left the audience in splits at some occasions while others left all with a lump in the throat.

The Oscars 2017 nominations list made headlines when it was made public by the Academy. The presence of some really strong contenders in every category made it difficult to predict the winners. The nominee list also attracted attention for the diversity it showcased this year. The last two years the Academy received flak for not nominating non-white actors or films starring people of colour in any of their categories.

However, this year was different. The 89th Academy Awards 2017 has acknowledged movies and actors from films like Loving, Hidden Figures, Lion, Fences and Moonlight. Apart from being powerful stories that were told in a simple yet moving manner, these films starred people of color, sending out a message that the 89th Academy Awards 2017 believes in highlighting the best of work that there is – no matter where it has been made or people from which ethnicity have worked on it. (ALSO READ: Oscars 2017: Priyanka Chopra walks the red carpet wearing a white Ralph and Russo gown, do you like her look?)

Apart from this, there have been a lot of speculations and winner predictions ever since the list was released by the Academy. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone’s musical La La Land had been nominated in 14 categories and most expected the film to win in all those categories. Just before the awards ceremony is Los Angeles, there were speculations that the Oscars might cause a big upset by giving away the Best Picture award to Moonlight instead of La La Land. Australia Drama LION, which stars India’s Sunny Pawar and Indian origin British actor Dev Patel has also been in the news for having bagged six nominations at the prestigious awards.  Here’s taking a look at the 89th Academy Awards 2017 winners that have made history. (ALSO READ: Oscars 2017 LIVE: Justin Timberlake opens the Oscars with a phenomenal performance! Grooves with Halle Berry and wifey Jessica Beil)

Best Picture: Moonlight
Other nominations in the category: La La Land, Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, Lion, Manchester by the Sea

La La Land created history by bagging 14 Oscar nominations – the highest ever! But it didn’t win the Best Picture and closed the score at 6 awards at the 89th Academy Awards 2017! The presenters however, mistakenly read out the film’s name in the Best Film category in what is being seen as the biggest goof up ever on the Academy Awards stage! The whole team of the film La La Land came up on the stage to celebrate the win and that’s when someone pointed out that it is not the former but Moonlight that has won the Best Picture! So seems like the speculations about this big Oscar upset about Moonlight taking over La La Land weren’t false after all!

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Emma Stone in La La Land
Other nominations in the category: Isabelle Huppert (Elle), Ruth Negga (Loving), Natalie Portman (Jackie), Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)

Emma started her speech by congratulating her fellow nominees in the Best Actress category. “Isabelle, Ruth, Natalie, Meryl – You all were so great and powerful in your roles. It is the greatest honour to stand along side you all!”

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
Other nominations in the category: Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge), Ryan Gosling (La La Land), Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic), Denzel Washington (Fences)

The actor choked up right before he started his speech and kept it short and simple. He also shared his fan boy moment on meeting Denzel Washington for the first time at the Oscars 2017. Denzel was also one of the nominees battling for the Best Actor award!

Best Director: Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Other nominations in the category: Denis Villeneuve (Arrival), Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge), Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea), Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)

Damien is just 32-years-old and has become the youngest ever to bag the Best Director trophy at the Academy Awards!

Best Adapted Screenplay: Moonlight – Barry Jenkinsand Tarell Alvin McCraney
Other nominations in the category: Arrival, Fences, Hidden Figures, Lion

Best Original Screenplay: Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
Other nominations in the category: Hell or High Water, La La Land, The Lobster, 20th Century Women

Best Original Song: City of Stars (La La Land) – Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Other nominations in the category: Audition (La La Land), Can’t Stop the Feeling (Trolls), The Empty Chair (Jim: The James Foley Story), How Far I’ll Go (Moana) 

Best Original Score: La La Land – Justin Hurwitz
Other nominations in the category: Jackie, Lion, Moonlight, Passengers

Cinematography: La La Land – Linus Sandgren
Other nominations in the category: Arrival, Lion, Moonlight, Silence

Best Live Action Short Film: Sing – Kristóf Deák and Anna Udvardy
Other nominations in the category: Ennemis Entreniers, La Femme et le TGV, Silent Nights, Timecode

Best Documentary Short Subject: The White Helmets – Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara
Other nominations in the category: Extremis, 4.1 Miles, Joe’s Violin, Watani: My Homeland

Best Film Editing: Hacksaw Ridge – John Gilbert
Other nominations in the category: Arrival, Hell or High Water, La La Land, Moonlight

Achievement in Visual Effects: The Jungle Book – Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Dan Lemmon and Andrew R. Jones
Other nominations in the category: Deepwater Horizon, Doctor Strange, Kubo and the Two Strings, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best Production Design: La La Land – David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco
Other nominations in the category: Arrival, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Hail, Caesar!, La La Land, Passengers

Best Animated Feature Film: Zootopia – Byron Howard, Rich Moore
Other nominations in the category: Kubo and the Two Strings, Moana, My Life as a Zucchini, The Red Turtle

Best Animated Short Film: Piper – Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer
Other nominations in the category: Blind Vaysha, Borrowed Time, Pear Cider and Cigarettes, Pearl

Best Foreign Language Film: The Salesman (Asghar Farhadi – Iran)
Other nominations in the category: Land of Mine, A Man Called Ove, Tanna, Toni Erdmann

The director did not make it to the 89th Academy Awards 2017 ceremony citing that his decision was in respect to the people of Iran. He expressed regret on the inhuman law that bans people from Muslim nations to come to the US.

Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis (Fences)
Other nominations in the category: Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Nicole Kidman (Lion), Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures), Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)

Viola Davis broke down while receiving her award. In a part of her speech, she said, “Whenever people ask me what stories do I want to tell through my work, I say, ‘Stories of people who dream big, people who fall in love and lose. I became an artist and thank god I did because we are the only profession where we celebrate what it is to live a life…”

Achievement in Sound Mixing: Hacksaw Ridge – Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace
Other nominations in the category: Arrival, La La Land, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Achievement in Sound Editing: Arrival – Sylvian Bellemare
Other nominations in the category: Deepwater Horizon, Hacksaw Ridge, La La Land, Sully

Special recognition: NASA physicist Katherine Johnson, one of the subjects of ‘Hidden Figures,’ honored at Oscars 2017. Hidden Figures has three nominations that include Best Supporting Actress- Octavia Spencer, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture. 

Best Documentary Feature: O.J.: Made in America – Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow
Other nominations in the category: Fire at Sea, I Am Not Your Negro, Life Animated, 13th

Achievement in Costume Design: Colleen Atwood – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Other nominations in the category: Allied, Florence Foster Jenkins, Jackie, La La Land

Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling: Suicide Squad – Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson
Other nominations in the category: A Man Called Ove and Star Trek Beyond

Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)
Other nominations in the category: Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water), Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea), Dev Patel (Lion), Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals) 

The actor got emotional while delivering his speech after winning the Oscars 2017 award for Best Supporting Actor. Mahershala Ali said, “I wanna thank my teachers and professors, I had so many wonderful teachers, and one thing they consistently told me was that it’s not about you, it’s about these characters. You’re a servant, you’re in service to these stories and these characters.”

He also shared a beautiful personal news with the audience, Ali revealed, “I’m so blessed to have had an opportunity. I also want to thank my wife, we just had our daughter four days ago, so I just want to thank her for being such a soldier through this process and really carrying me through it all. Thank you, peace and blessings.”