Oscar Records 2017: 'Moonlight', Mahershala Ali, Viola Davis, 'OJ' & More [VIDEO]
Multiple records were set at the Oscars Sunday night, including Moonlight's important Best Picture win.
On top of the craziness of the Best Picture announcement, it was a record-breaking night at the Oscars. Here are the five notable records and accomplishments broken at the 89th Annual Academy Awards:
Moonlight becomes first LGBT-themed movie to win Best Picture
Many movies with LGBT themes have been nominated for Best Picture over the years, including Brokeback Mountain, Cabaret, Milk, The Hours, The Kids Are All Right and Dog Day Afternoon, but none have ever won - until now. Moonlight, which centers on an oppressed gay black man living in Miami is also the first film centering on black characters to win Best Picture that isn't explicitly about racism and/or slavery.
Corresponding black Supporting Actor and Actress winners
Mahershala Ali won Best Supporting Actor for Moonlight and Viola Davis won Best Supporting Actress for Fences, the first time black actors have swept the supporting categories at one ceremony in Oscar history. Ali is the fifth black actor to win Best Supporting Actor while Davis is the seventh black actress to win Best Supporting Actress.
Damien Chazelle becomes youngest Best Director winner
Many young adults may have questioned their life choices upon seeing Damien Chazelle win Best Director at the Oscars for La La Land at the age of 32. He is now the youngest winner of Best Director in Academy history, having directed one of the most nominated films in awards history as well.
O.J.: Made in America is the longest film to win an Oscar
O.J.: Made in America certainly blurred the lines between film and television, having been released in both formats. The five-part documentary is 7.5 hours long and now holds the record for the longest film to win an Oscar, winning Best Documentary Feature.
Wrong Winner Announced
This is certainly a record the Academy isn't proud of. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway incorrectly announced La La Land as the winner of Best Picture, when in reality, they were given the wrong envelope and it was actually Moonlight that had won. This was the first instance of this happening in Oscar history, and to have it happen for the biggest award makes it all the more significant.