Damien Chazelle wins Best Director Award of 89th Oscar

Having just turned 32 last month, Chazelle - who also recently became the youngest Golden Globes Best Director victor - broke the record previously held by 1931 recipient Norman Taurog, who was 32 years and 260 days old when he won for directing Skippy.

Streep will be a presenter at this year's Oscars, and Affleck will be on hand hoping to triumph over Ryan Gosling (La La Land) and Denzel Washington (Fences) in the acting category, leading some observers to speculate that stars will again use the awards show stage to deliver political opinions.

He also thanked his friend and composer Justin Hurwitz, whom he said he had known "since we were both 17 or 18, I think", saying, "Justin, thank you for riding with me on this and carrying this dream and never giving up".

When the cast and crew of Moonlight made it to the stage to accept their award, emotions were running high.

La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz returned to the microphone after being told about the mix up and said "Moonlight won Best Picture" and insisting that "this is not a joke". "Here's to August Wilson who exhumed and exhalted the ordinary people".

Chazelle first thanked his fellow nominees, Mel Gibson, Barry Jenkins, Denis Villeneuve and Kenneth Lonergan "for what incredible filmmakers you are and for inspiring me with your work every day".

"Personally, I blame Steve Harvey for this", Kimmel said.

The critically-reviled comic-book movie "Suicide Squad" became an Oscar victor, taking the prize for Best Makeup and Hair.

Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae, the three stars of the hit drama "Hidden Figures", about the contributions by African-American mathematicians to the early years of the NASA space program, took the stage to present the award for Best Documentary Feature.

Emma Stone has said that she was holding the Best Actress card "the entire time" during the Best Picture gaffe at this year's Oscars. A win for Farhadi could lead to more politicized moments at the show.

Edelman dedicated the award to the victims of the famous crime, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

Gibson's World War II drama "Hacksaw Ridge" was, surprisingly, the evening's first double victor, taking awards for editing and sound mixing. It also picked up best original screenplay. "The 89th Oscars ceremony last night was fun as always, but seemed very generic before the mix up".

"This is Meryl's 20th Oscar nomination", Kimmel said about Streep, who was up for Best Actress for her performance in "Florence Foster Jenkins". "It's even more awesome that she wasn't even in a movie this year". Warren didn't warn her. he just passed the envelope. "Is that an Ivanka?"

  • Salvatore Jensen