CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-HOLLYWOOD, California-Black actors Viola Davis and Mahershala Ali won Oscars at last night's 89th Academy Awards and the coming of age Black motion picture 'Moonlight' by Black director Barry Jenkins won best picture, the latter after seasoned presenters Warren Beatty and Fay Dunaway, who starred together in the 1941 landmark film 'Bonnie and Clyde,' incorrectly named 'La La Land,' and after the pair was purportedly handed the wrong envelope.
The blunder, by some standards, will go down as the worst in Oscar history.
Ali won best actor for the critically revered 'Moonlight,' and Davis, best actress for August Wilson's critically acclaimed 'Fences,' best picture nominee directed by Denzel Washington, a best actor nominee who has won previous Oscar for his best supporting role in 'Glory,' and for best actor in 'Training Day,' but went home empty handed on Sunday.
Both Octavia Spenser and Naomi Harris were, like Davis, nominated for best supporting actress, Spencer for 'Hidden Figures,' also an unsuccessful best picture nominated film, and, for Harris 'Moonlight'.
Ruth Negga lost out and did not win for best actress relative to her starring role in 'Loving,' summing up the six actor/actress nominees as wins by Davis and Ali, and four 2017 academy award losses of Washington, Negga, Spenser and Harris, an outcome that topped last year's awards ceremony when not one Black actor or actress was nominated.CLICK HERE TO READ THE CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM ARTICLE ON THE BLACK ACTORS AND ACTRESSES NOMINATED FOR 2017 OSCARS
"La La Land' did win six academy awards, the most of the evening, including Damian Chazelle for best director, and Emma Stone, best actress, Chazelle taking the best director nod from Jenkins and four others.
Kenneth Lonnergan's 'Manchester by the Sea' won for best original screen play and for best actor, Casey Affleck, the younger brother of actor, director and screenwriter Ben Affleck, taking home that notable award. CLICK HERE TO GO TO OSCARS.COM FOR A FULL LIST OF THE 2017 OSCAR WINNERS