Manchester by the Sea Wins at the Oscars

Casey Affleck was awarded Best Actor, and Kenneth Lonergan won Best Original Screenplay.

Manchester by the Sea

Photo by Claire Folger

Casey Affleck and Kenneth Lonergan have both won Oscars for their roles in the Massachusetts-based drama Manchester by the Sea.

Director Kenneth Lonergan was awarded Best Original Screenplay, securing the Massachusetts-based film its first award of the night. Then came Casey Affleck’s award for Best Actor. Both were first-time winners at the Academy Awards.

The tragic drama, filmed all around the North Shore and starring a son of Boston, had six nominations: Best Actor (Casey Affleck), Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Lucas Hedges, Best Supporting Actress (Michelle Williams), Best Director and Best Writing (Lonergan).

Congrats are in order for Matt Damon, the Manchester producer and a longtime friend of Affleck’s. Damon passed up the opportunity for the part, and starred instead in Great Wall. Oscars host and nemesis Jimmy Kimmel roasted him for that during his opening monologue tonight. “Smooth move, dumbass,” Kimmel said.

Moonlight won Best Picture. Mahershala Ali, of Moonlight, took home Best Supporting Actor, and the Best Supporting Actress award went to Viola Davis, of Fences. Best Director went to Damien Chazelle, of La La Land.

Check out the full results below. The winners are in bold:


  • Arrival
  • Fences
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • Hidden Figures
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight


  • Denis Villeneuve, Arrival
  • Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
  • Damien Chazelle, La La Land
  • Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
  • Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
  • Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
  • Ryan Gosling, La La Land
  • Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
  • Denzel Washington, Fences

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
  • Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
  • Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
  • Dev Patel, Lion
  • Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

Actress in a Leading Role:

  • Emma Stone, La La Land
  • Natalie Portman, Jackie
  • Ruth Negga, Loving
  • Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Viola Davis, Fences
  • Naomie Harris, Moonlight
  • Nicole Kidman, Lion
  • Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
  • Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Adapted Screenplay

  •  Lion, by Luke Davies
  •  Arrival, by Eric Heisserer
  •  Moonlight, by Barry Jenkins
  •  Hidden Figures, by Theodore Melfi and Allison Schroeder
  •  Fences, by August Wilson

Original Screenplay

  •  Manchester by the Sea, by Kenneth Lonergan
  • Hell or High Water, by Taylor Sheridan
  •  La La Land, by Damien Chazelle
  •  20th Century Women, Mike Mills
  •  The Lobster, by Efthymis Filippou and Yorgos Lanthimos


  • Bradford Young, Arrival
  • Linus Sandgren, La La Land
  • Greig Fraser, Lion
  • James Laxton, Moonlight
  • Rodrigo Prieto, Silence

Documentary Feature

  • Fire at Sea
  • I am Not Your Negro
  • Life, Animated
  • OJ: Made in America
  • 13th

Documentary Short:

  • Extremis
  • 4.1 miles
  • Joe’s Violins
  • Watani: My Homeland
  • The White Helmets

Foreign Language Film:

  • Toni Erdmann, Germany
  • The Salesman, Iran
  • A Man Called Ove, Sweden
  • Tanna, Australia
  • Land of Mine, Denmark

Sound Editing

  • Sylvain Bellemare, Arrival
  • Wylie Stateman and Renée Tondelli, Deepwater Horizon
  • Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright, Hacksaw Ridge
  • Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan, La La Land
  • Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman, Sully

Sound Mixing

  • Bernard Gariépy Strobl and Claude La Haye, Arrival
  • Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace, Hacksaw Ridge
  • Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee and Steve A. Morrow, La La Land
  • David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Mac Ruth, 13 Hours

Original Score

  • Justin Hurwitz, La La Land
  • Mica Levi, Jackie
  • Nicholas Britell, Moonlight
  • Volker Bertelmann and Dustin O’Halloran, Lion
  • Thomas Newman, Passengers

Original Song

  •  City of Stars (La La Land)
  • How Far I’ll Go (Moana)
  • Audition (The Fools Who Dream) (La La Land)
  • The Empty Chair (Jim: The James Foley Story)
  • Can’t Stop the Feeling! (Trolls)

Production Design

  • Patrice Vermette, Paul Hotte, Arrival
  • Stuart Craig, Anna Pinnock, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh, Hail, Caesar!
  • David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, La La Land
  • Guy Hendrix Dyas, Gene Serdena, Passengers

Visual Effects:

  • Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Jason Billington and Burt Dalton, Deepwater Horizon
  • Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli and Paul Corbould, Doctor Strange
  • Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon, The Jungle Book
  • Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean and Brad Schiff, Kubo and the Two Strings
  • John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel and Neil Corbould, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Eva von Bahr and Love Larson, A Man Called Ove
  • Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo, Star Trek Beyond
  • Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson, Suicide Squad

Costume Design

  • Mary Zophres, La La Land
  • Madeline Fontaine, Jackie
  • Consolata Boyle, Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Colleen Atwood, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Film Editing

  • Joe Walker, Arrival
  • John Gilbert, Hacksaw Ridge
  • Jake Roberts, Hell or High Water
  • Tom Cross, La La Land
  • Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon, Moonlight

Live-Action Short

  • Ennemis intérieurs, Selim Azzazi
  • La femme et le TGV, Timo von Gunten
  • Silent Nights, Aske Bang, Kim Magnusson
  • Sing, Kristof Deák, Anna Udvardy
  • Timecode, Juanjo Gimenez

Animated Short Film

  • Blind Vaysha
  • Borrowed Time
  • Pear Cider and Cigarettes
  • Pearl
  • Piper

Animated Feature Film

  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Moana
  • My Life as a Zucchini
  • The Red Turtle
  • Zootopia