Manchester by the Sea Wins at the Oscars

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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:



Actor in a Leading Role

Actor in a Supporting Role

Actress in a Leading Role:

Actress in a Supporting Role

Adapted Screenplay

Original Screenplay


Documentary Feature

Documentary Short:

Foreign Language Film:

Sound Editing

Sound Mixing

Original Score

Original Song

Production Design

Visual Effects:

Makeup and Hairstyling

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

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