Disappointing Oscars night for UK as Brits lose out

Brits go home empty-handed from the Oscars despite being nominated in major categories

Naomie Harris, Andrew Garfield and Dev Patel went home empty-handed from this year’s Oscars in a disappointing  night for British film.

US names Viola Davis, Casey Affleck and Mahershala Ali triumphed over Naomie, Andrew and Dev in the acting categories in the film world’s biggest awards ceremony.

Viola Davis (Chris Pizzello/AP/Press Association Images)
Viola Davis (Chris Pizzello/AP/Press Association Images)

The disappointment led to the worst results for Britain in at least 10 years.

British winners at the Oscars 2007-2017.

Musician Sting had been among the British hopefuls, for best original song.

But La La Land’s City Of Stars took the trophy.

Dev Patel (Ian West/PA)
Dev Patel (Ian West/PA)
Andrew Garfield (Ian West/PA)
Andrew Garfield (Ian West/PA)

Thankfully there was some good news for British director Orlando von Einsiedel and producer Joanna Natasegara who picked up an award for Best Documentary Short for their film, The White Helmets,  which focuses on a group of rescue workers who risk their lives in the Syrian civil war.

Joanna Natasegara, left, and Orlando von Einsiedel accept the award for best documentary short (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Joanna Natasegara, left, and Orlando von Einsiedel accept the award for best documentary short (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

British nominations in this year’s shortlist who missed out in the technical categories included Joanna Johnston for costume design in the film Allied, and Mica Levi, for original score, in Jackie.


Best Actor

Casey Affleck – Manchester By The Sea          WINNER

Other nominees;

Denzel Washington – Fences

Ryan Gosling – La La Land

Andrew Garfield

Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic

Best Actress

Emma Stone – La La Land                                 WINNER

Other nominees;

Natalie Portman – Jackie

Isabelle Huppert – Elle

Ruth Negga – Loving

Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Director

Damien Chazelle – La La Land                  WINNER

Barry Jenkins – Moonlight

Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester By The Sea

Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge

Denes Villeneuve – Arrival

Best Original Song

City of Stars                                WINNER

Other nominees;

Can’t Stop the Feeling


How Far I’ll Go

Empty Chair

Best Picture

Moonlight        WINNER

Other nominees;

La La Land

Manchester By The Sea

Hidden Figures



Hacksaw Ridge


Hell Or High Water

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali– Moonlight     WINNER

Other nominees;

Dev Patel – Lion

Jeff Bridges – Hell Or High Water

Lucas Hedges – Manchester By The Sea

Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animal

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis – Fences              WINNER

Other nominees;

Michelle Williams – Manchester By The Sea

Naomie Harris – Moonlight

Nicole Kidman – Lion

Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures


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