At the 89th Academy Awards last night, a Longhorn-starring film took home Oscar gold in a surprise ending.
La La Land, which scored 14 nominations and won Best Director earlier in the evening, was mistakenly announced as the Best Picture winner before host Jimmy Kimmel revealed that Moonlight had actually won the evening’s most coveted award. The film, which stars former Longhorn track star Trevante Rhodes, BS ’12, also took home Oscars for Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay.
“It’s weird,” Rhodes told the Los Angeles Times of his dramatic win. “This is the Oscars. How can they mess that up? But still, it’s a win. Everyone was happy. It’s just very unique.”
Rhodes wasn’t the only Longhorn who was celebrating last night. Hacksaw Ridge, a World War II drama co-written by Robert Schenkkan, BFA ’75, Life Member, won the Oscar for Best Film Editing and Best Sound Mixing.
Editor’s Note: This post was a little misleading, so we’ve update it. These Longhorns didn’t actually take home an Oscar themselves—but they had plenty to celebrate.
Photo courtesy of A24.
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