Oscars 2017 - First-Time Winners

by Kirk-Picard | created - 27 Feb 2017 | updated - 27 Feb 2017 | Public

Which first-time winner at the 2017 Oscars most deserved to win?

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1. Mahershala Ali

Actor | House of Cards

MAHERSHALA ALI is fast becoming one of the freshest and most in-demand faces in Hollywood with his extraordinarily diverse skill set and wide-ranging background in film, television, and theater.

This past fall, Ali wrapped A24's Brad Pitt and Adele Romanski produced independent feature film, ...

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role as Juan in Moonlight (2016)

2. Alessandro Bertolazzi

Make_up_department | Suicide Squad

Alessandro Bertolazzi is known for his work on Suicide Squad (2016), Skyfall (2012) and Bright (2017). He is married to Giovanna.

Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling for Suicide Squad (2016)

3. Giorgio Gregorini

Make_up_department | Suicide Squad

Giorgio Gregorini is known for his work on Suicide Squad (2016), Moulin Rouge! (2001) and Apocalypto (2006). He has been married to Antonella, Boetani since February 13, 1993. They have three children.

Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling for Suicide Squad (2016)

4. Christopher Allen Nelson

Make_up_department | Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Academy Award winner and 2 time Emmy winner Christopher Allen Nelson moved to Los Angeles at the age of 15. He has established himself as one of the top Special FX Make-up Artists and designers in the industry, after having worked for Rick Baker, Steve Johnson, KNB, Stan Winston, and many more over...

Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling for Suicide Squad (2016)

5. Ezra Edelman

Producer | O.J.: Made in America

Ezra Edelman is a producer and director, known for O.J.: Made in America (2016), Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals (2010) and Brooklyn Dodgers: The Ghosts of Flatbush (2007).

Best Documentary Feature for O.J.: Made in America (2016)

6. Caroline Waterlow

Producer | O.J.: Made in America

Caroline Waterlow is a producer and actress, known for O.J.: Made in America (2016), Makers: Women Who Make America (2013) and Brooklyn Dodgers: The Ghosts of Flatbush (2007).

Best Documentary Feature for O.J.: Made in America (2016)

7. Sylvain Bellemare

Sound_department | Arrival

Sylvain Bellemare was born on February 20, 1968 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is known for his work on Arrival (2016), Incendies (2010) and Monsieur Lazhar (2011).

Best Achievement in Sound Editing for Arrival (2016)

8. Kevin O'Connell

Sound_department | Hacksaw Ridge

Kevin O'Connell is an Academy Award winning sound mixer who has worked in the film business for more than 30 years, contributing to over 220 films and earning a record 21 Academy Award nominations. His credits include Jumanji, Welcome To The Jungle (2017), Spider-man, Homecoming (2017), Hacksaw ...

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing for Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

9. Andy Wright

Sound_department | Hacksaw Ridge

Andy Wright is known for his work on Hacksaw Ridge (2016), Killer Elite (2011) and Peter Rabbit (2018).

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing for Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

10. Robert Mackenzie

Sound_department | Hacksaw Ridge

Robert Mackenzie is known for his work on Hacksaw Ridge (2016), The Grandmaster (2013) and The Rover (2014).

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing for Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

11. Peter Grace

Sound_department | Hacksaw Ridge

Peter Grace is known for his work on Hacksaw Ridge (2016), Gods of Egypt (2016) and Little Fish (2005).

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing for Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

12. Viola Davis

Actress | Fences

Actress Viola Davis was born on her grandmother's farm, at the then-Singleton Plantation in St. Matthews, South Carolina. When she was two months old her family moved to Central Falls, Rhode Island, where her father, Dan Davis, worked as a horse groomer and trainer. Her mother, Mary Alice (Logan), ...

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role as Rose Maxson in Fences (2016)

13. Alan Barillaro

Director | Piper

Alan Barillaro is known for his work on Piper (2016), The Incredibles (2004) and WALL·E (2008).

Best Animated Short Film for Piper (2016)

14. Marc Sondheimer

John Carter

Marc Sondheimer is known for his work on John Carter (2012), The Incredibles (2004) and WALL·E (2008).

Best Animated Short Film for Piper (2016)

15. Byron Howard

Director | Zootopia

Byron Howard was born on December 26, 1968 in Misawa, Japan as Byron P. Howard. He is known for his work on Zootopia (2016), Tangled (2010) and Bolt (2008).

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year for Zootopia (2016)

16. Rich Moore

Director | Wreck-It Ralph

Rich Moore was born on May 10, 1963 in Oxnard, California, USA. He is known for his work on Wreck-It Ralph (2012), Zootopia (2016) and Futurama (1999).

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year for Zootopia (2016)

17. Clark Spencer

Producer | Zootopia

Clark Spencer was born and raised in Seattle Washington, before he moved to Massachusetts to study at Harvard University. After graduating from Harvard in 1985 with a degree in history, he worked with Bankers Trust Company on Wall Street. He graduated from Harvard Business School in 1990. He then ...

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year for Zootopia (2016)

18. David Wasco

Production_designer | La La Land

David Wasco is a production designer, known for La La Land (2016), Inglourious Basterds (2009) and Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003). He is married to Sandy Reynolds-Wasco.

Best Achievement in Production Design for La La Land (2016)

19. Sandy Reynolds-Wasco

Set_decorator | La La Land

Sandy Reynolds-Wasco is known for her work on La La Land (2016), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) and Inglourious Basterds (2009). She is married to David Wasco.

Best Achievement in Production Design for La La Land (2016)

20. Adam Valdez

Visual_effects | The Jungle Book

Adam Valdez is known for his work on The Jungle Book (2016), Maleficent (2014) and World War Z (2013).

Best Achievement in Visual Effects for The Jungle Book (2016)

Best Achievement in Visual Effects for The Jungle Book (2016)

Best Achievement in Film Editing for Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

23. Orlando von Einsiedel

Director | Virunga

Orlando von Einsiedel is the Oscar-winning director of short documentary, The White Helmets. His first feature documentary, the Bafta and Academy-Award nominated documentary, Virunga won over 50 international film awards including an Emmy, a Peabody, a Grierson and a duPont-Columbia Award for ...

Best Documentary Short Subject for The White Helmets (2016)

24. Joanna Natasegara

Producer | Virunga

Joanna Natasegara is a producer and director, known for Virunga (2014), The White Helmets (2016) and The Price of Kings: Yasser Arafat (2012).

Best Documentary Short Subject for The White Helmets (2016)

25. Kristóf Deák

Director | Mindenki

Kristóf Deák was born on June 7, 1982 in Budapest, Hungary. He is known for his work on Sing (2016), Munich (2005) and Golf with a Shotgun (2010).

Best Live Action Short Film for Mindenki (2016)

26. Anna Udvardy

Producer | Mindenki

Anna Udvardy is a production manager and producer, known for Sing (2016), Epilogue (2010) and Filmesek egymás között - Rekviem egy filmgyárért (2007).

Best Live Action Short Film for Mindenki (2016)

27. Linus Sandgren

Cinematographer | First Man

Linus Sandgren is an Academy Award winning Swedish cinematographer. He is best known for his work with Damien Chazelle on La La Land (2016) and his collaboration with David O Russell on the films American Hustle (2013) and Joy (2015).

He also worked with Gus Van Sant on Promised Land where he shot ...

Best Achievement in Cinematography for La La Land (2016)

28. Justin Hurwitz

Soundtrack | La La Land

Justin Hurwitz was born on January 22, 1985 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Justin Gabriel Hurwitz. He is a writer and producer, known for La La Land (2016), First Man (2018) and Whiplash (2014).

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score) for La La Land (2016)

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Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song) for "City of Stars" in La La Land (2016)

29. Kenneth Lonergan

Writer | You Can Count on Me

Kenneth Lonergan is a playwright, screenwriter and director. His film, You Can Count on Me (2000), which he wrote and directed, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay, won the Sundance 2000 Grand Jury Prize and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, the NY Film Critics Circle, LA Film ...

Best Original Screenplay for Manchester by the Sea (2016)

30. Barry Jenkins

Director | Moonlight

Barry Jenkins was born on November 19, 1979 in Miami, Florida, USA. He is a director and writer, known for Moonlight (2016), Medicine for Melancholy (2008) and If Beale Street Could Talk (2018).

Best Adapted Screenplay for Moonlight (2016)

31. Tarell Alvin McCraney

Writer | Moonlight

Tarell Alvin McCraney is a writer and producer, known for Moonlight (2016), Cyrano the Moor and Untitled Tarell Alvin McCraney Project.

Best Adapted Screenplay for Moonlight (2016)

32. Damien Chazelle

Writer | Whiplash

Damien Sayre Chazelle is an American director and screenwriter. He was born in Providence, Rhode Island. His mother, Celia Sayre (Martin) Chazelle, is an American-Canadian writer and professor of history at The College of New Jersey. His father, Bernard Chazelle, is a French-American Eugene Higgins...

Best Achievement in Directing for La La Land (2016)

33. Casey Affleck

Actor | Gone Baby Gone

An accomplished and striking performer, Academy Award® winner Casey Affleck has established himself as a powerful leading man with performances in multiple upcoming projects.

Caleb Casey McGuire Affleck-Boldt was born in Falmouth, Massachusetts. His mother, Chris Anne (née Boldt), is a school ...

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role as Lee Chandler in Manchester by the Sea (2016)

34. Emma Stone

Actress | La La Land

Emily Jean "Emma" Stone was born in Scottsdale, Arizona, to Krista (Yeager), a homemaker, and Jeffrey Charles Stone, a contracting company founder and CEO. She is of Swedish (from her paternal grandfather), English, German, Scottish, and Irish descent. Stone began acting as a child as a member of ...

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role as Mia in La La Land (2016)

35. Adele Romanski

Producer | Moonlight

Adele Romanski is a producer and editor, known for Moonlight (2016), Leave Me Like You Found Me (2012) and The Myth of the American Sleepover (2010).

Best Motion Picture of the Year for Moonlight (2016)



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