Oscars 2017: Emma Stone wins Best Actress

The coveted category was contested by performances from La La Land, Jackie, Elle, Florence Foster Jenkins and Loving

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Emma Stone has taken home the prize for Best Actress at the Academy Awards 2017.

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She was recognised for her role in La La Land, beating tough competition from Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman, Isabelle Huppert and Ruth Negga.

Addressing her fellow nominees, Stone said: “It has been the greatest honour just to stand alongside you, that is the greatest honour of all.”

Breathless after her win, she continued: “I realise that a moment like this is a huge confluence of luck and opportunity. I am so grateful to have been involved in this film… Ryan Gosling thank you for making me laugh and for always raising the bar and being a great partner on this crazy adventure.”

Raising her Oscar statuette as she talked about her career as an actress, she added: “This guy is a really beautiful symbol to continue on that journey.”  

In the film, Stone plays a struggling actress who meets a jazz pianist in Los Angeles. It’s a role that has won her a string of accolades, including a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Golden Globe and a Bafta.

La La Land has enjoyed phenomenal success this year, praised for bringing the musical genre back into cinemas and scooping a hoard of silverware over the past couple of months.

Ahead of the ceremony, Damian Chazelle’s film – which also stars Ryan Gosling – led the nominations with a historic 14 nods, sharing a record with Titanic and All About Eve. Bidding to steal some of the glory were Moonlight with eight nominations and Manchester by the Sea with six.

The 89th Oscars – which mark the climax of awards season – took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and were presented by first-time host Jimmy Kimmel with performances from Justin Timberlake, Sting and John Legend.

As well as the star-studded list of nominees – which also includes Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington, Nicole Kidman and Mel Gibson – presenters included last year’s winners Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson, Mark Rylance and Alicia Vikander. 

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