In a tight race, Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea edged out Damien Chazelle’s La La Land and others to take home the prize for Best Original Screenplay at the 89th Academy Awards Sunday in Los Angeles.
The moving family drama — starring Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges, and Michelle Williams — nabbed an impressive six Oscar nominations, including Best Actor, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Director, and Picture. Lonergan previously won for Best Screenplay at the BAFTAs.
“A screenwriter is in a unique position because a screenwriter alone understands the thrill of watching an actor become a character that you only imagined,” he said at the time.
In addition to La La Land, Manchester beat out Hell or High Water, The Lobster, and 20th Century Women for the win.