It seems like every year, the Best Actress category at the Oscars only becomes harder to predict. There have been so many incredible performances by women in film that each nominee — and women who didn't nab a nomination at all — truly deserves to be honored for their work. Ultimately, Emma Stone won Best Actress at the 2017 Oscars for La La Land, and though it wasn't exactly surprising given the many awards she's already received for the role of Mia, the category really could've gone to anyone.
Also nominated were Ruth Negga for Loving, Meryl Streep for Florence Foster Jenkins, Natalie Portman for Jackie, and Isabelle Huppert for Elle. When she took the stage, Stone was clearly overwhelmed by the honor, and started her speech by speaking directly to the other women nominated. She said that she looks up to all of them, and that her greatest honor has been standing alongside them. It was a sweet moment and a way to give all five talented actors a moment in the Oscar spotlight. You can see her speech in the video below.
As previously mentioned, this isn't Stone's first award for La La Land, as she's also taken home a BAFTA and Golden Globe for the performance. Nor is this the first Oscar for La La Land, with the film racking up five wins during prior to her's during the Sunday, Feb. 26 show. In addition to her win for Best Actress, it nabbed Oscars for Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Original Song ("City of Stars"), and Best Original Score. It may have been nominated in even more categories, but I doubt anyone from La La Land is upset with winning a handful of awards.