And the Oscar goes to…
La La Land…nope…wait, Moonlight!
In a move that shocked those in attendance and those watching worldwide, the Oscar for Best Picture was wrongly announced as La La Land, when the true winner was Moonlight.
Actors Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway took to the stage to announce the winners and after an awkward pause by Beatty, La La Land was deemed the winner. Cheers and applause erupted all over the theater as the cast and crew made their way to the stage. But, as one of the producers, Jordan Horowitz, was making his speech a commotion rose behind him. He turned to see what was going on and then announced to the crowd that La La Land had actually lost and that Moonlight was the victor.
At first there was stunned silence and confusion throughout the theater, no one seemed to believe it, perhaps it was a cruel trick. Horowitz then proceeded to turn back to the mic and held up the correct card with the winner displayed as Moonlight. Only then did the crowd erupt in applause and cheering, albeit still confused, as the cast and crew for Moonlight made their way to the stage.
Beatty again took the mic in attempts to apologize for the gaffe. He explained that the card he was given to read had Emma Stone’s name on it, who had won Actress in a Leading Role for La La Land earlier in the evening. As he deliberated over the card he showed it to Dunaway who announced La La Land had won. He assured the crowd that the mistake was not intentional and that he was in no way making a joke about the winners.
Host Jimmy Kimmel then tried to make light of the situation by saying, “personally, I blame Steve Harvey, for this,” in reference to Harvey’s wrongly announcing Miss Universe in 2015.
The cast and crew of Moonlight were then able to make a few acceptance speeches before being ushered off the stage.
Moonlight was nominated 8 times and ended the night with 3 wins, including Mahershala Ali for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. La La Land was nominated 14 times and ended the night with 6 awards, including Emma Stone for Actress in a Leading Role.