In a shock twist ending to the 2017 Oscars that no one could have seen coming, La La Land was accidentally announced as the winner of the Best Picture award – the ceremony’s highest honour – before it was confirmed that the real winner of the award was Moonlight.
Legendary actors Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway had been given the honour of announcing the Best Picture winner. There was some funny business going on, because when Warren opened the envelope to announce the winner, he stumbled over his words before looking at Faye, who took over and said, “La La Land.”
The cast and crew of La La Land had already gotten up on stage to accept the award, and the producers started thanking people as part of their acceptance speeches, before an Oscars producer ran on stage to tell them the wrong winner had been announced.
Jordan Horowitz, the La La Land producer who was in the middle of speaking, suddenly said, “There’s been a mistake. Moonlight, you guys won best picture. This is not a joke. Moonlight has won best picture.”
He then grabbed the card containing the winner announcement out of Warren Beatty’s hand to show everyone that yep, Moonlight was definitely the winner.
So WTF happened? Jimmy Kimmel, this year’s host, made a Steve Harvey joke, and then Warren returned to the microphone to say, “I opened the envelope and it said Emma Stone, La La Land. That’s why I took such a long look at Faye and at you. I wasn’t trying to be funny.”
And he wasn’t lying – people zoomed in on the envelope he was holding, which read ‘Actress in a Leading Role.’
Someone fucked up – end of story. Whether it was deliberate or an honest mistake, though, is the next question…
Backstage, in the press room, Best Actress winner Emma Stone was asked about the mistake. “I fucking love Moonlight! God I love Moonlight so much! I’m so excited for Moonlight!” she said. “Of course it was an amazing thing to hear La La Land, we’re so excited for Moonlight, it’s one of the best movies ever… Also, I was holding my Best Actress in a Leading Role card that entire time… So whatever story – I don’t mean to start stuff – but whatever story… I’m not sure what happened.”
DUN DUN DUN!
Anyway, congratulations to Moonlight, the rightful winner of the Best Picture Oscar!