It’s an Oscars ceremony that won’t soon be forgotten. In a shocking turn of events, “La La Land” was mistakenly named Best Picture instead of the rightful winner, “Moonlight”.
“Bonnie And Clyde” stars Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced the Best Picture winner together. As Beatty opens the envelope, he pauses and seems to struggle with what is written inside, handing the card to Dunaway. Dunaway then announces the winner as “La La Land”.
“La La Land” producers Jordan Horowitz, Marc Platt and Fred Berger and stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling were on stage and in the middle of speeches when the show’s producers rushed the stage. An awards show producer grabbed the envelope, looked at it, before signalling to other producers. While the speeches continue, the cast, including Best Actress winner Stone can be seen to be looking on in confusion as the ceremony producers admit a mistake has been made.
“La La Land” producer Berger, who was in the middle of his speech awkwardly announces, “We lost by the way” as the Oscars are removed from the crew as chaos reigns on stage. “This is not a joke”, they announce.
At first, the stars on stage seem confused – much like the audience – before host Jimmy Kimmel announces a mistake has been made.
As the real winning envelope with “Moonlight” and the film’s producers is shown, the camera shows the shocked “Moonlight” cast and crew embrace and take the stage. Kimmel promises that it is not a joke as Beatty explains he was handed the wrong envelope – the Best Actress envelope announcing Emma Stone for “La La Land” – which led to his confusion upon opening the envelope and handing it to Dunaway.
On close inspection, the envelope in Beatty’s hand is clearly embossed with the words, “Best Actress In A Leading Role”. That same envelope can be seen in a photo tweeted by “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins.
“La La Land” director Damien Chazelle, Stone and the film’s producers including Horowitz congratulate “Moonlight” crew on their win before they began their own speeches. “La La Land” producer and star John Legend tweeted out his congratulations to the film.
Internet reaction was swift as viewers and celebs alike Tweeted out their stunned reactions, including Kimmel who tried to lighten the mood with a joke, referencing Steve Harvey’s Miss Universe flub.