Oscar chaos – Moonlight wins Best Picture after envelope mix up

Officials take to the stage to inform La La Land of the mistake. (Credit: REUTERS)

It seemed a rudeamentry victory for La La Land, who was announced to be the winner of Best Picture. However, in the midst of their speech, the La La Land producers soon discovered the mistake and that Moonlight was indeed the victor in the category.

PriceWaterhouseCooper – the company who counted the ballots – soon apologised for the mix-up. Despite this, La La Land still ended up with the most awards of the night, winning six Oscars, including Best Actress, which Emma Stone won.

Faye Dunaway and Warren Beaty (Credit: Getty Images)

Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty took to the stage to announce the victor in the Best Picture category – that was concealed in a red envelope – and when it was revealed, Beatty hesitated for the moment, to which he explained:

“I want to tell you what happened. 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 [the audience], I wasn’t trying to be funny.”

In the midst of La La Land’s speeches, the PwC officials came on stage to inform the cast and creators of the film that there had been a mistake.

Fred Berger – one of La La Land producers: “We lost by the way, but you know.”

Jordan Horowitz – another producer: “Guys, I’m sorry, no, there’s a mistake. Moonlight, you guys won best picture.”

Marc Platt – the last producer: “This is not a joke I’m afraid they read the wrong thing.”

Horowitz added as confusion struck: “This is not a joke, Moonlight has won best picture.” He then held the card up to the audience to prove his point, reading from it: “Moonlight, best picture.”

This has soon be hailed – even by Emma Stone – as “the craziest Oscar moment of all time”.


Author: Thomas Parkes

Hi, my name is Thomas Parkes. I'm currently a student at the City of Wolverhampton College, studing the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism.

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