“La La Land” mistakenly awarded Best Picture at Academy Awards
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“La La Land” was mistakenly named Best Picture at the Academy Awards on Feb. 26, when “Moonlight” was actually the winner.
Actors Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty presented the nominees for the award. Little did they know, Beatty had been handed the envelope for the wrong award. Instead of announcing the winner for the Best Picture, they announced the winner for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
At the awards show, the staff keep multiple copies of each of the envelopes in case one gets lost before they are presented. Behind the scenes, one of the envelopes, which said Emma Stone, who was in “La La Land,” and won Best Leading Actress, had gotten mixed up with the envelope which said “Moonlight” had won Best Picture.
After the error was made, the staff, who were making sure the show ran smoothly, tried to fix the mistake as quickly as possible. While a speech was being made, the producers of “La La Land” were approached by a man holding an envelope.
“I’m sorry, there’s a mistake. ‘Moonlight,’ you guys won best picture,” Producer Jordan Horowitz said.
After some small reassurance to show this wasn’t a joke, the cast and crew of “Moonlight” came to the stage to accept the award.
The host of the award show, Jimmy Kimmel, tried to lighten the mood. He joked, saying the cast and crew of “La La Land” should keep the award anyway and blamed Steve Harvey, who, in a similar experience, had crowned the wrong contestant as Miss Universe in 2015.
Stone said she was excited for “Moonlight” in its victory because she greatly enjoyed the movie.
“I don’t even know what to say,” Stone said. “I think it’s an incredible outcome, but a very strange happening for Oscar history.”