Moonlight’s Best Picture win will go down in history as one of the biggest flubs in 89 years of the Oscars after La La Land was accidentally awarded it first but once director Barry Jenkins and producer Adele Romanski finally got the mic, their acceptance speech was beautiful.
The shocked Moonlight team were forced to oust the La La Land gang from the stage after a card mix-up saw presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway declare the wrong film the winner, leading to an awkward situation for everyone involved.
Best Actress winner Emma Stone could be seen mouthing “Oh my god, oh my god” as the news spread, Best Director Damien Chazelle looked dazed and confused and Ryan Gosling was spotted stifling a snigger amid the chaos unfurling around him. Then, they all left, leaving the Moonlight cast and crew to take the spotlight they deserved.
PricewaterhouseCoopers, which has overseen the Academy's ballot-counting process for the past 83 years, released the following statement: “We sincerely apologise to Moonlight, La La Land, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture.
“The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred. We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation.”
Much has been made of the reactions and responses to the blunder. Moonlight director Barry Jenkins and Best Supporting Actor winner Mahershala Ali have both commented on the incident, with actress Naomie Harris expressing her “disappointment” at the blunder.
“It really meant we didn’t have our moment,” she said backstage. “Our producers didn’t have the time to give their speeches and that’s a real shame.”
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