Presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced that La La Land had won the coveted Best Picture prize, when - in reality - Moonlight had won.
"I opened the envelope and it said: Emma Stone, La La Land,” Beatty explained to the Oscars audience. “That's why I took such a long pause and looked at Faye, and at you. I wasn't trying to be funny."
However, Stone has clarified that she was holding her acceptance card the entire time, saying in a post-awards press conference: “I f***ing loved Moonlight. God, I love Moonlight so much! I’m so excited for Moonlight! And, of course, it was an amazing thing to hear La La Land. I think we all would have loved to win Best Picture.
“But we are so excited for Moonlight. I think it is one of the best films of all time. So I was pretty beside myself. I was also 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 that was, I had the card. So, I’m not sure what happened. And I really wanted to talk to you guys first.”
Director Barry Jenkins and Best Supporting actor Mahershala Ali have both spoken about the event.
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