‘Moonlight’ Wins Best Picture After Awkward ‘La La Land’ Mix-up

Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means if you click on the link and purchase an item, I will receive an affiliate commission at no extra cost to you.

OMG, talk about an awkward situation! Moonlight is the official Best Picture winner at the Oscars, but the revelation comes only after a huge mistake where Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty gave the award to La La Land by mistake. It all started when Faye and Warren headed on stage to give away the biggest award of the night. Warren had the card and when it was time to say the winner—he hesitated, but we all assumed he was drumming up anticipation for the winner! He never says the winner and hands the card to Faye who says La La is the winner.

It’s not until later when La La Land producers start giving out speeches that we see commotion on stage and realize there has been a mistake ‘Moonlight’ is actually the winner. La Land producer Jordan Horowitz takes the microphone and says “Guys, I’m sorry. There’s been a mistake. Moonlight, you guys won Best Picture.” And no one knows what to make of it! He adds, “This is not a joke. I’m afraid they read the wrong thing. This is not a joke, Moonlight has won Best Picture” and he held up the real card with the winner. “I’m going to be really proud to hand this to my friends from Moonlight.

Later Warren comes back on stage and says he was given a card with the Best Actress winner on it, but Emma had already won the award! “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.”

A lot of confusion, but congrats ‘Moonlight.’ Moonlight director Barry Jenkins finally came on stage and said, “Even in my dreams, this could not be true. But to hell with dreams, I’m done with it, because this is true. Oh my goodness.”

89th Annual Academy Awards - Press Room

PricewaterhouseCoopers has apologized to the everyone involved.

“We sincerely apologize 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.”

Photo from PR Photos

Privacy Policy