For 89 years, Oscars has never had a major mistake. The last few Oscars might have had a few flubs, but at least they never got the most important category of the night wrong. Well, that’s now changed, all thanks to OG Bonnie and Clyde legends Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. When Faye Dunaway called the producers of La La Land onto the stage, it was a major mistake. The wrong move was announced as the winner of Best Picture.
The producers of La La Land were on stage, giving their speeches, when a crowd of producers and set personnel stormed onto stage and started frantically trying to correct the mistake. La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz, still holding Oscars, had to announce that the real Best Picture winner was actually Moonlight, and that the Moonlight people should come up onto stage and take the Oscars. Seriously. Warren Beatty then took the mic to announce how the mistake had been made.
“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. I wasn’t trying to be funny.”
As it turns out, eagle-eyed viewers like Neil Patrick Harris spotted that the envelope Warren Beatty opened said “Best Actress” not “Best Picture”, so it looks like someone gave him the wrong envelope to open on stage. For their part, PricewaterhouseCoopers has sincerely apologized and will be conducting an investigation.
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