Jessica Derschowitz reports: In the most shocking mix-up in Oscars history, Moonlight won best picture at the Academy Awards — but only after presenter Faye Dunaway announced La La Land as the winner, setting off mass confusion inside the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.
“I want to tell you what happened,” co-presenter Warren Beatty explainer after the mix-up was revealed. “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.”
“Well, I don’t know what happened. I blame myself for this,” Kimmel joked after the moment. “Let’s remember, it’s just an awards show. I mean, we hate to see people disappointed, but the good news is we got to see some extra speeches. We have some great movies. I knew I would screw this show up, I really did. Thank you for watching. I’m back to work tomorrow night on my regular show. I promise I’ll never come back. Good night!” … (read more)
The New York Times Twitter feed manager pulled the trigger too soon:
And here’s Variety‘s splash page:
Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were given the best actress award envelope. A confused Beatty saw Emma Stone’s name and “La La Land,” and handed the envelope to Dunaway, who then announced the musical as the Best Picture winner.
The “La La Land” cast took the stage and producers began their speeches. But they stopped midway when they realized their error.
“There’s been a mistake. ‘Moonlight’ won,” Jordan Horowitz said to the shocked Kodak theater audience.
“It’s not a joke,” he said. “This is not a joke, come up here.”
Beatty then returned to the microphone to explain … (read more)