Best Picture Mistake Leads To Most Awkward Moment In Oscar History
Jaws dropped as it was announced that “La La Land” was prematurely named the winner.
Midway through the acceptance speech, Jordan Horowitz, a producer on the Damien Chazelle–directed flick, stopped to announce that there had been a mistake. Host Jimmy Kimmel and presenter Beatty came out to reveal that “Moonlight” was the actual winner. Apparently, Beatty was accidentally given the envelope for Best Actress, which was handed out right before to Emma Stone for her role in “La La Land.” He saw the movie title and passed the envelope to co-presenter Dunaway, who announced “La La Land” as the winner.
As Beatty explained onstage:
“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 … This is ‘Moonlight,’ the Best Picture.”
Although it is officially the most awkward ― and most stunning ― moment in Oscars history, the producers of “La La Land” gracefully handed their statues to the “Moonlight” team as the audience stared in utter confusion-slash-amazement.
Everyone on Twitter freaked out, as well.
Watch the whole, crazy moment go down below: