Awkward ending to 89th Academy Awards

Moonlight won Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

Warren Beatty holds the fateful envelope.

He checked again, then showed the envelope to his co-presenter Faye Dunaway.

"I'm sorry, no, there's a mistake. This is 'Moonlight, ' the Best Picture". "They read the wrong thing".

La La Land has mistakenly been announced the Best Picture Academy Awards victor, when in fact, the award was meant for Moonlight. Warren and Faye called the "La La" crew up on stage - and they were several minutes into their acceptance speeches before someone figured out the massive screw up. Then came the twist: The actual victor was Moonlight. Each carried their briefcase of envelopes to the stage, standing stage right and stage left, ready to hand the envelopes to the presenters seconds before they walked onstage.

"This is not a joke", he added, calling to director Barry Jenkins and the cast of Moonlight to come up and accept their Oscar. That's why he paused. "That's why I took such a long look at Faye, and at you [the audience], I wasn't trying to be amusing".

In a backstage interview after the ceremony Emma Stone caused further confusion when she pointed out that she was holding her "best actress card the whole time".

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Reports claim Oscars bosses always print two identical winning envelopes for security reasons so it is possible Warren somehow was handed the spare when Emma retained hers.

And those producers and other folks running up on stage? Also by design. That's the backup procedure if something goes wrong - as it did last night.

"You know, there's one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered".

Grab shows the envelope is clearly for best actress.

It's hard to believe something like this could happen at the biggest award show of the year, and we feel even worse for Warren, who knew something was amiss but was rushed to say the victor by his co-presenter Faye. We are now investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred. When the final producer, Fred Berger, took his turn, he offered up a few thank you's before saying, "We lost, by the way".

"No explanation was given", Mr. Jenkins said of the awkward moment that closed out the 89th annual Academy Awards.

  • Salvatore Jensen