Oscars end in a hot mess after giving wrong film Best Picture

His Best Supporting Actor win for Moonlight makes him the first Muslim in history to win an acting Oscar.

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. As he explained afterward, the card inside the envelope wasn't for best picture, instead, it was the winning best actress card for Emma Stone, the star of La La Land. "That's why I looked at Faye for a really long time", said Beatty.

When Stone addressed the debacle backstage she expressed confusion, saying she had been holding her best actress envelope the whole time.

Needless to say, Beatty's announcement to the wrong victor quickly led to his comparison with Miss Universe host Steve Harvey who announced the incorrect victor of the beauty pageant in 2015.

"There's a mistake. Moonlight, you guys won best picture", he said, motioning for the Moonlight crew to come on stage.

La La Land which won six trophies including best director and actress, was incorrectly declared the victor by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.

Streep received her 20th Academy Award nod this year for her starring role in Florence Foster Jenkins, besting her own record for the most acting nominations in Oscars history.

The Academy Award for Best Screenplay went to Affleck's director, Kenneth Lonergan, for Manchester by the Sea.

He works for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in United States, the firm which for the last 84 years has taken charge of counting the votes that decide who take home the Oscars.

"I feel so weird", best supporting actor victor Mahershala Ali says. He did, thanking his family and Damien Chazelle before tossing in a "We lost, by the way".

He held up the card and the camera came in close: It said Moonlight and its producers's name.

Beatty had hesitated announcing the victor after opening the envelope, while Dunaway thought he was stalling to be amusing. They also personally hand the envelopes to each award presenter moments before they walk on stage.

"I wanted to tell you what happened. I wasn't trying to be amusing", a flustered Beatty later clarified. And this guy is a really lovely symbol to continue on that journey and I'm so grateful for that.

He said what happened was "very unfortunate. I became an artist and thank god I did because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life".

And we're still not quite sure what happened.

Behind Platt, a group including PwC supervisors Brian Cullinan and Martha Luiz could be seen opening and inspecting red and gold envelopes.

  • Joanne Flowers