Pushing the Envelope: Emma Stone casts doubt on Oscars mix-up

Bonnie and Clyde stars Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced La La Land had taken the Best Picture prize until the film's producer Fred Berger said: "This is not a joke".

"Whew, you guys see that?" the newly minted Best Actress Oscar victor said when she took to the mic backstage following the Academy Awards' unexpected screw-up moments earlier.

"But we're so excited for Moonlight".

The 89th Academy Awards ceremony witnessed an awkward moment when La La Land was erroneously announced the Best Picture.

Davis said the mixup during the announcement of "La La Land" instead of "Moonlight" as best picture left her looking around the room in disbelief. "I wasn't trying to be amusing".

Adele and Stone, both 28 years old, have actually befriended each other in the past.

Taking to the stage to collect her award from last year's Best Actor victor, Leonardo DiCaprio, an elated Emma Stone delivered an emotional speech.

Ahead of the musical's December release, Stone revealed to Us Weekly that she related to Mia's struggled to break into show business.

Viola Davis stole the show when she accepted her first-ever Oscar for best actress in a supporting role, which she played opposite Denzel Washington in "Fences". I'm so grateful to have been involved in this film and thank you for your faith and your patience and such a wonderful experience. It really ... I don't know. I was still on such a buzzy train backstage that I was on another planet already.

PricewaterhouseCoopers, the company responsible for tabulating results and monitoring distribution of awards at the show, creates two copies of cards in envelopes that wait on each side of the stage for each category victor. This felt like another planet.

The cause for the Best Picture Oscar confusion was an envelope error. But everything feels like real life. "Nothing changes when I go back home".

Casey Affleck and Emma Stone have picked up the top acting honours at the Academy Awards.

  • Salvatore Jensen