Oscars 2017: What Leaders Can Learn from The Best-Picture Mixup

The world is still reeling after learning that Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced the wrong best picture victor at the 89th Academy Awards. The stunned Moonlight crew came up on to the stage and Horowitz personally handed over the statuette to its director, Barry Jenkins.

After "La La Land" was announced as the victor of Hollywood's most coveted award, the cast and production team came up on stage give their speeches - only to find out that they weren't winners after all.

"This is not a joke - Moonlight has won Best Picture", another producer said. The moment was exciting for viewers, jubilant for Moonlight devotees and embarrassing for La La Land, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the presenters and the Academy.

La La Land was announced as the victor by Faye Dunaway, who presented with Warren Beatty.

"There suddenly appeared a guy on the stage, you know one of the guys with the headsets and he started looking for the envelope, because it felt like something was wrong", he recalled. Ryan said he did not know why it took more than two minutes for the correction to be made, with La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz delivering the news to the world that "Moonlight" had made the error. "Why can't we just give out a whole bunch of them?" he asked.

He then held up the envelope to show the audience and those watching at home that the card clearly read Moonlight. "Thank God almighty, I'm free at last".

"I actually heard the stage manager standing in front of me saying, "No, no, no, that is not the movie", and so I saw it before it happened", she reveals to Entertainment Tonight. And everybody was asking, "Can I see the card"? Stone had just won her Best Actress award. Now, I don't think anyone will make that leap but it's a glaring error that should never have happened - and probably hasn't in the history of the show. We have two briefcases, that are identical, and we have two entire sets of winning envelopes. "Again, it's so unlikely".

"The presenters had mistakenly been the wrong category envelope". We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation. "We are now investigating how this could have happened", the company wrote.

  • Joanne Flowers