Oscars Ballot Counters: We Blew It, Warren Beatty Given Wrong Envelope
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Feb 28, 2017,
Feb 28, 2017, 1:06
The most epic flub in Academy Awards history happened during the final minutes of the Sunday night broadcast, turning an otherwise fairly routine Oscar night into a live TV shockfest.
"A mistake was made", Platt said the morning after actress Faye Dunaway, the victim of an apparent envelope mix-up, mistakenly announced "La La Land" as the victor of the Oscars' biggest award.
Accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers have taken responsibility for the mistake that led to the wrong film being announced as the Best Picture victor at the 2017 Oscars. While on stage, Beatty went on to explain that he had been given a card naming Emma Stone (who had just won best actress), as well as the name of the film and simply read out the latter part. Jordan Horowitz, the producer of the film, stated there had been a mistake and Moonlight had won.
The host Jimmy Kimmel ended the show after solving the confusion for the best picture victor and announcing Moonlight the final victor.
"I want to tell you what happened", Beatty said.
"I read the card that was in the envelope", he said. Warren Beatty apologised for the error, stating that he was't trying to be amusing while a confused-looking Jimmy Kimmel too came on the stage to take stock of the situation.
Moonlight director Barry Jenkins handled the mix-up with aplomb, giving a nod to La La Land's cast in his brief acceptance speech. But to hell with dreams.
Once he reached the stage, he said "even in my dreams, this can not be true".
"I think that goes back to the award season", Jenkins said.
A photo zooming in on the envelope Warren Beatty was holding shows it said "Best actress in a leading role".
"We hand each envelope directly to the presenter in each category".
"The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected", PricewaterhouseCoopers said in a statement shortly after the awards show.
The team for "Moonlight" then took the stage in bewilderment. "When I did see people coming out on stage and their moment was being disrupted, I got really anxious. But this would not have happened if my company made the envelopes this year, because we really took a lot of effort to make it as fool-proof as possible with the use of really clear type". "Oh my god, he got the wrong envelope", the LA Times reported.
"He came upstairs and he walked over to me, and he showed the card", he continued.
PwC, one of the best known accountancy firms in the world, has supervised counting the ballots, and the announcements, for the majority of Academy Awards.
"We would make sure that the correct person was known very quickly", Cullinan said at the time. "And that's all I have I have to say on the subject".