Oscars 2017: Academy Awards Predictions, Red Carpet Trends, More

He then checks the envelope, to see if there is anything else inside, with Dunaway laughs, presuming he is simply trying to ramp up the drama and the drum rolls. It was left to the musical's producer, Jordan Horowitz, to put things right.

Beatty explained: "I want to tell you what happened". "And, of course, it was an wonderful thing to hear 'La La Land.' I think we all would have loved to win Best Picture". Amid the confusion, producer Marc Platt reiterated, "This is not a joke".

The Moonlight crew was awestruck in disbelief after the surprise second announcement. "Personally I blame Steve Harvey for this", joked host Jimmy Kimmel, referring to the mishap when Harvey announced the wrong victor for the Miss Universe pageant previous year. Harvey made history at the 2015 Miss Universe pageant when he misread the victor as Miss Colombia when it was actually Miss Philippines.

The snafu began when one of the two printed envelopes for Best Actress apparently ended up in Beatty's hands as he went to present the Best Picture award. That's why he paused. "I also was holding my Best Actress in a Leading Role card my entire time", Stone said. "Moonlight, you guys won Best Picture". There are, however, two sets of winning envelopes at the Oscar show by design.

It was the first Academy Award for Chazelle, 32, who was the favorite going into Sunday's ceremony after winning Directors Guild and Golden Globe awards earlier this year. With some claiming it was a publicity stunt and others blaming Leonardo Dicaprio, conspiracies now run abound, but this isn't the first time the Oscars have had conspiracists question the awards. Also by design. That's the backup procedure if something goes wrong - as it did last night. The tweet has since been deleted, and Pricewaterhouse Coopers has not commented on Cullinan's social media use.

The pair then stand off stage at opposite sides and hand envelopes to the respective presenters as each category is announced.

"We sincerely apologize to Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, (host) Jimmy Kimmel, (broadcaster) ABC, and the Academy, none of whom was at fault for last night's errors", it said in its statement.

"The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected", read a statement from PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm in charge of the Oscar ballots.

Controversy is now swirling around Hollywood as to what actually happened at the 2017 Oscars.

Host Jimmy Kimmel tried to make light of the situation, blaming the incident on Steve Harvey, the comedian who infamously announced the wrong victor of the Miss Universe pageant in 2015. But the news was broken to the La La Land cast and crew after they had started their acceptance speeches.

  • Salvatore Jensen