And the Oscar goes to … ! Moonlight took home the win for Best Picture at the 2017 Oscars on Sunday, February 26 inside L.A.’s Dolby Theatre — but the winning moment will go down in WTF Oscar history forever thanks to presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, who mistakenly announced La La Land as the winner in a colossal mix-up we’ll be processing forever. Watch the shocking moment in the video above.
The entire cast of the musical rom-com took the stage and several members of the cast and crew gave their acceptance speeches before they realized there had been an error. “I’m sorry, no, there’s a mistake. Moonlight, you guys won Best Picture,” La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz said. “This is not a joke. Moonlight has won Best Picture.” Horowitz held up the correct card for all to see and graciously handed the award over to Moonlight.
While the La La Land cast exited the stage, host Jimmy Kimmel jumped in with a joke about the first-ever mix-up in the Oscars’ 89-year history. “This is very unfortunate, what happened. Personally, I blame Steve Harvey for this,” he quipped of Harvey’s similar Miss Universe 2015 flub, when he announced the wrong winner. “I would like to see you get an Oscar anyway. Why can’t we just give out a whole bunch of them?”
Beatty later returned to the mic to explain that he had been given the card for Best Actress, which listed La La Land’s Emma Stone as the winner. “I want to tell you what happened. I opened the envelope and it said Emma Stone, La La Land. That’s why I took such a long look at Faye and you. I wasn’t trying to be funny,” he said.
The Moonlight cast seemed to be in utter disbelief as they made their way to stage. “There was a time when I thought this movie was impossible because I couldn’t bring it to fruition,” director Barry Jenkins said. “I couldn’t bring myself to tell another story. Everybody behind me on this stage said, “No, that is not acceptable.” I want to thank everybody up here behind me. Everybody out there in this room. We didn’t do this. You guys chose us. Thank you for the choice. I appreciate it. Much love.”
As the show finally wrapped, Kimmel joked, “I knew I would screw this up — I really did!”
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