The 89th annual Academy Awards show was filled with tears, laughter, breathtaking fashion, glam and of course there was the drama too.
Most of us woke up on Monday morning to see the Oscars trending for all the wrong reasons. Apart from Moana star Auli’i Cravalho being hit with a flag while making her big Academy Award debut on Sunday, an embarrassing mix-up saw an award incorrectly given to musical La La Land before the actual winner, coming-of-age drama Moonlight, was finally handed the prize.
Moonlight won the best picture trophy at the 89th Annual Academy Awards in a historic Oscar mishap that followed Warren Beatty calling out the wrong winner at first.
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It was indeed an awkward moment at the Dolby Theatre when producers of La La Land were stopped in the middle of their happy acceptance speeches to be informed that the musical was incorrectly proclaimed as the winner. “I wasn’t trying to be funny,” Beatty explained, saying he had seen the name Emma Stone from La La Land when he opened his envelope.
Subsequently, Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel stepped forward to inform everyone that Moonlight had indeed won the award. He showed the inside of the envelope to the cameras as proof.
“I knew I would screw this up,” said Kimmel who is a first-time host. “I promise to never come back.”
Producer Jordan Horwitz then graciously passed his statue to the Moonlight producers.
Watch the drama here;
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 27, 2017
Meanwhile, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm responsible for tabulating Oscar ballots, has come forward wit a apology for the unfortunate drama at the Oscars last night. The company sincerely apologised for the mistake during the announcement of the best picture award on Sunday, admitting that Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were actually handed the wrong envelope.
“We sincerely apologise to Moonlight, La La Land, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture,” the company said in a statement.
On a lighter mood, Tweeps have used the opportunity to launch some hilarious memes on Twitter;
When they said La La Land won best picture of the year but Moonlight turned out to be the real winner pic.twitter.com/cTeILZT5iy
— Common Gay Boy (@CGBPosts) February 27, 2017
— Mike T (@majtague) February 27, 2017
— SpongeBob Sports (@SpongeBobSports) February 27, 2017
Some even blamed it on Steve Harvey who had committed the same blunder at the Miss Universe pageant;