‘Moonlight’ was the winner of the coveted Best Picture award at the Oscars on Sunday (26.02.17) – but ‘La La Land’ was initially read out as having scooped the honor.
Chaos reigned at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre when veteran actor Warren Beatty mistakenly announced the winner of the night’s most prestigious honor had gone to the musical – which had been favorite to take the accolade – only for the acceptance speeches to be interrupted and the real winner revealed.
The ‘La La Land’ team were told: “I’m sorry, no, there’s a mistake. This is not a joke, ‘Moonlight’ has won Best Picture. This is not a joke. Moonlight has won Best Picture.” Warren then said: “This is not a joke, I’m afraid I read the wrong thing.”
Host Jimmy Kimmel then took to the stage and said: “This is very unfortunate what happened. I would like to see you get an Oscar anyway, why can’t we just give out a whole bunch?” Warren – who was presenting the award with Faye Dunaway – had taken some time to read out the winner and explained he had been given the wrong envelope.
He said: “I opened the envelope and it said Emma Stone, ‘La La Land’ – that’s why I took such a long look at you and Faye. “I wasn’t trying to be funny.” He then re-presented the prize to ‘Moonlight’ but director Barry Jenkins appeared too stunned by the turn of events to give a proper speech.
Earlier in the evening, Mahershala Ali – who stars in the film opposite Naomie Harris – picked up the Best Supporting Actor prize, while the film also took the Best Adapted Screenplay award.