La La Land loses to Moonlight during the 2017 Oscars
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As 32.9 million people watched the 2017 Oscars ceremony live on television, they witnessed a blunder similar to the Steve Harvey mix-up during the 2015 Miss Universe ceremony.
According to multiple mainstream media outlets, there are two official cards within the sealed envelopes which are only opened on stage, the night of the Oscars ceremony.
In a statement made by Warren Beatty shortly after the confusion settled on stage, he explained that, “I opened the envelope, and it said Emma Stone, La La Land. That’s why I took such a long look at Fey, and at you. I wasn’t trying to be funny.”
The envelopes were allegedly switched by the “accountant” in the back and the previously opened card was taken back on stage for the final award, “best picture.” It was realized once the crew from La La Land was already giving their speech, and the stage manager quickly took action and walked onto the stage.
“It is very unusual to see the stage manager on stage,” Jimmy Kimmel said during his broadcast of the Jimmy Kimmel Live Show.
This tipped off the audience that something wasn’t right.
Matt Damon was reported as saying, “I think I heard the stage manager say they got the winner wrong.”
Shortly after Kimmel came up on stage from the audience, Moonlight was announced as the 2017 Best Picture. The La La Land crew graciously handed over their Oscars and congratulated the cast and crew of Moonlight before swiftly returning to their seats.
In a post-Oscars interview with Emma Stone, she said, “I was also holding my Best Actress in a Leading Role card that entire time. So whatever story, I don’t mean to start stuff, but whatever story that was, I had the card.”
In an official statement made by the Oscars on February 27, 2017, Pricewater House Coopers, said “We sincerely apologize 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 presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred. We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation.”
It was an honest mistake made within all the commotion of the final fifteen minutes of the ceremony and was graciously settled on stage in front of 32 million people.
Honestly, the cast and crew of La La Land should have been rewarded with something for the way they handled this entire embarrassing situation.