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Monday, February 27, 2017

Envelope mix-up leads to surreal Oscars finale

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 11:12 AM

Were pretty sure Moonlight won Best Picture
  • We're pretty sure Moonlight won Best Picture

You had to see it to believe it. In fact, if you didn't see it, you should look for it on the internet right now.

At the very end of the lengthy Oscars broadcast, musical La La Land was announced as this year's winner of the Best Picture Academy Award. A couple of acceptance speeches ensued, followed by a commotion on stage as crew and security personnel began to swarm. One of La La Land's producers soon said there had been a mistake — the real winner was Moonlight.

At first it appeared that presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway — marking the 50th anniversary of their appearance together in Bonnie and Clyde — must have misread the contents of the envelope. But after multiple witness accounts and post-Oscars interviews with the parties involved, it appears that Beatty and Dunaway were handed a duplicate of the Best Actress Award, which went to La La Land's Emma Stone, and read the title they saw before them. PricewaterhouseCoopers, who famously makes a show of their secure and sophisticated ballot process, later issued a statement vowing to "investigate how this could have happened."

Our favorite moment during this fiasco, viewed live by millions of people in every corner of the globe, was Warren Beatty's refusal to let security personnel take the offending envelope out of his hands. He may be elderly but he is no fool.

Other winners included Casey Affleck, Best Actor, and Kenneth Lonergan, Best Original Screenplay, both for Manchester by the Sea; and Damien Chazelle, Best Director for La La Land. The Salesman won Best Foreign Language Film and O.J.: Made in America won Best Documentary Feature. See a list of all the winners here.

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