It was the Oscar blunder heard all around the world. First, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway named “La La Land” as the Oscar winner for Best Picture. Then a few moments later during the producers’ acceptance speech, Oscar stage hands rushed out to announce that the winner was actually, in fact, “Moonlight.” Before the producers of “Moonlight” could come on-stage, Beatty went back to the microphone to explain the huge blunder.
“I want to tell you what happened,” said Beatty as the audience was heard audibly hushing each other. “I opened the envelope and it said Emma Stone, ‘La Land.’ That’s why I took such a long look at Faye and at you. I wasn’t trying to be funny.”
“I blame myself for this,” said a gobsmacked Jimmy Kimmel, who was hosting the 2017 Oscars. “Let’s remember, it’s just an awards show. We hate to see people disappointed, but the good news is we got to see some extra speeches. I knew I would screw this show up!”
The winning producers for “Moonlight” are Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Adele Romanski. This is the second win for Gardner and Keliner and the first for Romanski. “Moonlight” previously won the Golden Globe for Best Drama Film, but “La La Land” was seen as the frontrunner since the beginning of the awards season. “La La Land” did end up with the most awards (six), while “Moonlight” claimed three total.