Last night Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway presented the award for best picture to La La Land. The La La Land directors and stars took the stage, gave speeches, cried, and thanked their spouses. There was only one problem – Moonlight had won.
After Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway had mistakenly presented the award for Best Picture to La La Land, the Academy Awards’ production staff began scurrying about the stage around the La La Land entourage, while they were still giving their “acceptance” speeches. The production crew quietly audited all of the envelopes on the stage, and then the Producer of La La Land, Jordan Horowitz, announces that Moonlight – not La La Land – had in fact won best picture.
If you examine the clip of the entire moment, after Warren Beatty open’s the Best Picture envelope that was in his hand, he immediately notices that something is wrong with the card that he took out of the envelope. He hesitates for 12 seconds, does several double takes at the card, and then he hands the card to Faye Dunaway to read. Faye Dunaway then reads the card and announces the “winner” was “La La Land.”
Kimmel’s reaction to the confusion was partly strange and partly gracious. At first he makes an off the cuff statement that La La Land should still receive an Oscar for Best Picture and multiple awards should be given out. Then, even though the mistake had nothing to do with him, he took full responsibility for the mistake, saying, “I knew I was going to mess this up.”
Warren Beatty tried to explain the confusion from the stage. He said that the winner’s card he had said, “Best Actress, Emma Stone.” After the ceremony, Emma Stone told the press that she had her Best Actress Envelope and winner’s card the entire time.
Jimmy Kimmel confirmed Warren Beatty’s story on the Oscar after show on ABC. Follow the link to the full video of the moment.
A picture of the envelope that Beatty was holding appears to confirm his story. The envelope seems to say, “Actress in a Leading Role.”