Oscars Screwup Gives ‘Moonlight’s’ Best Picture Award to ‘La La Land’

LOS ANGELES — “It’s very unfortunate.” That’s all host Jimmy Kimmel could say Sunday night after the Academy Award for best motion picture was initially given to “La La Land” — even though “Moonlight” was the winner.

Warren Beatty, who presented the final award of the evening with Faye Dunaway, his co-star in “Bonnie and Clyde,” paused as he looked at the card bearing the name of the winning movie. He handed the card to Dunaway, who called out “La La Land.”

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But a minute or two into the celebration by “La La Land’s” cast and crew, producer Jordan Horowitz stepped to the microphone, asked for quiet and said the real winner was “Moonlight.”

Gasps were heard around the auditorium.

“This is not a joke,” Horowitz said as the cast and crew of “La La Land” left the stage.

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“Moonlight,” about a young boy struggling with poverty and his sexuality in Miami, was nominated for eight Academy Awards and also brought a supporting actor Oscar for first timer Mahershala Ali.

It represented a nod to diversity, only a year after only white actors were nominated in the top four Academy Awards categories, prompting the #OscarsSoWhite boycott.

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Warren Beatty shows the envelope with the actual winner for best picture as host Jimmy Kimmel, left, looks on at the Oscars on Sunday night in Los Angeles. The winner was originally announced as “La La Land.” Chris Pizzello / Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

After several minutes of shock and confusion on stage, Beatty returned to the microphone with an explanation: He and Dunaway apparently had been given the envelope for best lead actress by mistake. That award had gone to Emma Stone for “La La Land” earlier in the evening.

“I wasn’t trying to be funny,” Beatty said.

Accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, known as PwC, is in charge of tallying up the votes and distributing the envelopes. It quickly apologized and pledged to investigate.

Ali said the fiasco made it “hard to feel joy” over his Oscar win.

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“It just threw me a bit. It threw me more than a bit,” Ali said backstage. “I didn’t want to go up there and take something from somebody.”

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The flub was reminiscent of Steve Harvey’s mistake when he announced the wrong winner of the Miss Universe pageant in December 2015 — as the pageant was quick to remind everyone.

Kimmel joked: “I knew I would screw this show up. I really did.”

Emma Stone, who earlier had been named best actress, described the mistake as “the craziest Oscar moment of all time.”

Made for just $1.5 million, “Moonlight” is an unusually small Oscar winner. Having made just over $22 million as of Sunday at the box office, it’s one of the lowest grossing best-picture winners ever — but also one of the most critically adored.

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“La La Land” still collected a leading six awards, including honors for cinematography, production design, score, the song “City of Stars” and best director. Damien Chazelle, the 32-year-old filmmaker, became the youngest to win best director.

Casey Affleck — in one of the night’s most closely watched races, won best actor — his first Oscar — for his soulful, grief-filled performance in “Manchester by the Sea.”

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