On Sunday at the end of the event, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway presented “La La Land” with the Best Picture Oscar at the 89th annual Academy Awards. The thing was, “La La Land” didn’t win — “Moonlight” did and it becomes the most awkward moment in Oscar history. You can watch the video below.
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In the middle of the acceptance speech, Jordan Horowitz, a producer on the Damien Chazelle–directed movie, stopped to declare that there had been a mistake. Host Jimmy Kimmel and presenter Beatty came out to reveal that “Moonlight” was the original winner. Apparently, Beatty was accidentally given the envelope for Best Actress, which was handed out right before to Emma Stone for her role in “La La Land.” He saw the movie title and passed the envelope to co-presenter Dunaway, who announced “La La Land” as the winner.
As Beatty explained onstage:
“I opened the envelope and it said, ‘Emma Stone, “La La Land.”’ That’s why I took such a long look at Faye and at you ― I wasn’t trying to be funny … This is ‘Moonlight,’ the Best Picture.”
Although it is officially the most awkward moment in Oscars history, the producers of “La La Land” happily return their statues to the “Moonlight” team as the audience stared in utter confusion and amazement.