Oscars Mistake Moonlight

Oscars 2017 Stunner: La La Land Mistakenly Named Best Picture; Moonlight Actual Winner

In a stunning and unprecedented gaffe, La La Land was incorrectly named Best Picture by co-presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway at Sunday’s 89th annual Academy Awards instead of the actual winner, Moonlight.

The glitch was discovered shortly after Team La La Land had taken to the stage to accept the trophy, prompting one of the movie’s producers, Jordan Horowitz, to walk to the microphone and declare Moonlight the true victor. [UPDATE: Look who’s taking full responsibility.]

“I’m sorry. There’s a mistake. Moonlight, you guys won Best Picture,” Horowitz announced to the shocked crowd. “This is not a joke. Moonlight has won Best Picture.” 

“Personally I blame Steve Harvey for this,” host Jimmy Kimmel joked, referring to the epic fail at the 2015 Miss Universe pageant in which Harvey crowned the wrong winner.

Beatty then stepped up to the mic to explain that he had been handed the Best Actress card in error. “I opened the envelope and it said Emma Stone, La La land,” he told the stunned audience. “That’s why I took such a long look at [co-presenter] Faye. I wasn’t trying to be funny.”

Moonlight writer/director Barry Jenkins eventually made it to the stage and confirmed that his film had indeed prevailed over La La Land. “It is true,” he announced. “It’s not fake. We’ve been on the road with these guys for so long. That was so gracious and generous of them. My love to La La Land. My love to everybody.”

After you’ve watched the above videos, check out the clip below which chronicles the frenzied moments when the La La Land slowly learned that they had, in fact, lost.

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70 Comments
  1. N says:

    I just turned back to the channel when that happened. Holy **** crazy. Congrats guys

    • GregJ. says:

      Literally shocked. Couldn’t believe. Congrats to Moonlight though. Great movie I was rooting for Hidden Figures, LaLa Land is over rated to me.

  2. Shru says:

    Wow this was amazing. I mean a mix up, especially for best picture has never happened before and it made the whole show worth it!

    Best Oscars ever

  3. z says:

    Person in charge of handing out those envelopes to the presenters would be in big trouble

  4. Big Mike says:

    Whoever handed them the wrong card to read is looking for a new job right about now.

    • TV Gord says:

      It was Kellyanne Conway, who was–ironically–Moonlighting. ;-)

    • dude says:

      Well, I dont think there’s a lot of retention in who hands out envelopes at an award show anyways.

      • Lizzie says:

        I would think it has – up til now – been considered an honor for the PWC accountants who are chosen to attend the awards and hand out the envelopes – likely partner level people at PWC. Accounting firms don’t get a lot of excitement, so attending the Academy Awards would have been a big deal. Now no one will want to do it.

  5. Drewer says:

    How do you read the wrong name when there is only one name on the card? Next year all presenters needs to pass an eye exam before they’re allowed on stage. Good job for Jimmy with a Steve Harvey jab in there. How awkward.

    • Drewer says:

      Oh I didn’t know there were multiple cards, silly mean I always thought the accountants made up the envelopes.

    • CK3 says:

      They were given the wrong card. It was for Emma Stone’s La La Land win so it said Emma Stone – La La Land. As such Beatty was stunned and said nothing, he showed Dunaway who announced La La Land, not noticing the mistake. Had Isabelle Huppert won, and this had occured, they would have announced Elle.

    • CMG says:

      Apparently, Beatty/Dunaway read the name on the card they were handed; unfortunately, it was the card for Best Leading Actress, not Best Film.Sounds like someone offstage was responsible, not the presenters. It’s not clear who though.

      • bridyyc says:

        Sure, fine. But then you say something. You don’t stand there like a dolt. Were they expecting someone to just read their mind as to what happened?

    • Paige says:

      He was given the wrong card. Did you read the article?

      • Robin says:

        I wonder if the person who handed him the card was the same person Mariah Carey blamed for her bad New Years Eve performance?is the Ocars produced by Dick Clark Productions?

    • Kay says:

      Faye Runaway is to blame. Warren Beatty thought something was wrong and hesitated. Faye then grabbed the card from him and read what was on it, not catching the Emma Stone part. Apparently, she thought Warren was too stupid to read it. If she had been more patient, this wouldn’t have happened. I noticed she made hasty exit after they discovered the mistake.

      • Deb Kisela says:

        Agreed. She’s getting a pass on how stupid she looked chirping out LaLa Land, which appeared in LITTLE letters UNDER Emma Stone’s name which was in BIG letters. I guess all that plastic surgery affected her eyesight……

  6. Joey says:

    All I have to say is thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster that Blah Blah Land didn’t win.

  7. mrx says:

    u had one job lol

  8. Big Cheddar says:

    Is Price Watershouse Coopers still the accounting firm for this Oscars? If so, was this payback for last year’s Oscar joke? Did they just lose a huge client on live tv?

  9. Lola says:

    Well that was awkward. But bravo to everyone for handling it with class an grace.

  10. Jillian says:

    I don’t think it’s fair to say Warren Beatty made a mistake… Seems like it wasn’t his fault and he didn’t actually announce it qrong

    • CK3 says:

      Faye Dunaway was the one who read the name. Beatty’s only mistake was not stopping the show when he noticed the issue and tbh that shouldn’t be on him.

  11. Jill says:

    At first, I thought it was a joke. A play on what happened with Steve Harvey @ Miss Universe last year. After that fiasco, the right thing for the Academy to do would be to award “Best Picture” to BOTH movies. They won’t, but they should.

  12. Mel says:

    I can’t stop laughing hahahahha. I honestly feel bad for everyone involve so but like what??? This is honestly funny!

  13. GuessWhat says:

    What an EPIC disaster.

  14. Big Cheddar says:

    As awkward as thet was, at least they figured it out before the broadcast ended and the Moonlight crew got a chance to get onstage and give their thank yous. Also, it was an unforgettable moment, so they’ll forever be an oscar trivia question!

  15. T.W.S.S. says:

    As Captain Holt would say, “hot damn!”

  16. Lyn says:

    SMH…Beatty so concerned about giving his damn 2 cents on his political schtick, that he did not pay attention that the envelope said “best actress”, not “best movie”..if he had a brain cell he would then had one of the most memorable Oscar moments holding up the announcement and TV air time to have correctly asked for the CORRECT envelope from the back stage personnel..instead, he came off as a buffoon…class act from LaLa Land cast.

  17. william says:

    I guess this kind of proves that these shows are rigged.

    • R says:

      How exactly? They always have two of the same winning envelopes for each category. Someone gave the wrong category envelope to the presenters. How is that “rigged”? A dumb mistake, but a mistake nonetheless.

  18. marge201 says:

    I loved Hidden Figures so much. I wanted it to win everything!!!

  19. bob corr says:

    Accident? He was in Reds, do I have to spell this out people?

  20. This Oscar show was one of the best in years! Even before the mix up I thought the show was running really smoothly. Jimmie Kimmel did a fabulous job tonite and he should be commended. Now to the mistake, wow that had to have been one of the most awkward things to watch besides Kanye taking the stage at the VMA’s and stealing Taylor Swift’s thunder. I have always thought that La La Land was over rated and they didn’t deserve all the attention. Im glad Moonlight won the award tonite for Best Picture. Kudos to them! We will be talking about the Big Mistake for awhile! lol

  21. Susan Mazzocc says:

    Hollywood will probably blame the Russians

  22. Susan Mazzocc says:

    Hollywood will blame Russians

  23. John Davies says:

    Concern over Actress mortified to name wrong Best Picture. Has Faye Dunaway with herself? #Oscars

  24. peter lord says:

    Liberals want to rule the world and they cannot even run an awards show. Total buffoons. These are the same people who think their political opinions are such gold, we just have to hear them.

    • Jordan Strummer says:

      Oh, shut up. Not the time nor place for you’re nonsense

      • Peter Lord says:

        How hilarious. You l can dish it out but you cannot take it. Typical liberal crybaby who can only stand to hear words that complement him and reinforce his beliefs. Your heroes made complete fools of themselves in front of 225 countries who now know just how ridiculous they, and you, are. They are all clowns and today everyone saw it. If you cannot admit it, then you need to examine your relationship with reality. Your apoplexy only makes the whole thing more satisfying.

  25. anand raja says:

    Moonlight deserved the win …however the award came in with a shock just like the climax of a movie …

  26. Judie Behling says:

    Fake accident # fake news what in the world? There should only be one name on that paper! Stupid prank.

  27. This is what you get, AMPAS, for disrespecting The Force Awakens, a $930m + domestic boxoffice 4-quad hit w/a 92 score from Rotten Tomatoes, and then, you make JJ Abrams present the 2015 Best Director award to f’n Innaratu, who directed the year’s most overrated piece of crap, The Revenant.

    The Karma Gods waited until tonight to pay youse back. Or, Moonlight cashed in their WWE Money in the Bank contract from their last house show in LA 2 weeks ago. ;)))

    Oscars credibility: 1928-2017. Oscars = Indie Spirits Redux. I effing challenge any of you to dispute that, now that 5 of the last 6 BP winners have come from the Spirits ceremony. And this:

    Least-Seen Best Picture Winners in U.S. movie history
    1. 2009-The Hurt Locker: $17m
    2. 2016-Moonlight: $21m
    3. 2014-Birdman: $42.3m
    4. 2011-The Artist: $44.6m
    5. 2015-Spotlight: $45m

    That’s some dubious list there, folks…#OscarsSoEffed.

    • J.B. says:

      You just took “butthurt Star Wars fan” to a whole other galaxy… far, far away.

    • KCC says:

      You do know the Oscars are industry awards selected by people that work in the industry. The awards are not for the highest box office totals nor most watched. The Oscars are not the People’s Choice Awards. It is a small industry and no doubt there are industry politics involved, but as “industry insiders” they view films differently than the general population. People in any industry often have a different opinion of their products than the general public. Last year Bud Light was the best selling beer in America but you would be hard pressed to find an actual brewmaster (that doesn’t work for Budweiser) that would put it in their top 100 beers. At best the Oscars are the people that make the movies celebrating what they consider the best work in film according to their own criteria. At worst they are a marketing tool used to publicize what are considered quality films within the industry that escaped the general population’s notice. If that’s the case, The Force Awakens hardly needed any additional publicity. In the end it’s just an opinion about art. There’s no right or wrong.

  28. smoot says:

    Well I guess it had to be made up BIG LEAGUE due to no blacks won last year…….way to go Hollywood…you liberals sucks anyway….lol

  29. rets normal says:

    trump is right…the media is fake. the very first line of this article implies that warren beatty incorrectly named the best picture. he did not. the other interesting part is that i just saw 2 interviews with emma stone. she said she had her envelope and card the whole time. so were there 2 cards?

    • J.B. says:

      There are two cards for every category. The two people from PwC, who are the only ones who know the winners, “hand each envelope directly to the presenter in each category. [They] are positioned on either side of the stage, so [they] can hand envelopes from stage right or stage left, depending on where the presenter is entering. [They] don’t leave for the entire show – not even for a bathroom break!”
      One of them effed up and handed them the Best Actress envelope that was not handed to the previous presenters.

  30. J.B. says:

    Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz effed up ROYALLY! They are the only two who have the envelopes of all the winners during the show and THEY hand them to the presenters. Each one has a briefcase with a set of envelopes and stand on either side of the stage so they can pass off the envelopes depending on which side the presenters enter from. Obviously whomever didn’t hand over the Best Actress envelope from the prior category is the one who gave it to Warren Beatty.
    That said, WB should have paused after opening the envelope he had and noticed it wasn’t the right one and let somebody know.

  31. Why didn’t Warren and Faye, stop and say this is the wrong envelope, please get the right envelope for Best Picture? Instead, they caused a more of a confusion and embarrassment

  32. Marie58 says:

    One job. They had ONE JOB. ;)

  33. I just have so many regrets about being so tired that I turned off the TV after La La Land was crowned fake winner and went to bed. WHY DIDN’T I WATCH THIS FIASCO IN REAL TIME?

  34. Hurley says:

    And I was rooting for Lion…Well congratulations, La La Light! I mean Moonland, sorrry!

  35. Gina says:

    As soon as I saw La La Land announced, I changed the channel. I hadn’t no idea this happened until I woke up this morning, and I’m SO HAPPY about that. I wouldn’t have been able to sleep last night if I saw this firsthand. The anxiety would have been off the charts.

  36. TvLover says:

    The academy was at fault for handing the actors the wrong envelope. The actors were at fault for not being adults, at the very least, one of them could have stepped off stage and gotten the correct envelope.
    It’s just unfortunenate that the La La Land people all got on stage before it all went down, but at least one of the producers was classy enough to give everybody on Moonlight their due credit and Oscars.
    Maybe next year all of the envelopes should have the categories stamped in capital letters BEST PICTURE verses LEAD ACTRESS to avoid the glaringly large accident from happening again.

  37. Kevin Tran says:

    Both Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway may have pulled a Steve Harvey on them.

  38. AngelWasHere says:

    Oh please. They did this on purpose to liven things up and get ratings. Hollywood is so fake!

  39. michael says:

    Warren Beatty never announced the wrong movie–Faye Dunaway did. As we know, the accountants messed up.

  40. Diane V says:

    La la Land was not that great a movies too disjointed with all flashbacks. It was not like the old musicals as advertised. The end showed 5 years after they broke up and she had married someone else and had a child perhaps 4 sure didn’t waste time! Dumb movie

  41. mike ware says:

    Hollywood wants to tell us who to vote for. They can’t even vote for themselves correctly!! Guess Trump got the last laugh again…..

  42. Nero tTVfiddler says:

    I tuned in to see the beginning of the show, and then tuned out to get myself ready for work on Monday and some sleep. At three plus hours, I just don’t have the time to watch the entire show live. But I specially tuned in near the end to see the 50th Anniversary nod to Bonnie and Clyde with Dunaway and Beatty. Just to see them… little did I know what was to come.

    All that said, what the heck… if any two people should be at the center of this 21st Century controversy for the Academy, who better than Bonnie and Clyde?

    Bonnie Parker:”What would you do if some miracle happened and we could walk out of here tomorrow morning and start all over again clean? No record and nobody after us, huh?”

    Clyde Barrow: “Well, uh, I guess I’d do it all different.”

    Long live Bonnie and Clyde.

    And long live Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty. THE BEST EVER ! :)

  43. johnrcashfan says:

    I saw all Oscar contenders for best picture and even though Moonlight was a good movie, it in no way was the best picture of the year. La La Land was great, but as far as a movie that will hold up over the years, Hidden Figures was the best picture I saw this year, followed by Hell or High Water. Moonlight, other than Ali’s performance, was more like a tv movie of the week, and could have easily been played out on ABC’s American Crime Story.