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Best Picture 'Moonlight' Wins After Oscars Mess-Up, Wrong Winner Announced (Video)

Best Picture 'Moonlight' Wins After Oscars Mess-Up, Wrong Winner Announced (Video)

One of the craziest moments in the history of the Oscars happened at the 2017 Academy Awards when La La Land was incorrectly announced as the winner of Best Picture.

Moonlight was the real winner and after the producers of La La Land accepted the award, a man rushed on stage to announce that the other film had actually won.

“There’s a mistake. Moonlight, you guys won Best Picture. This is not a joke,” the man said while holding out the statue to the filmmakers sitting in the audience. “This is not a joke. Moonlight has won Best Picture.”

Warren Beatty, who presented the award, stood by the man’s side to explain what had happened. He says he was given the wrong envelope and he was reading the Best Actress winner announcement, for which La La Land‘s Emma Stone was the winner.

Watch the video below!

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Posted to: 2017 Oscars, La La Land, Moonlight, Oscars

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  • shoes4life

    Well, thanks Faye and Warren for screwing it up for other elderly presenters, hahaha. What a mess that was. Congratulations Moonlight!

  • Do Tell

    Wow! What are the chances?

  • VanityInsecurity

    Biggest Clusterfuck in the history of the Academy.

  • Multipass

    So happy that Moonlight won.

    The Academy made a mistake. The wrong card was in the envelope (Best Actress: Emma Stone – La La Land). You can see how confused poor Warren was in the beginning:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3RLFhwzUgk

  • Nuno Ctx

    The russians did it again

  • Midnight

    How is it possible that a “duplicate” card was in the “incorrect” envelope?? The envelopes/cards are verified, sealed and kept under lock and key.
    IDK what to make of this. It definitely took away from Moonlight’s win. Was that the intention??

  • GreatCatSbee

    Will the whining ever stop?

  • Blair Waldorf

    Wow, I feel so embarrassed for those associated with Moonlight & La La Land. At least they handled it with class.

  • Midnight

    Warren looked “not right” during the entire presentation. I suspected “he” was going to mess something up, but it wasn’t his fault, he actually caught the error, but didn’t react and ding dong Faye went ahead and spoke. I’m glad La La Land didn’t win. Haven’t seen it and have no desire to see it. The other movies seemed so much more intriguing and I’m glad “Moonlight” won! Haven’t seen it, but will watch it tomorrow. The mysterious mistake took away from their moment. I can’t wait to hear the explanation…

  • shoes4life

    It was a joke….

  • Midnight

    Just beginning! I’m actually confused. I don’t know what to make of it.

  • http://www.paulwalkerfoundation.org RayonLight

    Emberrased one group and stole away from another. Not cool..

  • GreatCatSbee

    Maybe you can just drop it and enjoy then.

  • SaraJ

    Maybe. Someone planted it after Oscars So White got everybody angry last year? I could see it. For ratings.

  • SaraJ

    Maybe. Someone planted it after Oscars So White got everybody angry last year? I could see it. For ratings.

  • SaraJ

    He had the envelope for actress, but so did Emma.

  • Danae

    Yeah, nothing better than bashing a movie you haven’t seen (just because it’s popular? because of the hype?) and praising another one you haven’t seen either. La La Land and Moonlight are both equally good (I have seen them, just like every other nominated movie in the category), they just represent entirely different problems and the messages are conveyed through different means so it’s quite hard to compare them. Doesn’t change the fact that I feel sorry for both casts, not a comfortable situation to any of them.

  • labman57

    Alex Jones will start ranting about a whole new conspiracy theory:
    Obama demanded that Moonlight usurp the actual winner — LaLaLand — as a precursor to perpetrating a coup against Trump.
    Today the Oscars, tomorrow America, and then … the WORLD!

  • Multipass

    I know, seems there is more than one envelope in case one envelope gets misplaced etc.

  • Danae

    This situation was not handled well and I’m talking about you, dear host. It just shows how hopeless Kimmel is in a situation which has not been carefully scripted (not to mention the fact that the rest of the staged show was also awkward – cringeworthy moment with “tourists” shaking hands with everyone included. I wouldn’t want to shake so many hands with strangers, tbh). La La Land people wanted to be polite but they were plain enraged and it DID show (just see how Jordan snatches the card out of Warren’s hand); this is understandable, though. I wouldn’t enjoy giving an extensive speech and then being humiliated in front of millions of people worldwide. Moonlight cast had their thunder stolen, speeches shortened and their moment won’t go down in history as powerfully as they probably expected it to.
    Warren Beatty is not the one to be blamed for that mistake, though. He did hesitate, looked inside the envelope, clearly knew that something was wrong. For a moment I thought it was just a part of the game in order to keep people on the edge of their seats. They were both under pressure to announce the winner as soon as possible so I guess Faye just cracked. La La Land was among favourites so there was quite a great chance that nobody would ever learn about the envelope problem.

  • Midnight

    Huh? Who bashed what movie? I said I wasn’t interested in La la land and the other movies intrigued me more. Don’t people choose to see movies because they find them interesting? You’re saying I’m bashing La La because of the hype? And who is comparing the movie themes? I haven’t seen any of them. They’re Best Picture nominees, they don’t require a common element. La La Land does not peak my interest and I won’t waste my time seeing it, that doesn’t mean it’s not a great movie. Calm down

  • Midnight

    Huh? Who bashed what movie? I said I wasn’t interested in La la land and the other movies intrigued me more. Don’t people choose to see movies because they find them interesting? You’re saying I’m bashing La La because of the hype? And who is comparing the movie themes? I haven’t seen any of them. They’re Best Picture nominees, they don’t require a common element. La La Land does not peak my interest and I won’t waste my time seeing it, that doesn’t mean it’s not a great movie. Calm down

  • Danae

    I just don’t get the motivation behind judging the movies on the basis of your own “interest” in them. Sometimes the trailers can be very deceptive… How can you say then that one of them deserved to be awarded the Oscar more than the other if you have not seen any of them?
    I wasn’t “interested” in “Hacksaw Ridge” but I did go to see it to be able to have my own opinion; turned out I actually liked it. I was cautious about “La La Land” because of all the contrasting reviews and it also turned out to be surprisingly nice. But “Moonlight” was the one that really knocked me off my feet. I hope that once you see it you will also enjoy it.

  • Danae

    I just don’t get the motivation behind judging the movies on the basis of your own “interest” in them. Sometimes the trailers can be very deceptive… How can you say then that one of them deserved to be awarded the Oscar more than the other if you have not seen any of them?
    I wasn’t “interested” in “Hacksaw Ridge” but I did go to see it to be able to have my own opinion; turned out I actually liked it. I was cautious about “La La Land” because of all the contrasting reviews and it also turned out to be surprisingly nice. But “Moonlight” was the one that really knocked me off my feet. I hope that once you see it you will also enjoy it.

  • http://hisblossombunny.tumblr.com/ NerdyBirdy

    glad La La Land lost. overrated and over hyped. it was good, but come ON

  • http://hisblossombunny.tumblr.com/ NerdyBirdy

    glad La La Land lost. overrated and over hyped. it was good, but come ON

  • toastie postie

    So happy for Moonlight. Sorry La la land had to go up there and leave sad and upset, but the right film FINALLY won!

  • toastie postie

    I don’t understand some of the praise Jimmy K was getting. He sucked and made the situation even worse.

  • Athena Politou

    What a fiasco. The Oscars are officially a joke.

  • Dawne

    Ticky’s attempt to do an Angelina leg is rather sad. What did she present? Most Dead Career?

  • Dawne

    I called it. Should have called a Bookie! After all the criticism AMPAS has taken over their lack of diversity……..there was no way in hell La La Land was going to white out BP. Mistakes happen and likely this was the most interesting part of the entire boring event that I did not watch. Brad, after a hellish six months, must have had a really good moment; something positive in an otherwise terrible life cycle.

  • Dawne

    Trump: Seee, now the elite LIberals have rigged the Oscars, folks. Sad.

  • Delores Pauldo

    Really they was mad about it OK!

  • Kelly

    Da fuq does Trump have to do with any of this?

  • disqus_KwgiMZNJ54

    just hush. look at his cabinet and new policies. you have no leg to stand on, no matter how long you write.

  • disqus_KwgiMZNJ54

    it was best actress envelope too. they were just given the wrong envelope. you can zoom in during the video or see it on lainey gossip

  • Midnight

    Yes I saw that later. Apparently there are 2 envelopes for each category, It is most bizarre that the wrong envelope was handed to the presenters. One would think the “official” handing it off would double check the envelope. It’s not that difficult. I really feel for the Moonlight crew. They were denied the initial impact of the win.

  • Midnight

    I love Jimmy, but the comments he made during this fiasco WERE NOT funny. They were uncomfortable. “Oh, you should get an Oscar too” What???? And “everybody should get an Oscar”. Huh??? He should have kept his mouth shut.

  • Midnight

    Who’s Ticky?

  • GreatCatSbee

    I don’t like the bald guy being rude with Warren Beaty. It wasn’t his fault.

  • Dawne

    Aniston

  • Light

    I thought that chrome dome guy was incredibly rude, the way he snatched the card out of Mr. Beatty’s hands.

  • cmidabriot

    Jordan Horowitz was soooo rude …he could be more polite!!! … didn´t need to abruptly take the card from Warren´s hands… was soo humiliating for all ….no class AT ALL …..anyway was happy for moonlight!!