LOS ANGELES: Not every show gets to be its own blooper reel, but Sunday night’s Academy Awards pulled it off, as Faye Dunaway mistakenly announced La La Land was the Best Picture winner. (Spoiler: It was really Moonlight.)
Usually, this kind of Oscar screw-up happens in darkness—there’s no footage of the hundreds of academy voters accidentally circling The Greatest Show on Earth on their ballots back in 1952—but this time, the whole thing happened on national television, giving us the rare opportunity to watch the disaster unfold in real time.
La La Land was hot favourite to win the best picture, so no-one was surprised when its name was read out.
La La producer Jordan Horowitz’s was two minutes 22 seconds into his speech saying: “There’s a lot of love in this room, and let’s use it to create and champion bold and diverse work – work that inspires us towards joy, towards hope and towards empathy.”
And then came the musical producer, Jordan Horowitz, to put things right.
“Guys, guys, I’m sorry. No. There’s a mistake,” Horowitz said. “‘Moonlight,’ you guys won best picture. This is not a joke.”
It took PricewaterhouseCoopers, which has been overseeing Academy Awards balloting for 83 years, three hours to issue a statement confirming that Beatty and Dunaway “had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope.”
President Donald Trump was quick to contribute his views on the Oscar ceremony where he and his policies were a frequent target of jokes and serious speeches.
“I think they were focused so hard on politics that they didn’t get the act together at the end,” Trump told Breitbart. “It was a little sad. It took away from the glamour of the Oscars. It didn’t feel like a very glamorous evening. I’ve been to the Oscars. There was something very special missing, and then to end that way was sad.”