HOLLYWOOD CALIFORNIA: – Sunday, February 26, 2017
There was an embarrassing mix up at the 89th staging of the Academy Awards inside the Dolby Theatre here tonight, that almost ruined the glitzy affair. As the event came within minutes of closing, presenter Faye Dunaway promptly announced that La La Land was the winner of the prize for Best Picture
On stage, and in the middle of celebrating, things took a bizarre turn when La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz abruptly declared:” there’s a mistake,” as he held up the winners card to prove he was not joking. As a stunned La La Land cast, still on stage and the bewildered audience looked on Horowitz continued: ” Moon Light, you guys won Best Picture. This is not a joke.”
It took the cast of “Moonlight” a few seconds to realize that they were indeed the winners of the Best Picture Award, before entering the stage to accept the Award and celebrate.
The mix-up, the first time it has happened at the Awards was blamed on the wrong envelope being given to the presenter.