The 89th Academy Awards will likely be remembered not for the night’s big winners, but for a massive mistake, after presenter Faye Dunaway awarded “La La Land” the best picture Oscar that should have gone to “Moonlight” instead.
But it wasn’t her fault.
The official accountant of the Oscars, Price Waterhouse Coopers, gave her the wrong envelope.
“We sincerely apologize to ‘Moonlight,’ ‘La La Land,’ Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture,” the firm said in a statement. “The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred.”
While the “La La Land” cast was onstage hugging one another and giving their speeches, producer Jordan Horowitz stopped short and announced suddenly that “Moonlight” had won.
He then held up the card that proved “Moonlight” was the winner. As the “Moonlight” cast and crew took the stage, chaos ensued.