The Oscars 2017 mix up is making the biggest record yet the most embarrassing one, according to viewer comments, in its 89 years of award history. The presenters of the night's biggest award mistakenly named "La La Land" for the Best Picture instead of "Moonlight."
The mix up in the Oscars 2017 is unprecedented. Presenters Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty called out the "La La Land" team on stage for supposedly winning the Best Picture Award. However, the glory of the acclaimed movie has been very short-lived as there was apparently a mistake in handling the envelope to the presenters.
The result reportedly had "La La Land's" Emma Stone's name on it which Dunaway and Beatty immediately assumed referencing to her movie as the Best Picture winner. All three credited producers of the movie then went up the stage to give their speeches, when the third speaker, Fred Berger, was interrupted by co-producer Jordan Horowitz.
All three producers were then informed of the mix-up saying the envelope handed to them backstage was for the Best Actress award. Berger then went on with his speech saying, "By the way, we lost." Beatty then clarified that he was confused with the results as the envelope handed to him read "Emma Stone, La La Land." Everyone was then thinking he was prolonging the announcement by making an unnecessary joke, but said, "I wasn't trying to be funny."
With this, "Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins still took his moment as he went to the stage to receive the award. "Very clearly, even in my dreams this could not be true," the director of "Moonlight," said. "But to h--- with dreams, I'm done with it, cause this is true. Oh my goodness," he added.
The accounting firm appointed to count the Oscar ballots, PricewaterhouseCoopers, took responsibility of the mix-up and later issued a statement. The team apologized to both movies involved as well as the presenters and the viewers who attended the event. PricewaterhouseCoopers explained that the presenters were given the wrong category envelope. The team also said that they are already investigating on the Oscars 2017 mix up.
Then on Monday, PricewaterhouseCoopers released another statement to further clarify the statement, writing: "PwC Partner Brian Cullinan mistakenly handed the back-up envelope for Actress in a Leading Role instead of the envelope for Best Picture to presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway."