In one of the biggest blunders to ever happen at the Oscars, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced the wrong winner for Best Picture. Naming La La Land as the winner instead of Moonlight.
The audience, everyone on stage and all of us at home were left cringing and confused. How on earth did this happen? Did they just not read the envelope correctly?
After reviewing all the evidence (scrolling through twitter and creating a theory) we've come to this conclusion- Beatty and Dunaway were given the wrong envelope before going on stage, as the one in Beatty's hand reads "Actress in a Leading Role", which went to Emma Stone for La La Land.
Footage shows Beatty looking very confused, presumably because it said "Emma Stone". However, to add to the drama, Emma later stated "I also was holding my Best Actress in a Leading Role card the entire time. So whatever story...I don't mean to start stuff, but whatever story that was, I have the card. So I'm not sure that happened".
However, Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz, partners at the professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, stated in an interview earlier this month that they both have 24 copies of the envelopes, and hand them out to the presenters just before they go on stage. So, maybe, one of the copies ended up with DiCaprio and one ended up with Beaty.
Confused still? Same. Oh well, watch the videos above and try and solve the mystery yourself. Either way, Moonlight was the worthy winner and La La Land were very gracious about the mistake.
Also, it's given the internet plenty of fuel- we're all about these "wish that happened at the election" tweets.
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