HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – The 89th Academy Awards ended in confusion when the film “La La Land” was accidentally given the award for best picture.
An envelope mix up resulted in the musical being declared the winner, when in fact the film “Moonlight” had been voted best picture.
Actor Warren Beatty was visibly confused when he opened the envelope for best picture. The envelope was labelled as “Actress in a Leading Role.” Beatty eventually handed off the envelope to Actress Faye Dunaway, who announced “La La Land” as the winner.
During their acceptance speech, the “La La Land” cast and crew were told by security that there had been an envelope mix up. “La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz immediately took to the microphone to announce the error.
“There’s a mistake,” said Horowitz. “‘Moonlight’, you guys won Best Picture.”
The audible confusion in the crowd matched the visible confusion onstage. Warren Beatty returned to explain the mix up. Beatty explained that the envelope actually labelled Emma Stone as the winner, with “La La Land” listed underneath.
“That’s why I took such a long look at Faye,” said Beatty, “I wasn’t trying to be funny.”
Host Jimmy Kimmel attempted to break the tension as the “La La Land” cast handed off the trophies to the cast of “Moonlight”.
“Personally, I blame Steve Harvey for this,” said Kimmel, referencing Harvey’s 2015 Miss Universe flub.
Social media lit up. Internet memes comparing the mistake to everything from basketball games to the aforementioned Miss Universe flub spread across the internet. Harvey even tweeted out to Beatty, jokingly stating that he would help him through the mistake.
Other social media users posted reactions comparing White viewers reactions to Black viewers reactions. Images of crying White people alongside cheering Black people played on the apparent White obsession with “La La Land”, as opposed to the strong Black support of “Moonlight”.