AWKWARD: ‘Moonlight’ Wins Best Picture After ‘La La Land’ Is Announced As the Winner

Drew Dietsch

La La Land was the favorite to win Best Picture and we thought it did… UNTIL IT DIDN’T. Moonlight was the actual winner of the night after a mix up with the envelopes had the La La Land crew coming up to accept the award. It was a furiously awkward moment that ended the night on a bizarre note.

The moment, not surprisingly, generated thunderous reaction from fans, members of the media, and celebrities.

You have to feel bad for Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. Reuniting for the 50th anniversary of Bonnie and Clyde – a phenomenal film that changed the course of cinema – should have been such an enormous sendoff for the event.

The accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers, who famously handle the Oscar balloting and award envelopes, released the following official statement:

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 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.

More importantly, it’s great to see Moonlight win big! Though hectic, it was a fitting end to a night filled with diverse wins and a celebration of inclusiveness. And if nothing else, it will hopefully get more people out there to see Moonlight.

But remember, tonight is about celebrating film and how it impacts us all. That’s more important than a silly gaffe by the Academy. When we’ve stopped talking about this goof, we’ll still be talking about MoonlightLa La LandArrivalKubo and the Two Strings, and many of the other films represented tonight. Enjoy the laugh, but savor the cinema.

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