Moonlight Wins Best Picture after La La Land Incorrectly Called

Posted 2017/02/26 3453 0

Moonlight wins best picture Oscar, after Warren Beatty gives award to La La Land.


In a jaw-dropping turn of events, the wrong winner for Best Picture was read out...and the error was only realised after Damien Chazelle and the La La Land team had taken to the stage.

"La La Land" producer Jordan Horowitz holds up the winner's card to the audience, revealing that it was "Moonlight" and not the mistakenly announced "La La Land."

"This is not a joke, 'Moonlight' has won best picture, " Horowitz said. "'Moonlight.' Best picture."

As the confusion took hold of the stage the producer continued, "I'm going to be really proud to hand this to my friends from "'Moonlight.'"

Presenter Warren Beatty explained how the mistake happened: it looks like the actor was given the wrong envelope by mistake.

"I opened the envelope and it said Emma Stone, La La Land, that’s why I took such a long look at you and Faye [Dunaway]," he told the audience. "I wasn’t trying to be funny."

Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins, became a critical darling and major Oscar contender after its debut at the Telluride Film Festival last fall. Following a black youth named Chiron at three pivotal stages in his life, the film is a coming-of-age story about growing up different, touching on love, masculinity, and queer identity in Miami’s black community.

“Very clearly, even in my dreams this could not be true,” Jenkins said after accepting the award. “But to hell with dreams! I’m done with it. This is true.”

It defeated nine other films in the Oscar race: apart from hot favourite La La Land, it also beat Kenneth Lonergan’s grief drama Manchester by the Sea and the commercially successful Hidden Figures, about black female mathematicians who worked on Nasa’s moon mission in the 1960s.

Emma Stone won best actress for the musical, and "Manchester by the Sea" star Casey Affleck was named best actor on a night where U.S. President Donald Trump was the butt of numerous jokes, capping a Hollywood awards season marked by fiery protests at his policies.

"La La Land" director Damien Chazelle, 32, became the youngest person to ever win a best director Oscar.

Viola Davis and Mahershala Ali won their first Oscars for their supporting roles in African-American stories "Fences" and "Moonlight," in stark contrast to the 2016 Academy Awards when no actors of color were even nominated.