(PPN) – Hollywood’s biggest night was full of movie stars and heartfelt speeches but the way it ended this year will be one to remember. Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty were the Best-Picture announcers. As they opened the red envelope, it appeared as if there may have been a little hesitation before Dunaway mistakenly announced ‘La La Land’ as the 2017 Best-Picture winner. The movie had 14 nominations and was tied for the most nominated movie in Oscar history.
The crowd applauded and the cast gathered on the stage. Producers Marc Platt, Jordan Horowitz, and Fred Berger all gave gave their acceptance speeches but when Fred Berger ended his speech, everything changed. There were two different cards.
Before Berger walked away from the podium with a smile, he said “we lost, by the way” and everyone turned into flies on the wall.
The correction was announced by Horowitz.. Everyone believed it may have been a joke until it was confirmed. The audience begin to applaud while in total shock after Horowitz held up the paper showing ‘Moonlight’ as the winner.
It was embarrassing but nonetheless Horowitz did the right thing.
Moonlight’s director, Barry Jenkins, and the rest of the cast gathered on the stage. Jenkins handled the mistake with dignity and class. He stated, “Very clearly, even in my dreams, this could not be true. But to hell with dreams — I’m done with it, because this is true. Oh, my goodness. I have to say — and it is true, it’s not fake — we’ve been on the road with these guys for so long, and that was so gracious, so generous of them. My love to “La La Land,” my love to everybody. Man.”
Some are calling Faye Dunaway the new Steve Harvey of award announcements. Two years ago, Harvey announced the wrong winner for the 2015 Miss Universe. Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel jokingly said, “Guys, this is very unfortunate, what happened. Personally, I blame Steve Harvey for this.”
Moonlight won three Oscars Sunday for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Writing Adapted Screenplay.