The room was in school over the error. Co-presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were on stage to present the award. After listing the nominated films, Beatty opened the envelope and paused longer than normal. He looked around and over at Dunaway, who then announced “La La Land” had won.
Everyone from “La La Land” came onto the stage to celebrate. They began to say their thank yous when the mistake was caught.
Producer Jordan Horowitz interrupted the celebration, calling attention to the discrepancy on the winners card in his hand.
At that point, Horowitz showed the card to the audience, which showed “Moonlight” had won. As the “Moonlight “ crew made their way to get their award, Beatty stepped to the mic. He explained the reason it had taken him so long to read the card was because he was looking at something that Emma Stone had won. At that point he showed it to Dunaway, who announced “La La Land” had won.
Beatty explained more later on what happened on stage. “I looked down at the card and thought, this is very strange, because it says best actress,” he told The Times. “Maybe there was a misprint. I don’t know what happened. And that’s all I have I have to say on the subject.”
Those onstage to celebrate what they thought was “La La Land’s” win were gracious as they learned they had not taken home the honor.
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