Oscars 2017: 'Moonlight' wins award as best picture after major goof-up

Warren Beatty tried to explain that he and Faye Dunaway announced the wrong winner. Photograph:( AFP )

AFP Los Angeles, CA, United States Feb 27, 2017, 06.22 AM (IST)

"Moonlight," a drama about a gay black youth coming to terms with his sexuality in an impoverished Miami neighborhood, received the Oscar for best picture on Sunday (February 26) after a stunning, unprecedented flub in which presenters erroneously announced the musical "La La Land" as the winner.

The cast and creative team for "La La Land" had already taken the stage to begin delivering acceptance speeches when one of the producers interrupted the proceedings to say that the award had been given to the wrong movie, and that "Moonlight" was the real victor. He then held up the envelope to the camera to prove it was true.

Veteran actor-direct Warren Beatty tried to explain that he and Faye Dunaway announced the wrong winner because the envelope they had been handed bore incorrectly the name of best actress winner, Emma Stone, and the movie title "La La Land."

When the cast and crew of "Moonlight" finally got up on stage, writer-director Barry Jenkins said: "It is true, it's not fake. We've been on the road with these guys for so and that was so gracious, so generous of them, my love to 'La La Land,' my love to everybody."

"There was a time when I thought this movie was impossible because I couldn't bring it to fruition, I couldn't bring myself to tell another story so everybody behind me on this stage said 'no" that is not acceptable. So I just want to thank everybody up there behind me, everybody out there in that room, we didn't do this, you guys chose us. Thank you for the choice, I appreciate it," added Jenkins.

Host Jimmy Kimmel joked after the snafu, "I knew I would screw this show up. I really did."



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In the press room, Emma Stone, who won the Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in La La Land, told reporters, "I was holding my best actress in a leading role card that entire time." (WION)