‘Moonlight’ won Best Picture after ‘La La Land’ was incorrectly given the award

2017 BAFTA Awards - Arrivals

I’m still trying to figure out what happened, OMG. So, did Warren Beatty get the wrong envelope or what? Moonlight won Best Picture but Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty announced La La Land as the Best Picture winner and I was already writing it up as a major disappointment but I wasn’t shocked and then OMG MOONLIGHT WON BEST PICTURE and Jimmy Kimmel had to come out and shame Warren Beatty. The La La Land peeps were surprisingly generous though and they made a point of passing those Oscars to the Moonlight peeps.

Obviously, I thought Moonlight was a better film, a better message overall, and Moonlight was more deserving of Best Picture. It was like we got an immediate recount and everything turned out the right way! Moonlight picked up Best Picture and Damien Chazelle won the Best Director Oscar, which… does not shock me. I even said immediately after seeing La La Land that if Chazelle won Best Director, I would understand. Even though I think La La Land is overwhelmingly overrated, Chazelle did a lot with a smaller budget and he made a very frothy, beloved film. Chazelle’s acceptance speech was blah and uneventful too – he thanked his fellow nominees (he was very generous about it), then he thanked the cast and crew and his wife. Chazelle is also the youngest-ever Oscar winner for Best Director (Chazelle is 32).

So, there you go. I can’t believe all of that happened in the last moments of the Oscars. My God.

2017 BAFTA Awards - Arrivals

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  1. JennaQ says:

    So much drama in such a short period of time! Moonlight definitely deserved that award

    • Kco says:

      OMG, I literally slammed the remote down, tiring the tv off when LaLa Land was announced. I wish I watched it through to the end now! Oh my LANTA!

      • Sushismama says:

        Me too! So pissed

      • Margo S. says:

        I did the exact same thing!!! Just woke up to the news that Moonlight actually won! Holy crap how embarrassing!!!! All those guys from lala thinking they one, all the cast up on stage and it was actually Moonlight. How in the hell does a mistake like that happen?!

    • Imqrious2 says:

      Emma Stone just gave a backstage interview stating that the best actress card was in her hand the ENTIRE TIME she was on stage during that fiasco. SO WTF REALLY HAPPENED?? Lolol

      FTR! I was SO disappointed when they called out LLL; when the guy with the headset came out, I told my sister *something* was up with the envelopes, why was he taking them? And seconds later…. I have NEVER seen anything like that! The LLL guy was VERY gracious though, class act all the way. Kudos to him.

    • Hudson Girl says:

      I think there were 2 Emma Stone Best Actress envelopes printed out by mistake. She had hers the whole time but, closeups show Warren holding a Best actress in a role envelope, as well. So there were 2 envelopes?

      • Nicole says:

        There are two envelopes printed for each category apparently. They gave them the wrong envelope and Warren knew something was off because you can see him say “Emma” in the video. I think he showed it to Faye for confirmation and she just said LLL.

        I was so pissed and then overjoyed. WHat a way to end the night

      • Original T.C. says:

        People magazine had an explainer. Two people from the accounting firm have 2 copies of each envelope in two separate briefcases. They take 2 different routes to the ceremony with their own security detail.

        When they arrive they are kept separated during the ceremony and two copies of each award envelope is taken out for each win. Someone did not take out Emma Stone’s envelope from suitcase #2.

        It’s a sefeguard so it anything happens to one set of envelopes or they are slowed in LA traffic, the second copies are kept safe and can be used.

    • Marley says:

      They were both worthy winners.😊

      • Honey Bear says:

        I watched all films nominated for Best Picture. Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea were the last two. While watching Moonlight, I knew it was definitely a competition between Moonlight and La La Land. Either were absolutely deserving. However, I felt that Moonlight would win based on the subject matter. Entertaining movies typically don’t win best picture. Best picture typically goes to movies that delve into the human condition. Ali was hands down the best actor in his category. I thought Namoie should have won for her performance although Viola was “due” for a win. I agreed with all acting wins. Hell or High Water was an excellent and entertaining film. It was unoriginal and reminded me of a Fargo ripoff.

    • als says:

      Just to be clear, Warren’s behavior after he opened the envelope says that he knew something was wrong. And he passed the envelope anyway (or maybe he was just trying to show it to her) to a very anxious Faye Dunaway. Faye directly called out La La Land without thinking much.

      Warren should have taken a moment to inquire if he had doubts, and take the risk of causing trouble, but other than this, I don’t get why there is so much talk about him regarding this moment.
      The Academy messed up, not Warren, not Faye.

    • Konfused says:

      I wonder if I’m the only one who thinks all of this was planned… there was a lot of talk about how people weren’t going to watch and they weren’t interested because so much is going on in the world, then this”mistake” happened. I believe Steve Harvey’s incident more than this, even if his was fake as well at least he played it off better.

  2. Birdix says:

    That was something else! The Lala land guys handled it well though.

  3. La Elle says:

    I haven’t watched the Oscars in recent years but tuned in this year – glad I did just because of the Best Picture stuff. That was a crazier ending than most of the movies nominated.

    Feel bad for Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty – sounds like someone back stage screwed up, and they’re the ones being blamed for it in headlines.

  4. Patty says:

    Well that was awkward.

  5. I'mScaredAsHell says:

    Evidently, Warren & Faye were given the wrong envelope. It’s not entirely their fault but it is embarrassing. Just happy that Moonlight won Best Picture. That was actually a great ending to an otherwise boring show.

  6. Tough Cookie says:

    THAT WAS INSANE!!!! WTF???

    I’m so glad “Moonlight” won!! but OMFG

  7. Mulligan says:

    I was so disappointed and then beyond happy. The La La Land producers handled a bad situation very graciously. Congrats to Moonlight! Well deserved.

  8. msd says:

    Omg that was NUTS, even though I’m pleased LLL, which I wasn’t crazy about, didn’t win, I feel bad for the people who got up; and also kind of bad for Moonlight to win after such a stuff up … what on earth happened??

    Is Beatty losing the plot?
    Did the accountants and their magical suitcase screw up?!

    • noway says:

      What I read was the reason Beatty looked confused and handed it to Faye was it said Emma Stone La La Land. In the confusion she saw La La Land and read it. My guess is it was the crew or the magical suitcase people. Not sure what happened to make them realize it was Moonlight or when the correct envelope came, but at least they saw it before it ended. Wow major screw up somewhere.

    • velourazure says:

      Don’t they make a big production every year about the magical suitcase? Is that all for show? Is it empty? #amateurhour

  9. Lucy says:

    I wanted LLL to win but OMG that was amazing. I can’t believe how much fun I’m having. The LLL crew were indeed very classy and gracious about the mixup, so kudos to all of them for that. And congrats to Team Moonlight!!! Very well deserved.

  10. Steph says:

    Omg that was so disrespectful. It was obvious he lied and try to put a bandaid on it saying he read Emma…

    • SusanneToo says:

      It wasn’t obvious to me. You could tell he was confused by what was on the card and wondering WTF?

    • Alleycat says:

      ??? Warren didn’t even read the name out loud? He looked inside the envelope multiple times because you could tell he was confused and then ended up just giving it to Faye to read. I think the guy that clarified the winner was super rude to Warren, ripping the card out of his hands. It was obviously a mistake from backstage. What an absolute mess. I’m glad Moonlight won though.

      • Steph says:

        sorry about that lol. I watched it again and yeah they had two envelopes, I was so shocked by LaLaLa Land winning and suddenly i saw the guy grabbing the card.

      • PGrant's Girl says:

        @Alleycat, I thought that guy was rude for ripping the card out of WB’s hands too. Plus he seemed really pissed off (understandable) before he recovered to say he would be proud to hand the Oscar over or whatever.

    • V4Real says:

      Do you think Beatty did that on purpose? That seemed like a sincere look of confusion on his face. I thought that was why he handed it to Faye to check to see if he was seeing correctly.

      • Carmen says:

        From what I’ve heard, Beatty has been showing signs of losing it for years now. He should never have been a presenter. I feel sorry for him. He was obviously very confused.

      • noway says:

        Warren may be going off his rocker, but this doesn’t prove that. He didn’t read or announce it Faye did. Did he really have two envelopes going out there and why would he have two that’s crazy? Sorry if you have two 70-80 year olds announcing best picture with most likely reading sight problems you better make sure they have one envelope and it is the correct one enlarged type too. Sorry I blame crew or magical suitcase person from the accounting firm of whatever, whatever, and whatever. Watch out that firm will now get a job in Trump’s cabinet somewhere. LOL

    • Mulligan says:

      What a dumb comment.

    • smcollins says:

      Except he didn’t announce the winner, Faye Dunaway did. It was just a big screw-up, which was immediately corrected, nothing malicious.

    • Arpeggi says:

      Why would Warren lie? He looked obviously confused by what was in the envelop and wasn’t sure what to say for a moment but went on with the title marked. It’s not as if he decided to switch winners. Someone messed up big time, but that someone was the person responsible for the envelops, not the people on stage!

      It sucks that the actual winners didn’t have the time/proper state of mind to be able to give the thanks they wanted to give though, but it’s great that their work was recognized

    • BJ says:

      Lied
      Warren didn’t say La La Land ,Faye said it

    • isabelle says:

      Beatty didn’t do it on purpose. He handed it to Faye and had the look of “look do you see this”. She announced it without barely looking. Beatty seemed at a loss as to what to do versus intentionally wanting it announced and lying about it.

  11. Paula says:

    I was so shocked I couldn’t even pay attention to their speech. Really happy Moonlight won, it was the best movie by far.

  12. Ana says:

    That was painful to watch, so mortifying for the ones who’d already gave their speech and then Moonlight speeches got so lost in all the commotion.

  13. Aysla says:

    Omg! I got major second-hand embarrassment from that mix-up. Cringe factor off the charts. As someone who loved La La Land, I am very happy Moonlight won. La La Land was great but Moonlight was the better movie.

    Ahh! I feel bad for all the La La Land people, they must have been so mortified even though it wasn’t their fault- and for the Moonlight crew, having to go up on that note of awkwardness. Who screwed up?? Wrong envelope??

  14. poppy says:

    maybe one of the most whuck moments i ever saw on live tv. accident i even tuned in the last few minutes and glad i caught it.
    even more glad moonlight won.
    was it a stunt to promote next year’s oscar? keep people watching to the very end?
    whatever it was it was disrespectful to moonlight and feel sorry for la la land.

    • LadyT says:

      Accidents aren’t disrespectful. No one did anything on purpose. It was unfortunate that it happened- to both movies.

      • poppy says:

        i’m not convinced it was an accident, apologies for not being more clear.
        and if it was only someone’s grievous mistake i feel it was disrespectful to moonlight the way it was handled. moonlight team did not get even a moment to compose and gain the attention of the audience. it was complete chaos onstage.
        unfair to both movies; they all handled it beautifully. i can’t say that for those running the show.

  15. SusanneToo says:

    You could tell Warren was wondering WTH by the expression on his face and passing the card to Faye rather than announcing it. Who handed them the envelope?

  16. Sam says:

    I think the La La Land crew handled that as best as they could and I feel for them BUT as far as The Academy goes they can suck it because they ruined the moment for the true best picture winner in Moonlight. I’m very happy for Moonlight but at the same time pissed off because their moment was ruined by this nonsense.

    Also Warren Beatty if the envelope says “Emma Stone” on it then say that and ask for the best picture envelope instead of incorrectly awarding a movie just because you assumed it was going to win.

    • LA Elle says:

      I feel bad for the teams behind both movies. They both handled it with grace.

      Plus, on the pro side for Moonlight, I feel like people are going to remember their win for a lot longer than most Best Pictures.

  17. Ally8 says:

    I’m glad Beatty cleared up right away that it was an envelope issue, so the old-age cracks would gain steam. Beatty said that when he opened the envelope, it said “Emma Stone, La La Land”, which is why he was confused, showed it to Faye Dunaway, and she just read out La La Land.

    My sympathies are with whatever poor sap was in charge of the envelopes backstage.

  18. Aqua says:

    I’m glad Moonlight won but seriously how could you make that kind of a mistake! One minute you think you have won and then the next thing you know it gets taken away. How embarrassing!

  19. Babooshka says:

    Couldn’t be more in awe and impressed with how gracious and composed the laLa land people were seconds after being elated they won. True show of great character, respect and appreciation on their part. What a defining moment for them as well. Plus couldn’t be more thrilled that moonlight won!

    • Almondjoy says:

      They were probably in shock.. all they really could do was leave the stage. Who knows how many hissy fits they had afterwards though.

      • I'mScaredAsHell says:

        True. They were gracious on stage, but I’m sure they were pissed once they got off stage. That had to be such a deflating moment. To think you’ve won the grand prize of best picture, but then have it snatched from you.

      • Lucy says:

        Probably. But hey, I couldn’t blame them for that, as long as they keep it to themselves. The point is, it is possible to handle such situations respectfully and without pulling a Kanye .

      • Jeesie says:

        I’d be having hissy fits too. They didn’t just screw up the envelope, they let the La La Land people get up there and talk for almost 2 minutes. In the time it took them to make their way to the stage it could have been corrected, but they let them accept their Oscars and give their speeches. The La La Land team have every right to be pissed.

      • DianaB says:

        And not so gracious on stage. That guy almost rips Warren hand off, that’s how pissed he was before he composed himself and said it was an honor to hand the Oscar to Moonlight.

      • milky💫 slay says:

        Really? Rather then jumping to conclusions I’m going to say approximately zero “hissy fits”–unless certain people were backstage and have access to insider info the rest of us don’t. The LaLaLand team handled a uniquely impossible situation with class and maturity. And I saw the act of that card being pulled out of Beatty’s hand as somebody leaping to action in the middle of chaos. He was quickly trying to remedy a total mess ( that tbf, he didn’t create) and transfer the stage time over to Moonlight as fast as possible.

        It was a shitty situation for both movies to be put in. The only blame belongs with Price Waterhouse who had ONE job to do that they royally effed up. It’s unfortunate that some people feel the need to invent a scenario that finds fault with and reflects poorly on anyone other than PW.

    • Ally8 says:

      At least they got to make their speeches!

  20. Almondjoy says:

    I’ve never cringed so much in all my life 😩 That was she extremely embarassing. I feel terrible for Warren Beatty!

  21. Bee says:

    You knew something was up when the guy with the headset appeared. What a mess. An epic mess. Simply awful for everyone involved.

  22. Mindy_dopple says:

    Ok I get it, he was given the wrong envelope but there were quite a few red flags. #1 the envelope was open, #2 it was for just one person who had won just a few minutes ago when the category you’re presenting is for best picture and #3 you knew it was wrong but instead of asking for a stage hand or something, you pass it to Faye to say it!! What an ass!

    • mia girl says:

      I honestly thought he was stretching for time waiting for someone off stage to fix it. He even looked past Dunaway to the backstage. I think he showed her so she would understand what was going on bc she started teasing him about not saying it. I don’t think he expected her to read the name of the movie.

      What a cluster-f**k. I don’t blame him or her. The production team failed spectacularly.

      • LadyT says:

        I agree Mia. Beatty wasn’t an ass. The production team’s mistake made him look like one to some people evidently and that’s a shame.

      • felixswan2 says:

        Yeah, I totally agree. I’m feeling super bad for all those involved in this cluster-f#*k. I’m also super pleased that Moonlight won over LA La Land.

      • KBeth says:

        Totally agree, I think he gave her the envelope clue her in to an obvious mix up…not for her to read out loud.
        What a mess.

    • Jeesie says:

      He didn’t hand it to Faye so she’d say it. He was stalling, she started pushing him to name the winner, so he showed her why he wasn’t. Apparently she didn’t look at it properly, just saw La La Land next to Stone’s name and said it.

  23. Luca76 says:

    If only, if only this type of thing could’ve happened in November

    • I'mScaredAsHell says:

      👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

    • mia girl says:

      It did. But congress is refusing send their version of the headset guy to actually correct it.

    • TheOtherOne says:

      ITA. Is there still time to wish?

    • LA Elle says:

      Um, didn’t it? The thing that did not get the most votes ‘won.’ Only the Oscars, unlike America, actually corrected the mistake and let the will of the majority be heard.

      In other words, the Academy is more democratic than the government.

    • mee says:

      Exactly. It was such a WTf moment-this is what should have happened last nov.. Congrats to moonlight and akthough i would have voted for LLL, it was definitely great to see the underdog win.

    • Olenna says:

      Amen to that. If only in November…

    • Heartfelt says:

      Art imitating life, but with a better ending.

  24. I'mScaredAsHell says:

    Brad Pitt’s Plan B production company has won two best picture oscars in the last 3 years. 12 Years a Slave in 2014 and now Moonlight in 2017

    • Renee2 says:

      You know, I think he won one for The Departed too. He sure knows how to pick them as a producer.

    • TheOtherOne says:

      I was thinking the same thing. Go Brad & Plan B

    • SusanneToo says:

      Weren’t The Big Short, Selma, Moneyball, & Tree of Life all noms for Best Picture? All Plan B.

    • KatnissforKaepernick says:

      Pitt does pick some amazing projects to produce. While Matt Damon is busy whitesplaining his choices as a producer, Pitt is busy giving the green light to projects that others won’t touch and opportunities to people others won’t.

    • Nicole says:

      Yep all his company. Frankly he could never act again and still be raking in the awards. His production company clearly knows how to pick good projects to fund

  25. Sayrah says:

    No one else initially thought kimmel was pulling a Steve Harvey moment as the last joke? I totally thought that until I rewatched it.

  26. Whyme says:

    Aww it wasn’t Warren Beatty’s fault he was confused because it said Emma Stone and La La Land Faye Dunaway just saw the La La Land part. That’s on the Academy and whoever handles the envelopes. I mean wouldn’t you triple check that?!

    I feel so bad for La La Land for not really winning and so bad for Moonlight for not getting the proper reaction and time to speak.

    • msd says:

      Okay I’ve decided … it’s all Leo’s fault. He didn’t give Emma the envelope and the Oscar. Then that envelope was left hanging around to create chaos. ;)

      • noway says:

        Apparently, Emma still had her envelope and there are two envelopes always for both sides of the stage. So the Best Actress envelope that Warren had wasn’t open.

        PriceWaterhouse the magic suitcase people say it was their fault, and it does look like it was. Now two winning envelopes is not a bright idea, supposedly it has been this way for a long time. Kind of a miracle it hasn’t happened before.

  27. robyn says:

    Wow … what a mess but Kimmel handled it well. I think Trump is gloating about this. I guess Warren was handed the wrong envelop … but I remember him as a republican who did that empty chair thing about Obama. Am I too suspicious to think Warren rigged it to happen that way. I wouldn’t put it past any Trump supporter.

    • Patty says:

      Umm. That was Clint Eastwood with the empty chair. And while this was embarrassing and awkward, it has nothing to do with politics or Trump. Jeez.

      • robyn says:

        Oh … you’re right! Now I remember it was Clint Eastwood. Sorry about that … I guess I screwed up too. But I do think Trump is mean enough to be happy about what happened.

    • noway says:

      Warren is a Democrat. The empty chair thing was Clint Eastwood.

    • Jeesie says:

      Beatty is a lifelong Democrat and extremely outspoken liberal.

      You’re thinking of Clint Eastwood.

    • pwal says:

      I don’t think Kimmel handled it well at all. The whole ‘give everyone a trophy’ was very insulting, IMO. Moonlight won… end of! LLL was placed in an awkward position, as well as Moonlight, and both groups handled it very well. Rolling with the punches is its own reward.

    • lightpurple says:

      Warren Beatty is extremely liberal.

  28. Monsi says:

    Apparently Leo put down the envelope and then Warren picked it up…. Oppps e https://mobile.twitter.com/kellyoxford/status/836086161885974528

  29. Tourmaline says:

    So weird– Emma had her best actress envelope backstage so there clearly were two identical best actress envelopes. What a screw up.

  30. Giggs says:

    @Robyn – that was Clint Eastwood, not Warren…

    • robyn says:

      Sorry … I got those two old gents and movie icons mixed up. But he shouldn’t have handed it to his partner when he knew something was wrong. I guess he was confused.

  31. Karen says:

    That was the craziest Oscars ever! Warren Beatty looked confused and should have called over for help. I felt bad for La La Land but it was so meh. Watched Moonlight last night. Thought it was amazing so the right film won in my book.

  32. delorb says:

    Hopefully, Moonlight will get more ink for their win than Warren and Faye for their mistake.

  33. Perpetua says:

    No mistakes were made tonight, that was a very well thought out little stunt by the producers and poor Warren Beatty/Faye Dunaway were the goons they set up to take the fall, thank goodness Beatty had enough sense in the moment to explain what had happened. I thought it was pretty strange that they were presenting Best Picture, I thought it was even stranger that La La Land garnered as many awards as it did, but alas, all is now revealed, as it makes far more sense that the Academy showered them with awards all night so that they could completely and utterly humiliate them at the end. But seriously thank god Moonlight won Best Picture.

    • SusanneToo says:

      No real surprise they were invited to present Best Picture. 2017 is the 50th anniversary of Bonnie and Clyde. B&C and The Graduate lost Best Picture of 1967 to In the Heat of the Night, a good, but not great film. This was a way of redressing that injustice.
      And I think it’s ridiculous to think that mishap was a set-up. No producer would be stupid enough to pull such a stunt. It was a screw-up, that’s all.

    • BJ says:

      I hope you were just exhausted causing you to post that comment.SMH

  34. FuefinaWG says:

    I’ve oftened wondered what would happen if the wrong name was announced. It appears to be the error of the accounting firm that holds the envelopes. It was interesting to watch the people in the background as they learned the truth. From Emma’s “Oh, my God. Oh my God” to the people going back and forth behind the top dogs and actors out in front on stage representing LLL. WB was confused and Faye Dunaway read the movie she saw on the card.
    Nightmare!

  35. Marley says:

    Faye screwed up alright. She should’ve awarded the Best Picture Oscar to Emma Stone!

  36. Dawnchild says:

    Two things:
    1) So glad it wasn’t the other way round…can you imagine if Moonlight was pulled for a LA LA Land win?
    2) What on earth would have Faye said if any of the other actresses had won Best Actress? Would she just as blindly have announced Florence Foster Jenkins or Loving or Elle or Jackie,…never mind none are Best Picture nominees?!
    The mind boggles.
    Read properly, and take the time to check, folks!

  37. teacakes says:

    On one hand the drama is priceless and I wish I’d seen it live

    But on the other I really feel bad for the LLL team and the poor card-stuffer or production grunt who is going to get it in the neck for this.

  38. AG-UK says:

    It was on the envelope he had best actress you’d think he’d have stopped to ask not Faye an additional minute or 2 wouldn’t matter. There was a photo of him holding it on BBC or Sky this morning anyway glad Moonlight win but they sort of missed their moment.

  39. ell says:

    what a mess. moonlight was far more deserving, glad it won.

    • YepIsaidIt says:

      Overrated.
      The sad thing is a lot of the voters didn’t watch any movies and just randomly voted for what they thought was popular

  40. Mannori says:

    Question: does the orchestra playing the music knows about the winners? because they instantly start playing Lalala’s theme….if so, were the Orchestra’s director handled the wrong envelope? or does the Orchestra doesn’t know which theme to play until the announcement? it’s weird because is like there’s no delay: the theme starts playing immediately after the announcement.…

    • Jeesie says:

      They don’t know, they rehearse for every nominee.

      • Mannori says:

        ok, thanks for clarifying, I really didn’t know how it works. It just amazed me that they’re able to start playing the theme of every movie even when the presenters are still announcing the winner….

  41. shelly says:

    Oh dear, that was excruciating, my toes still haven’t uncurled.

    Moonlight gets best picture but all anyone is talking about is the amateur hour mess up at the end. Such a shame.

  42. kibbles says:

    Everyone was gracious on camera, but you know that the crew of La La Land threw a fit in private. That guy on stage, whoever he was, handled things well but he was upset. He practically snatched the card out of Warren Beatty’s hand as if to state that Beatty was useless and needed someone to clarify that Moonlight had indeed won. The guy was pissed and I imagine his telling Beatty off backstage even if it wasn’t Beatty’s fault.

    • Jeesie says:

      They did need to clarify Moonlight had won. Before Jordan grabbed the card he said Moonlight had won and motioned for them to come up and accept the award, but no one knew what was happening, if it was a joke or what, and Beatty wasn’t exactly jumping into the fray in a timely manner.

  43. YepIsaidIt says:

    It was a oscars jumped the shark moment – a complete joke

  44. Maria says:

    i think people are a bit harsh re Faye and Warren. It must have come as a total surprise to them, they are confused, it is LIVE tv, which does not necessarily give you a lot of time to reflect about what is happening in that moment.

    Warren was confused, Faye probably only saw ‘LaLaLand’ and that was that….

  45. Chinoiserie says:

    So I originally was planning to wake up early and watch the end of teh ceremony (I live in Europe) but I did not bother since I thought it was ovious that La La Land was going to win and this was a boring ceremony. Oh well.

    Since La La Land was such a clear fruntrunner I wonder if this was a reaction to Oscars so White and political statement about Trump. Or the Academy really not liking lighter films. Or because the backflash about La La Land being overrated. Moonlight’ subject matters sound kind of Oscar baity even if the film is smaller and not a typical bait, Oscar just likes certain heavier subject matters. I have not seen either film so I don’t know if the better film won, hopefully. As musical fan I hope it being a lighter musical was not the reason so in the future on of those can win.

  46. Lyla says:

    I don’t know why everyone is blaming Warren for this. There are two sets of envelops. Emma Stone had hers and someone mistakenly gave the other copy to Warren and Faye. And it was Faye who read it out loud, not Warren.

    Also, with everyone saying how gracious the La La Land people were…what other choice did they have? They lost.

  47. DianaB says:

    OMG!!! I can’t believe I missed this!!! i was so mad when they announced LLL that I changed the channel! How could this have happened?????

  48. Merritt says:

    Shirley MacLaine looked horrified. I imagine she had secondhand embarrassment for her brother Warren.

  49. Abbess Tansy says:

    What a crazy moment, just cringing. I felt bad for both sets of crews. I am so happy Moonlight won, though.

  50. Amanda D says:

    So awkward all around. Why did it take them so long to correct the problem? Oh I know why…ratings and buzz. I feel bad that it’s getting blamed on Warren.

    The other odd thing is why did they have the Best Picture La La Land graphic ready to go if it wasn’t the winner? Or do they have that prepared for all the nominees and don’t know who the winner will be?

  51. Cranberry says:

    Now THAT’S what you call some real “Reality TV”. Congratulations Moonlight.