Each year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences strive to create a memorable night where some kind of history is made. But Sunday’s event is likely one they Academy hopes many will soon forget.
Faye Dunaway announced La La Land the winner of best picture, only to find out she was quite wrong. And it wasn’t until after the producers of the critically acclaimed musical gave their speeches the truth was revealed – the best picture winner was not La La Land, but instead the Barry Jenkins drama Moonlight.
The final award capped a night that went a little past three-and-a-half hours, and still celebrated six Oscar wins from La La Land. Yet, it’s the flub made by Dunaway and her former Bonnie and Clyde co-star Warren Beatty that everyone is going to remember.
So what happened?
Beatty said later the name in the envelope was Emma Stone for La La Land. But that was the envelope for best actress, which Stone already had won. Stone later said she was given her envelope the same time she received her Oscar, and there’s no way it could have ended up in Beatty’s hands.