It had to happen sooner or later. The only surprise is it took 89 years.
Beatty and Dunaway were quick to claim the screw up wasn’t their fault and they may have a case.
As it turns out, the bean-counters who handle the voting handed Beatty the wrong envelop. He walked on stage with the back up envelope for Best Actress, an award that went to Emma Stone for “La La Land.”
“La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz was the first to realize the mistake. “Guys, I’m sorry. There’s a mistake,” he said taking over the microphone.
“Moonlight, you guys won Best Picture. This is not a joke. I’m afraid they read the wrong thing.”
“La La Land” was the odds on favorite to win the award going into the evening. But “Moonlight” was also a top contender.
Accounting firm PwC, formerly known as Price Waterhouse Coopers, quickly took responsibility for the snafu in a statement.
“We sincerely apologize to Moonlight, La La Land, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture,” it read.
“The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred.
“We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation.”
Beatty offered his own explanation.
“I want to tell you what happened I opened the envelope and it said Emma Stone, ‘La La Land’ and that is why I took such a long look at Faye and at you,” he said.
“I wasn’t trying to be funny. This is ‘Moonlight’ for best picture,’ he added.
Check out the video and the winners below
Check out the chart below.
|Odds-Makers Picks and 2017 Academy Award Winners (in Bold)|
| Best Picture|
La La Land: 3/1
Manchester by the Sea: 5/1
Hell or High Water: 11/1
Hidden Figures: 50/1
Hacksaw Ridge: 50/1
Best Supporting Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Adapted Screenplay
| August Wilson (Fences): 4/1|
Luke Davies (Lion): 9/1
Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi (Hidden Figures): 9/1
Best Original Screenplay
Best Animated Feature
Best Foreign Film