Oscar Oops! Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway in Best Picture Fail (See!) 1

Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway struggled for a moment before reading out the wrong winner for Best Picture. An envelope screw up led to the snafu (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway earned a spot in Oscar ignominy last night when they were handed the wrong envelop for best picture and quizzically announced the wrong winner. They handed the honor to “La La Land” but “Moonlight” was the actual winner.

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
Moonlight: 4/1
Manchester by the Sea: 5/1
Arrival: 9/1
Lion: 10/1
Hell or High Water: 11/1
Fences: 12/1
Hidden Figures: 50/1
Hacksaw Ridge: 50/1

Best Director
Damien Chazelle (La La Land): 2/1
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight): 3/1
Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea): 4/1
Denis Villeneuve (Arrival): 17/3
Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge): 15/1

Best Actress
Emma Stone (La La Land): 2/1
Natalie Portman (Jackie): 3/1
Isabelle Huppert (Elle): 3/1
Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins): 9/1
Ruth Negga (Loving): 15/1

Best Actor
Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea): 7/3
Denzel Washington (Fences): 3/1
Ryan Gosling (La La Land): 4/1
Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge): 17/3
Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic): 9/1

Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis (Fences): 13/7
Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea): 3/1
Naomie Harris (Moonlight): 4/1
Nicole Kidman (Lion): 17/3
Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures): 19/1

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali (Moonlight): 3/2
Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water): 4/1
Dev Patel (Lion): 4/1
Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea): 17/3
Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals): 20/1

Best Adapted Screenplay
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight): 13/7
Eric Heisserer (Arrival): 3/1

August Wilson (Fences): 4/1
Luke Davies (Lion): 9/1
Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi (Hidden Figures): 9/1

Best Original Screenplay
Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea): 2/1
Damien Chazelle (La La Land): 3/1
Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water): 5/1
Efthymis Filippou and Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster): 17/3
Mike Mills (20th Century Women): 19/1

Best Cinematography
Linus Sandgren (La La Land): 2/1
James Laxton (Moonlight): 3/1
Bradford Young (Arrival): 4/1
Rodrigo Prieto (Silence): 5/1
Greig Fraser (Lion): 19/1

Best Song
City of Stars (La La Land): 13/7
How Far I’ll Go (Moana): 3/1
Audition (The Fools Who Dream) (La La Land): 4/1
Can’t Stop the Feeling (Trolls): 17/3
The Empty Chair (Jim: The James Foley Story): 19/1

Best Animated Feature
Zootopia: 3/2
Kubo and the Two Strings: 2/1
Moana: 4/1
The Red Turtle: 19/1
My Life as a Zucchini: 60/1

Best Documentary
O.J.: Made in America: 2/1
13th: 2/1
I Am Not Your Negro: 3/1
Life, Animated: 17/3
Fire at Sea: 17/3

Best Foreign Film
Toni Erdmann: 3/2
The Salesman: 3/1
A Man Called Ove: 4/1
Land of Mine: 9/1
Tanna: 19/1