It appears that Steve Harvey isn’t the only person who makes mistakes during live broadcasted events.
Yes, this happened at the Oscars.
The crowd started to give applause upon learning that La La Land had one the most respected award at the 2017 Oscars, it appeared that they had won the Academy Award for Best Picture or so we thought.
The cast and crew of the movie had already joined each other on stage ready to give their acceptance speeches, that was until the presenter Warren Beatty interrupted to let them know he had the wrong envelope and in fact, they weren’t the winner at all.
The actual winner for Best Picture was Moonlight.
The producer of La La Land, Jordan Horowitz, wasted no time in taking the mic to say, “Guys, I’m sorry. There’s a mistake. Moonlight, you guys won Best Picture. This is not a joke. I’m afraid they read the wrong thing.”
Now of course everyone was a bit confused until Horowitz held up the envelope to reveal that Moonlight was truly the winner of Best Picture.
Horowitz said, “I’m going to be really proud to hand this over to my friends at Moonlight,” he added.
Of course, Kimmel had to make light of the situation in order to ease the awkwardness, while La La Land actors, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Damien Chazelle and others walked off stage.
Kimmel joked, “Guys. This is very unfortunate, what happened. Personally, I blame Steve Harvey for this.”
A further explanation came from Beatty, “I want to tell you what happened. I opened the envelope, and it said Emma Stone, La La Land. That’s why I took such a long look at Faye Dunaway and at you, I wasn’t trying to be funny.”
With millions of people watching, the cast and crew of Moonlight walked on stage.
The Director of Moonlight, Barry Jenkins said, “Very clearly, even in my dreams this could not be true. But to hell with dreams! Because this is true…My love to La La Land. My love to everybody, man!”
While the producer Adele Romanski also stated, “I’m still not sure that this is true…This is very humbling. It’s very humbling to be up here and I think, I hope even more than that that it’s inspiring to people—little black boys and brown girls and other folks watching at home who feel marginalized—take some inspiration from seeing this beautiful group of artists held by this amazing talent, Barry Jenkins, accepting this top honor. Thank you.”
Meanwhile, Stone and the rest of the cast and crew from La La Land made their way backstage, where the actress admitted they were still in shock.
“I f–king love Moonlight. God, I love Moonlight so much. I’m so excited for Moonlight,” she said. “Of course it would have been a great thing for La La Land, but we are so excited for them.”
She also noted that she was holding her Best Actress trophy as well as her Oscar card on-stage when she thought La La Land had won, so it’s still unclear how the mishap occurred.
“Everyone is in a state of confusion still,” she admitted.
Obviously, Moonlight did not take the win very easily, going up against some fierce competition in the category, including La La Land and Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, Manchester by the Sea and Lion.