The Oscars had a “Steve Harvey moment” last night, when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were handed the wrong results card when announcing the Best Picture award and wrongly announced La La Land as the winner rather than Moonlight. The cast and producers of La La Land were stopped midway through their acceptance speeches and forced to hand their trophies to the stars of Moonlight, as Hidden Figures star, Taraji P. Henson recorded it all on her phone (you can check it out in the video posted below)
Hours after the mistake, accounting firm PwC, who tally the Oscar results, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences issued a joint statement apologizing:
‘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.
‘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.’