Watch the Oscars mess up and announce the wrong winner for Best Picture

'La La Land' was mistakenly announced as the winner instead of 'Moonlight'

La La Land was mistakenly announced as recipient of Best Picture at the Oscars in a mix-up that eventually saw Moonlight confirmed as the official winner. Scroll below to watch below.

The mix-up appears to have come from Warren Beaty and Faye Dunaway, who were announcing the winner, being given the wrong envelope, one containing the winner of the previous category (Emma Stone,La La Land for Best Actress).

Confused Beaty seemed to pass the envelope over to Dunaway, who announced La La Land as the winner, leading to the cast and crew to take to the stage and deliver a speech.


Halfway through, it was corrected that Moonlight were in fact the winners. La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz confirmed the mix-up, asking for his Moonlight counterparts to come to the stage.

“I wasn’t trying to be funny,” Beatty later attempted to explain. “That’s why I looked at Faye for a really long time.”

The 89th Academy Awards were held at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday night (February 26), with Jimmy Kimmel hosting.


La La Land won six awards on the night. Best Production Design was La La Land‘s first award of the evening, it later won Best Score, Best Original Song and Best Cinematography. It also triumphed in some of the major categories: La La Land director Damien Chazelle became the youngest filmmaker to win Best Director, while Emma Stone won Best Actress.

Mahershala Ali won the first award of the night, Best Supporting Actor for his part in Moonlight. Viola Davis won Best Supporting Actress for Fences. Meanwhile, Manchester By The Sea won Best Original Screenplay, while the film’s Casey Affleck picked up Best Actor.

Elsewhere, Suicide Squad won Best Make-Up, with the award dedicated to “all the immigrants”. Fantastic Beasts picked up Best Costume. OJ: Made In America won Best Documentary Feature. Best Sound Editing was won by Arrival, while Best Sound Mixing went to Hacksaw RidgeHacksaw Ridge also picked up Best Film Editing. Best Animated Short Film was won by PiperZootopia won Best Animated Feature Film. The Jungle Book won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. The White Helmet won Best Documentary Short Subject.

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi didn’t attend to pick up the Best Foreign Film award which he won for his movie The Saleman but in a sent message hit out at Trump’s “inhumane” Muslim ban.

See the full winners list below:

Best Picture: Moonlight
Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Actress: Emma Stone, La La Land
Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, Fences
Animated Feature: Zootopia
Cinematography: La La Land
Costume Design: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Direction: Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Documentary Feature: O.J.: Made in America
Documentary Short: The White Helmets
Film Editing: Hacksaw Ridge
Foreign Language Film: The Salesman
Makeup and Hairstyling: Suicide Squad
Score: La La Land
Song: City of Stars from La La Land
Production Design: La La Land
Animated Short: Piper
Live Action Short: Sing
Sound Editing: Arrival
Sound Mixing: Hacksaw Ridge
Visual Effects: The Jungle Book
Adapted Screenplay: Moonlight
Original Screenplay: Manchester by the Sea

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