The Oscars blunder: Presenters mix up Best Movie Award


Not long ago during the Miss Universe 2016’s event we saw the title being given to the wrong female by Steve Harvey. Last night at the Oscars Warren Beatty made a similar blunder, while presenting the Best Movie Award. Whoops.

Thankfully, the error was immediately rectified.

After what must be the biggest Academy Awards blunder in history, the accounting firm in charge of the ballot counting process has issued a statement clarifying its role in the error.

Warren, who was presenting the award with Faye Dunaway incorrectly named “La La Land” as the best picture at the Oscars on Sunday to the shock of the crowd.

He told the audience that they had read the wrong envelope, seeing Emma Stone won for La La Land, who was actually the winner for best actress.

Dunaway had read the winner before Beatty could stop her.

“I opened the envelope and it said Emma Stone, La La Land. That’s why I looked at Faye, and at you. I wasn’t trying to be funny.” Beatty assured everyone, after admitting to the mistake and explaining that they had the wrong envelope.

The cast and crew of La La Land had already taken to the stage to give their acceptance speeches when the presenters told them of the mix up.

“Moonlight” won the best picture Oscar after “La La Land” was incorrectly named. The “La La Land” team were in the process of giving thanks when it was announced that the wrong film had been read and that “Moonlight” was the real winner.

The duo was there to present the best picture award in celebration of the 50th anniversary of their classic film, Bonnie and Clyde.

This was Dunaway’s first time presenting the best picture award on Oscars night, but Beatty has done it twice before – once in 1975 and again in 1990. Beatty recently made a return to the screen, with his first film appearance in front of the camera in the 2016 drama Rules Don’t Apply, which he also co-wrote, produced and directed.

PricewaterhouseCoopers, which has overseen the Academy’s ballot-counting process for the past 83 years, said: “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,” said PricewaterhouseCoopers, which has overseen Academy’s ballot-counting process for the past 83 years.

“The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, were 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.”

Tough luck La La Land.