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The 2017 Oscars Gaffe

Emma Hanly

By now, it’s almost a given you’ve heard about the infamous ‘little’ slip-up involving the Best Picture Award at this year’s Oscars. However, if you’ve just emerged from the rock you clearly spend most of your days under, here’s the breakdown:

The 89th Annual Academy Awards was held in Hollywood on Sunday night. Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty were tasked with announcing the winners for the coveted Best Picture award. However, an unfortunate mistake whereby Beatty was given the wrong envelope left the pair to go down in history among other epic blunders like Steve Harvey’s Miss Universe mishap. With celebrities and the public at large taking to social media to vocalise their thoughts on the mistake:

Dunaway announced Damien Chazelle’s ‘La La Land’ as the winner for Best Picture and producers made their way on stage to accept the award. They were soon approached by a man wearing a headset with an envelope in his hand and producer Fred Berger spoke into the microphone. “We lost, by the way, but, you know…”

Producer Jordan Harowitz clarified his co-worker’s announcement, saying, “there’s been a mistake. ‘Moonlight’, you guys won Best Picture.” Sources later confirmed Dunaway and Beatty were accidentally handed the envelope containing the winner for Best Actress which went to Emma Stone for her performance in ‘La La Land’.

Despite the awkward situation, there were no harsh feelings and Harowitz stating he was proud to hand the award to his friends from ‘Moonlight’. Director Barry Jenkins thanked the ‘La La Land’ team for being “so gracious” when the mistake was made.

The ‘La La Land’ team may not have won Best Picture, but they certainly didn’t go home empty-handed. They were nominated in fourteen categories, holding the record alongside ‘Titanic’ and won Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Original Score, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Original Song.

Image sourced from Uproxx.com

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