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Oscar for the best blooper: “I wasn't trying to be funny. This is Moonlight for best picture.”

Monday, February 27th 2017 - 10:16 UTC
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Warren Beatty was handed the previous winner's envelope, containing a card saying “Emma Stone, La La Land”, resulting in the error. Warren Beatty was handed the previous winner's envelope, containing a card saying “Emma Stone, La La Land”, resulting in the error.

Moonlight has won best picture at the Oscars - but only after Faye Dunaway initially said La La Land had won. Warren Beatty was handed the previous winner's envelope, containing a card saying “Emma Stone, La La Land”, resulting in the error.

 The team from La La Land was in the middle of its acceptance speeches when the mistake was discovered. Stone said backstage afterwards: “Is that the craziest Oscar moment of all time? Cool! It's going to be history.”

Musical La La Land won six Oscars including best director and best actress. Moonlight also won adapted screenplay and best supporting actor. Damien Chazelle, director of La La Land, became the youngest filmmaker to win a best director Oscar at the age of 32.

Bonnie and Clyde stars Beatty and Dunaway announced La La Land had taken the best picture prize - but then the musical's producer Jordan Horowitz announced there had been a mistake.

He said: “This is not a joke. Moonlight is best picture,” and showed the camera the card that revealed the winner. Two La La Land producers had already given their acceptance speeches before the mistake was revealed.

Host Jimmy Kimmel joked that he knew he would he would mess up the ceremony, and added: “Personally I blame Steve Harvey for this,” referring to Harvey's mistake in announcing the Miss Universe winner in 2015.

Beatty had opened the envelope but hesitated to read out what it said in side, leaving it to Dunaway to announce La La Land. He returned to the microphone to say: “I want to tell you what happened. I opened the envelope and it said 'Emma Stone, La La Land', and that is why I took such a long look at Faye and at you.

”I wasn't trying to be funny. This is Moonlight for best picture.“

The film's director Barry Jenkins said: ”Very clearly even in my dreams this can't be true. But to hell with it because this is true. It's true, it's not fake.“

Paying tribute to the team behind La La Land for the way they handled the mistake, he said: ”We have been on the road with these guys and it was so gracious and so generous of them.“

Emma Stone, who won the coveted best actress prize, said backstage.

”I'm so excited for Moonlight. Of course it was an amazing thing to hear La La Land and I would love to win best picture. But we are so excited for Moonlight. I think it is one of the best films of all time.

“Is that the craziest Oscar moment of all time? Cool! It's going to be history.” She also said that she still had the envelope for best actress in her hand, although there are always two envelopes (one for back-up), which might explain why the mistake occurred.

La La Land also picked up best cinematography, best score and best original song for City of Stars. It also won best production design.

Manchester by the Sea won two awards - one of them was for best original screenplay.

Iranian film director Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman was named best foreign film. Farhadi chose to stay away from Sunday's ceremony following President Trump's attempt to ban travel from Iran and six other mainly Muslim countries.

Zootopia won best animation, beating films such as Kubo and the Two Strings and Moana.

Other winners included British film The White Helmets, which picked up best documentary short. The US denied entry to 21-year-old Syrian Khaled Khatib behind the film because of problems with his documents. The a 40-minute Netflix documentary follows volunteers who risk their lives to rescue civilians in Syria.

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  • Englander

    Didn't like the way that bald bloke snatched the card out of Warren's hand.
    Rude git.

    Feb 27th, 2017 - 01:44 pm 0
  • Briton

    You can just see the picture on their faces,
    Moonlight over LA LA Land. lol

    Feb 27th, 2017 - 02:48 pm 0
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