There have been quite a few controversies in the 89 years of Academy Awards history. The streaker who ran past Elizabeth Taylor just as she was announcing The Sting as the Best Picture of 1974. The mix-up conspiracy that has haunted Marissa Tomei ever since her 1994 Best Supporting Actress win for My Cousin Vinny. The moment when John Travolta announced the made-up name “Adele Dazeem” when introducing singer Idina Menzel in 2014.
But last night’s mix-up was by far the biggest in Oscar history.
After Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced La La Land as winner of the Best Picture Oscar and La La Land’s cast and crew came on stage to begin their acceptance speeches, a mistake was noticed. La La Land did not win, Moonlight did. It seems Warren Beatty had been handed the envelope for Best Actress which went to La La Land’s Emma Stone. Jordan Horowitz, the producer of La La Land was gracious in announcing the error: “There’s been a mistake. Moonlight, you guys won Best Picture. This is not a joke.” The mix-up was handled as well as it could have been.
In any event, congratulations to Moonlight. It’s too bad this mix-up is going to overshadow a historic win.
Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. If you place a hold now, you’ll be on the list to borrow a copy as soon as the movie is ready to loan.
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