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Wow! What a big goof up and the subsequent jokes will follow the Academy Awards for years to come after Faye Dunaway announced 'La La Land' as Best Picture winner when the actual winning film was 'Moonlight'.
What caused the goof? The Academy released the following statement:
89th Oscars Best Picture Statement
We deeply regret the mistakes that were made during the presentation of the Best Picture category during last night’s Oscar ceremony. We apologize to the entire cast and crew of La La Land and Moonlight whose experience was profoundly altered by this error. We salute the tremendous grace they displayed under the circumstances. To all involved — including our presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, the filmmakers, and our fans watching worldwide — we apologize.
For the last 83 years, the Academy has entrusted PwC to handle the critical tabulation process, including the accurate delivery of results. PwC has taken full responsibility for the breaches of established protocols that took place during the ceremony. We have spent last night and today investigating the circumstances, and will determine what actions are appropriate going forward. We are unwaveringly committed to upholding the integrity of the Oscars and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Meanwhile, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm responsible for tabulating the results and managing 'the envelopes' issued their own statement, 'PwC Brian Cullinan mistakenly handed the back-up envelope for Actress in a Leading Role instead of the envelope for Best Picture to presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. Once the error occurred, protocols for correcting it were not followed through quickly enough by Mr. Cullinan or his partner....We are deeply sorry for the disappointment suffered by the cast and crew of La La Land and Moonlight. We sincerely apologize to Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Jimmy Kimmel, ABC and the Academy, none of whom was at fault for last night's errors'
Side note, they left out the part about Brian Cullinan Tweeting out a stage image of Emma Stone shortly before the incident, then deleting the Tweet. It looks like he was a bit star-struck and lost track of his envelopes.