Warren Beatty Explains Best Picture Flub at 2017 Oscars
Warren Beatty took to the stage to apologize after mistakenly announcing that La La Land had won the Best Picture Oscar at the Academy Awards on Sunday.
The Dick Tracy star was given the job of announcing the winner of the category alongside his Bonnie and Clyde co-star Faye Dunaway.
However, while La La Land had been expected to take home the prize, and the duo first stated that it had, it was then revealed that it was a mistake and Moonlight was actually the winner of the Best Picture prize.
Returning to the stage to explain what had happened later in the ceremony, Beatty told the audience and host Jimmy Kimmel: “I want to tell you what happened. I opened the envelope and it said Emma Stone, La La Land,” Beatty said. “That’s why I took such a long look at Faye and at you (Jimmy). I wasn’t trying to be funny. Thank you very much. This is Moonlight, the Best Picture.”
Stone also reacted to the mix-up as she was interviewed after winning her own Best Actress Oscar for Damien Chazelle’s much-loved movie musical.
“I f**king love Moonlight. God, I love Moonlight so much!” Stone said in the press room after her win, according to USA Today. “(But) of course it was an amazing thing to hear La La Land.”
Despite the mix-up, La La Land certainly didn’t leave the Oscars empty-handed, taking home statuettes for Stone, director Chazelle, who, at 32, became the youngest winner in that category in Academy history, as well as winning Best Original Score, Best Original Song, Best Production Design, and Best Cinematography.
As well as winning Best Picture, Moonlight shone bright for Best Supporting Actor recipient Mahershala Ali, while the film’s director Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney landed Best Adapted Screenplay.
Meanwhile, Casey Affleck took home the Best Actor award for Manchester by the Sea, which earned the Best Original Screenplay prize for writer/director Kenneth Lonergan, too.
The Oscars featured musical performances from each of the Best Original Song nominees, including John Legend, who sang “City of Stars” from eventual winner La La Land, and Justin Timberlake, who kicked off the Dolby Theater ceremony with a high-energy rendition of his Trolls hit “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”
In addition, there were appearances by guest presenters like Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Brie Larson, Salma Hayek, Dwayne Johnson, and Jennifer Aniston, among many others.
The winners of the 89th Academy Awards are:
Best Picture: Moonlight
Best Actor: Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
Best Actress: Emma Stone – La La Land
Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis – Fences
Best Director: Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Best Original Screenplay: Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
Best Adapted Screenplay: Moonlight – Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McCraney
Best Original Song: “City of Stars” from La La Land – Justin Hurtwitz, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul
Best Original Score: La La Land – Justin Hurwitz
Best Animated Feature Film: Zootopia
Best Foreign Language Film: The Salesman
Best Documentary Feature: O.J.: Made in America
Best Film Editing: Hacksaw Ridge – John Gilbert
Best Cinematography: La La Land – Linus Sandgren
Best Visual Effects: The Jungle Book
Best Production Design: La La Land – David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco
Best Costume Design: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Colleen Atwood
Best Makeup and Hair Styling: Suicide Squad – Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini, Christopher Nelson
Best Sound Editing: Arrival – Sylvain Bellemare
Best Sound Mixing: Hacksaw Ridge – Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie, Peter Grace
Best Live Action Short Film: Sing – Kristof Deak, Anna Udvardy
Best Animated Short Film: Piper – Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer
Best Documentary Short: The White Helmets – Orlando von Einsiedel, Joanna Natasegara.