For a few minutes at the end of the Oscars last night, La La Land lovers celebrated the victory, while those rooting for Moonlight to win best picture went to bed or took to social media to express their sadness. Then, in an awkward series of events, fake news was exposed.
In extraordinary scenes, the La La Land team were halfway through their victory speeches, when it was noticed that the wrong film name had been read out by Warren Beatty and that Moonlight was actually the winner.
PWC who served as counters have wasted no time in releasing a statement, explaining that yes, the wrong envelope got into Beatty’s hands:
We sincerely apologise to Moonlight, La La Land, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture. The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred. We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation.