“Whew, you guys see that?” the newly minted Best Actress Oscar winner said when she took to the mic backstage following the Academy Awards’ unexpected screw-up moments earlier.
Stone was still high on adrenaline and emotion when asked about La La Land’s Best Picture being taken away, but was graciously diplomatic about the jarring mistake that turned Hollywood’s biggest night into a controversial one.
“I f**king love Moonlight. God, I love Moonlight so much. I am so excited for Moonlight,” the 28-year-old said. “And of course, it was an amazing thing to hear La La Land. I think we all would have loved to win Best Picture, but we are so excited for Moonlight. I think it is one of the best films of all time, so I was pretty beside myself.”
Beatty explained onstage that the mishap happened because he and Dunaway were handed the wrong envelope. Instead of the Best Picture envelope, they were given Best Actress. “I opened the envelope and it said Emma Stone, La La Land,” he said. “That’s why I looked at Faye, and at you. I wasn’t trying to be funny.”
Stone said backstage that she was still holding the winner card for her category and was confused by Beatty’s explanation.
“I also was holding my Best Actress in a Leading Role card that entire time -- I don’t mean to start stuff -- but whatever story that was, I had that card, so I am not sure what happened,” she said.
Though the La La Land crew was forced to leave the stage and give back their Oscars, after they were already deep into their acceptance speeches, Stone admitted they're still wrapping their heads around what happened.
“I think everyone is in a state of confusion still -- excitement but confusion,” Stone said of the atmosphere afterward, before doubling down on her admiration for Moonlight. “I think everyone is just so excited for Moonlight. It is such an incredible film.”
Stone’s stunned reaction moments before the Oscars admitted that they had crowned the wrong Best Picture winner was shared all over the internet.
Director Damien Chazelle had a look of sheer horror onstage.
"It was a difficult situation, there's no doubt about that," Horowitz told ET on the red carpet of the post-Oscars Governors Ball. "But listen, things get thrown at you and you've got to kind of roll with it. And as I said, I was deeply happy to be able to give it to those guys. It really … I don't know. It's shocking, and I'm at a little bit of a loss for words."
For more on Stone's rapport with La La Land co-star Ryan Gosling, watch the video below.