There was a lot of apologizing following the 89th Academy Awards after presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were given the wrong envelope and announced that La La Land was the winner of Best Picture instead of the actual winner, Moonlight.
PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm that tallies the Oscars, issued an apology on Sunday night in regard to the flub, and explained how something like this could have happened. "We sincerely apologize 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," read a statement from PricewaterhouseCoopers. "The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected."
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The accounting firm further noted that they are looking into the matter. "We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred," the statement continued. "We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and [Oscars host] Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation."
The snafu didn't just end with the wrong movie being called out. La La Land producers were handed statuettes as they made their way onstage to accept the accolade. After a few brief words, La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz interrupted the acceptance speech to reveal there had been a major mishap. "Guys, I'm sorry, no, there's a mistake," he explained. "Moonlight, you guys won Best Picture. This is not a joke."
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Asked by Kimmel how he and Dunaway read off the wrong winner, Beatty blamed it all on an envelope. "I opened the envelope and it said, 'Emma Stone, La La Land,'" the 79-year-old actor explained. "That's why I took such a long look at Faye and then you. I wasn't trying to be funny."
However, when La La Land star Emma Stone chatted with reporters in the Oscars press room, she claimed she was holding the Best Actress in a Leading Role card that Beatty was referring to when he spoke to Kimmel. "I don't mean to start stuff," she dished, "but whatever story that was, I had that card, so I am not sure what happened."
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ET caught up with Moonlight director Barry Jenkins to get his take on the Best Picture flub. "I’ve gone through this so much: They call a name, they don’t call a name. It is what it is. You get over it. I had gotten through, like everyone else, I was applauding. I was celebrating [La La Land's] win,” he recalled. "These things happen, you know. They happen.”