'Moonlight' Is Best Picture at Oscars After Faye Dunaway Mistakenly Calls 'La La Land' Winner
By Meredith B. Kile
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Don’t believe the hype.
After watching La La Land dominate the musical and directorial categories at Sunday’s Oscars -- and even take the stage as the night's winner -- Moonlight took home the Academy’s top award, winning Best Picture over the odds-on favorite.
Director Barry Jenkins, who also won Best Adapted Screenplay earlier in the night for the Moonlight script, which was based on co-writer Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play, In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, accepted the award for the film -- after presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway mistakenly announced La La Land as the winner -- and was joined onstage by the film’s cast.
"Very clearly, even in my dreams, this could not be true," Jenkins told the astonished crowd. "But to hell with dreams, 'cause this is true. Oh my goodness."
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Moonlight, which tells the story of a young black man growing up in the slums of Miami, garnered an impressive eight nominations at this year’s Oscars, ultimately walking away with three wins, including the biggest -- and most controversial -- of the night.
Earlier in the night, ET spoke with the three actors who play the movie’s protagonist, Chiron -- 12-year-old Alex R. Hibbert, 21-year-old Ashton Sanders and 27-year-old Trevante Rhodes -- on the red carpet, where they marveled about their “surreal” awards season run.