After 83 years of keeping the winners a secret until the envelope’s are opened and read aloud, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, handed presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway the envelope containing the winner of the Best Picture award… or so they thought.
After some hesitation Beatty handed the card to Dunaway who announced that “La La Land” was the winner. Moments later, as the La La Land cast were onstage accepting the Oscars, it was learned that “Moonlighting” was actually the winner.
The fiasco is currently under investigation, but trending on social media is #envelopegate.
Here are some morning headlines, and in case you missed it, or want to replay it, the controversial ending from last night.
Reuters: ‘Moonlight’ upsets ‘La La Land’ for top Oscar after major gaffe
African-American coming-of-age tale “Moonlight” won the Oscar for best picture on Sunday on a big night for Hollywood diversity that was overshadowed by an embarrassing onstage gaffe over the top award. In a mishap that caused uproar and confusion, presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway initially announced that romantic musical “La La Land”, the presumed favorite for best picture, had won. As the casts of both films stood awkwardly on stage, Beatty explained he had been given the wrong envelope to open.
USA Today: Here’s how the worst flub in Oscar history went down
Oscar got it wrong, wrong, soooo wrong. The presenters announced the wrong Best Picture; Moonlight was the winner, not La La Land. It was the biggest, most embarrassing, most awkward mistake in the history of the Academy Awards, played out before an audience of millions watching on TV and a theater full of stars standing, stunned, mouths agape, as a chaotic scene unfolded on stage at the Dolby Theater after midnight ET.
CNBC: And the Oscar loser is…PwC apologizes for its role in best picture drama
U.K. accountancy firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has apologized for its role in Sunday night’s Academy Awards drama which saw Faye Dunaway mistakenly announce “La La Land” as the winner of the best picture Oscar rather than the actual winner, “Moonlight”. “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 PwC’s apology, hastily issued shortly after the fiasco unfolded.
LA Times: The card that changed everything at the 89th Oscars
“La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz holds up the winner’s card to the audience, revealing that it was “Moonlight” and not the mistakenly announced “La La Land.” “This is not a joke, ‘Moonlight’ has won best picture, ” Horowitz said. “‘Moonlight.’ Best picture.”