On Sunday night, the 89th Academy Awards were held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. The night was full of memorable moments, from host Jimmy Kimmel’s teasing of Matt Damon, Viola Davis and Mahershala Ali’s important Oscar wins, to several political statements throughout the night.
But perhaps the most unforgettable moment came right at the tail end of the ceremony when “La La Land” was mistakenly named Best Picture instead of the real winner, “Moonlight.” Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway took the stage to open the Best Picture envelope and read off the film’s name, during which Beatty seemed to pause for comic effect before announcing, “La La Land.” The “La La Land” crew took the stage to accept the award and even started giving speeches before the mistake was realized. “La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz went up to the mic and said, “You guys, I’m sorry, no. There’s a mistake. ‘Moonlight,’ you guys won Best Picture.” After a few moments, the “Moonlight” cast and crew ascended the stage where they exchanged hugs and words with the “La La Land” team. Beatty chimed in later: “I want to tell you what happened. I opened the envelope and it said, ‘Emma Stone, La La Land.’ That’s why I took such a long look at Faye, and at you. I wasn’t trying to be funny.”
Watch the entire awkward moment below.
Celebrities who tuned in to watch the ceremony reacted with shock and cracked jokes at the Best Picture flub on Twitter. THE WANNA has gathered the best celeb reactions below.
Amazing ending. Wish that had happened on Election Day.— Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) February 27, 2017
I'm also very sad for the MOONLIGHT crew. I wish that they had the full experience of winning best pic without the awkwardness of it all.— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) February 27, 2017
Can we check Best Actor again— B.J. Novak (@bjnovak) February 27, 2017
He wasn't even gonna read it y'all. Warren Beatty woke af.— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) February 27, 2017
KATY HERE. I lost a bet for best picture (I wanted moonlight...— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) February 27, 2017
WHAT WAIT OMG— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) February 27, 2017
So that was wild— Chloë Grace Moretz (@ChloeGMoretz) February 27, 2017
America's next top Model is LaLa. OOPS! I meant Moon.— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) February 27, 2017
IF ANYONE FROM THE IN MEMORIUM IS STILL ALIVE PLEASE LET US KNOW— billy eichner (@billyeichner) February 27, 2017
Gee, I'm glad I stayed up! That was a first!!!!— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) February 27, 2017