Faye Dunaway, Warren Beatty fought over who would announce Best Picture victor

Carla Harmon
March 2, 2017

The accountants responsible for the blunder that caused Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway to mistakenly announce "La La Land" for best picture instead of "Moonlight" on Sunday won't be working the Academy Awards again. It was about making sure that Moonlight got the recognition it really deserves. "I feel it would be more appropriate for the president of the Academy, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, to publicly clarify what happened as soon as possible", said Beatty. After the statues were distributed to the cast and producers on stage, they corrected the embarrassing mistake.

PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting group in charge of the ballots, later issued an apology for the incident.

Horowitz could have slunk away to stew about the embarrassing turn of events, but instead, he snatched the envelope declaring "Moonlight"'s victory and took it upon himself to reveal the true victor.

". Now so we have the producers of two movies on stage".


"The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and, when discovered, was immediately corrected", it said in a statement.

The presenters for the final award - Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, Bonnie and Clyde stars - were incorrectly given the best actress award envelope. "I've watched the Academy Awards before and have never seen that happen".

And you felt disappointed for Jenkins and his Moonlight team because their triumph was upstaged by all the confusion. "Best Actress Emma Stone backstage!" the tweet read. "I thought, 'This is very unusual because it says best actress on the card.' And I felt that maybe there was some sort of misprint". Remember a year ago when it seemed like the Oscars were racist? "That's gone, thanks to him", said host Jimmy Kimmel in his monologue.

Perhaps the best and most heart wrenching speech of the evening was from Viola Davis for her win as Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Fences".


This is the third straight year of declining viewership for the show and the ratings hit is a significant one: In the last three years, the Oscars have shed more than 10 million viewers.

This awards season, the popping of champagne corks has been muted by the tense political situation in the United States.

There was unmistakable power in the absence of Foreign Film victor Asghar Farhadi (The Salesman, pictured right), whose victory over putative favourite Toni Erdmann may well have constituted a protest vote from a community aghast at the Trump administration's ban on multiple Muslim countries, including Farhadi's native Iran. Kimmel made mention of Trump's retort that Meryl Streep was "highly overrated" by recalling her record 20 nominations, and urging everyone to offer her a standing ovation.


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