It may have been one of the biggest awards blunders in Oscar history. The Best Picture award announced the wrong winner. It didn’t take long for the confusion to be noticed as stagehand went on stage to inform the producers of La La Land that Moonlight was the actual winner. It was unfortunate for both producing teams. La La Land began their acceptance speech only to be told they lost. It also took the moment away from Moonlight.
After La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz learned that they were not the legitimate winner, he took over the mic and said “I’m sorry, no, there’s been a mistake. Moonlight, you guys won Best Picture. This is not a joke. Come up here.” He grabbed the card and held it so that the audience could see that Moonlight was in fact the winner.
This was the first time in Oscar history that a losing nominee announced the winner of their own category. Maybe this could be a thing? Horowitz handled it gracefully and remained calm. Jimmy Kimmel did a great job keeping things in line and allowing Warren Beatty to explain what happened. He had the card for Best Actress and knew that it was not correct. He went to show Faye Dunaway that it was wrong, but she went ahead and announced La La Land as the winner. It turns out that they print two card, one for each side of the stage. Beatty was inadvertently given the wrong card.