PricewaterhouseCoopers apologizes for Oscars Best Picture mix-up
The 89th Oscars came to a stunning end last night when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced that La La Land had won Best Picture. The cast of the crew had come on stage to accept the award, but it was then made clear that Beatty and Dunaway had read opened the wrong envelope and Moonlight was the actual winner. When announcing the winner, Beatty appeared to be stalling, but when he showed Dunaway the envelope, she went ahead and said La La Land. It turns out that they had been handed an envelope for the Best Actress Oscar, which Emma Stone won earlier for La La Land.
What is not clear is how Beatty and Dunaway could have been handed the wrong envelope, especially when Emma Stone said she had her winning envelope in her hand at the time. PricewaterhouseCoopers, which has overseen the Academy’s ballot-counting for 83 years, released this statement:
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. The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred.
We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation.
In past years, PricewaterhouseCoopers has provided two winners’ enveloped for either side of the stage, so there might have been a mix-up there, but we’re not sure yet.
If you didn’t get a chance to watch the telecast, you can view the full list of winners by clicking here. You can also view photos from the red carpet in the gallery below.
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