Mix-up at the Oscars


Staff writer


On the night of February 26, 2017 the 89th Annual Oscar Awards Ceremony took place. The last award was Best Picture. Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty were the announcers for Best Picture and Beatty had the envelope. He pauses before he announced the winner and looks at the envelope in confusion. He sees if anything else was in the envelope and the audience laughs thinking this was a joke. Beatty showed Dunaway, and she announced La La Land as the winner.


The cast and crew of La La Land came up and accepted the award. A minute into La La Land acceptance speech, the crew of the Oscars were in the background looking at the envelope. Fred Berger, the producer for La La Land, came to the mic and gave his acceptance speech. Halfway through, he said “We lost by the way”. Moonlight was the real winner. The card was held up showing Moonlight won best picture. Jimmy Kimmel, the host of the Oscars, made a joke saying he blames Steve Harvey. Steve Harvey was the host who announced the wrong Miss Universe. Beatty explained what happened. He said the card had Best Actress Emma Stone. La La Land was on underneath Emma Stone’s name.
The winners always take their envelopes. Emma Stone had her envelope. It was best actress that Beatty had. However, Emma Stone had her envelope for best actress. There are always two envelopes printed; one envelope for each side of the stage. The ballots for the winners are held by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Martha L. Ruiz and Brian Cullinan are the only two members who know the winners. On Monday PwC apologized. Tim Rany, US chairman and partner of PwC told US Today, “At the end of the day, we made a human error”.

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