Warren Beatty announced the WRONG Best Picture winner at the Oscars

Gregory Wakeman
Contributor

You had one job, Warren. One job.

The 89th Academy Awards was plunged in chaos right at the end of the ceremony on Sunday night when Warren Beatty announced the Best Picture winner as ‘La La Land’, when it was actually ‘Moonlight’.

What made it even more excruciating was that the ‘La La Land team’ were already half-way through their speeches when the mistake was realised, which meant that they all then had to leave the stage and be replaced by those that made ‘Moonlight’.

Oscars 2017 (Credit: ABC)

Warren Beatty, who read out the winner of the Best Picture gong alongside Faye Dunaway to mark the fiftieth anniversary of ‘Bonnie And Clyde’, came back on stage to explain that the envelope he had opened actually had Emma Stone’s name on it.

You can check out the moment when the mistake was realised by watching the clip below.


It meant that ‘Moonlight’ ended the night with three Academy Awards, behind ‘La La Land’s’ six, while ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ and ‘Manchester By The Sea’ ended with two gongs. It also means that Warren Beatty won’t be invited back to host the Academy Awards anytime soon, too.

After the show Beatty said: “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.”

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