When all around were losing their heads last night, it fell to Jordan Horowitz to take the reigns and make sure the Oscar for Best Picture went to the right people.
The 36-year-old producer of ‘La La Land’ took to the microphone and clarified that his movie had not won the gong, but ‘Moonlight’ had, contrary to the announcement by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.
“Guys, guys, no, I’m sorry there’s a mistake,” he said.
“Moonlight, you guys won Best Picture.”
The manner in which the New Yorker, whose previous movies included the Oscar-nominated ‘The Kids Are Alright’ and the comedy ‘Are You Here’, conducted himself in extraordinary circumstances – Beatty, it’s transpired, was handed the envelope for Best Actress by accident – has been praised most notably by ‘Moonlight’s director Barry Jenkins.
He took to Twitter to say:
Jordan Horowitz. Wow. I'm slipping slowly into reflection, perspective. Much respect to that dude
— Barry Jenkins (@BandryBarry) February 27, 2017
And many have agreed with him…
Not to be overlooked — @jehorowitz just handled a complete train wreck with dignity and grace on the biggest stage in the world.
— Seth Grahame-Smith (@sethgs) February 27, 2017
I give one of the producers of "La La Land", Jordan Horowitz, mad props for having good sportsmanship after the mix up ???????? #Oscars
— Obama Out (@Crazy_Mofoo) February 27, 2017
The La La Land producer who had to announce that Moonlight won best Picture is Jordan Horowitz. What a gentleman.
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) February 27, 2017
— Cameron Bailey (@cameron_tiff) February 27, 2017
Huge shoutout to the lovely @jehorowitz, producer of La La Land, for correcting that guff with grace.
— Alicia Malone (@aliciamalone) February 27, 2017
But though he probably had every right to be angry – actually, make that bloody furious – at the time, some seemed to think he was disrespectful towards Warren Beatty, snatching the correct envelope from his hands.
— Sharon Messina (@DJSharon) February 27, 2017
Perhaps he just wanted to make a decisive point and get the whole mess over with quickly. We’re sure Warren likely wanted to be off stage quick smart too.
In the meantime, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accountancy company tasked with that side of the organisation of the awards show, has admitted its culpability for the blunder.
“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,” read a statement read.
“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.”
Whatever the case, along with Dunaway and Beatty, Jordan was one of the key figures in the 2017 Oscars, for better or worse.