Who is Jordan Horowitz, the 'gentleman' producer who cleaned up the Moonlight/La La Land mess?

Ben Arnold
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Class act?… Jordan Horowitz takes charge after Best Picture gaffe – Credit: Getty
Class act?… Jordan Horowitz takes charge after Best Picture gaffe – Credit: Getty

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.”

(Credit: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
(Credit: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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:

And many have agreed with him…

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.

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.

(Credit: Reuters)
(Credit: Reuters)

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.

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