Epic Oscars Mistake: Faye Dunaway, Warren Beatty Announce Wrong Best Picture Winner

La La Land Moonlight Oscar
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“Moonlight” walked away with best picture honors at the end of Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony in Hollywood.

The presenters for the final award — Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway — were incorrectly given the best actress award envelope. A confused Beatty saw Emma Stone’s name and “La La Land,” and handed the envelope to Dunaway, who then announced the musical as the Best Picture winner.

The “La La Land” cast took the stage and producers began their speeches. But they stopped midway when they realized their error.

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“There’s a mistake. ‘Moonlight’ you guys won best picture,” Jordan Horowitz said to the shocked Dolby Theater audience. “This is not a joke, come up here” the producer added. “Moonlight has won best picture.”

Beatty then returned to the microphone to explain: “I want to tell you what happened. 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.”

“Moonlight” beat out “La La Land,” “Hidden Figures,” “Manchester by the Sea,” “Arrival,” “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Hell or High Water,” “Lion,” and “Fences.”

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It was nothing less than a shock for Barry Jenkins’ intimate study of a black youth coming to terms with his homosexuality to walk away with the win: Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” had been widely tipped as the frontrunner on the strength of a dominant precursor showing and top prizes from the Golden Globes, the Producers Guild, and the Directors Guild. Notably, though, “Moonlight” scored more best film prizes from critics groups around the country, making it a formidable dark horse every step of the way.

Watch the moment unfold below:

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  1. Steve says:

    Bigotry is deviancy.

  2. Alan says:

    when Jen Lilly reterns on day will they show more of basic black

  3. jimmy zwwer says:

    ALL you idiots who said Beatty handled it perfectly are off your fuvking rocker. He saw a name and thought it was the name of a movie ? He realized it but kept his mouth shut, stupid azz.

  4. jimmy zwwer says:

    Never let a 79 year old bastard like Beatty ever give out an award. He saw the name Emma Stone, did he think that that was the name of a movie. He is such an azzhole while the Pricewaterhouse people take the fall.

  5. jimmy zwwer says:

    Beatty fucked it up plain and simple.

  6. Why does the headline say Warren Beatty announce the wrong film, when it was Faye Dunaway? On this article it lists both Beatty and Dunaway as the announcers with Beatty listed first, but on the click bait it just says Warren Beatty. Dunaway made the announcement, you can google it and replay if you haven’t seen it yet.

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  10. Rick says:

    …guys….that mistake was made by F. Dunaway, she reads in a wrong way but without bad intention, Warren Beatty handled good. Beatty was looking so confused… he searchs in the envelope the real card-winner, and dunaway was thinking that warren was joking but he was waiting she noted also what really happen that in reality someone changes the envelope and the category not match with the card they get….and well, beatty keeps silence to not embarrasing dunaway after mistake and he goes as a gentleman later and made clear……he doesnt knows what says in that remote case…..kimmel try to back up to beatty but la la land producers were little angry and confusing at the moment…
    Price waterhouse and oscars producers should take the entire responsability for that steve harvey´s moment…..

  11. fun guy says:

    Warren Beatty did a good job. It’s not his responsibility to question what’s on the card. He acted confused and no one did anything. The people in charge of the envelopes should take the heat for this.

  12. lld says:

    Mistakes happen… sometimes big mistakes. I’m glad they were able to correct it.

    • fun guy says:

      Warren Beatty handled it perfectly. He acted confused and no one stepped up. That’s all he could have done. It’s not his responsibility to question what’s on the card.

  13. kenxtc says:

    Another disaster in the award show was when they brought in all the tourists off that bus. It’s what made the show run overtime & was painful to watch. i imagine they realized that about halfway into it.

  14. Centurion says:

    I had no idea Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were so stupid.

  15. Zach C. says:

    For many years to come, future Oscar presenters will now say to each other… “Be careful! Don’t pull a Warren Beatty”.

  16. Ashley West says:

    Shall we go with the Russians again?

  17. kenxtc says:

    “Do any of you out there really think Hollywood was going to let a picture about a couple of straight white folks win the Best Picture award over all those films celebrating diversity or some such sh!t?”

    The Academy did what they’ve done before: give the real best picture the majority of the major Oscars, and give the award for best picture to the PC favorite. Most likely everyone associated with Moonlight will be employed in motion pictures production for life. One of the few movies i saw last year was Fences. I admire Denzel very much, but knew it couldn’t win best picture, because it was a film of the play and not a movie, which could’ve been so much more. I thought the acceptance speech for Best Actress (recipient of which i expected) was way over the top, acting, and my friend & i were groaning by the time it was 1/4 finished.

  18. Wayne says:

    Pesky Russians are everywhere.

  19. Bunson says:

    How can they NOT know who the winner is before presenting the award? It wasn’t decided one second before the envelope was handed to the presenters. Opening the envelope is a show bidnez trick to build the excitement. They HAVE to know who won, otherwise they look like IDIOTS. They have only One thing to do correctly and they screw it up.

  20. frank Detrixhe says:

    How old IS that guy?

    • kenxtc says:

      In 1967 when Bonnie & Clyde came out the brother of Shirley MacClain (sp?) was considered one of the most handsome men in the world, which he capitalized on in the bedroom. He auditioned for the part of the brother in East of Eden, and the film of him with James Dean is pretty funny.

  21. incog99 says:

    I think the Russians switched the envelope at the Oscars.

  22. Mike says:

    I think for next year lets follow the liberal thinking and give everyone an Oscar. That way every category nominated wins, there are no top winners, let’s be fair to all. Everyone gets a participation award…

  23. Richard Davidson says:

    It was WikiLeaks….No, no, it was Comey and the FBI…No, no, it was the Putin and the Russians …No, no, it was Trump and the Republicans….Can’t make stuff like this up my fellow Americans…and these morons want us to let them lead our Country?

  24. Mike says:

    Jimmy, you were awful, I had to turn on a Netflix movie it was so boring.

  25. T Sullivan says:

    Worst Oscars EVER!!!!! Letterman did a better job than Jimmy K.

  26. Servite Omak says:

    unexpected???????? seriously????? it was the most PC pick in history, if a gay, black, poor person movie didn’t win the theatres’ liberal nutjobs would have drawn and quartered the academy voters.

  27. Way to go Hollyweird. That Is KARMA for dumping on President TRUMP so dang much.

  28. iratenate says:

    “Let’s not invite Phil Donahue back next year…”

  29. gessiewtf says:

    Those Price and Warerhouse top secret accountants need to take several seats.

  30. WagTheDog says:

    They’re only human! We dogs know all about THAT!

  31. Here are the wizards of smart. These people want you to listen to them for political advise! The collective IQ of the room is in the single digits.

  32. The Russians hacked the Oscars

    • It wasn’t just the Russians! It was Vlademur Pootin who personally hacked the Academy Awards! He did it from that Russian ship off the coast of Connecticut. And he did it in cahoots with Donald Trump.

  33. Ken Valley says:

    Way to go Liberals! This is karma, for their hypocrisy and hatred toward Americans! Every award show in Hollywood is now being run by a bunch of 20-year old Marxists, who are using these ignorant celebs as their own parrot-talking robots! More and more Americans are sick of these crybaby leftists.

  34. Rod Mann says:

    Do any of you out there really think Hollywood was going to let a picture about a couple of straight white folks win the Best Picture award over all those films celebrating diversity or some such sh!t?

  35. James Bowen says:

    So many over paid stupid morons that implode at the first sign of normalcy. One thing about actors, a well trained parrot could do their job. I would never waste my time watching the Oscars and I will never spend a dime to go to the movies.

  36. Greg says:

    Hey La La Land: If you like your Oscar, you can keep your Oscar. LMAO

  37. Cam Herrick says:

    Hollywood spent the first three hours dissing the winner of the Presidential election… and the last 10 minutes dissing the winner of the Academy’s election…Classic!

    At least they’re consistent

  38. simon91956 says:

    I thought that part was great. I think they should do it for every Oscar’s night for varying categories. The “winner” is announced, the salivating “winners” come forward and start to thank everyone they’ve ever known right after making their required digs at Trump, and then…”Sorrr-eeee! Just kidding, guys. You lost. Get back to your seat…..and the real winner is….”

    Now THAT’S entertainment.

  39. Fred Mertz says:

    These are people who pretend to be other people, giving each other awards for something that matters not at all. In the grand scheme of things none of this has any value greater than a bugs bunny cartoon.
    Terms like “disaster” simply do not and can not apply. Our country has extremely screwed up priorities. Actors simply do not matter, AT ALL!!!

  40. Dave Howard says:

    How is this a DISASTER? Was someone injured? Did it get straightened out? So, why should the rest of America care?

  41. Josh M says:

    Must git moose n’ squirrel….

    The only thing that would have been better is if “Manchester by the Sea” had won and not Moonlight…can you imagine the look on Kimmel’s face had Manchester won, after his comments?

    oh well….this is just great though. I’m loving this…

    It’s interesting…if you say her name fast enough, it kinda sounds like “Fadin Away”…lol

    And is it just me, but does Carrie Fisher’s hair in The Force Awakens look eerily similar to Gary Oldman’s dracula?!?

  42. Kent San says:

    I always feel bad when smug pr*cks have a bad night. LOL

  43. biglouie15 says:

    It was the Russians – Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale – in collusion with Trump. However, saying that ain’t it karma that all these Hollywood socialists that have been ripping Trump – screwed up royally. Word is out that Jill Stein is demanding a recount.

  44. San says:

    Hollywood finally got what it deserve!!!! What goes around, comes around. Still laughing from last night.

  45. Brian Norman says:

    If the envelope for the best actress in a movie had just previously been opened and the award given, how did Beatty end up with another envelope (sealed) for the same award, and not the best picture envelope?, hmmm.

  46. LynnJune says:

    What a clown show. LOL! This was pretty pathetic.

  47. Paul Little says:

    So they hand the envelope to Beatty so he can open it and then hand the card to Duanaway. How useless is he ??

  48. David says:

    Fake news, about people with inflated egos who pretend for a living. Without an audience they don’t have much.

  49. JOsh M says:

    so hilarious. oh the irony. Hollywood makes a fool of itself.

    Dude, you had one job. ONE JOB. Announce the winnner lol this is just hilarious. And what was that mumbo jumbo Warren Beatty was saying about their goal being the same as politics, to get to the truth??? ROFLMAO

    YOu’re so vain…..(so vain)….I bet you think this blunder’s about you…don’t you…don’t you

    well you know what? it is! LOL

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