Los Angeles: Hollywood’s biggest night, the 89th Academy Awards ended on a rather dramatic note after presenter Warren Beatty wrongly announced Damien Chazelle’s musical ‘La La Land’ as the winner of the Oscar for Best Picture, and later called on stage the team of ‘Moonlight’ to accept their award.
It wasn’t until the makers of ‘La La Land’ along with the cast and crew walked up on stage to accept the award and were midway through the acceptance speech that they were interrupted by the veteran actor to announce that there was a mistake. Warren walked up to the microphone with the winner’s card in hand and displayed it to the cameras while stating that Barry Jenkins’ film ‘Moonlight’ was the in fact the winner.
This shocker came after ‘La La Land’ picked up top honours of the night which included Best Director Damien Chazelle and Best Actress in a Leading Role to Emma Stone.
However, the makers of ‘La La Land’ graciously left the stage and made way for team ‘Moonlight’ who were ecstatic about the turn of events.
Speculations are on that Beatty read out from the wrong card – it is being said that he read out from the envelope of ‘Best Actress in a Leading Role’ won by Emma Stone for ‘La La Land’. Having opened the envelope, the veteran actor was seen pondering over the name mentioned on the card. After a bit of deliberation, Beatty announced ‘La La Land’ as the winner.
Warren Beatty apologised for the error, stating that he was’t trying to be funny while a confused-looking Jimmy Kimmel too came on the stage to take stock of the situation.