Oscars mistake: Moonlight wins best picture after announcement mix-up


America : Moonlight has won best picture at the Oscars – but only after Faye Dunaway initially announced La La Land had won.

Dunaway’s co-presenter Warren Beatty said “Emma Stone, La La Land” had been written in the envelope he was given.

The team from La La Land were in the middle of their acceptance speeches when the mistake was discovered.

Moonlight director Barry Jenkins said: “I don’t think my life could be changed any more dramatically than it has in the last 20 or 30 minutes.”

His coming-of-age film about a young gay black man also won adapted screenplay and best supporting actor.

“And I have to say, and it is true, it’s not fake, we’ve been on the road with these guys (from La La Land) for so long and that was so gracious, so generous of them, my love to La La Land, my love to everybody, man.”

La La Land won six Oscars including best actress for Emma Stone. Damien Chazelle, director of La La Land, became the youngest filmmaker to win a best director Oscar, at the age of 32.

Stone, who won the coveted best actress prize, said backstage: “I’m so excited for Moonlight. Of course it was an amazing thing to hear La La Land and I would love to win best picture. But we are so excited for Moonlight. I think it is one of the best films of all time.

“Is that the craziest Oscar moment of all time? Cool! It’s going to be history.”

Host Jimmy Kimmel said after the show that Beatty had been given the wrong envelope.