After “La La Land” was mistakenly named this year’s Academy Awards Best Picture winner, the Envelopegate scandal took over social media. Presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were given the wrong category envelope and after some hesitation, falsely stated that the movie musical had won. In reality, “Moonlight” was the winner of the coveted award.
Taking the stage, the “La La Land” team began to deliver their acceptance speech. As the news of the mistake made its way around the Dolby Theatre stage, “La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz said, “You guys, I’m sorry, no. There’s a mistake. ‘Moonlight,’ you guys won best picture.” While many wondered if it was a joke, the “Moonlight” cast and crew made their way to accept their award.
PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm responsible for the ballots and envelopes later issued a statement, apologizing and explaining that they were currently investigating the mistake. “We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation.”
— PwC US (@PwCUS) February 27, 2017
Many compared the mix-up to Steve Harvey’s infamous Miss Universe mistake in 2015 when Miss Colombia was mistakenly announced as the winner (Miss Philippines was the actual winner). Harvey tweeted Monday morning about the incident, writing, “Call me Warren Beatty. I can help you get through this!” Take a look at how others responded below:
Social Media Reacts to “La La Land” and “Moonlight” Mix-Up
Steve Harvey: no one can top what i did
— Riya sharma (@riyasharma266) February 27, 2017
— NANA JIBRIL ️ (@girlswithtoys) February 27, 2017
— PolitiDiva™️ (@realPolitiDiva) February 27, 2017
— Muscle Company (@MCtheAnomaly) February 27, 2017
— Abbi Crutchfield (@curlycomedy) February 27, 2017
— Madison Malone Kircher (@4evrmalone) February 27, 2017
— enfys nest (@kananhera) February 27, 2017
— READY FOR STARDOM (@StardomLA) February 27, 2017
What are your thoughts on the Oscar mix-up? Which film do you think should have won Best Picture? Sound off in the comments section below!