The 89th Academy Awards will likely be remembered not for the night’s big winners, but for a shocking mistake, after presenter Faye Dunaway was handed the wrong envelope which led her to declare “La La Land” the best picture Oscar that should have gone to “Moonlight” instead.
Moonlight, which stars Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders and Alex Hibbert, explores the life of an African-American boy at different ages – portraying his struggle to reconcile his sexuality and identity.
According to Oscars officials, Price Waterhouse Coopers gave presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway the wrong envelope.
“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,” the firm said in a statement. “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.”
Mahershala Ali took home the first award of the night for best supporting actor for his role in ‘Moonlight’ and thanked his teachers and professors as he teared up during his speech.
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