In a surprising end to the Oscars telecast, the wrong film was initially announced as the Best Picture winner.
At the 89th annual Academy Awards, presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway incorrectly announced La La Land as the night’s Best Picture winner. The film’s cast and crew gave an acceptance speech but stopped midway through to reveal that Moonlight, and not the Damien Chazelle-directed musical had won Best Picture.
La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz announced Moonlight’s win and handed off the Oscar to director Barry Jenkins and the rest of the Moonlight cast and crew.
Beatty took a moment in between the two speeches to say he and Dunaway were given a card that had Emma Stone’s name, as well as La La Land’s title on it. In their confusion, they announced that film as the winner. As spotted by Reddit and Neil Patrick Harris, the card in Beatty’s hand clearly reads “Actress in a Leading Role,” though backstage Emma Stone told reporters she was holding the card with her name announcing her as the Best Actress winner the entire time.