The accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has been handling Oscar votes for over 80 years without any problems. According to Forbes, there are two people who know the winners before the envelope is opened. A confused Beatty saw Emma Stone’s name and “La La Land”, and handed the envelope to Dunaway, who then announced the musical as the Best Picture victor.
Stage manager Gary Natoli then approached Beatty. However Stone says she had the card from her win.
The cast and crew celebrated and made their way to the stage.
The two people in charge of holding on to the envelopes and their secrets are PwC partners, Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz.
In a fresh statement the Academy said it “regrets the mistake” and recognises that the experiences of those from both films were “profoundly altered by this error”.
PwC wrote in its own statement that several mistakes were made and two of its partners assigned to the show did not act quickly enough when “La La Land” was mistakenly announced as the best picture victor.
The cast and crew of Moonlight accept the award for best picture. “Come on!” Beatty handed the envelope to Dunaway, who announced La La Land!
WATCH: “Moonlight” or “La La Land”? Guys, this is very unfortunate what happened. News, in which he said everything on stage “happened really fast”. Presenter Warren Beatty and host Jimmy Kimmel look on from right.
As for how Beatty and Dunaway got the wrong envelop in the first place, that, my friends, remains a mystery. “I wasn’t trying to be amusing”, he added.
Shot in just 25 days for less than $5 million, the film also won the Golden Globe for Best Picture-Drama.
La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz showed the correct card that read Moonlight. Dunaway, “made quite a getaway”, Kimmel said, leaving immediately after the show.
During his acceptance speech, Jenkins said that he would work over the next four years to inspire people who feel they are not represented in Hollywood. So whatever the story. I wanted to see the card, to see the card. “And then I remember, oh I’m the host”. Thankfully, we now know it wasn’t all her fault, but questions around what exactly happened are still being raised.
Almost 24 hours after the snafu, Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel broke his silence on the shocking moment with a few words on his show, Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Several reports suggested that two sets of envelopes are typically on site during the ceremony – one on either side of the stage.