La La Land Producer Opens Up About Mortifying Oscars Moment
Yesterday the whole world stood still when it was realised that La La Land has been announced as ‘Best Picture’ at the Oscars, and the film’s crew took the stage, and ever so slowly it was realised that something was wrong.
It wasn’t until La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz realised something was very wrong, that things were rectified.
It was then, that the crew of La La Land, after their heartfelt speeches were informed, live on stage, in front of an audience of billions, that there had been a huge error. Moonlight was the real winner.
Humbled. And once again: congrats to Moonlight. A truly beautiful picture made by some even more beautiful people. https://t.co/sOP1K0EiwW— Jordan Horowitz (@jehorowitz) February 27, 2017
“Guys in headsets starting buzzing around. They took the envelope I had. It said ‘Emma Stone, La La Land’ on it. It was clear there was something wrong,” he told The Hollywood Reporter after the mix-up that dominated the ceremony.
“They started looking for the best picture envelope. Nobody knew where it was. Then it appeared. They opened it next to me and it said ‘Moonlight.’ And so I grabbed it. I had to fix the situation.”
Horowitz has received praise for how he handled the situation, saying: “Look, we won six Oscars. The picture’s been a critical success, a financial success,” he said.
“It’s been a wild ride and it ended in spectacular fashion.” Moonlight filmmaker Barry Jenkins also tweeted “much respect” to the man who handed over the Oscar to him. “
I felt a million different things, but I did realize that whatever Jordan was going to say was going to be the truth because he looked over and I just wanted to hug him,” he said.
Jordan Horowitz. Wow. I'm slipping slowly into reflection, perspective. Much respect to that dude— Barry Jenkins (@BandryBarry) February 27, 2017
Best actor winner Mahershala Ali said he was thrown by the moment, which made it difficult to enjoy.
“I didn’t want to go up there and take anything from somebody. It’s very hard to feel joy in a moment like that,” though he added, “I feel very fortunate for all of us to have walked away with the best picture award. It’s pretty remarkable.”
So, what actually went wrong?!
Accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has issued a statement apologising to the actors, producers, presenters and viewers for the mistake.
“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,” the company said.
“We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation.”
It’s thought that the envelope Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty were given read, ‘Emma Stone, La La Land’ and even though an actor’s name was on the card, they went with the movie part of the card, rightfully assuming a typo.
It wasn’t until later it was realised a second ‘Best Picture’ card existed.