Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty named La La Land as the year’s best picture at the end of the 2017 broadcast only to be corrected a few minutes later.
“Guys, guys, I’m sorry. No. There’s a mistake. This is not a joke. Moonlight has won Best Picture,” La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz said, amid audible gasps from the audience. The producer even held up the card announcing the winner to show he was serious.
Two months after the fiasco, Dunaway said, “Beatty took the card out, and he didn’t say anything. He paused, he looked over me, off-stage, he looked around, and I finally said, ‘You’re impossible.’ I thought he was joking! A dramatic pause.”
Two PricewaterhouseCoopers accountants were later found to be responsible for incorrectly handing the presenters the wrong envelope, which was a duplicate envelope for the best actress award, which had earlier been won by Emma Stone for La La Land.