The incorrect announcement that La La Land had won the top honour at the 89th Academy Awards shocked millions of people around the world on Monday, with numerous viewers labelling the incident the “most awkward” blunder in Oscars history.
The presenters for Best Picture, Hollywood veterans Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, read out the wrong winner while addressing the star-studded crowd at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Dunaway declared La La Land the winner, when in fact Moonlight had snapped up Best Picture. Co-presenter Beatty had to awkwardly return to the stage to correct the mistake during the middle of La La Land’s acceptance speech.
“I opened the envelope,” he said. “And it said Emma Stone, La La Land. That’s why I took such a long look at Faye and at you. I wasn’t trying to be funny.”
La La Land’s producer Jordan Horowitz held aloft the correct award slip for the cameras to prove that Moonlight had indeed won.
“This is not a joke,” he said. “Moonlight has won best picture.”
He and his team then hurriedly left the stage.
The blunder was broadcast live to millions of viewers around the world, with many taking to social media to brand the mishap the “most awkward” Oscars blunder of all time.