We all know that each year most of us look forward to seeing who is graciously honored with an Oscar award. But no one was prepared for this past Oscars experience that went array. Feb. 26 millions of viewers at home and at the event watched the Oscars have the worst fail in 88 years. When it was time to read best picture we all watched as Warren Beatty looked so puzzled at the paper that he had reached out of the envelope, only to then hand it to Faye Dunaway in confusion and she would be the one to announce that “La La Land” had won best picture. But moments later we learned that, that was not the case at all. The viewers would shortly learn that presenters had gotten the wrong envelope and that “Moonlight” had won for best picture.
Warren then explains to the crowd, “I want to tell you what happened. I opened the envelope. 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.”
In all the mix up David Oyelowo had this to say at the post-Oscars Governor’s Ball. “That was a tough way to find that you lost and a tough way to find out that you won. No one could really celebrate as fully as they would like but I’m elated for the Moonlight cast and I feel badly for the La La Land folks.”
Social media on the other hand, was flooding with different celebrities and other people flooding the web with jokes and other commentary. But if no one is familiar with the post that Miss Universe posted it was in reference to the 2015 incident where host Steve Harvey announced that Miss Colombia was the winner, when it was actually Miss Philippines.
After a small rush on stage happened, the real winner was shown as proof that “Moonlight” was in fact the winner of Best Picture.
The Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) took “full responsibility” along with “breaches of established protocols.” Monday a statement was released that Brian Cullinan a managing partner had mistakenly handed the back-up envelope for the Actress in a Leading Role instead of the Best Picture envelope. PwC went on to say “Once the error occurred, protocols for correcting it were not followed through quickly enough by Mr. Cullinan or his partner…For the past 83 years, the Academy has entrusted PwC with the integrity of the awards process during the ceremony, and last night we failed the Academy.”
Along with the PricewaterhouseCoopers making a statement that Monday evening the Academy also made a statement. The apology went on to say “to the entire cast and crew of ‘La La Land’ and ‘Moonlight’ whose experience was profoundly altered by [the] error.” the Academy said “We have spent last night and today investigating the circumstances, and will determine what actions are appropriate going forward. We are unwaveringly committed to upholding the integrity of the Oscars and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.”
This year’s Oscar fail will be one for the books that no one who watched will ever forget. And for all of the years to come just means that there might be a more strict way of handing out the cards and more practice on making sure that this never happens again.