The casts of hit movies La La Land and Moonlight have spoken out about the awkward Oscar mixup that saw the wrong movie being awarded for ‘Best Picture’.

Live on stage at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, February 26, the award presenters for ‘Best Picture’ – Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway – hesitantly read out that La La Land had scooped the win.

But just as Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling and the other La La Land cast members, including producer Fred Berger, took to the stage to give their acceptance speeches, it soon became apparent that there had been a mix up and it was in fact Moonlight that had won.

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As the cast of the musical hit filtered quietly off the stage, the real winners stepped up to have their moment and Moonlight director Barry Jenkins gave his much-deserved speech.

While it isn’t entirely clear what happened, it is believed that there were two cards for ‘Best Actress’, one that had mistakenly been handed to presenter Warren Beatty instead of the ‘Best Picture’ card.

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Jenkins revealed backstage after the blunder occurred,

Things just happen, you know. I will say I saw two cards, and so … things happen. I wanted to see the card, to see the card, and Warren refused to show the card to anybody before he showed it to me. And so he did. He came upstairs and he walked over to me and he showed the card.

He continued,

The card was for the Best Actress category and said, “Emma Stone: La La Land”

Stone, the leading star in the musical film, reacted backstage to the shocking event that had just unfolded on the Oscar’s podium:

Of course, it was an amazing thing to hear La La Land. I think we all would have loved to win Best Picture. But we are so excited for Moonlight. I think it’s one of the best films of all time. So I was pretty beside myself.

She also went on to possibly confirm that there were indeed two ‘Best Actress’ cards,

I also was holding my Best Actress in a Leading Role card that entire time. So whatever story … I don’t mean to start stuff, but whatever story that was, I had that card. So I’m not sure that happened.


Mahershala Ali, who won the gong for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Moonlight, admitted that he began to get worried when he could see La La Land‘s acceptance speech being interrupted on stage.

It threw me more than a bit. I didn’t want to go take something away from someone. I feel very fortunate to have us all walk away with Best Picture. It’s very remarkable.

Watch the moment when it was revealed Moonlight had won below: