It was a big night for La La Land at the Oscars. Unfortunately, the movie’s record-setting Oscar nomination count was overshadowed by a big flub at the end of the night.
First, let’s get to the good stuff. La La Land, a film about starry-eyed dreamers trying to make it in Hollywood, is now one of the movies with the most Oscar nominations ever. The Academy gave it 14 nominations, which makes it tied with All About Eve and Titanic.
Ultimately, the movie took home six wins last night. Though it wasn’t a total sweep, it was still a hefty amount of awards.
The Big Oops
One award La La Land didn’t take home, however, was Best Picture. Sadly, the filmmakers had the biggest psych out since Steve Harvey accidentally announced the wrong Miss Universe.
Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway took the stage to announce the Oscar for best picture, the biggest award of the night. Beatty looked a little confused as he opened the envelope, but most people thought he was just hamming it up for the big reveal. He announced La La Land, and the filmmakers happily took the stage and started making speeches.
However, viewers could almost immediately tell something was up. Josh Horowitz, who produced La La Land, paused mid-speech as staff members with headsets and different envelopes drifted behind him. Horowitz then passed on the news–Beatty announced the wrong winner. Instead, Moonlight won best picture.
Horowitz very graciously said, “I’m going to be really proud to hand this to my friends from Moonlight,” before the Moonlight stars and filmmakers took the stage.
Sure, it was an awkward moment. But Horowitz and the rest of the team made their speeches and handled the whole situation with ease. Plus, the pic still took home those other six Oscars. La La Land won for Best Actress, Best Director, Best Original Music Score, Best Original Song, Best Cinematography and Best Production Design.