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#Oscars2017 Confusion: 'La La Land' Almost Won Best Picture But 'Moonlight' Bags Award

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The Oscars just got Steve Harvey'd.

It was chaos on stage Sunday night at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty apparently handed the Best Picture award to the wrong film: La La Land.

But Barry Jenkins' Moonlight won over Damien Chazelle's musical. The entire scene was nothing short of embarrassing.

What Exactly Happened?

After the winner was announced, the cast of La La Land got up on stage, and producers Jordan Horowitz and Marc Platt made their speech, but fellow producer Fred Berger got cut off in the middle of his.

In the background, one could see the commotion, with Beatty telling the producers that there had been a mix-up.

"There's been a mistake," Horowitz said. "Moonlight, you guys won Best Picture." There was complete disbelief.

"This is not a joke, I'm afraid they read the wrong thing," Platt followed up.

Horowitz pulled up the card and showed it on camera to confirm that Moonlight had indeed won.

Beatty stepped up to explain 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," he said. "I wasn't trying to be funny."

PwC, the accounting firm that handled last night's Oscars, apologized for the embarrassing mix-up.

"The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when we discovered, we immediately corrected," the firm said in a statement. "We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred."

In a Feb. 25 interview with MarketWatch, PwC accountants Brian Cullinan and Martha L. Ruiz who handled the Oscars voting and counting process had explained how they keep the results secure.

"From a security perspective, we double up everything. That's why there's two of us. We have two briefcases that are identical, and we have two entire sets of winning envelopes," said Cullinan. "Martha carries one of those briefcases; I carry the other. We go to the show separately with police escorts."

But Emma Stone, who won Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in La La Land, said she was holding her win card "the 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 what happened," said Stone.

Complete List Of Oscars 2017 Winners

Mahershala Ali
Moonlight
Actor In A Supporting Role

Viola Davis
Fences
Actress In A Supporting Role

Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini, Christopher Nelson
Suicide Squad
Makeup and Hairstyling

Colleen Atwood
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
Costume Design

David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco
La La Land
Production Design

The Salesman (Iran)
Directed by Asghar Farhadi
Foreign Language Film

Zootopia
Byron Howard, Clark Spencer, Rich Moore
Animated Feature Film

Piper
Alan Barillaro, Marc Sondheimer
Short Film (Animated)

Sing
Kristof Deák, Anna Udvardy
Short Film (Live-Action)

O.J.: Made in America
Ezra Edelman, Caroline Waterlow
Documentary (Feature)

The Jungle Book
Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones, Dan Lemmon
Visual Effects

"City Of Stars"
La La Land
Music (Original Song)

Justin Hurwitz
La La Land
Music (Original Score)

Sylvain Bellemare
Arrival
Sound Editing

Hacksaw Ridge
Kevin O'Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie, Peter Grace
Sound Mixing

Linus Sandgren
La La Land
Cinematography

John Gilbert
Hacksaw Ridge
Film Editing

Damien Chazelle
La La Land
Directing

Kenneth Lonergan
Manchester by the Sea
Original Screenplay

Screenplay by Barry Jenkins; Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney
Moonlight
Adapted Screenplay

Casey Affleck
Manchester by the Sea
Actor in a Leading Role

Emma Stone
La La Land
Actress in a Leading Role

Moonlight
Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner
Best Picture

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