Moonlight Won, Not La La Land


Valerie Arevalos, Arts and Entertainment Editor

Marking the official 50th anniversary of the release of “Bonnie and Clyde,”  protagonists Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were given the honor of announcing the Best Picture award at the 2017 Oscars on Sunday Feb. 26.

The nominees for Best Picture included: Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, La La Land, Lion, Manchester by the Sea, and Moonlight.

An uprising of complaints and praises flooded Twitter when Beatty and Dunaway mistakenly called out “La La Land” as Best Picture.

Confusion flooded amongst the crowd and audience as the Academy staff appeared, delivering a different red envelope.

La La Land producer, Jordan Horowitz, quickly took the new envelope from Warren’s hand before stating, “there’s been a mistake. Moonlight, you guys won,” reported Bazaar Magazine.

According to CNN, Beatty had received an envelope stating only Emma Stone’s name (which explains his brief hesitation to speak), before Dunaway took the envelope and called out “La La Land.”

Unfortunately, 2017 was not nearly as smooth as everyone was hoping it to be. One article by Lifezette Magazine titled the situation as the “Biggest Mistake in Oscar History.”

The Oscars’ official page posted an apology for the mistake on Monday, Feb. 27, thanking and expressing their appreciation for “the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation.”