If you missed the Best Picture mixup during the Oscars this year, you’ve probably heard about it by now, because everyone lost their minds when the producers of La La Land had to hand their golden statues over to the makers of Moonlight. The confusion centered around a card handed over to announcers Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, which was a second copy of the Best Actress category. The card read “Emma Stone,” who won an Academy Award that night, and then below her name it said, “La La Land.”
Warren seemed somewhat confused, shoving the card towards Faye, who boldly read the movie title aloud. In an interview on NBC’s Nightly News, Faye explained what happened.
"He took the card out and he didn't say anything. He paused, he looked over me, offstage, he looked around and I finally said, 'You're impossible!’" said Faye. "I thought he was joking. I thought he was stalling. Warren's like that, he kind of holds the power — a dramatic pause."
Faye revealed she felt "very guilty" and wondered, "Why didn't I see Emma Stone's name on top of the card?”
We all see what we expect to see, apparently. Most thought the more generic crowdpleaser about people chasing their dreams in LA would take home the win. Moonlight surprised everyone, in more ways than one.