Oscars 2017: Moonlight wins best picture after announcement mix-up

Moonlight has won best picture at the Oscars – but only after an error saw La La Land initially declared the winner.

The La La Land producers were in the middle of their acceptance speeches when the mistake was discovered.

Price Waterhouse Cooper, the accountancy firm responsible for counting the ballots, apologised for the mix-up.

La La Land still ended up the biggest winner of the night, taking home six Oscars including a best actress award for Emma Stone.

Moonlight’s surprise best picture win took its haul to three, the low-budget film having earlier won the adapted screenplay award and a best supporting actor prize for Mahershala Ali.

Casey Affleck was named best actor for Manchester by the Sea, while Viola Davis was named best supporting actress for Fences.

Damien Chazelle, La La Land’s 32-year-old director, became the youngest film-maker to win the best director Oscar.

Acting winners

  • Casey Affleck – best actor, Manchester by the Sea
  • Emma Stone – best actress, La La Land
  • Mahershala Ali – best supporting actor, Moonlight
  • Viola Davis – best supporting actress, Fences

Yet this year’s ceremony will be remembered for its closing moments, when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway arrived on stage to announce the best picture winner.

Beatty had been mistakenly handed the previous winner’s envelope, containing a card that said Emma Stone had won best actress for La La Land.

–BBC

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