Skip to content
Breaking News Alert It Could Soon Be Illegal For California Teachers To Tell Parents About Kids' Trans Confusion

Watch The Oscars Descend Into Chaos After Best Picture Mixup


The 89th Academy Awards ceremony ended with a shocking twist.


The 89th Academy Awards ceremony ended with a shocking twist. “La La Land” was mistakenly named the winner for best picture instead of “Moonlight.”

After the cast of “La La Land” took the stage to accept the award for best picture, producer Jordan Horowitz rushed to the microphone to say there had been a huge misunderstanding, and that “Moonlight” was the real winner.

“There’s a mistake,” Horowitz said. “Moonlight,’ you guys won best picture. . . This is not a joke.”

“I’m afraid they read the wrong thing,” another chimed in.

You can watch the whole thing here.

Yep. That really just happened.

Watch Jimmy Kimmel try to smooth the whole thing over by making a joke about Steve Harvey, the TV personality who mistakenly crowned the wrong contestant as Miss Universe in 2015.


Presenter Warren Beatty explained that when he opened the envelope, the card read “Emma Stone, ‘La La Land.'”

“That’s why I took such a long look at Faye (Dunaway) and at you,” Beatty said. “I wasn’t trying to be funny.”

“La La Land” star Emma Stone’s comments after the show added to some of the confusion surrounding the debacle. The actress said she was holding the card for best actress in a leading role backstage the entire time.

A closer look at the card in Beatty’s hands show he was indeed holding an envelope that reads: “Actress In A Leading Role.”

Variety reports:  “There are always two sets of envelopes at the Academy Awards: The PriceWaterhouseCoopers accountants bring two briefcases, then stand backstage, one on each side of the stage. They hand the envelopes to the presenters right before they walk out.”

While full story behind the snafu is still unclear, Twitter users had their own theories and jokes about the ordeal.