Is Warren Beatty Senile, or did he Mess Up at the Oscars Deliberately? Moonlight/ LA LA Land
"Moonlight" wins best picture honors at the end of Sunday night's Oscars ceremony in Hollywood.
March 5, 2017
It's being called an Epic Fail. Here's the 7 minute version on video, with Warren Beatty's explanation for his mistake.
The presenters for the final award - Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, Bonnie and Clyde stars - were incorrectly given the best actress award envelope. A confused Beatty saw Emma Stone's name and "La La Land," and handed the envelope to Dunaway, who then announced the musical as the Best Picture winner.
The "La La Land" cast took the stage and producers began their speeches. But they stopped midway when they realized their error.
"There's a mistake. 'Moonlight' you guys won best picture," Jordan Horowitz said to the shocked Dolby Theater audience. "This is not a joke, come up here" the producer added. "Moonlight has won best picture."
Beatty then returned to the microphone to explain: "I want to tell you 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. I wasn't trying to be funny."
"Moonlight" bested "La La Land," "Hidden Figures," "Manchester by the Sea," "Arrival," "Hacksaw Ridge," "Hell or High Water," "Lion," and "Fences."
Viola Davis won Best Supporting Actress for 'Fences.' Mahershala Ali won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. President Trump's effort to ban immigrants from some Muslim countries took its first big hit at the Oscars Sunday when an Iranian filmmaker who stayed home in protest won the award for best foreign film, The Salesman. Yet a known anti-Semite was lauded by the Academy. So go figure.
Host Jimmy Kimmel, in a reference to the Academy Awards' past controversy over a lack of diversity in nominees, said "remember last year when people were saying the Oscars were racist?"
He also pointed out nominee Meryl Streep, whose anti-Trump speech at the Golden Globes overshadowed that show's awards last month. He riffed off Trump's post-Globes tweet calling Streep "overrated" and joked about her dress, saying, "by the way, is that an Ivanka?"
And Kimmel also alluded to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's banning of some reporters from a briefing on Friday, saying that reporters from CNN, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and others needed to leave.
"We have no tolerance for fake news," he said.
Kimmel later said he was concerned that Trump, known for his heavy use of Twitter, had not tweeted during Sunday's show.
"Hey @realDonaldTrump, u up?", Kimmel tweeted to Trump, adding #merylsayshi. His tweet was retweeted 100,000 times in just the first five minutes.
Several celebrities wore blue ribbons on Sunday in support of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) advocacy group that worked to get Trump's travel ban blocked in U.S. courts.
Hollywood's award show for itself is officially underway at Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the 89th Academy Awards is already handing out statuettes. There is all the political commentary everyone feared.
Leading the nominations is La La Land, the musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, which has 14 nods, matching the all-time record set by Titanic and All About Eve. As the show proceeds, it does not look set to match the record of 11 wins for one movie at the Oscars--that title is shared between Titanic, Ben-Hur and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
Also up to win big is coming-of-age film Moonlight, nominated for eight awards. Mahershala Ali already took home Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film, reportedly making him the first Muslim actor to do so.
This Oscars marks the political rehabilitation of A-list anti-Semite Mel Gibson, whose Hacksaw Ridge earned six nods, including Best Director. The actor-turned-author has not directed a film in 10 years, since a 2006 arrest for a DUI during which he was recorded making anti-Semitic remarks. The movie took home best Sound Mixing, giving re-recording mixer Kevin O'Connell his first Oscar win after a record 20 nominations without a statuette.
Many of the major categories have yet to be awarded, but there are clear favorites for most. Punters believe movie-musical La La Land is set to win Best Picture and will edge Moonlight for the award. Best actor is a toss up between Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea) and Denzel Washington (Fences), while Emma Stone is out-and-out favorite for Best Actress.
Here's the full list of winners, in the order in which they were presented:
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)
MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING Suicide Squad
COSTUME DESIGN Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE O.J.: Made In America
SOUND EDITING Arrival
SOUND MIXING Hacksaw Ridge
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE Viola Davis (Fences)
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM The Salesman (Iran)
SHORT FILM (ANIMATED) Piper
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM Zootopia
PRODUCTION DESIGN La La Land
VISUAL EFFECTS The Jungle Book
FILM EDITING Hacksaw Ridge