How could that crazy mishap have happened at the 2017 Oscars? While Emma Stone had her Best Actress card from the moment she won, somehow Warren Beatty ended up with another — and now we’ve learned there’s actually duplicates on stage.
Barry Jenkins, the director of Moonlight, revealed after the show that the Academy gave him “no explanation” of what happened on stage. “I will say that I saw two cards and so things just happened. I wanted to see the card to see the card,” he told reporters in the press room.
The incident he’s referring to of course is when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway presented the Best Picture award; when he opened the, card he looked confused and stared at Faye; she grabbed the card and read La La Land. However, the reason Warren stuttered was because his card said Emma Stone, La La Land — he was reading the card from the award before that she had won. Emma revealed in the press room that she actually had her card in her hand the entire time.
Following the mishap — La La Land stars handed over the award to the cast of Moonlight, Warren didn’t want anyone else to see the card but Barry. “Everybody was asking and he was like ‘No, Barry Jenkins has to see the card; I need him to know,'” Barry said.
However, HollywoodLife.com did learn after the show that there are duplicate sets of winner cards on both sides of the stage. So, depending on how a celebrity goes through the backstage area, it is possible that one card is given to two people. Luckily, everybody involved stayed positive through the entire fiasco.
“I will say that the folks from La La Land were so gracious,” Barry added. “I can’t imagine being in their position and having to do that. I wasn’t speechless because we won. I was speechless because it was so gracious of them to do that. The card said: ‘Best Picture: Moonlight.'”
HollywoodLifers, were you happy for Moonlight?