Monday 26 June 2017

'It's a very strange outcome' - Emma Stone reacts to Warren Beatty's massive Oscars blunder

Actor Emma Stone, winner of the award for Actress in a Leading Role for 'La La Land'
Actor Emma Stone, winner of the award for Actress in a Leading Role for 'La La Land'
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

Emma Stone has said Warren Beatty's mistake at last night's Academy Awards was a "very strange happening for Oscars history".

The actress was reacting to the bizarre set of events, which saw the American actor announce that La La Land had won the Academy Award for best picture, when in fact, Moonlight had won the gong.

As Jordan Horowitz was halfway through his acceptance speech for La La Land, the director was interrupted to be told that Moonlight was indeed the winning picture and Beatty had been given the wrong envelope in error.

The Moonlight cast and production team then made their way to the stage to accept their Academy Award.

'La La Land' producer Marc Platt speaks with producers Jordan Horowitz (L) and Fred Berger (R) as production staff consult behind them regarding a presentation error of the Best Picture award (later awarded to 'Moonlight'),
'La La Land' producer Marc Platt speaks with producers Jordan Horowitz (L) and Fred Berger (R) as production staff consult behind them regarding a presentation error of the Best Picture award (later awarded to 'Moonlight'),

Speaking after the ceremony, Emma Stone described massive mishap "strange".

"I f*****g love Moonlight. I think it's one of the best movies of all time. When it happened I was just on such a buzzy stage, I was already on another planet. I think it's a good outcome but a very strange happening for Oscar history."

The actress said she had kept the envelope announcing her as the winner after accepting her Oscar, and so could not understand how a duplicate envelope had ended up in the hands of Beatty.

"I was holding my best actress in a leading role card the entire time. I don't mean to start stuff but whatever story that was - I have that card," she said.

Jordan Horowitz, producer of
Jordan Horowitz, producer of "La La Land," shows the envelope revealing "Moonlight" as the true winner of best picture at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Presenter Warren Beatty and host Jimmy Kimmel look on from right. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

"So I'm not sure what happened and I really wanted to talk to you guys first."

Meanwhile, Moonlight director Barry Jenkins has also reacted to the bizarre mistake and said his colleagues at La La Land were "very gracious" after discovering they had not been awarded the Oscar for their film.

Warren Beatty holds the card for the Best Picture Oscar awarded to
Warren Beatty holds the card for the Best Picture Oscar awarded to "Moonlight," after announcing by mistake that "La La Land" was winner. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

"The La La Land folks were so gracious, I can't even imagine being in their position and having to do that."

"The last 20 minutes of my life have been insane. I don't think my life could be changed in any more dramatic way.

Jimmy Kimmel and Warren Beatty laugh after correcting the Best Picture Oscar from La La Land to Moonlight. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Jimmy Kimmel and Warren Beatty laugh after correcting the Best Picture Oscar from La La Land to Moonlight. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

"Hot damn, we won best picture."

The producers of the musical were already concluding their speeches when it was revealed there had been a mix-up and Moonlight had in fact scored the top prize of the night.

Emma Stone accepts her award for La La Land. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Emma Stone accepts her award for La La Land. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Bonnie and Clyde stars Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway had announced La La Land had taken the best picture prize and the cast and crew had flooded the stage before producer Jordan Horowitz said: "There's a mistake. Moonlight, you guys won best picture.

"This is no joke. I'm afraid they read the wrong thing. This is not a joke, Moonlight, you won best picture."

Beatty returned to the microphone to say: "I want to tell you what happened I opened the envelope and it said Emma Stone, La La Land and that is why I took such a long look at Faye and at you.

"I wasn't trying to be funny. This is Moonlight for best picture."

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