Academy Awards: How The Incredible 'Moonlight' Best Picture Screw Up Happened

Kris Holt

The Academy Awards ended in mass confusion Sunday after it appeared that La La Land had won Best Picture, with the producers giving their speeches until Moonlight grabbed the gold.

A mix-up with the winner's envelope made it seem as though the musical about trying to make it in Hollywood had won the biggest prize at the Oscars, but instead Moonlight, a tender coming-of-age drama about a gay black man, actually won the Best Picture Academy Award.

The cast and crew of La La Land took to the stage to accept the prize. But as they thanked colleagues and families, Academy Awards producers went onstage to talk to the La La Land team, and it became clear there had been a huge mistake.

"There's a mistake. Moonlight, you guys won Best Picture. This is not a joke. Come up here. Moonlight has won Best Picture."

Beatty then explained what had happened, but did not say why he declined to consult with Oscar producers when he saw Stone's name on the card and recognized something was amiss. He is heard saying that the card has Stone's name on it in this clip.

As one might expect, Twitter blew up with jokes and thoughts about the huge Academy Awards mistake.

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