Wow, our jaws are still on the floor following that very embarrassing Oscars mix-up for Best Picture!
After La La Land was mistakenly called instead of Moonlight for winning the biggest award of the night, the casts from both films have taken a moment to react to the unprecedented snafu.
“La La Land has done so well and it’s resonated with so many people, especially in this time when people need a sense of buoyancy in their life. That film has really impacted people in a very different way than Moonlight, so when their name was read, I wasn’t surprised — I was really happy for them. It’s a group of really extraordinary people.”
He went on:
“When I did see security or people coming out on stage and their moment was being disrupted in some way, I got really worried. And then when they said Moonlight wins, it just threw me a bit. It threw me more than a bit! I just didn’t want to go up there and take something from somebody. It’s very hard to feel joy in a moment like that, but I feel very fortunate for all of us to have walked away with the Best Picture award. It’s pretty remarkable.”
Ugh, we hate this amazing cast and crew didn’t get their big moment!
Moonlight director Barry Jenkins added he doesn’t have any hard feelings about what went down:
“No explanation. Things just happen. I will say, I saw two cards, and so things just happen. I wanted to see the card, to see the card, and Warren refused to show the card to anybody before he showed it to me. And so he did. He came upstairs and he walked over to me, and he showed the card. Everyone was asking, ‘Can I see the card?’ And he was like, ‘No, Barry Jenkins has to see the card, I need him to know.’ And I felt better about what had happened.”
The award-winning filmmaker described the emotions he was experiencing during that tense moment:
“I think all the movies that were nominated were worthy, so I accepted the results, I applauded like everyone else. I noticed the commotion that was happening, and I thought something strange had occurred. I’m sure everybody saw my face, but I was speechless with the result. I had always watched the Academy Awards and I had never seen that happen before. It made a very special feeling even more special, but not in a way I expected. I will say, the folks from La La Land were so gracious. I can’t imagine being in their position and having to do that. We spent a lot of time together over the last six months, and I can’t imagine being in their position. It’s why I was speechless — I wasn’t speechless because I won, I was so speechless that they had to do that.”
Very, very true!!
Best Supporting Actress nominee Naomie Harris thought the whole thing was a prank!
She told People at the Governor’s Ball after the ceremony:
“It is really surreal. I went up on stage with this weird expression on my face like, ‘What is happening?’ I don’t know what I’m going to look like onscreen. I started shaking. I thought, ‘Is this a prank or something?’ There were so many great moments in the show that were comedic moments — like is this another one? What’s happening? And then I was just like, ‘Oh god, we’ve got to process.’ [It was a] very awkward moment, but it turned out alright, and we are very happy.”
The 40-year-old finished:
“It’s a shame it happened like that in a way, because it was such a beautiful moment. What is important is that we won and it’s a huge honor and we are totally and utterly thrilled. And we are going to celebrate big-time tonight.”
On the other side, there’s no doubt the La La Land gang was — though gracious — completely stunned by the flub.
While speaking to reporters in the press room, the winner for Best Actress reacted:
One of the highly-credited film’s producers Fred Berger came out of the Dolby Theater and reportedly said to someone:
“Well, at least I got to give my speech.”
To which Ryan Gosling responded:
“You gave a great speech, man.”
Can everyone win?!?!
Congratulations to both movies for an amazing night!