Despite the fact that the 2017 Academy Awards were as explosive as ever this year, there'll be no forgetting the enormous industry cock-up that occurred when the winner of one of the most coveted prizes was announced.
We all know what happened by now: Presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were given the incorrect envelope for Best Picture, revealing that the Oscar went to Damien Chazelle's La La Land. Moments later, and after much of the cast and crew had already thanked the Academy for the honor, it turned out that they had been handed the wrong card (the one citing Emma Stone for Best Actress) and that the award should have actually gone to Moonlight. See what happened next in the clip below:
A couple of days on and we still can't believe that such a fuck-up actually occurred and Hollywood rushed to find the cause of such colossal confusion. The accounting firm responsible for counting the votes — PricewaterhouseCoopers — was blamed (as was bizarrely Leonardo DiCaprio!) in what became one of the most embarrassing moments for the Academy in its history.
- Oscars 2017: The Academy Awards Smashed Some Serious Records This Year
- Political Shots Fired At The 2017 Oscars: A Round-Up Of The Most Powerful Moments
- The Gorgeous, The Cute And The Downright Awful Of The 2017 Oscars Red Carpet
Now though, a statement has been released to apologize for the terrible mix-up that underlined the mood of the entire night, as well as somewhat tarnishing Moonlight's big moment. While PricewaterhouseCoopers took responsibility for the epic #Oscars blunder, the Academy also admitted that things didn't go exactly to plan on Hollywood's biggest night. The statement read:
"We deeply regret the mistakes that were made during the presentation of the Best Picture category during last night’s Oscar ceremony. We apologize to the entire cast and crew of 'La La Land' and 'Moonlight' whose experience was profoundly altered by this error. We salute the tremendous grace they displayed under the circumstances. To all involved — including our presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, the filmmakers, and our fans watching worldwide — we apologize."
"For the last 83 years, the Academy has entrusted PwC to handle the critical tabulation process, including the accurate delivery of results. PwC has taken full responsibility for the breaches of established protocols that took place during the ceremony. We have spent last night and today investigating the circumstances, and will determine what actions are appropriate going forward. We are unwaveringly committed to upholding the integrity of the Oscars and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences."
Ultimately, someone is probably going to get fired at PwC this week.
On a scale of 1 to 10, how awkward was the Best Picture mix-up?