Los Angeles, Feb 27: In a rare and unexpected gaffe, “La La Land” which domited the 89th Academy Awards, was announced the winner of the Best Picture category, when in fact it was “Moonlight”.
Presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Duway who were called to announce the winner, pondered a while before reading the cue card, which ended up being wrong.
The “La La Land” makers were mostly through their speech before the error was realised, and a representative said: “There’s a mistake… ‘Moonlight’, you guys won Best Picture… This is not a joke, I’m afraid they read the wrong thing. ‘Moonlight’ Best Picture.”
“Moonlight”, reportedly one of the films with the lowest budget ($1.5 million) to win an Oscar, was nomited for the Best Picture honour with “Hidden Figures”, “Hell or High Water”, “Arrival”, “Lion”, “La La Land”, “Fences”, “Manchester by the Sea” and “Hacksaw Ridge”. (IANS)