Sunday night saw Hollywood’s greatest gather for the annual Academy Awards, which recognises the best films from the last year.
The night was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and went considerably smoothly until the end of the ceremony when chaos took over.
Due to a mistake in envelope exchanges, La La Land was incorrectly read out as the winner of Best Picture in error, before it was given to Moonlight. The La La Land producers were in the middle of their acceptance speeches when the mistake was discovered.
PriceWaterhouseCooper, the accountancy firm responsible for counting the ballots, apologised for the mix-up.
La La Land still ended up the biggest winner of the night, taking home six Oscars including a best actress award for Emma Stone.
Moonlight‘s surprise best picture win took its haul to three, with the low-budget film having earlier won the adapted screenplay award and a best supporting actor prize for Mahershala Ali.
Casey Affleck was named best actor for Manchester By The Sea, while Viola Davis was named best supporting actress for Fences.
Damien Chazelle, La La Land‘s 32-year-old director, became the youngest film-maker to win the best director Oscar.
Despite all the wins and touching speeches, particularly the one given by Viola Davis, this year’s Oscars will most likely be remembered for THAT one moment at the very end of the show, which really got viewers using social media talking.
Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway arrived on stage to announced the best picture winner, both unaware that Beatty had been mistakenly handed the previous winner’s envelope, containing a card that said Emma Stone had won best actress for La La Land.
It was this card that Dunaway read from, mistakenly declaring La La Land to be best picture and creating what Stone later described as “the craziest Oscar moment of all time”. You can watch the moment – and the confusion that followed – below.
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) February 27, 2017
PriceWaterhouseCooper later released a statement apologising for the mistake:
— CNN International (@cnni) February 27, 2017
Graciously and with deep humility, it was La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz who announced there had been a mistake and as Moonlight picked up the award, this was the reaction of La La Land‘s stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling:
— Best of Ryan Gosling (@badpostryan) February 27, 2017
As he picked up the Oscar, Moonlight director Barry Jenkins said:
“Very clearly even in my dreams this can’t be true. But to hell with it because this is true. It’s true, it’s not fake.”
We went on to pay tribute to the team behind La La Land for the way they handled the mistake, adding:
“We have been on the road with these guys and it was so gracious and so generous of them.”
I would never wish the #BestPicture mix-up upon anyone. The grace & poise of all of the artists was stunning. Congrats to Moonlight ✨
— Jaime King (@Jaime_King) February 27, 2017
Nothing like live TV. Congrats to Moonlight! And to La La Land for such a gracious reaction. #Oscars
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) February 27, 2017
Speaking backstage, Emma Stone said it had been: an “amazing thing to hear La La Land” named best picture, and added:
“But we are so excited for Moonlight. I think it is one of the best films of all time. Is that the craziest Oscar moment of all time? Cool! It’s going to be history.”
La La Land‘s other Oscars came for its cinematography, score and production design.
The Hollywood musical romance also won the best original song award for “City of Stars.”
Kenneth Lonergan received the best original screenplay prize for Manchester by The Sea, which he also directed and there were two awards too for Mel Gibson’s war film Hacksaw Ridge, which was recognised for its editing and its sound mixing.
A full list of winners, excepts from their speeches where applicable and some social media reactions, is below:
Emma Stone: La La Land – Best Actress
“A moment like this is a huge confluence of luck and opportunity.”
The girl from SUPERBAD won! Seriously though I never doubted it, she was just too good in La La Land. #Oscars
— JTE (@JTEmoviethinks) February 27, 2017
Natalie Portman was absolutely fucking robbed of that Oscar. She deserved it most, not Emma Stone and I loved La La Land! #Oscars
— TheProctorious (@The_Proctorious) February 27, 2017
Casey Affleck: Manchester By The Sea – Best Actor
“I’m really proud to be a part of this community.”
— Chris Stuckmann (@Chris_Stuckmann) February 27, 2017
— edgelord allan poe (@haarleyquin) February 27, 2017
Damien Chazelle: La La Land – Best Director
“This was a movie about love, and I was lucky enough to fall in love while making it.”
— Gilluis Perez (@Gilluis_Perez) February 27, 2017
Barry Jenkins: Moonlight – Best Adapted Screenplay
“All you people out there who feel like there’s no mirror out there, that your life is not reflected, the Academy has your back, the ACLU has your back, we have your back.”
Benj Pasek: “City of Stars” La La Land – Best Song
“This is dedicated to all the kids who sing in the rain and all the moms who let them.”
Alan Barillaro: Piper – Best Animated Short
“May you always have the courage to face your fears.”
Asghar Farhadi: The Salesman – Foreigh Language Film
“Filmmakers can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions.”
Viola Davis: Fences – Best Supporting Actress
“I became an artist, and thank God I did, because we are the only profession that celebrities what it means to live a life.”
— BRON (@BronStudios) February 27, 2017
— Jesse Letterman (@JLettermanMB) February 27, 2017
Mahershala Ali: Moonlight – Best Supporting Actor
“It’s not about you, it’s about these characters.”
— Tamron Hall (@tamronhall) February 27, 2017
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) February 27, 2017
Best Picture: Moonlight
— Jamie Clayton (@MsJamieClayton) February 27, 2017
Best Original Screenplay: Manchester By The Sea
Best Score: La La Land
Best Cinematography: La La Land
Best Documentary Short: The White Helmets
A well-deserved Oscar for short documentary on @SyriaCivilDef. In awe of the White Helmets. 82,000 lives saved so far. Heroes of our time.
— Samantha Power (@SamanthaJPower) February 27, 2017
Best Live Action Short: Sing
— MaryAnn Johanson (@maryannjohanson) February 27, 2017
Best Film Editing: Hacksaw Ridge
Best Visual Effects: The Jungle Book
The jungle book? Over Star Wars? Don't make me laugh. Ridiculous. #Oscars
— ♦️Juls♦️ (@JawaJuls) February 27, 2017
Best Production Design: La La Land
Best Animated Feature: Zootopia
ZOOTOPIA WAS MORE THAN A MOVIE, IT WAS A SOCIAL AWARENESS TO WHAT IS HAPPENING TODAY, DESERVED EVERY RIGHT TO WIN THAY AWARD. GET OUTTA HERE
— Jonathan Mejia (@JohnnyMej) February 27, 2017
Best Sound Mixing: Hacksaw Ridge
Happy to see hacksaw ridge win a couple awards, Okinawa was a blood bath..glad men like my grandfather made it out pic.twitter.com/KgMMyI5oys
— 50's & 60's (@50sAnd60s) February 27, 2017
Best Sound Editing: Arrival
Best Documentary: OJ Made In America
Best Costume Design: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
Harry Potter didn't win a single Oscar and I'm still outraged about it. This makes up for it a little! Congrats team Fantastic Beasts!
— Daniel J. Layton (@DanielJLayton) February 27, 2017
Best Makeup & Hairstyling: Suicide Squad