Deja vu? Beatty, Dunaway announce correct winner this time

Deja vu? Beatty, Dunaway announce correct winner this time

Kerry Wise
March 6, 2018

Just like previous year, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway took the stage to announce the biggest award of the night: best picture.

THE Oscars suffered yet another Best Picture blunder last night after the producer of Shape Of Water was cut off just seconds into his speech. But it was unclear why they would have been given the wrong envelope - until it came to light that the chaos stemmed from a rep for the Oscars' accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Moonlight director Barry Jenkins then said that a do-over would not be the same and that he would not have the chance to enjoy the moment.

It's been roughly one year since the biggest Oscars debacle of our lifetimes (besides Crash winning): The infamous envelope mixup at the 89th Academy Awards that had presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway preemptively give the award to nominee La La Land instead of the actual victor, Moonlight.

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In a moment of pure chaos, Jordan Horowitz, a producer of "La La Land", later set the story straight: "Moonlight" was the true victor. I'm afraid they read the wrong thing.

As she did with every other presenter, Bourdon turned to Beatty and asked: 'This is the best picture envelope, could you please confirm that?' They had been given the Best Actress envelope by mistake and when Dunaway saw the words "La La Land" under the name Emma Stone she blurted them out. "This is not a joke, Moonlight, you won best picture".

Last year's PwC accountants, Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz, were replaced by Rick Rosas and Kimberly Bourdon.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirmed several changes in January, including presenters ensuring they have the correct envelope before they go on stage, with that fact confirmed by stage managers, too. "This is Moonlight, the best picture".