"La La Land" producer Jordan Horowitz (L) shows the card reading Best Film 'Moonlight" next to US actor Warren Beatty after the latter mistakingly read "La La Land" initially at the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. Pic/AFP
What does it feel like to give away an Oscar? Ask La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz, who first announced that there was a mistake. "This is not a joke," he said.
The La La Land producers were already three gushing speeches into the acceptance, hailing Hollywood for championing bold and diverse work, when a disruption started to cause ripples on stage. People were pacing, envelopes were consulted, and there was whispering.
La La Land producer Fred Berger stopped to suddenly announce, "We lost, by the way. No, there's a mistake, Moonlight, you won Best Picture."
Acting legend Warren Beatty, who had introduced the Best Picture award, told host Kimmel, "I opened the envelope. And it said Emma Stone, La La Land. That's why I took such a long look at Faye [Dunaway] and at you. I wasn't trying to be funny."
He handed the envelope to Dunaway, who said, "La La Land!"
Some reports suggest that Beatty wasn't wearing his glasses, and couldn't quite read what was written.
Moonlight, a film about a young gay black man, and his journey from being the victim of bullying to a gangsta, saw three performers of different ages act in it. Not many
are aware that Brad Pitt's boutique production house was behind the film.
Ahead of the Academy Awards on Sunday, President Trump supporters rallied near Oscars venue, Dolby Theatre, carrying Trump banners and American flags, chanting, "Celebrities don't speak for us" and "Hollywood, don't divide us".
Meanwhile, celebrities hit the red carpet sporting blue ribbons to show solidarity with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Worn by stars like Ruth Negga, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Karlie Kloss, the gesture was part of Stand With ACLU, the organisation's latest initiative. ACLU is among groups suing the travel ban imposed by Trump. Citing Trump's travel ban of several predominantly Muslim countries, Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi (above), winner of Best Foreign Film, boycotted the ceremony.