The “Oscars” were an agonizing three hours and 45 minutes long and the only really juicy thing happened at around the three hour and 42 minute mark.
It was when WARREN BEATTY and FAYE DUNAWAY announced the winner for Best Picture. The WRONG winner. They said it was “La La Land”, and everybody came up and started giving their speeches.
But then the accountants who tally the votes came out to let everybody know that “Moonlight” had actually won. It turns out Warren and Faye were handed the wrong envelope.
They were given the one for the PREVIOUS award, Best Actress. And it said EMMA STONE, for “La La Land”. You could tell they were confused, but Faye read “La La Land” because it was on the card and assumed that must’ve been why they were given that one.
JIMMY KIMMEL made a STEVE HARVEY joke, then Warren got back on the microphone to explain what happened.
“La La Land” did get SIX awards, out of its 14 nominations, including Emma’s win, and Best Director for Damien Chazelle. At 32, he’s the youngest Best Director winner in Oscar history.
“Moonlight” also won Best Supporting Actor for MAHERSHALA ALI who became the first Muslim actor to take home an Oscar.
His name is Brian Cullinan, and he’s a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm that counts the votes. He was apparently tweeting like a madman backstage. He has since deleted all tweets around the time-frame of the incident but some people online already took screenshots of some of them. He’s clearly a big Emma Stone fan because he was taking pictures of her backstage and congratulating her.
Brian and his partner Martha are the only two to actually KNOW the results. They each had suitcases with an identical set of envelopes, at opposite ends of the stage.
Martha gave HER Best Actress envelope to Leonardo DiCaprio to present to Emma, and she kept it after winning. Then Brian mistakenly gave Warren and Faye the other Best Actress envelope instead of the Best Picture one.