1. Earlier tonight, Emma Stone won the Oscar for Best Actress for her work in La La Land — the penultimate award given during the evening.
2. As you may have heard, the final award of the night, Best Picture, was presented right after Stone won — and didn’t go so smoothly. Presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway mistakenly announced that La La Land had won, when in fact Moonlight had.
Video of the whole #BestPicture disaster, including Warren Beatty trying to tell people what happened.
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3. Upon further inspection, it seems Beatty had been given the envelope meant for Stone’s category.
Envelope in Warren Beatty’s hands read “ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE” when announcing Best Picture.… https://t.co/y7DJFPfAXm
— ABC News (@ABC)
4. While La La Land creators gave their acceptance speeches, people on stage began to catch wind of the mistake. Stone mouthed “oh my god” repeatedly.
when u figure out the tea but u don’t know what it means
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5. Ryan Gosling felt some kind of way.
Ryan Gosling reacts as the true winner of best picture “Moonlight” is announced at the #Oscars.
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6. And the audience was understandably shocked.
I want all of the audience shots. All of them!
— Gilbert Cruz (@gilbertcruz)
7. Confusion is currently mounting regarding how the wrong envelope got into Beatty’s hands. However, we do know that there are “two entire sets of winning envelopes” carried by two different accountants from Price Waterhouse Coopers (the accounting firm that’s handles the balloting process at the Academy Awards for 83 years), locked in two separate briefcases.
Later on Sunday evening, PwC released the following statement: “We sincerely apologize to Moonlight, La La Land, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture. The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred.
We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation.”
8. In the press room backstage, Stone clarified that she was “holding [her] Best Actress in a Leading Role card that entire time.”
Emma Stone on the Best Picture confusion: “I was holding my best actress card the entire time.” #Oscars
— Variety (@Variety)
9. “I don’t mean to start stuff, but whatever story that was, I had that card. So I’m not sure what happened, and I really wanted to talk to you guys first,” Stone told the press room.
10. Stone also praised Moonlight as being “one of the best films of all time,” and said the La La Land team is “so excited” for the Best Picture winner.
Susan Cheng contributed reporting to this post.