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Craziest Oscar moment in history: After "La La Land" initially announced as winner, "Moonlight" wins best picture award

Craziest Oscar moment in history: After "La La Land" initially announced as winner, "Moonlight" wins best picture awardAfrican-American coming-of-age tale "Moonlight" won the Oscar for best picture on Sunday, beating favorite "La La Land" after an embarrassing onstage gaffe over the announcement.

This is reported by Reuters.

In a mishap that caused uproar and confusion, presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway initially announced that the romantic musical "La La Land" had won.

As the casts of both films stood awkwardly on stage, Beatty explained he had been given the wrong envelope to open.

“I want to tell you what happened. I opened the envelope and it said, “Emma Stone, ‘La La Land.’”

"That’s why I took such a long look at Faye and at you. I wasn’t trying to be funny,” Beatty said, breaking into tense laughter. It was Dunaway who ultimately said "La La Land."

"It is true. It's not fake," said "Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins. “My love to ‘La La Land,’ my love to everybody."

It was the first time in living memory that such a major mistake had been made at the Academy Awards, Hollywood's biggest night.

"Is that the craziest Oscar moment of all time?" Stone, who won the best actress Oscar for her "La La Land" role as a struggling actress, told reporters backstage "It's a very strange happening for Oscar history."

"I think everyone is in a state of confusion... and so excited for "Moonlight'," Stone added, saying it was "one of the best films of all tine."

"La La Land" went into the Oscars with a leading 14 nominations and emerged with six, including for its score and theme song "City of Stars."
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