July 29, 2021 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

Moonlight’s Hollywood miracle

A show stopper at the Academy Awards played out before an audience of one-billion people tonight as Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty announced the wrong winner for Best Picture, first giving the honor to LA LA Land but then having to shove the cast and crew off the stage for the true winner, Moonlight.

Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” — not, as it turned out, “La La Land” — won best picture. It was an unprecedented drama that saw one winner swapped for another while the “La La Land” producers were in mid-speech.

Hollywood is still scratching it’s collective head.

Presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were apparently given a duplicate of the envelope for best actress winner Emma Stone. When the mistake was realized, representatives from Price Waterhouse Coopers raced onstage to stop the acceptance speech.

One of the PWC representatives was a dead-ringer for Matt Damon and so the audience and those on stage thought for a moment they were being set up by Jimmy Kimmel, the host, who often performs stunts not unlike this fiasco.

From The LA Times:
“As the “La La Land” cast was taking the stage to celebrate, a stagehand in the wings said, “Oh … Oh my god, he got the wrong envelope.” They walked back and forth repeating it.

Stagehands, actors, production crew and journalists were stunned. Oscars producer Michael De Luca was peering into his monitor, trying to figure it out. Champagne glasses sat on the table next to him. They had been poured moments earlier to celebrate a good show.

The academy doesn’t know what went wrong. Stage manager Gary Natoli came running past just now saying, “Warren is holding on to the envelope. He will not release it.”

When host Jimmy Kimmel returned from off stage, De Luca told the show host, “Thanks for covering, man.” And Kimmel responded, “Yeah, but no one is going to remember that now. I don’t know what happened. We will analyze every bit of it.”

Meanwhile John Legend mused, “One wishes it was the right card. One wishes.”

Warren Beatty told The LA Times:  “I looked down at the card and thought, ‘This is very strange, because it says best actress.’ Maybe there was a misprint. I don’t know what happened. And that’s all I have to say on the subject.”

Emma Stone, in a presser after the ceremony, was stunned and suggested a conspiracy. “Just saying, and I’m not trying to stir this up, I had my winning in my hand. I didn’t see the envelope they say they read.”

“I think everyone’s in a state of confusion still,” said Stone, later pledging her deep love of “Moonlight” and adding, “Is that the craziest Oscar moment of all time? Cool!”

Unfortunately buried in this story is the truly victorious win by “Moonlight.” A gay coming of age story, directed by Barry Jenkins on a 1 million dollar budget.

“Even in my dreams this cannot be true,” said an astonished Jenkins.

“Very clearly, even in my dreams this could not be true, but to hell with dreams! I’m done with it because this is true. Oh, my goodness. I have to say it is true, it’s not fake. We’ve been on the road with these guys for so long and that was so gracious, so generous of them. My love to “La La Land,” my love to everybody. Man,” said Jenkins.

“It’s almost like the election all over again, except this time it went the right way!” said one person at the Vanity Fair Oscar soiree.

Still, it was an awkward way to celebrate one of the greatest moments a film maker or an actor can experience.

in FILM, NEWS
Related Posts

Trans Incident At Wi Spa May Have Been Staged

July 19, 2021

July 19, 2021

On June 24th an Instagram user “cubaangel” posted a video of herself angrily confronting a staff member at the Wi...

Podcast Host Mat George Killed In Hit-And-Run

July 19, 2021

July 19, 2021

Mathew George, gay co-host of the podcast “She Rates Dogs”, has died at the age of 26 after a hit-and-run...

Serenity Hollis, 25th Trans Person Murdered- E.P.I.C Pride Show, June 30th, 2021

June 29, 2021

June 29, 2021

E.P.I.C Pride, Highlighting the latest LGBTQ news in Entertainment, Politics, International affairs, and Culture. – Serenity Hollis, 25th Trans Person...

WeHo Poet Laureate Reviews LGBTQ Documentray “Senior Prom”

June 24, 2021

June 24, 2021

West Hollywood poet Laureate, RENT Poet founder and author of “The Poetry of Strangers: What I Learned Traveling America with...

Cops Banned From NYC Pride- E.P.I.C Pride Show, June 23rd, 2021

June 22, 2021

June 22, 2021

E.P.I.C Pride, Highlighting the latest LGBTQ news in Entertainment, Politics, International affairs, and Culture. – Cops Banned From NYC Pride...

Caitlyn Jenner Running For California Governor – E.P.I.C Pride Show, June 16th, 2021

June 15, 2021

June 15, 2021

E.P.I.C Pride, Highlighting the latest LGBTQ news in Entertainment, Politics, International affairs, and Culture. – Caitlyn Jenner Running For California...

Buzzfeed’s Docuseries “The Andrea Mares Project”

June 11, 2021

June 11, 2021

BuzzFeed’s As/Is presents “The Andrea Mares Project,” a docuseries that shadows Andrea Mares, a trans-feminine Latinx, as she embarks on...

LA Pride Announces “Thrive With Pride” Theme – E.P.I.C Pride Show, June 9th, 2021

June 9, 2021

June 9, 2021

E.P.I.C Pride, Highlighting the latest LGBTQ news in Entertainment, Politics, International affairs, and Culture. – LA Pride Announces “Thrive With...

LGBTQ Center Long Beach Screening “The Wizard Of Oz”

June 6, 2021

June 6, 2021

Celebrate LGBTQ Pride with an interactive screening of The Wizard of Oz, a fundraiser for the LGBTQ Center Long Beach. ...

The Abbey Food & Bar Celebrates 30 Years

May 23, 2021

May 23, 2021

On May 23rd The Abbey Food & Bar celebrated 30 years since its founding in May 1991. The Abbey has...

Artists Featured For SaMo Pride Rainbow Road Art Walk

May 23, 2021

May 23, 2021

In honor of Pride month Santa Monica Pride (SaMo Pride) will feature a Rainbow Road Art Walk from June 4th-...

Railway Service Coming To WeHo

May 23, 2021

May 23, 2021

Metro rail service might be coming to the city of West Hollywood.  The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)...

LA Pride Announces LGBTQ Cinespia Event At Hollywood Forever Cemetery

May 23, 2021

May 23, 2021

In honor of 2021’s “Thrive With Pride” theme LA Pride has announced a special night at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. ...

LGBTQ Owned High Hemp Features First Organic Hemp Wrap

May 23, 2021

May 23, 2021

High Hemp features the world’s first ever organic hemp wrap which is revolutionizing the cannabis industry by offering a cleaner...

James Charles Admits To Messaging Under Age Boys- E.P.I.C Pride Show, May 19th, 2021

May 18, 2021

May 18, 2021

E.P.I.C Pride, Highlighting the latest LGBTQ news in Entertainment, Politics, International affairs, and Culture. – James Charles Admits To Messaging...