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Despite claiming its lowest ratings haul since 1974, Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony has been labelled the most dramatic ever.
A mixup live on-stage saw La La Land announced as Best Picture, despite coming-of-age drama Moonlight actually winning.
In a statement from the Academy, the accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers claimed full responsibility for the error.
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.
It was not the first slip-up of the night; during the In Memoriam segment, the name costume designer and four-time nominee Janet Patterson of the still-living producer Jane Chapman.
Mahershala Ali, who shot to fame as part of the Netflix series House of Cards, won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Moonlight, becoming the first Muslim actor ever to win and the first black actor to win in either category since Forrest Whittaker in 2006, for The Last King of Scotland.
Casey Affleck won Best Actor for Manchester by the Sea, and was presented the award by Brie Larson, who did not applaud in an apparent protest following allegations of sexual harassment on the set of one of his previous films.
Emma Stone and director Damien Chazelle both won for La La Land, while twice-nominated Viola Davis was awarded Best Supporting Actress for Fences.
The Salesman won the award for Best Foreign Language Film, but director Asghar Farhadi was not there to pick up his statue, due to the recent travel ban to the United States from seven mainly Muslim countries. Iranian astronaut Anousha Ansari accepted the award on his behalf.