Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Oscars 2017: La La Land incorrectly announced as Best Picture over Moonlight

Watch Moonlight win over La La Land at the Oscars 2017

Just as almost everybody predicted it would, La La Land was announced as the Best Picture winner at the 2017 Academy Awards.

Unfortunately, the gong was actually supposed to go to Moonlight. And, even more unfortunately, nobody realised the error until the La La Land team were almost halfway through their acceptance speech.

Read more: A-list fashion from the 2017 Academy Awards

Warren Beatty, who was presenting the award with Faye Dunaway, read out La La Land, and the cast and crew jumped up to accept their award.

Just as their acceptance speech was coming to an end, there was… well, there was what can only be described as a kerfuffle onstage, as Beatty shamefacedly shuffled back onto the stage to reveal that he’d read out the wrong film.

Coming-of-age drama Moonlight, he explained, was the true winner.

Watch the moment for yourself below:

“I wasn’t trying to be funny,” said Beatty, explaining that they had been handed the previous winner’s envelope – for Emma Stone’s La La Land victory.

“That’s why I looked at Faye for a really long time.”

After wresting the gong from the hands of the La La Land producers, he added: “I’m going to be really proud to hand this to my friends from Moonlight.”

Read more: Ryan Gosling reveals La La Land moment inspired by Eva Mendes

Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins and adapted from an unpublished play by Tarrell Alvin McCraney, premiered at the Telluride film festival in 2016.

Telling the story of a gay black teenager from a rough neighbourhood in Miami, it was immediately met with critical acclaim – and, made for $1.6 million, it is the lowest-budget Big Picture winner of all time.

Jenkins, taking to the stage to collect his film’s rightful award, said: “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.”

Barry Jenkins and Tarrell Alvin McCraney celebrate their Oscars win

Barry Jenkins and Tarrell Alvin McCraney celebrate their Oscars win

The Oscars 2017 winners

Best Picture: Moonlight

Best Actress: Emma Stone, La La Land

Best Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, Fences

Best Supporting Actor: Mahersala Ali, Moonlight

Best Director: Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Best Animated Feature Film: Zootopia

Best Original Song: City of Stars, La La Land



Red carpet fashion from the 2017 Oscars


Naomie Harris hits back at people asking when she’s going to have kids

reese witherspoon.png

The best A-list Instagrams from the week so far


The new sanitary towel advert finally showing RED period blood

Because what runs down your leg in the shower ain’t blue

by Amy Swales
18 Oct 2017

“France banning wolf-whistling is a good start – but it’s not enough”

We can’t kid ourselves that this kind of gesture will change women’s lives.

by Moya Crockett
18 Oct 2017

We really need to talk about what happened on Bake Off

We’re going to need a moment to process this

by Amy Swales
18 Oct 2017

Get free tickets to see Call Me By Your Name

17 Oct 2017

“In defence of birthdays: why we should celebrate each and every year”

Writer Kate Townshend on why birthday parties shouldn’t be sacrificed on the altar of adulthood

17 Oct 2017

Life can be ‘torturous’ for a sex addict, according to an expert

“It sounds like fun... that couldn’t be further from the truth”

by Susan Devaney
17 Oct 2017

Why you should wear red if you want to succeed

From ancient history to modern catwalks, why are we all so obsessed with red?

by Alexandra Jones
17 Oct 2017

These are the world’s best and worst major cities to live as a woman

London makes the list – and it’s not all bad news for the capital

by Moya Crockett
17 Oct 2017

Your Starbucks Halloween Frappuccino fix is here and it’s fangtastic

Sink your teeth into this

by Megan Murray
17 Oct 2017

This Princess Bride revelation will make you see the film in a new way

It’s been 30 years since it hit the big screen

by Susan Devaney
17 Oct 2017