Brie Larson did not applaud, which sparked speculation that she wasn't happy about Casey Affleck's Oscar win for supporting actor.
The actress -- who won an Oscar last year for her portrayal of a survivor of rape -- stood unmoving as Affleck delivered his acceptance speech at Sunday's Academy Awards.
Larson hugged him as she handed him the Oscar, but some interpreted her stance during his speech as a silent protest of sexual harassment. Affleck's Oscar campaign had been dogged by two 2010 civil suits involving allegations of sexual harassment, both of which were later settled.
At Sunday night’s Academy Awards, a last-minute fumble overshadowed a much larger, and more significant, event.
While everyone scrambled to absorb, and then deconstruct, the mistaken announcement of “La La Land” as best picture when “Moonlight” had actually won, a thousand conversations about errant envelopes threatened to take the spotlight off the historic nature of the night’s winners.
After two years of blistering criticism over back-to-back slates of all-white nominees, the motion picture academy spent the better part of last year attempting to broaden its membership and its sense of what it stood for as the public face of the movie business. Stung by last year’s #OscarsSoWhite furor, the group headed into the 89th Academy Awards hoping to turn the page on the diversity debate — and perhaps find a moment of redemption.
Understandably, the unscripted best picture gaffe (there's that word again) confounded home viewers. But it also flabbergasted the high-profile names inside the Dolby Theatre. Los Angeles Times backstage photographer Al Seib caught the moment on camera Sunday night.
Here's the audience reacting to the reveal that "Moonlight" was indeed the best picture winner, not "La La Land." Times photographer Seib, a veteran of the Oscars ceremony, captured the epic react shot. Below are some close-ups from his snapshot.
One of the most epic mix-ups in the history of the Academy Awards could have been the result of a faulty envelope design as much as bad backstage distribution.
Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were there to present the last award of the night, the Oscar for best picture. However, instead of the envelope for best picture, they were given a second envelope for lead actress, which was won by Emma Stone of “La La Land,” causing Dunaway to announce that “La La Land” had won best picture, instead of “Moonlight.”
A new envelope design — red with the category embossed on the front in gold lettering — could have been a factor.
All of the original song nominees were performed during Sunday's Academy Awards telecast, with Justin Timberlake performing "Can’t Stop the Feeling" from the movie "Trolls" kicking off the night.
During the show, Lin-Manuel Miranda set the stage for Auli'i Cravalho, introducing the "Moana" star with an original rap before she sang "How Far I'll Go."
John Legend pulled double-duty for "La La Land," performing an arrangement of the film's two nominated songs, "City of Stars" and "Audition," and Sting took the stage for "The Empty Chair" from "Jim: The James Foley Story."
In his first opening monologue after the Oscars, Jimmy Kimmel used the time to clear up what happened at last night's Academy Awards. What really happened when the wrong movie was announced as best picture winner -- instead of "Moonlight" -- and how did the celebrities react?
After a confused Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced "La La Land" as the winner, the pick was shortly debunked. Kimmel, who was watching from the crowd next to Matt Damon, knew something was off.
"The audience is confused," Kimmel said. "The people standing around me are confused. I assume everyone at home is confused, and I'm probably supposed to do something because no one's doing anything."
A day after one of the most genuinely shocking moments in Oscar history – the incorrect announcement of "La La Land" instead of "Moonlight" as this year's best picture – the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released an official message apologizing to the filmmakers, presenters and viewers alike for the snafu.
The statement follows apologies by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm responsible for handling the Oscars voting tabulation and winners' envelopes, for its role in the fumble at the climax of Sunday night's show.
In accepting his award (along with director Barry Jenkins) for best adapted screenplay for "Moonlight" on Sunday night, Tarell Alvin McCraney paid homage to another gay Oscar winner whose triumph inspired him the way he hoped his would inspire others.
"I remember sitting back somewhere watching Dustin Lance Black accept for 'Milk' and thinking maybe one day that can be me," he said backstage, Oscar in hand. "And here I am."
Black, who nabbed his Academy Award in 2009 for original screenplay and wrote the LGBTQ rights miniseries "When We Rise," premiering tonight on ABC, responded Monday in a statement exclusively to The Times:
The envelope debacle that stole the spotlight from “Moonlight” at the end of the 89th Academy Awards ceremony sparked enough fury and fervor to cement the incident among the great Hollywood dramas of all time.
How did this happen? Who dropped the ball? What did the “La La Land” producers know and when did they know it? Was there a second set of envelopes from the grassy knoll? (Kind of.) Is this Hollywood’s Zapruder film and, if so, who is Babushka Lady?
We watched and rewatched, fast-forwarded, rewound and froze frames. We observed the players and talked to some people backstage before, during and after the slow-motion wreck. We look forward to the documentary, which will surely win an Emmy. (Or will it?)