"Moonlight" won the best picture Oscar after a botched announcement threw the ceremony into chaos.
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."
Michelle Williams has made it her signature, but the controlled pixie cut has made a comeback as the high-glam short-hair look that makes the most of cheekbones and dazzling earrings.
At the Academy Awards on Sunday, Viola Davis wore hers with elegant-but-casual side-swept bangs, while Janelle Monáe kept her short hair looking regal with a headband, and Ginnifer Goodwin gave her hair edge with super-sharp, super-short bangs.
One of the most competitive races of the night is Casey Affleck versus Denzel Washington for lead actor. The "Manchester by the Sea" and "Fences" stars were considered neck-and-neck heading into the Oscars ceremony, with their respective campaigners waging a fierce battle.
Not so their agents, who are close friends at WME Entertainment, where the competitiveness and, occasionally, trash talk, on behalf of their clients flows freely.
"One of us will go out and have a great night," said Boomer Malkin, Affleck's agent, as he stood near the bar of the Dolby Theatre during the ceremony about an hour before the award was to be announced.
Immediately after the climactic snafu for the announcement of this year's best picture winner, "Moonlight," Elton John took the stage at his 25th Academy Awards viewing party and fundraiser in West Hollywood for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
"Wow!" the veteran English rocker said. "I'm glad we didn't have Warren Beatty do the live auction."
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 [awards show circuit] 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.
In perhaps the most unbelievable ending to an Oscar ceremony, "La La Land" was awarded the Academy Award for best picture, a mistake that was eventually corrected to honor the actual winner, "Moonlight."
After Warren Beatty apologized for the mix-up, the Internet lost its collective mind. Here are just a few bewildered reactions to the news.
Someone needs to explain how this happened. And right now. #Oscars
Netflix’s “The White Helmets,” about a group of first responders in Syria, is a film pulsing with meaning, said director Orlando von Einsiedel backstage after snagging the Oscar for best documentary short.
“Right from the start this was about shining a very bright light on the heroes of our film, the white helmets, Syrian rescue workers,” said Von Einsiedel, who previously won best documentary for 2014’s “Virunga." “We [hope to] continue to magnify their voices.”
On the film’s cinematographer, Khaled Khateeb, who was denied entry into the U.S. due to “derogatory information” and therefore couldn’t attend the Oscars, producer Joanna Natasegara said they had just spoken to Khateeb.