Javier Bardem

A view from backstage: How that big Oscars mistake overshadowed months of planning and precision

A view from backstage: How that big Oscars mistake overshadowed months of planning and precision

The mood backstage was high. Champagne had been poured and a long evening seemed destined for a suave and elegant ending. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway glided through the wings and onto the stage to announce the Oscar for best picture. But things went sideways inside the Dolby Theatre: “Oh my God,” said a stagehand, “he got the wrong envelope.”

That glitch led to the one of the biggest embarrassments in Academy Awards history when Beatty handed the envelope to Dunaway, who incorrectly named “La La Land” and not “Moonlight” as the winner. Stunned silence  rolled through the darkened wings as stagehands peeked out to the spotlight. Confusion ensued and the...

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