Even Hollywood couldn't write an ending like this. With the producers and cast of "La La Land" already on stage and into their Best Picture thank you speeches, stagehands appeared on the stage -- it turned out "Moonlight" had actually won the award, but presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway had been given the wrong envelope. Instead of the Best Picture winner, they had the one for Best Actress, which had already been won by Emma Stone for "La La Land." Beatty sensed something was not right, slowed down and took a second look, then showed the envelope to Dunaway who immediately read the name of the movie indicated by the card inside envelope. After he was told what happened, "La La Land" producer Jordan Horowitz came to the mic and said, "There's a mistake, 'Moonlight,' you guys won Best Picture. This is not a joke. I'm afraid they read the wrong thing." And so the La La Land gang gave up their statues, left the stage and were replaced by the Moonlight group. Shocked director Barry Jenkins said, "Very clearly, even in my dreams this could not be true. But to hell with dreams, I'm done with it, cause this is true. Oh my goodness." At around midnight Pacific Time, Price Waterhouse Coopers, which has overseen the Oscar's ballot-counting process for more than 80 years, issued a statement that said, "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 statement added: "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."
Whether it's ordering pizza, taking a huge group selfie, or getting Girl Scout cookies for the audience, every Academy Awards has at least one memorable bit. For this year's awards, Jimmy Kimmel surprised a bunch of tourists on a sightseeing bus by bringing them right into the middle of the action. When the doors opened and the group found themselves inside the Dolby Theatre, the group wasted no time taking pictures, videos...and getting up close and personal with the stars. One woman made off with Jennifer Aniston's sunglasses, a few people touched Mahershala Ali's Oscar, plenty of tourists got to kiss Meryl Streep's hand, and one couple from Chicago got a head start on their July wedding when Denzel Washington playfully pronounced them husband and wife.
"Hell or High Water"
"La La Land"
"Manchester by the Sea"
Actor in a Leading Role
Casey Affleck - "Manchester by the Sea" (WINNER)
Andrew Garfield - "Hacksaw Ridge"
Ryan Gosling - "La La Land"
Viggo Mortensen - "Captain Fantastic"
Denzel Washington - "Fences"
Actor in a Supporting Role
Mahershala Ali - "Moonlight" (WINNER)
Jeff Bridges - "Hell or High Water"
Lucas Hedges - "Manchester by the Sea"
Dev Patel - "Lion"
Michael Shannon - "Nocturnal Animals"
Actress in a Lead Role
Emma Stone - "La La Land" (WINNER)
Isabelle Huppert - "Elle"
Ruth Negga - "Loving"
Natalie Portman - "Jackie"
Meryl Streep - "Florence Foster Jenkins"
Actress in a Supporting Role
Viola Davis - "Fences" (WINNER)
Naomie Harris - "Moonlight"
Nicole Kidman - "Lion"
Octavia Spencer - "Hidden Figures"
Michelle Williams - "Manchester by the Sea"