In one of the most dramatic and shocking moments in Oscar history, “La La Land” was mistakenly awarded best picture Sunday night. The real winner, as it turned out, was “Moonlight.”
It was surreal.
“This seemed to many of us sort of like covering a sports event where a baseball team is up 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth and suddenly a two-run homer changes the winner,” CBS news correspondent Steve Futterman said on CBS Sports Radio’s After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “We had a change of winner last night at the Oscars. We’ve never seen anything like this before.”
With 14 nominations, “La La Land” was expected to clean up at the Oscars – and it did, winning six awards. But it thought it had won seven.
“La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz revealed the mistake to the audience, holding up a card that read “Moonlight.”
“It was disbelief,” Futterman said. “You knew it happened and you’re saying to yourself, ‘How could this happen?’ And you’re giving that rhetorical question, ‘Did this really happen?’ – even though you know it has. But it was just one of those things. How did this happen?”
Presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were handed the wrong Oscar card. They were given the card for best actress, which Emma Stone won for her performance in “La La Land.”
This moment, needless to say, will never be forgotten.
“We live in the era of social media, and there’s an upside many times to downsides,” Futterman said. “I don’t think the Oscars have had this many people talk about it in many, many years.”