First Things First, Let's Get to the Bottom of the Best Picture Debacle:
To the employee at Pricewaterhousecoopers, good luck dealing with the horrible day ahead of you. I honestly feel for you.
If you haven't heard (which is doubtful considering it's all anyone is talking about), last night at the Oscars, during the last award presentation, the Best Picture Winner was announced wrong. Yes, the biggest moment of the night was a complete and utter fail making for the next most uncomfortable moment of the year, right next to Donald Trump's power handshake with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. UGH WHY.
Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway presented the last award of the night and turns out, they called the wrong film title as Dunaway yelled out 'La La Land,' when the real winner was underdog, 'Moonlight.'
So, how did this happen? SERIOUSLY, HOW!?
Before everyone goes and blames Hollywood icon, Beatty, cool your jets and listen to all the details. Just like Steve Harvey's Miss Universe debacle, it wasn't solely his fault.
Here's how the epic fail went down: PricewaterhouseCoopers is the accounting firm that has been in charge of Oscar's balloting since 1935. One of their employees, in charge of handing the presenters the envelopes that contain the results of who won each award, passed Beatty the wrong card. This person, who hopefully for their poor sake remains unnamed, gave Beatty an old card for Best Actress with Emma Stone's name on it. Ok, so why on earth did dummy number one do that? PWC has two cards for each winner, one that is kept in case the first is misplaced. So, the employee mistakenly handed the second of the Best Actress cards to Beatty, instead of the one for Best Picture.
Now, here is where Beatty can be faulted. The actor, after reading the card onstage, noticeably realized something was wrong as he continued to dig in the envelope, but instead of speaking up and getting clarification, he instead passed the card to his 'Bonne & Clyde' costar, Dunaway, who immediately shouted that the winner was the L.A. boasting film after seeing Stone's name on the card and... apparently... not thinking twice about why only her name was on their.
Brace yourselves, this next part hurts. The cast and crew of the film then made their way up to the limelight, and not one, but TWO producers gave their thank you speeches. Ouch. Their shining moment was immediately ripped from them as a producer frantically rushed onstage to clarify the mistake and announce that the low budget film 'Moonlight' was indeed the winner.
I'm cringing just typing this because ah! how unfortunate for every single party involved.
Apparently, the Academy wasn't as fond of 'La La Land' as the whole world believed, as 'Moonlight,' which cost less to create than every other Oscar Best Picture winner since The Hurt Locker in 2009, ended up receiving the highest recognition.
Oscars No Longer So White:
This, while painful to witness, was a huge moment for the Academy's strive for progress when it comes to diversity. Last year's "Oscars So White" viral hashtag had Hollywood in an uproar, as many ethnic groups were unrepresented in the nominations and wins.
This year, the same cannot be said as two of the acting awards went to African American actors. 'Moonlight's' Mahershala Ali and 'Fences' Viola Davis both took home the prize. And, a film featuring both African Americans AND the LGBT community won the overall show. Despite the awkwardness, I'm thrilled to see more diversity starting to happen in the world of film. (I won't get into how Asians, Latinos and so many more are still not represented, but hey, it's a start).
Who Else Won?
As mentioned, Viola Davis received recognition for her role in 'Fences,' earning her first Oscar and Emma Stone also took home her first gold award. Damien Chazelle became the youngest winner for Best Director in 'La La Land,' and the film was granted six more awards (clearly they'll survive not winning Best Picture).
And, while the diversity issue is starting to get better, other controversies were at the forefront of the show. Iranian director Asghar Farhadi won for best foreign language film with 'The Salesman,' but in a stand against President Trump's Muslim ban, he was not in attendance to accept the award.
But, the Muslim community experienced a victory when Ali became the first Muslim to win an Oscar in an acting category. You go Glen Coco.
Did anything else exciting happen?
The last ten minutes of the award show were clearly the most exciting, but the night held a few other fun moments too. Host Jimmy Kimmel, who killed the hosting game, brought a surprised group of tourists into the Dolby Theater, which led to Denzel Washington even officiating and impromptu wedding between two of his fans in the tour group.
If I were cool enough to attend the awards, my favorite moment by far would have been when candy and cookies literally rained from the sky. CANDY RAIN!!!! I'm jealous just thinking about it. Taraji P. Hensen apparently enjoyed the treats as much as I did as she's become the meme queen of the night, looking beyond ecstatic to be getting some sweets.
So yeah, the show may not have gone off without a hitch, but in the end, it didn't make out too bad.