A historic Oscar mishap sparks anger amongst Lugo students


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The Oscars took place on Sunday, February 25th, and it was a night turned sour as the announcement for “Best Picture” was mistaken- almost Oscar worthy itself. A mishap took place on stage when “Moonlight” was unable to shine; a fault that quite nearly broke the internet. When the producers of “La La Land” took stage to receive the “Best Picture” award, they soon realized that these nominees weren’t the right recipients.

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An embarrassing moment in Oscar history took place on Sunday night and it had Lugo movie buffs causing a fuss. The evening took an interesting turn when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway hit the stage to announce one of the Oscars highest honoring awards, “Best Picture.” The presentation began to feel a bit bizarre even before the soon be “historical” mishap took place.

As Warren Beatty gazed at the award envelope, then at his co-star, he announced with a face of uncertainty: “La La Land” as the recipient for the “Best Picture” award. It was a quick moment after the announcement when he realized his mistake. Almost immediately, after La La Land’s producers had begun to conclude their speeches one of  the producer’s, Jordan Horowitz displayed the winning card to the cameras, “there’s been a mistake,” he said, “Moonlight won.”

Beatty quickly returned on stage and apologized for the misunderstanding, saying that he was handed the incorrect envelope and further explained that before handing the envelope to Dunaway, he saw La La Land star Emma Stone’s name on it. Early on Monday morning, Pricewaterhouse Coopers apologized for the error that had occurred, regarding, “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.”  Regardless of the errors, La La Land was still able to have a night full of recognition, with a total of 14-nominations and 6 wins for “Best Actress (Emma Stone)” and “Best Director (Damien Chapelle)”; A Don Antonio Lugo Senior class member, Carolyn Tellez, expressed, “I am very disappointed that they made a mistake because I love La La Land.”