June 22, 2018

Deja vu? Beatty, Dunaway announce correct winner this time

06 March 2018, 01:59 | Simon Arnold

How to avoid another Oscar mistake

Why the Oscars won't be announcing the wrong winners in 2018

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirmed several changes in January, including presenters ensuring they have the correct envelope before they go on stage, with that fact confirmed by stage managers, too.

La La Land was mistakenly announced as the victor of the big prize of the night, as opposed to the true victor, Moonlight.

Minutes later while the filmmakers behind La La Land were celebrating, the show's producers stormed the stage and eventually Moonlight was rightfully given the award.

"La La Land" producer Jordan Horowitz, front center, shows the card saying "Moonlight" won the best picture as actor Warren Beatty, and Host Jimmy Kimmel look on at the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017, in Hollywood, California.

This year's victor envelopes feature much bigger print on the outside - a change that was no doubt influenced by last year's snafu when La La Land was incorrectly announced as the victor of Best Picture (Moonlight took home the trophy). "I said, 'Is he doing this purposely?"

"I'm never going to get the opportunity to enjoy that - because even if it happens again, it won't be the same".

Last year's PwC accountants, Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz, were replaced by Rick Rosas and Kimberly Bourdon.

Showing her sense of humor, the actress actually wore the same glamorous blue Esteban Cortazar dress to present Best Picture this year as she wore on the red carpet of last year's Oscars. However, last year's supporting winners Viola Davis ("Fences") and Mahershala Ali ("Moonlight") will present those awards. It's very humbling to be up here and I hope it's inspiring to little black boys and brown girls who feel marginalised.

The Oscars kept the drama in the movies this year.

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