'This is not a joke': The WRONG movie was just named Best Picture at the Oscars

By Kirstin Buick
27 February 2017

In a move as dramatic as the Best Picture-nominated films themselves, the Academy just declared the wrong movie the winner of the coveted Best Picture award.

Are you confused?

We sure are. Initially, the prize was said to have gone to La La Land -- when the winner was actually Moonlight.

La La Land director Damien Chazelle had even began accepting the award, when staff came onstage to reveal the error.

Warren Beatty, who presented the award with Faye Dunaway, said he been given the wrong envelope.

“I want to tell you what happened,” Warren said, retaking the stage after the painfully awkward scene played out.

“I opened the envelope and it said Emma Stone, La La Land. That’s why I took such a long look at Faye and at you. I wasn’t trying to be funny.”

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Oddly though, the official Academy Awards Twitter account ALSO announced that La La Land had won, in a tweet that has since been deleted. Was it a stunt? Just a horrible mistake? No one seems to know for sure. But Twitter is already having a great time with the bizarre turn of events.

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