Bonnie and Clyde Pull Off One Final Heist

By Erin Neil, Co-Editor in Chief

Sunday evening marked the biggest night in Hollywood with the 89th Academy Awards. The star-studded event began with a live performance from Justin Timberlake, a diverge from traditionally pre-taped opening segments, and was followed by a poignant and hilarious opening monologue from host Jimmy Kimmel.

As the night commenced, those in the audience were gifted with floating candy, greeted by some very lucky tourists, and watched as one of the biggest mistakes in Oscar history took place. What was almost a flawlessly executed show by host Jimmy Kimmel was quickly ruined by a major gaffe from presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway–celebrating the 50th anniversary of their film Bonnie and Clyde–when announcing the Best Picture Winner.

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Horowitz shows the audience the card on which Moonlight was clearly named Best Picture. (Photo by The Times of Israel and caption by Erin Neil.)

Each presenter is given an envelope to announce the winner for their respective categories, but the representatives from accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCooper, who hand the envelopes to the presenters mistakenly gave the “Best Actress” card to Dunaway and Beatty instead of the one with the “Best Picture” winner. In an incredibly tense exchange of events, Dunaway announced La La Land to be the winner with no surprise to anyone as the film had received a record amount of nominations and was a favorite to win. However, after a few minutes the mistake was corrected by Beatty and Kimmel.

While the events of the night were shocking on many accounts, La La Land producer, Jordan Horowitz expressed incredible grace under pressure. When Kimmel attempted to lighten the situation about the possibility of both films taking home trophies, Horowitz took to the mic to pronounce, “I’m going to be really thrilled to hand this to my friends from Moonlight.” By the time the Moonlight cast and crew had made it onto the stage it was clear that Horowitz was not the only one thrilled by this win. Even through the flawed finish, the 89th Academy Awards celebrated the incredible diversity and talent of the films honored. 

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