Oscars organizers have apologized for the Best Picture mix-up at Sunday night’s (26Feb17) ceremony while the show’s host Jimmy Kimmel has opened up about the “mass confusion”.
Presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway had the job of reading out the winner of the last gong of the evening but, just minutes after they revealed La La Land was the victor, bosses were forced to reveal they had been handed the wrong envelope.
The Moonlight cast and crew then made their way onto the stage to collect the prize, with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the accountancy firm responsible for collating Oscars votes and preparing the envelopes, later taking the blame in two separate statements.
Now the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the organisation that produces the Oscars, has had its say on the debacle, apologizing to all involved.
“We deeply regret the mistakes that were made during the presentation of the Best Picture category during last night’s Oscar ceremony,” the statement read. “We apologise to the entire cast and crew of La La Land and Moonlight whose experience was profoundly altered by this error. We salute the tremendous grace they displayed under the circumstances. To all involved – including our presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, the filmmakers, and our fans watching worldwide – we apologise.”
The statement continued to reveal a full investigation will be undertaken into exactly what happened, and that “PwC has taken full responsibility for the breaches of established protocols that took place during the ceremony.”