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Oscars 2017: Warren Beatty Is Getting Roasted On Twitter After Best Film Flub

Oscars 2017: It was the most dramatic of endings to what is Hollywood's biggest award show, the highest validation that actors aspire to

  | February 27, 2017 13:17 IST (New Delhi)
Warren Beatty

Oscars 2017: Warren Beatty shows the envelope at the Academy Awards (courtesy: AFP)

Highlights

  • Pandemonium broke out in Dolby Theatre after the Best Film goof-up
  • 'Warren will want to BEAT someone,' read Karan Johar's tweet
  • 'Warren Beatty was blinded by the whiteness of La La Land,' read another
We knew, or should have known, there was something up at the 89th Academy Awards when Warren Beatty, presenting the final Oscar for Best Film, opened the envelope he'd been given and gazed at his co-presenter, his Bonny And Clyde co-star Faye Dunaway, in bemused incomprehension. She took it from him and read the name of the film out - La La Land. It was La La Land's seventh Oscar, except that it wasn't. Moonlight had actually won and the mistake was not corrected until the producers of La La Land had begun their vote of thanks. Moonlight, director Barry Jenkins' drama of a young black man discovering and dealing with his homosexuality, is this year's Best Film. Not La La Land, the much-awarded musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, who won Best Actress. It was the most dramatic of endings to what is Hollywood's biggest award show, the highest validation that actors aspire to.
Pandemonium broke out in Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre, the Oscar venue, and on social media which instantly drew parallels with Steve Harvey's announcement of the wrong Miss Universe winner last year. "What did you do?" host Jimmy Kimmel asked Mr Beatty, 79, who apologized. He didn't really need to though. Despite the jokes on Twitter, it appears that neither Warren Beatty nor Faye Dunaway are to blame - they were given the wrong envelope.
Be that as it may, the mocking is brutal. Even Karan Johar, Rishi Kapoor and Shabana Azmi got quips in:
 
 
 
The Steve Harvey comparison was too delicious for Twitter to ignore - even the Miss Universe handle tweeted:
 
 
The mocking was merciless:
 
 
 
There was some sympathy for Warren Beatty, particularly from former Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris:
 
 
 
 
 
Even the Academy Twitter handle was fooled and tweeted La La Land as Best Film winner before correcting to Moonlight.
Mr Beatty apparently made amends by showing Moonlight director Barry Jenkins the correct envelope later:
 
Consolation prizes in this whole sorry mess - La La Land won six Oscars in all, including Best Director for Damien Chazelle who, at 32, is the youngest winner of the award. And John Travolta must be feeling pretty damn pleased that someone else's Oscar flub has eclipsed his 'Adele Dazeem' goof-up while introducing singer Idina Menzel a couple of Oscars ago.
Moonlight also won Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali and Best Adapted Screenplay.
 

 
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