Ryan Gosling, star of "La La Land," was seen trying not to giggle when it was announced that his movie did not win the Academy Award for Best Picture after all.
In the strangest moment in Oscars history, "La La Land" was mistakenly announced as winning Best Picture, only to have the award given to "Moonlight" after the acceptance speeches by "La La Land" producers had already begun, notes the Daily Mail.
As Gosling tried to stifle his laugh, his costar Emma Stone, who had already won the Best Actress award, was seen mouthing the words "Oh my God," as the mistake became apparent.
Faye Dunaway and her co-presenter, Warren Beatty, were given the wrong category envelope, causing them to announce the wrong winner, reports The Washington Post. Beatty looked confused as he opened the envelope to read the winner for best picture, then handed the envelope to Dunaway, who announced: “La La Land!”
It was several minutes before the mistake was recognized, leading to the awkward scene of the actual winners being brought onstage to replace the mistaken winners.
Beatty then tried to explain the debacle to the audience. “I want to tell you what happened. 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."
Host Jimmy Kimmel then tried to lighten the mood by closing the show with some humor. “Well, I don’t know what happened; I blame myself for this,” he said. “Let’s remember, it’s just an awards show. I mean, we hate to see people disappointed, but the good news is, we got to see some extra speeches We had some great movies. I knew I would screw this show up, I really did. Thank you for watching. I’m back to work tomorrow night at my regular show. I promise I’ll never come back. Good night.”