La La Land was just announced as the Best Picture winner only to have the entire crew of cast and producers come on stage and be interrupted to announce that Moonlight was actually the Best Picture winner. Moonlight was ABSOLUTELY the right choice, so I am thrilled that it won, the Academy got this VERY right.
I’m trying to assume that this was just an honest mistake, not a plug for controversy it talk show fodder. HOWEVER if it was orchestrated by the producers, I am IRATE. For a few reasons.
That is a TERRIBLE position to put Warren Beatty and everyone from La La Land in. They were in the middle of making their acceptance speech when they were told they didn’t win. But the more EGREGIOUS result here is that Moonlight doesn’t get it’s due. At a volatile time for race relations in America a film with a unique perspective on growing up black in a poor Miami neighborhood wins Best Picture but we have to give it to La La Land for a few minutes first!? NO ONE heard Barry Jenkins’ message when he accepted the Best Picture award because everyone was absorbed in the shock of the moment. No one will talk about the excellent film that won Best Picture tomorrow morning, it will be about the on-air mistakes made. So the Oscars have the opportunity to let a film made by people who are traditionally underrepresented in he industry take the stage and let their message be heard but now it’s clouded by this controversy.
Moonlight is a beautiful film and deserved it’s chance in the spotlight and not in the shadow of La La Land.
And the cast and crew of La La Land are insanely talented. They deserved a much more dignified loss.
I really want to believe this was an honest mistake.
But if it wasn’t… 😡