Here’s What REALLY Happened With Last Night’s Best Picture Flub
The next time you mess up at work, just remember: Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway once announced the wrong Best Picture winner at the Oscars. It’s an event that will surely go down as the BIGGEST, most cringe-worthy mistake in showbiz history, managing to trump even Adele’s Grammy win over Beyoncé and that time Steve Harvey announced the wrong Miss Universe. We never would have guessed that such a massive error could happen at an affair as prestigious as the Academy Awards, but, along with a major chunk of the movie-lovin’ world, we all watched it go down live on our screens. While we’re still in a state of shocked disbelief, TBH, we now at least know how the Oscars Best Picture blunder happened.
For those that need a re-cap or missed the flub completely, here’s the cringe-worthy moment in all of its horrifying glory.
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) February 27, 2017
So, how could such a thing possibly occur?!
Apparently, there were a few layers to the story. According to Beatty, who took to the stage to attempt to offer a semblance of an explanation, he had been given a card that read, “Emma Stone, La La Land.” Emma Stone seemingly refuted that claim in her post-Oscars interview (where she graciously lauded the cast of Moonlight) by saying that she was “also holding her Best Actress in a Leading Role card that entire time. So whatever story… I don’t mean to start stuff, but whatever story that was, I had that card. So I’m not sure what happened, and I really wanted to talk to you guys first,” she said to the press.
— Michelle Reed (@MichelleNReed) February 27, 2017
According to journalist Jarett Wieselman, however, Beatty’s story holds up, as Brian Cullinan of PricewaterhouseCoopers (the accounting firm that tallies the Oscars votes) said that for security purposes, two cards with the winners listed are placed in two different briefcases.
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) February 27, 2017
In this case, a MASSIVE mixup occurred, with the wrong envelope being given to Warren Beatty at the moment of the big reveal, containing a card from an entirely different category. The card that Warren Beatty was holding did indeed have Emma Stone’s name on it, with her win for Best Actress in La La Land, which Dunaway ultimately read aloud as Best Picture of La La Land.
Vanity Fair reports that backstage, a stage manager knew immediately that there had been a mistake, whispering, “Oh my god! Oh my god! Oh my god! They read the wrong envelope.”
A statement from PricewaterhouseCoopers was sent out early this morning via the Academy, taking full responsibility, and saying, “We sincerely apologize to Moonlight, La La Land, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture. The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, [the error] was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred. We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation.”
And there you have it, folks: Case (kind of!) closed.
What do you think about the big Oscars blunder? Let us know @BritandCo!
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)