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La La Land, Moonlight Directors Thought Oscars Goof-up Was a 'Prank'

Actor-filmmaker Warren Beatty and actress Faye Dunaway presented the Best Picture award of the gala to La La Land instead of the real winner -- Moonlight, at the award ceremony on February 26.

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Updated:March 3, 2017, 8:59 AM IST
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La La Land, Moonlight Directors Thought Oscars Goof-up Was a 'Prank'
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Los Angeles: La La Land director Damien Chazelle and Moonlight helmer Barry Jenkins thought the goof-up that led to the wrong film being announced as the Best Picture at the 89th Academy Awards, was a prank.

Actor-filmmaker Warren Beatty and actress Faye Dunaway presented the Best Picture award of the gala to La La Land instead of the real winner -- Moonlight, at the award ceremony on February 26.

"Everything looked so energised. I, at first, thought there was some kind of prank going on," Chazelle told variety.com.

Jenkins said: "It's messy, but it's kind of gorgeous. You have these two groups of people who came together for a second. There's a picture with me hugging (La La Land producer) Jordan (Horowitz), and (Moonlight producer) Adele (Romanski) has her arm on his shoulder. That's what the moment was."

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What was strange for Jenkins was that he quickly had to change his emotions and deliver an acceptance speech for an Oscar only minutes earlier.

"I had something that I had prepared to say, and that thing went completely out the window.

"I've been saying that (co-writer) Tarell (Alvin McCraney) and I are that kid in the film, and that kid does not grow up to make a piece of art that gets eight Academy Award nominations," Jenkins said.

"It's a dream I never allowed myself to have. When we were sitting there, and that dream of winning didn't come true, I took it off the table. But then I had to very quickly get back into that place. And my first thought was to get to the stage to give Jordan a hug as quickly as possible," he added.

The moment was handled gracefully.

"It's weird to be friendly with someone, but to feel like there's a mano-a-mano thing, which I guess is the nature of the Oscars," Chazelle said.

"So it was nice to explode that myth a little bit on a big stage," he added.

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| Edited by: Shomini Sen
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