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The Oscars fiasco: how did it happen and whose fault was it?

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28 Febrero 2017 11:24

Has the mystery been solved?

How could the wrong film have been named as the winner of the most important Oscar of them all?

At the climax of Sunday night's Oscar ceremony, when the moment came for Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway (Bonnie & Clyde) to announce Best Picture, something strange and incredibly awkward happened. They read out the name of the wrong movie – La La Land – instead of the real winner: Moonlight.

Upon hearing Dunaway read out their movie, the euphoric La La Land team promptly crowded onto the stage. The producers got stuck into their speeches. Then the announcement came: Oops! Actually, Moonlight won. 

At that point, Beatty steps out front to apologise and explain that he'd been given the wrong envelope – for Best Actress in a Leading Role, a prize which had just been won by Emma Stone. As the only movie written on that card was La La Land, that is the name Beatty and Dunaway read out. And yet, backstage, Stone later said that she'd kept the envelope announcing her Oscar. So, how could Beatty have had it? What the hell went wrong?

As you can see from the close up of the envelope Beatty was holding as he walked onstage, he was telling the truth about being given the wrong one:

But didn't Stone say she'd held on to this envelope?

Apparently, the envelope in Beatty's hand is a duplicate. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the accountancy firm that oversees the counting of the Oscars ballots, always makes duplicate envelopes of the complete set of results. These are supervised by two people: this year they were Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz.

PwC has already tweeted an apology, apparently taking the blame for what happened:

So it looks like one of the PwC supervisors mistakenly gave the duplicate of the previous category envelope to the presenters as they walked on stage. The company has announced that it is investigating how this could have happened.

On social media however, people are having as much fun with the incident as they did when Steve Harvey accidentally crowned Miss Colombia as winner of last year's Miss Universe pageant. Memes of the blunder have been popping up all over the internet.

Here are a few of the best:

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