Going into the Oscars, the question was which of two competing narratives would dominate the night.
The end result: a balance between the two, amid a disturbing gaffe as presenters Warren Beatty
and Faye Dunaway
pulled a “La La Land
” card out of a red envelope. There was a mistake.
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With eight nominations, “Moonlight
” looked to be the likeliest film to unseat rival juggernaut “La La Land
” for Best Picture and so it did, among three total Oscars.
“There were two cards. I wanted to see the card,” said “Moonlight
” writer-director Jenkins backstage in explaining the bizarre mixup which initially saw “La La Land
” announced as Best Picture before a correction was issued that it was “Moonlight
.” Beatty showed to him. (It said “Moonlight
.”) “The folks from ‘La La Land
’ were so gracious,” he added.
“There was a time when I thought this movie was impossible,