It should have been a moment of triumph for the Oscars. After two years of social media blowback and protests about the lack of diversity in its membership ranks and across their list of nominees, the Academy Awards honored a record number of African-American artists. In a stunning upset, “Moonlight
,” a tender-hearted drama about growing up gay and black, picked up best picture. Instead, an epic flub that saw presenters Warren Beatty
and Faye Dunaway
mistakenly award the top prize to “La La Land
” has dominated headlines.
“The success of films such as ‘Moonlight
’ and the greater balance in terms of the diversity of the winners has been totally overshadowed by this,” said Kevin Craig
, CEO and founder of Plmr, a public relations firm. “In other years, a film with a budget of $1.5 million winning best picture would be seismic. Instead we’re talking about Faye Dunaway
, Warren Beatty
, and this car crash footage.