No mistake — “In a world…” where the inept accountants from PricewaterhouseCoopers cause the wrong movie to be announced as Best Picture at the Oscars, it was a great night to be at Pauley instead, where the real stars were. Give me the Blue Carpet over the Red Carpet any day!
In an unprecedented twist of fate, two of my all-time favorite annual events fell on the same night. Since I am a long-time member of the Directors Guild of America, I never miss the live broadcast of the Academy Awards. I receive free copies of almost every nominated film, because I vote for the coveted DGA Awards. And as a dedicated 24-year veteran of the Entertainment Industry, I take the Oscars seriously.
Only one organization (besides the DGA) takes priority for me over the Academy, and that’s the UCLA Spirit Squad, who held their annual All-Access Reception Fundraiser on Sunday afternoon, overlapping slightly with the Oscars. There was never any doubt in my mind which event was more important to me. Naturally, I attended the Spirit Reception, and recorded the Oscars, to watch afterwards.
I actually got home in the middle of the televised ceremony, and watched the rest live. And boy, I’m glad I did… because it was historically pathetic, and people will be shaking their heads about it for decades to come. The accountants from PricewaterhouseCoopers who are in charge of the voting and the winner envelopes screwed up dramatically, allowing Warren Beatty to open the wrong envelope, leading to Faye Dunaway announcing “La La Land” as the winner of Best Picture. But as the Producers were up on stage saying their thank you’s, the stage managers informed them that there had been the mother of all faux pax’s, and that “Moonlight” was the actual winner.
The “La La Land” Producers were gracious in turning over the trophy and the moment to the “Moonlight” people, but it was the most awkward and uncomfortable moment in not just Oscar history, but in Continue Reading »