The Academy has issued an apology for the Oscars mishap

Following Sunday night’s (February 26th) snafu, the Academy has issued an apology for the Oscars Best Picture mishap.

At the Oscars, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced that La La Land had won the coveted Best Picture award at the ceremony on Sunday night. This was, in fact, a mistake. Rather, Moonlight had been awarded Best Picture, with La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz announcing that the mistake had been made. In fact, it appeared that everyone was confused, with Moonlight director Barry Jenkins saying that no one had really explained what had happened.

Of course, there was speculation about how the mayhem had occurred, and now the Academy has written a response and apologized for the mishap.

In a post on Medium, the Academy voiced their “regret” at what had occurred.

"We apologize to the entire cast and crew of La La Land and Moonlight whose experience was profoundly altered by this error," the statement reads. "We salute the tremendous grace they displayed under the circumstances. To all involved — including our presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, the filmmakers, and our fans watching worldwide — we apologize."

Continuing, they placed blame upon PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm who counts the Oscar votes.

“For the last 83 years, the Academy has entrusted PwC to handle the critical tabulation process, including the accurate delivery of results. PwC has taken full responsibility for the breaches of established protocols that took place during the ceremony,” the statement read. “We have spent last night and today investigating the circumstances, and will determine what actions are appropriate going forward. We are unwaveringly committed to upholding the integrity of the Oscars and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.”

 Indeed, PwC had issued their own statement yesterday (February 27th), apologizing for what had occurred.

“We sincerely apologise to Moonlight, La La Land, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for best picture,” PwC said in a statement.

Meanwhile, after it was announced that Moonlight had picked up Best Picture, people on the internet only had nice words to say.

We’re sending all our congrats to everyone involved with the making of the movie!

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