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Remember last year's Oscar Best Picture mix-up? Here’s how it happened

With the Oscars 2018 kicking off this weekend, you're probably thinking back to last year's awards ceremony and one particular, unforgettable moment. That's right, I'm talking about the Best Picture mix-up which saw a Hollywood-style screw-up of epic proportions as La La Land was incorrectly announced as Best Picture instead of the actual winner - Moonlight.

So… what exactly went down? Let’s go through it step by agonising step and keep our fingers crossed that it doesn't happen to any of the Oscar winners 2018:

It’s probably best to start with the moment itself, if you can bear to look from through your fingers. Yes, it really is as toe-curling and embarrassing as it appears.

On a second-look (once you know what’s coming), you can see Warren Beatty take way too long to read the envelope, a sure-fire sign that someone messed up big time. Despite checking constantly, he hands over to Faye Dunaway who blurts out La La Land. Oops!

In a twist ending straight out of the big book of Hollywood clichés, it turned out that Moonlight actually won Best Picture – cue laughter and a few gasps. They’ll make a movie about this one day…

It turns out that the blame lies with an accountancy firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers, who set into motion one of the biggest errors in Oscars history, all thanks to a rogue envelope...

It would be best to remove any tin foil hats, though, as two Oscars producers have duplicates of envelopes and are waiting at opposite ends of the stage in case one set of envelopes goes missing. Mystery solved.

Even better (or worse if you’re an Oscars producer) is that Warren Beatty was handed the envelope for Best Actress, which was already handed out to Emma Stone earlier in the evening, hence the confusion and hullabaloo.

But the real hero was the La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz who ran on strange to proclaim that Moonlight won after being told by a stagehand and “That it’s not a joke.” He even showed off the winning card as proof:

Thankfully, everyone took it in good spirits, probably helped by the fact that La La Land had already picked up its fair share of Oscars. Emma Stone reacted with good graces, in her own NSFW style.

M. Night Shyamalan himself couldn’t have made it up... or did he?

The internet, as ever, were sharp as a tack in their responses:

And, hey, at least the Moonlight cast have a story to dine out on for a long, long time.

Images: ABC/The Academy

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