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For movie fans who managed to make it to the end of the almost four-hour Academy Awards last night, their reward was bearing live witness to the biggest screw-up in Oscar history.

Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were given the honour of presenting Best Picture, undoubtedly the biggest award of the night. Things started off well enough, until it seemed like Beatty was doing his best to stretch the show into hour five with a long schtick.

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The veteran actor was unnecessarily taking his time reading the winner, dragging out what was a highly anticipated award in a stacked category.

Finally, it was Dunaway who announced La La Land as the winner of Best Picture.

The film’s producers were halfway through their speeches when an Oscar crew member in a headset began collecting envelopes from the winners. It seemed odd to see someone in the crew on stage during a winner’s speech, but then it happened.

Following Jordan Horowitz and Marc Platt‘s speeches, fellow producer Fred Berger closed out his acceptance speech by thanking his friends, family and crew and then announcing, “We lost.” Wait, what?

Horowitz swooped in and clarified the situation by announcing that Moonlight won Best Picture, not La La Land, adding that he was “really proud to hand this to his friends on Moonlight.” #Classy

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It was not a joke.

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The audience in the theatre was shocked.

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Real shocked.

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All the shocks.

The audience watching at home was in shock.

The flub made Moonlight‘s win even more special for the cast and crew.

Beatty went to the mic AGAIN to explain himself.

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He [rightly] blamed the envelope.

When re-watching the presentation, it’s clear that Beatty is looking for a second card in the envelope. Also, it’s clear that’s the face of being terrified on live television.

Upon further inspection, the envelope in Beatty’s hands did indeed read ‘Actress In A Leading Role.’

Host Jimmy Kimmel didn’t know what happened.

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He blamed himself.

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Director Barry Jenkins was loving real life more than dreams.

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Actor Janelle Monae was loving everything.

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We still couldn’t believe it either.

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Still speechless.

But like any good film, the plot quickly thickened. During her press conference backstage, Best Actress winner Emma Stone said she not only f**king loved Moonlight, she also had the envelope with her the whole time.

The Academy Awards will eventually get over the screw up, thanks to a little help from their friends.

Apologies eventually rolled in.

But in the end, the real question remains – are the Oscars fake news?

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