The world turned upside down for "La La Land" today, when the film was announced the Best Picture at the 89th Academy Awards, it was later revealed that "Moonlight" was the actual winner. All thanks to Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, who came on-to the stage to present the award.
At first it appeared that it was all Beatty's mistake, who looked baffled with the envelope and then passed it to Dunaway, who uttered those three words "La La Land", as per Bloomberg. The fate did not favor the musical magnum opus. As soon as the entire cast and crew of the film appeared on the stage and thanksgiving was on its way, the world witnessed something unexpected. Emma Stone's expression really looked stoned as she exclaimed "Oh My God", "its 'Moonlight' someone said".
"This is not a joke. Moonlight has won best picture", exclaimed the team "La La Land". Horowitz was immediately gracious: "I'm going to be really proud to hand this to my friends at Moonlight", according to Variety. Whatever went wrong was being corrected. There were murmurs all around and a situation of chaos, finally leading the "Moonlight" cast over the stage. On the other hand, Beatty tried to give explanations of what exactly happened. The immediate effect got visible on Twitter which swarmed with tweets full of hatred, shock, surprise and memes.
Jenkins contented, "Even in my dreams this could not be true. But to hell with it, I'm done with dreams because this is true." "Moonlight" emerged like a silver lining from the clouds of dilemma. Show host Jimmy Fallon later exclaimed that it has to happen because he was hosting the show, trying his humorously best to bring the elite audience out of the shock.
Keeping Trump aside, it was something never seen before in the history of Academy Awards, over the past 89 years. However, today's incident somewhat indicated it was not just a mistake but a much believed pre-planned cultural bias against the black art. As the Guardian quotes, "La La Land, even if you love it, undeniably rests on the appropriation of black culture."