Emma Stone yesterday told of the devastation she felt when her chance of further Oscar glory was snatched by the biggest fiasco in the ceremony’s 88-year history.
Miss Stone, 28, was celebrating being named Best Actress for her lead role in La La Land when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced that the musical had won Best Picture.
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The audience at the Hollywood theatre erupted and Miss Stone joined the film’s producers and co-star Ryan Gosling on stage to receive the statuette.
Acceptance speeches began – but within seconds panicked backstage officials from accountancy giant Price Waterhouse Cooper cottoned on to the error and told Beatty and the La La Land team that Moonlight was the real winner.
Last night, as recriminations flew over whether it was Beatty’s fault or Miss Dunaway’s, Miss Stone told the Daily Mail the bungle was: ‘One of the most horrible moments of my life. Wow! It was just so horrible.’
We can also reveal that:
- Beatty, 76, said he had been confused when handed a card that read ‘Emma Stone, La La Land’ – and held on to it for some time afterwards so no-one could accuse him of the mistake;
- His wife Annette Bening phoned him, urging him to come home and not become embroiled any further in the shambles;
- Miss Dunaway, 79, shrugged off the furore, insisting: ‘It wasn’t my fault’;
- PwC, which helps to run the Oscars, issued a humiliating apology;
- The two stars bungled their entrance because Miss Dunaway was unable to walk up a specially created staircase.
La La Land ended up winning six Oscars in the early hours of yesterday.
Acting legends Beatty and Miss Dunaway had been asked to present the Best Picture award while honouring the 50th anniversary of the release of gangster movie Bonnie and Clyde.
Before their entrance, an elaborate staircase was hastily erected on the stage of the Dolby Theatre, with the idea the two stars would descend from it.
But it was swiftly evident that Miss Dunaway was having problems walking up it. One theory is that she did not fancy climbing the steps in her high heels.
Instead, stage managers left the pair at the foot of the stairs and they walked to the front of the stage normally.
Beatty had a red envelope in one hand and together they introduced the nine contenders for motion picture of the year.
As the actor seemed to be taking his time to read out the winner, Miss Dunaway could be heard saying: ‘You’re impossible. Come on!’ Beatty showed her the envelope.
TV viewers could later see that it read ‘Actress In A Leading Role’ – but neither star appeared to have spotted this.
Indeed, Miss Dunaway mistakenly thought he was being gracious in allowing her to make the announcement.
She read the words ‘La La Land’ and the producers and cast of the musical trooped on to the stage, clearly deliriously happy.
Two of the producers, Marc Platt and Jordan Horowitz, made passionate speeches. But by the time a third, Fred Berger, took the microphone there were rumblings and mumbling in the wings.
Mr Berger then abruptly told the audience: ‘We lost, by the way …’. Behind him, Miss Stone gasped and said: ‘Oh, my God.’
There was pandemonium on stage, and in the auditorium.
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