Thanks to an alleged envelope mix-up backstage, actors and Oscar presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced the wrong winner for the Best Picture category.
After reading the list of nominees, Beatty cracked open the envelope and paused. While the audience thought he was being comedic and building anticipation, that proved not to be the case.
But as the film’s producer Fred Berger was reading his thank-you speech, everyone – including Berger – knew something was up when a man with a headset came on stage with another red envelope in hand. That’s when Berger dropped the bomb.
“There’s been a mistake,” he says. “Moonlight, you guys won best picture. This is not a joke.”
However, confusion set in once Stone revealed to reporters backstage that she had already been given her Best Actress card when she accepted her award.
“I was also holding my ‘Best Actress in a leading role’ card that entire time,” she says. “So whatever story – I don’t mean to start stuff – but whatever story that was, I had that card.”
It was the moment that stole the spotlight, and cast a rather large shadow over the evening’s ceremony, even inspiring the trending hashtag on Twitter #OscarsGate.