'La La Land' producer, Pikesville native Marc Platt reflects on Oscars best picture mix-up

Reflecting on what was likely the most bizarre night of his professional life, Pikesville native Marc Platt, one of the producers of “La La Land,” refused to be upset about his film’s two-minute-plus stint as a best picture Oscar winner."A...

'La La Land' producer, Pikesville native Marc Platt reflects on Oscars best picture mix-up

Reflecting on what was likely the most bizarre night of his professional life, Pikesville native Marc Platt, one of the producers of “La La Land,” refused to be upset about his film’s two-minute-plus stint as a best picture Oscar winner."A...

27 February 2017 Monday 18:02
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'La La Land' producer, Pikesville native Marc Platt reflects on Oscars best picture mix-up

Reflecting on what was likely the most bizarre night of his professional life, Pikesville native Marc Platt, one of the producers of “La La Land,” refused to be upset about his film’s two-minute-plus stint as a best picture Oscar winner.

"A mistake was made," Platt said the morning after actress Faye Dunaway, the victim of an apparent envelope mix-up, mistakenly announced “La La Land” as the winner of the Oscars' biggest award. ("Moonlight" was the actual winner.) “We’re all human beings, people make mistakes. It was a momentary uncomfortableness, but the truth is the truth.”

"La La Land' producer and Pikesville native Marc Platt, below center, speaks at the Oscars as producers Jordan Horowitz, left, and Fred Berger, right, consult with production staff about the award mix-up.

"La La Land' producer and Pikesville native Marc Platt, below center, speaks at the Oscars as producers Jordan Horowitz, left, and Fred Berger, right, consult with production staff about the award mix-up.

Platt said he was still awaiting a full explanation of what happened, and why. But any hurt he might have felt, he said, was tempered by genuine affection for “Moonlight.”

“I’m a great admirer of ‘Moonlight,’ which is an exquisite, beautiful film as well,” he said. “The right movie, the one that got voted to win, won and got recognized. It would have been way worse, had the mistake not been discovered until a long time later.”

That said, he admitted that the moment when he and his fellow producers — up on stage to accept the award — became aware that a mistake had been made was a little surreal, as was the ensuing confusion. 

If this year's Oscars play out as predicted, the night's final award could be accepted by one of Baltimore's own.

Pikesville native Marc Platt is one of four producers of best picture nominee (and early front-runner) "La La Land." The musical, an ode to  dashed dreams but inextinguishable hopes...

If this year's Oscars play out as predicted, the night's final award could be accepted by one of Baltimore's own.

Pikesville native Marc Platt is one of four producers of best picture nominee (and early front-runner) "La La Land." The musical, an ode to  dashed dreams but inextinguishable hopes...

“We’re sorry for that [only] momentary uplift, but in the scheme of things ... it's fine," Platt said Monday morning, as he prepared to fly back to New York and then on to London, where his next movie, “Mary Poppins Returns,” is being shot. “A bit messy. Like I said, it was surreal in the moment, but in the end it all kind of made sense. And it just is — it’s a reality.”

At the post-Oscars Governor’s Ball, the mood was confused, but celebratory. There were still a lot of congratulations to be given to “La La Land,” which ended the evening with six Oscars, including best actress for Emma Stine and best director for Damien Chazelle.

It helped, Platt noted, that the confusion was handled with grace and class by both sides.

“People felt bad, but people, I think, appreciated the way it was handled,” he said. “There’s not a lot you can say, other than that 'I’m sorry that happened, and your movie’s great.' And you move on.”

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