"La La Land" producer Jordan Horowitz named it "surreal" to stand onstage to accept the Oscar for best image and then understand that it was a different film that had essentially won the award.
"It was a surreal moment for positive," Horowitz mentioned these days on "Excellent Morning America" by phone in his initial public remarks about the incident.
"La La Land" was at first mistakenly announced as the ideal image winner at Sunday night's 89th Academy Awards. Horowitz mentioned there was "a lot of confusion and chaos" onstage before it became clear that "Moonlight" had in truth won the very best picture honor.
It was Horowitz who announced the correction to the Oscars audience: "[Truly] 'Moonlight' is the winner ... this is not a joke."
"There was a lot of confusion on stage, and at a particular point it was clear that the wrong envelope had been offered," he told "GMA." "Then they kind of showed us the finest picture envelope, and it said ‘Moonlight,’ and that is when I sort of jumped to the mic and produced certain everybody knew what was going on."
"It was like this slow, steady realization that anything wasn’t right," Horowitz stated. "It needed to be corrected so we jumped in and did it."
Horowitz mentioned he held up for the audience to see the best image card naming "Moonlight" as the winner simply because, "I feel people necessary clarity at that moment."
"I wanted to make positive that the correct factor was carried out since, you know, at that point it was not about me," Horowitz stated. "It was about making confident that ‘Moonlight’ got the recognition it definitely deserves."
"Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins and stars such as Mahersala Ali and Janelle Monae then came on the stage to accept the Oscar.
"As I said on stage, these guys are my pals," Horowitz said of the people behind "Moonlight," whom Horowitz stated he got to know nicely for the duration of the months-extended buildup to the Oscars. "I wanted to make confident they had their moment."
Faye Dunaway, who along with Warren Beatty presented the greatest picture award, had study "La La Land" from the card they held, correct immediately after Emma Stone won best actress for her function in the modern day-day musical.
PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm that oversees Oscar balloting, issued a statement Monday about the mishap.
"We sincerely apologize to 'Moonlight,' 'La La Land,' Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was produced in the course of the award announcement for Greatest Picture," the statement read. "The presenters had mistakenly been offered the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was promptly corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred."
Horowitz said he saw Jenkins, Ali and others from "Moonlight" at the Governors Ball party after the awards ceremony and reflected with them on the headline-making Oscars moment.
"We type of shared a moment, gave each and every other a hug, stated, ‘Wasn’t that surreal,’ and congratulated every other on our operate and place it all behind us," he stated. "We’ll move forward and do more work with each other."
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