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Investigation announced after Oscar mix up

Oscar shows host Jimmy Kimmel (C) onstage explaining the mix-up after the cast of La La Land was awarded the Oscar for Best Picture  - EPA

Oscar shows host Jimmy Kimmel (C) onstage explaining the mix-up after the cast of La La Land was awarded the Oscar for Best Picture - EPA

27/02/2017 11:58

(Vatican Radio) The accountancy firm responsible for counting the OSCAR ballots has announced an investigation after the wrong best picture award was read out on Sunday during the Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

Listen to Lydia O’Kane’s report:

The Best Picture Academy Award usually crowns a night which honours the best in film, but then on Sunday night this happened.

"Guys, I'm sorry, no, there's a mistake. Moonlight, you guys won best picture."  "This is not a joke, I'm afraid they read the wrong thing."

"This is not a joke, Moonlight has won best picture. Moonlight, best picture."

The wrong envelope was read out leaving red faces all round as the film``Moonlight'' and not ``La La Land'' won  in the best picture category.

Host Jimmy Kimmel came forward to inform the cast that ``Moonlight'' had indeed won, showing the inside of the envelope as proof.

In a statement accountancy firm PriceWaterhouseCooper "sincerely" apologised for the error adding, "we are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred."

Despite the fiasco La La Land still picked up 6 awards, with Damien Chazelle winning the OSCAR best Director and Emma Stone being named Best Actress.

"I still have a lot of growing and learning to do, and this guy (the Oscar statue) is a really beautiful symbol of continuing to do that," said Stone.

Other winners included Casey Affleck who won for best actor, Viola Davis took away the best supporting actress prize and Mahershala Ali was named best supporting actor, for his role in Moonlight.

There’s no doubt that this year’s Best Picture gaffe will go down in the annals as one of the more notable moments at an Academy Awards ceremony.

To quote 2017’s Best Actress winner Emma Stone, "Is that the craziest Oscar moment of all time? Cool! It's going to be history."

27/02/2017 11:58