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La La Land, Moonlight directors thought Oscars goof-up was a 'prank'

Executives from the accounting firm PwC were responsible for the goof-up.

La La Land director Damien Chazelle and Moonlight helmer Barry Jenkins thought the goof-up that led to the wrong film being announced as the Best Picture at the 89th Academy Awards, was a prank.

Actor-filmmaker Warren Beatty and actor Faye Dunaway presented the Best Picture award of the gala to La La Land instead of the real winner –Moonlight, at the award ceremony.

"Everything looked so energised. I, at first, thought there was some kind of prank going on," Chazelle told variety.com. Jenkins said, "It's messy, but it's kind of gorgeous. You have these two groups of people who came together for a second. There's a picture with me hugging (La La Land producer) Jordan (Horowitz), and (Moonlight producer) Adele (Romanski) has her arm on his shoulder. That's what the moment was."

What was strange for Jenkins was that he quickly had to change his emotions and deliver an acceptance speech for an Oscar only minutes earlier. "I had something to say but that went completely out of the window."
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