Washington Post

An Oscars shocker, in more ways than one

Jordan Horowitz, producer of "La La Land," shows the envelope revealing "Moonlight" as the true winner of best picture at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Presenter Warren Beatty and host Jimmy Kimmel look on from right. Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

LOS ANGELES - In a shocking upset combined with a bizarre blunder, "Moonlight," a spare, quiet character study of a young black man at war with his own sexuality, won best picture at Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony.

Presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway had originally announced anticipated favorite "La La Land" as the winner of the night's biggest award. But midway into that production team's acceptance speeches, an Oscars staffer with a headset appeared on stage and whispered news to "La La Land" producer Jordan Horowitz. Horowitz then rushed to the microphone. "There's been a mistake," he said. " 'Moonlight,' you guys won."..

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