Academy Apologizes For Oscars Screw-Up

Katie Jerkovich | Entertainment Reporter

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences apologized Monday night for the best picture award flub.

Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway read the wrong movie title for the best picture of the Year award on Sunday night at the 89th Annual Academy Awards show. (RELATED: Tapper Blasts Iranian Leader For Praising Anti-Trump Oscar Speech)

89th Academy Awards - Oscars Awards Show - Hollywood, California, U.S. - 26/02/17 - Jordan Horowitz and Jimmy Kimmel react as Warren Beatty holds the card for the Best Picture Oscar awarded to "Moonlight," after announcing by mistake that "La La Land" was winner. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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“We deeply regret the mistakes that were made during the presentation of the Best Picture category during last night’s Oscar ceremony,” the academy said in a statement Monday. “We apologize to the entire cast and crew of ‘La La Land’ and ‘Moonlight’ whose experience was profoundly altered by this error. We salute the tremendous grace they displayed under the circumstances.” (RELATED: Spicer: President Trump Will Not Watch The Academy Awards This Year)

“To all involved — including our presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, the filmmakers, and our fans watching worldwide – we apologize,” it added. “For the last 83 years, the Academy has entrusted PwC [PricewaterhouseCoopers] to handle the critical tabulation process, including the accurate delivery of results. PwC has taken full responsibility for the breaches of established protocols that took place during the ceremony.”

“We have spent last night and today investigating the circumstances, and will determine what actions are appropriate going forward,” it continued. “We are unwaveringly committed to upholding the integrity of the Oscars and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.”

Katie Jerkovich

Entertainment Reporter

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