Looks like we have an explanation for the now-infamous Oscars Best Picture snafu. And no, it wasn't Warren Beatty's fault. PricewaterhouseCoopers , the accounting firm responsible for overseeing the Academy Awards' voting process, has taken the blame for the shocking mix-up. Somehow, Beatty was handed the envelope for Best Actress before going on stage, not the one for Best Picture. Only two people know the Oscar winners in advance, and they're both with PricewaterhouseCoopers. SEE MORE: The Oscars Pulled A Steve Harvey And Crowned Wrong Best Picture Winner After the votes are tallied, they stuff two identical sets of envelopes and lock them in two separate briefcases. And on Oscars night, they stand backstage and hand the envelopes to award presenters before they walk out on stage. Typically, this process is pretty foolproof. But apparently not this year. And that's why "La La Land" was mistakenly announced as the winner of Best Picture and not "Moonlight." PricewaterhouseCoopers said in a statement after the show they "deeply regret that this occurred" and are still trying to figure out exactly how it could have happened. Trending stories at Newsy.com The Oscars Pulled A Steve Harvey And Crowned Wrong Best Picture Winner Not Fake News: 'Moonlight' Won Best Picture At The Oscars The Political Statement Stars Made On The Oscars Red Carpet
Warren Beatty is confused. And you're about to be, too. "And the Academy Award … for best picture ...'La La Land'!" exclaimed Beatty and co-presenter Faye Dunaway. The Oscar for best picture literally went to "La La Land" … until it didn't. In what could only be described as a cluster****, Beatty and Dunaway pulled a Steve Harvey when the duo read the wrong envelope. While the cast and crew of "La La Land" were mid-giving thanks, they quickly gave the audience an apology. "What? No! Guys. I'm sorry. There's a mistake! 'Moonlight.' You guys won best picture," explained "La La Land" producer Jordan Horowitz. We will continue to investigate what the hell is going on. But we promise the rest of the night was more predictable and filled with the expected Mel Gibson bashing. SEE MORE: The Political Statement Stars Made On The Oscars Red Carpet "There's only one brave heart in the room, and he's not going to unite us, either," joked host Jimmy Kimmel. And the current political climate outshined the stars in the room. It led to some live-tweeting at President Donald Trump, but Hollywood managed to pass out a few statues in the process. "La La Land" tied the record for the most nominations ever with 14 nods and took home six awards — including best director and a best actress win for Emma Stone. "I'm gonna hug the hell out of you when the feeling re-enters my body," Stone said to her friends upon winning. Casey Affleck also took home the Oscar for best actor for his role in "Manchester by the Sea." But the spotlight seemed to be on celebrating diversity in film after the past two years resulted in zero nominations for actors of color in the top acting categories. SEE MORE: Should Casey Affleck's Harassment Suit Prevent His Oscar Nomination? Mahershala Ali took home the award for best supporting actor for his role in "Moonlight" — making him the first Muslim actor ever to win an Oscar. Viola Davis won best supporting actress for her role in "Fences." The win made her the first black actor to earn the "triple crown" of acting — an honor received by winning an Oscar, Emmy and Tony. But none of it could be as exciting as Denzel Washington becoming an honorary best man to a couple on a spontaneous tour group, Jimmy Kimmel pulling a Simba with Sunny Pawar as candy fell from the sky, and Michael J. Fox and Seth Rogen bringing us back to the future with a "Hamilton" reference. It seemed Hollywood wanted to remind us that what makes us all the same is that we're all different and that we're all prone to messing things up royally. Trending stories at Newsy.com Not Fake News: 'Moonlight' Won Best Picture At The Oscars The Political Statement Stars Made On The Oscars Red Carpet Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' Takes Critics And The Box Office By Storm
Not only did "Moonlight" pull out a surprise win over "La La Land" for best picture, but their big moment came after presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway accidentally announced the wrong winner.
The Oscars had an all-time flub as presenters Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty were handed a card naming the wrong winner for the best picture award.
Dunaway announced the winner as "La La Land" before "Moonlight" was revealed as the actual winner moments later.
PriceWaterHouseCoopers — the accounting firm responsible for the envelopes — took blame for the error.
Social media howled over the mistake. Here are some of the best responses to the error.
Warren Beatty exits the #Oscars with the accountants from PricewaterhouseCoopers pic.twitter.com/ahNovcIWFc— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 27, 2017
Warren Beatty exits the #Oscars with the accountants from PricewaterhouseCoopers pic.twitter.com/ahNovcIWFc
And the Oscar for most surprising plot twist goes to....The Oscars 2017! 😳— Owain Yeoman (@OYeoman) February 27, 2017
And the Oscar for most surprising plot twist goes to....The Oscars 2017! 😳
Oscars: La La Land wins.
Inner Oscars: No, Moonlight. pic.twitter.com/k5qvleKund— Trevor Roberts (@TypicalTrevor) February 27, 2017
Oscars: La La Land wins.
Inner Oscars: No, Moonlight. pic.twitter.com/k5qvleKund
Actual footage of how the #BestPicture incident at the #Oscars went down pic.twitter.com/ypMbwxJIPx— C 신디 ✨ (@BloodSweatWings) February 27, 2017
Actual footage of how the #BestPicture incident at the #Oscars went down pic.twitter.com/ypMbwxJIPx
Pretty big twist at the #Oscars tonight but it's good to know that the most deserving film won at the end. #BestPicture pic.twitter.com/pH0FIULOL0— ComicBook Debate (@ComicBookDebate) February 27, 2017
Pretty big twist at the #Oscars tonight but it's good to know that the most deserving film won at the end. #BestPicture pic.twitter.com/pH0FIULOL0
I KNEW IT pic.twitter.com/xMkbGuNKuZ— max (@MaxRappaport) February 27, 2017
I KNEW IT pic.twitter.com/xMkbGuNKuZ
Has anyone done this yet pic.twitter.com/zTK1t0hI4D— Jen Lewis (@thisjenlewis) February 27, 2017
Has anyone done this yet pic.twitter.com/zTK1t0hI4D
pic.twitter.com/0Qp8M7e0W1— Madeline Hill (@mad_hill) February 27, 2017
Call me Warren Beatty. I can help you get through this! #Oscars— Steve Harvey (@IAmSteveHarvey) February 27, 2017
Call me Warren Beatty. I can help you get through this! #Oscars