11 Awards Shows That Have Mocked the Epic Oscars Best Picture Flub (Including the Oscars)

11:17 AM 5/25/2017

by Kara Haar, Kirsten Chuba, and Allison Crist

Some presenters — and even winners — can't resist making a joke out of the infamous mistake, even years later.

Nobody can seem to forget the moment at the 89th Academy Awards earlier in 2017 when La La Land was mistakenly named best picture. 

For anyone who may have missed it, a short recap: The entire cast of the musical movie approached the stage after presenter Faye Dunaway read the film's name standing alongside a perplexed Warren Beatty. Their acceptance speeches were interrupted when it was revealed Moonlight was the actual winner, with Beatty and Dunaway having been given the envelope for the wrong category. (Watch the clip above.) Host Jimmy Kimmel 

Years later, presenters and winners are various other award shows are still making a joke of the matter.

Below, a roundup of those who have referenced the incident thus far.

  • 2018 Emmy Awards

    After dramatically tearing up the envelope with the winner of the outstanding directing for a comedy series Emmy because she was "in the moment," Sandra Oh was forced to guess who won. "The winner is La La Land!" she blurted out before her co-presenter Andy Samberg could stop her. "No, don't say that! Anything but that," he replied. The Killing Eve actress also named a random guy she dated in high school before Samberg finally revealed the real winner: Amy Sherman-Palladino. 

  • Kids' Choice Awards

    The cast of Nickelodeon's show won the award for favorite kids show at the network's slimefest in March. Jace Norman, the show’s star, gave a speech but stopped when reading the card. “You guys, this must be a mistake, this says ‘favorite kids show: Moonlight,’” Norman joked as the rest of the cast stared at the camera wide-eyed. “I didn’t even know they were nominated.”

  • American Country Music Awards

    The magician with his fellow presenter, Nancy O'Dell, announced the winner for song of the year at April's ACM Awards. Copperfield read the card as, "Emma Stone, La La Land" and said, “I’m not kidding. Look at this.” A camera zoomed in on the card that indeed displayed the winner as "Emma Stone, La La Land." The presenters went on to pretend to perform a magic act to change the name on the card. The award actually went to Thomas Rhett for his hit song "Die a Happy Man.”

  • MTV Movie & TV Awards

    At the MTV Movie & TV Awards in May, Snatched co-stars Amy Schumer and Golden Hawn presented the award for movie of the year. Schumer yelled "La La Light!" into the microphone after reading the card. “No, that’s Moonland,” said Hawn. In reality, the award went to Beauty and the Beast, with the film's stars Emma Watson and Josh Gad accepting.

  • Billboard Awards

    When the "Fight Song" singer took the stage with Chris Daughtry to present the Billboard Chart Achievement Award at May's Billboard Music Awards, Platten jokingly announced La La Land when Twenty One Pilots was in actuality the winner. 

  • BAFTA TV Awards

    The actor presented the BAFTA TV award for best female comedy performance at May's ceremony. In announcing the winner, Gooding  said: "And the award goes to ... Moonlight!" He continued to poke fun at the epic Oscar flub. “They are like, ‘That’s the last time that negro will ever come and present an award.’” The award went to Phoebe Waller-Bridge for Fleabag.

  • 2017 Emmy Awards

    Colbert, the host of the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, poked fun at the Moonlight/La La Land incident alongside Kimmel, who hosted the Oscars at which said incident occurred. In the middle of the ceremony, following John Oliver's win over the two late-night hosts in the best variety talk series category, Colbert and Kimmel appeared together sipping on a cocktail called the "Last Week Tonight."

    "It's really good. It's so high-quality apparently they can only make one a week," quipped Colbert.

    “Sometimes they put the wrong name on the envelope,” Kimmel said. “It's possible that happened here.”

    “Not tonight,” replied Colbert.

  • Miss Universe

    The comedian, who has hosted the Las Vegas pageant for several years, addressed his famous 2015 Miss Universe flub as well as the Academy Awards best picture mix-up. Harvey told the audience he was "grateful for the Oscars," referring to how that mistake overshadowed his own two years ago, when he announced the wrong pageant winner. 

  • 2018 Academy Awards

    Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 90th Academy Awards and opened the show by bringing up the epic envelope malfunction from last year.

    He introduced himself to the stage, saying that he "presided over the most calamitous finale in Oscars history."

    "When you hear your name called, don't get up right away," Kimmel joked. "Give us a minute. Because last year we had a thing."

    He mentioned last year the Academy asked him ahead of time if he wanted to do a comedy bit with the accountants and he said no, but the accountants "did comedy on their own." He assured the audience, though, that things should go off without a hitch, saying that the chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers said the accountants' singular focus would be on the show and delivering the right envelopes.

    Kimmel said, "Where was your focus the last 89 years?"

    He later joked: "At [the first] Oscars, they gave out two awards for best picture — kind of what we did last year."

    Later in the evening, Mark Hamill presented the award for best animated short film to Dear Baskeball. As he opened the envelope, he said, "Let's hope it doesn't say La La Land."

    Meanwhile, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway took to the stage for the second consecutive year to present best picture. Beatty and Dunaway briefly alluded last year's gaffe, with Beatty starting out by saying: "Thank you. It's so nice seeing you again." Dunaway quipped: "As they say, presenting is lovelier the second time around."

    Kimmel introduced the Bonnie and Clyde co-stars, joking: "This is the home stretch. Nothing could possibly go wrong. What happened last year was Waterhouse under the bridge," a reference to the accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers, which took responsibility for the envelope mix-up.

    On Sunday night, Beatty announced — correctly — that The Shape of Water was the winner of best picture.

  • 2020 Academy Awards

    The 2020 Oscars were barely underway when presenters Chris Rock and Steve Martin poked fun at the infamous mix-up of Moonlight and La La Land by referencing the recent Iowa caucus debacle.

    "A couple of years ago there was a big disaster here at the Oscars where they accidentally read out the wrong name," Martin said. "And it was nobody's fault, but they've guaranteed that this will not happen this year because the Academy has switched to the new Iowa caucus app."

    The so-called smartphone app was designed to count the votes of the Democratic caucuses in Iowa, but ended up delaying the release of results because of apparent technical problems. 

  • 2020 Emmys

    And it all comes full circle. Three years ago, Jimmy Kimmel was host of the Oscars during the infamous mistake. 

    On Sept. 20, 2020, Kimmel had the honor of presiding over the Emmys telecast, the first major awards show to air both virtually and live. So he took the opportunity to mention the 2017 gaffe. Before introducing Sterling K. Brown, who presented the last award of the night, for best drama series (which went to Succession), Kimmel joked: "This is the big one — the last award of the night. In my experience, this is where things sometimes go askew."