“It was a surreal moment, for sure,” Horowitz said of winning – then losing – Best Picture, which was ultimately given to Moonlight.
When it became clear that La La Land hadn’t won, a gracious Horowitz fought through the shock and disappointment to ensure Moonlight basked in its Oscar moment. “I wanted to make sure the right thing was done. At that point it was not about me, it was about making sure Moonlight got the recognition it really deserves.”
While viewers were quick to make Warren Beatty a scapegoat for the egregious mistake, both Horowitz and Good Morning America co-host George Stephanopoulos defended the actor after it became clear he was handed the wrong envelope. The professional services firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), which counts the Oscars ballots every year, apologized for accidentally giving Beatty the wrong envelope.
“There was a lot of confusion onstage, and at a certain point it was clear that the wrong envelope had been given,” Horowitz said. “Then they kind of showed us the Best Picture envelope and it said Moonlight, that’s when I jumped to the mic and made sure everybody knew what was going on and showed the card, because people needed clarity in that moment.”
Oscars producers and host Jimmy Kimmel flooded onstage following the mix-up, conjuring memories of Steve Harvey’s Miss Universe snafu. Horowitz reiterated that this wasn’t a joke or stunt by showing the Best Picture results to the Oscar audience and the millions watching at home.
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“When everybody saw it in writing, it was really clear that this was something that was happening,” Horowitz said.
‘Moonlight’ wins Best Picture over ‘La La Land’ in one of the biggest snafus in Oscars history.