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‘We Are Currently Investigating How This Could Have Happened’: Oscars’ Auditors Apologize for ‘La La Land’ ‘Moonlight’ Mixup

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‘Deeply Regret That This Occurred’

The 89th Annual Academy Awards show was running overtime by at least an hour when Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty came onstage to announce the Oscar for Best Picture. It didn’t go smoothly. Beatty opened the envelope, looked confused, showed it to Dunaway who read the name on the card: La La Land.

Two-and-a-half speeches in, a worried Beatty interrupts and confusion reigns. La La Land’s producer Jordan Horowitz, in an incredibly gracious and honorable moment, made sure the audience knew that his film did not win.

“Guys, guys, I’m sorry. No. There’s a mistake,” Horowitz said. “’Moonlight,’ you guys won best picture. This is not a joke.”

After 83 years without a hitch, it appears the Oscars’ auditors made a mistake.

“We sincerely apologize to ‘Moonlight,’ ‘La La Land,’ Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture,”  PricewaterhouseCoopers, aka PwC, said in a rather passive statement.

“The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected,” PwC added. “We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred.” 

“We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation,” the statement concluded.”

Unofficially, the explanation seems to be the two auditors in charge of stuffing the envelopes, the only two who know the winners before anyone else, each stand on either side of the stage with a bag containing the envelopes. So there are two bags, two sets of cards. That’s how Emma Stone’s Best Actress envelope wound up in her hand as Dunaway read La La Land. The wrong card was given to the presenters.

Curiously, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences hasn’t said a word… 

After the show, the spotlight more often than not was on Emma Stone and the La La Land team as reporters rush to them to share how they were feeling, once again taking the focus away from the first LGBT themed film to win the Oscar for Best Picture. 

But here’s Moonlight director Barry Jenkins:

 

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'THIS REVELATION SHOCKED ME'

‘Could Have Killed One of Our Colleagues’: Former Trump Official Rips Him for Hiding Positive COVID Test

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Former Trump White House official Alyssa Farah on Wednesday shredded her one-time boss for concealing his positive test for the novel coronavirus last fall.

Appearing on CNN, Farah told Jake Tapper that she was stunned to learn from former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows that Trump had tested positive for the virus days ahead of his first debate with President Joe Biden and decided against informing his staff members.

“Very few things shock me and this revelation shocked me,” she said.

Farah went on to explain that she had not been informed of Trump’s positive COVID-19 test, and accused the former president of recklessly endangering his own staff members.

“This demonstrates a flagrant lack of regard for public health and for the well-being of others,” she said. “At this time in the White House, I had staffers who were pregnant. I had one who is a multi-time cancer survivor. Plenty of people in the West Wing over 65. We could have killed one of our colleagues and instead they decided to not tell anyone, putting every one of us at risk.”

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'CLARIFYING THINGS'

Mark Meadows Retweets Trump’s Denial He Tested Positive for COVID Before Debate – a Fact That Appears in Meadows’ Book

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Less than 24 hours after former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows appeared to agree to cooperate with the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, news broke that The Guardian had obtained a copy of his new book, and from it the revelation that three days before appearing on stage with Joe Biden at the Sept. 26 presidential debate the then-president, Donald Trump, had tested positive for coronavirus.

Never mind that a second test showed a negative result – one Harvard epidemiologist says that merely meant Trump was not yet infectious but he was, by the debate, “blazing positive” but decided to go on a potentially infect countless others. That act, the noted disease specialist and professors says, “was a massive, dangerous and likely intentional decision.”

Trump, as usual, especially in recent days, issued a quick statement via his spokesperson, this time denying the revelation in Meadows’ book, a revelation The Washington Post Wednesday afternoon reported it had confirmed with two other former Trump aides.

What is stunning is that, as Politico National Political Correspondent Meridith McGraw notes, Meadows himself retweeted Trump’s statement of denial:

The Washington Post also notes that at least six people close to Trump tested positive for coronavirus shortly after the debate, including Melania Trump, Hope Hicks, Stephen Miller, and Kayleigh McEnany.

“Trump on Wednesday was furious that Meadows revealed the anecdote in his forthcoming book and that it was published via the liberal-leaning Guardian website, according to a person familiar with the former president’s reaction, who requested anonymity to reveal a private conversation,” the Post adds. “Meadows through an emissary has offered to put out a statement ‘clarifying things,’ but that offer was rejected, the person said.”

Which is likely why he decided to retweet Trump’s statement.

Writer and political activist Don Winslow has another take on the day’s events:

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Watch: Stacey Abrams Announces She’s Running for Governor of Georgia

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Stacey Abrams has just announced she is running for governor of Georgia. Abrams, the former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives for more than six years ran for governor in 2018, losing by a slim margin to then Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp in a race many saw as tainted by his voter suppression actions.

Abrams went on to become a highly-effective voting rights advocate and activist, and many credit her with helping elect Joe Biden president by helping him win the state by registering an estimated 800,000 more voters.

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