Barry Jenkins isn’t harboring any ill feelings against the Academy after that epic Oscar mix-up. Speaking to the press backstage, Jenkins said he was stunned once it was announced that Moonlight had actually won and not La La Land.
“I thought all the movies that were nominated were phenomenal so I accepted the results; I applauded like everyone else,” he said. “Then I noticed the commotion and I’m sure everyone saw my face but I was speechless; that was awkward. I’ve watched the Academy Awards several times, and I’ve never seen anything like that happen before so it made a special feeling even more special.”
“The last 20 minutes of my life have been insane,” he added. “I don’t think my life can be changed any more dramatically than it has in the last 20 minutes.”
During the show, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway presented the award for Best Picture and accidentally announced that La La Land was the winner. Two minutes later, it was revealed that Moonlight was, in fact, the winner and Beatty told the audience that he was given a card that read “Emma Stone – La La Land.”
Stone refuted those claims during her backstage interview, saying she was still holding on to her best actress card. Jenkins, however, told press that he saw two cards, and Beatty showed him the one he and Dunaway presented with the wrong name on it.