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The Oscars: #FakeAwards




Looks like “Fake News” isn’t confined to Washington, D.C.

Dogged by declining ratings and growing public disaffection with its increasingly shrill liberal political commentary, “Big Hollywood” needed a big night on Sunday at the 89th annual Academy Awards (a.k.a. The Oscars).

It got one … just not in a good way.

In one of the most bizarre and confusing moments in Hollywood history – Oscar presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced that the peppy rom-com musical La La Land had won the coveted “Best Picture” award.

That outcome was no surprise.  Las Vegas oddsmakers gave the film an 85 percent chance of capturing the award, and it had already captured trophies earlier in the evening for best director (Damien Chazelle), best actress (Emma Stone) and best cinematography (Linus Sandgren).

There was just one problem …

After the show’s producers had been handed their statues and begun to give their awards speeches, it was revealed that Beatty and Dunaway had been handed the wrong card.

La La Land hadn’t actually won the award, but rather Moonlight – a gritty, low-budget portrayal of a gay black man coming of age in Miami, Florida.

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That’s right … Hollywood handed out its most coveted honor to the wrong movie.

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

The crowd at the Dolby Theatre gasped.

“This is not a joke,” Horowitz said again to stunned silence. “Moonlight has won best picture.”

Horowitz then held up the card confirming the outcome.

What happened?

“I looked down at the card and thought, this is very strange, because it says best actress,” Beatty told The Los Angeles Times. “Maybe there was a misprint.  I don’t know what happened.  And that’s all I have I have to say on the subject.”

Hmmm … maybe it was those Russian hackers?

Oscar ratings for 2017 haven’t been released, but last year’s show drew only 34.4 million viewers – down precipitously from the 43.7 million viewers who turned into the 2014 awards.

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