La La Land To Take Back Oscar Now That Fuss Has Died Down
Two years ago, during the 89th Academy Awards, confusion among presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway led to a stunning turn of events as La La Land was mistakenly awarded the Oscar for Best Picture — which eventually went to Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight, the intended recipient. Now, more than a year later, that mistake will be rectified.
“Yeah, we’re gonna steal it back,” said La La Land star Ryan Gosling. “Me, Emma Stone, Jordan and Fred (producers Horowitz and Berger), Damien, we’re planning to steal it back from Barry’s apartment. No one’s paying attention anymore. We can do whatever we want, including inventing jazz.”
“I get that it was all very dramatic and exciting for everyone,” added director Damien Chazelle, “but the Academy has a no-takebacksies rule. They announced us as the winners, so we’re the winners. Now it’s a waiting game. Barry leaves the house every day at 8:42am to get a coffee, and that’s when we’ll strike.”
Although many praised the Academy’s decision to award its highest prize to Moonlight as a significant step forward for POC filmmakers and projects as a whole, it is undeniable that it’s been about two years now since it won, and that no one would really notice if La La Land were to take back what they consider to be rightfully theirs.
Jenkins, contacted on the set of his new film If Beale Street Could Talk, stated, “I always knew this would happen. That’s why I have a couple guys throwin' bones out my front door so they’ll be too scared to come in.”