89th Academy Awards - Oscars Awards Show - Hollywood, California, U.S. - 26/02/17 - Warren Beatty looks on during presentation for Best Picture. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
There was confusion after Warren Beatty announced La La Land as the Best Picture winner, not Moonlight (Picture: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

PricewaterhouseCoopers, the firm responsible for organising the envelopes announcing the Oscars winners, have apologised for the cock up over the Best Picture award.

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Confusion struck the Dolby Theatre in LA on Sunday night when Warren Beatty announced La La Land as the winner of the Best Picture award, only for the film’s crew to be interrupted half-way through their acceptance speech to be told it was, in fact, Moonlight that had actually won.

Now, after much discussion about how the mistake happened, Pricewaterhouse, who organise the Oscars ballots and the envelopes handed to presenters before they go on stage, have apologised, saying presenters Beatty and Faye Dunaway were given the wrong envelope.

The statement said: ‘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.

‘The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected.

‘We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred.’

A set of the winning envelopes are kept on either side of the stage so that Price Waterhouse accountants, Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz, can give them out to presenters as they go on stage, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Ryan Gosling, right, stands with his arms folded as Emma Stone, center, congratulates Mahershala Ali, for winning the award for best picture for "Moonlight" at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. It was originally announced mistakenly that "La La Land" was the winner. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Emma Stone congratulated Mahershala Ali after realising Moonlight, not La La Land, had won best picture (Picture: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

La La Land’s producer Fred Berger was mid-way through thanking people when producer Jordan Horowitz interrupted him to say a mistake had been made and Barry Jenkins’ film Moonlight was the actual winner.

In the statement Price Waterhouse also praised the way the incident was handled. It said: ‘We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation.’

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