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Academy apologizes for Oscars best picture gaffe

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/28/2017 By SANDY COHEN and ANTHONY MCCARTNEY, Associated Press
"La La Land" producer Jordan Horowitz, left, presenter Warren Beatty, center, and host Jimmy Kimmel right, look at an envelope announcing "Moonlight" as best picture 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) © The Associated Press "La La Land" producer Jordan Horowitz, left, presenter Warren Beatty, center, and host Jimmy Kimmel right, look at an envelope announcing "Moonlight" as best picture 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)
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is apologizing to the cast of crews of the films "La La Land" and "Moonlight" for the mistaken announcement of the best picture winner during Sunday night's Oscars ceremony.

Presenter Warren Beatty holds up an envelope revealing "Moonlight" as the winner of best picture at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Presenter Warren Beatty holds up an envelope revealing "Moonlight" as the winner of best picture at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

In a statement issued Monday, the Academy says it deeply regrets the mistakes made during the presentation and apologizes to the cast and crew of the two films "whose experience was profoundly altered by this error."

The envelope revealing "Moonlight" as the true winner of best picture is held up by "La La Land" producer Jordan Horowitz at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press The envelope revealing "Moonlight" as the true winner of best picture is held up by "La La Land" producer Jordan Horowitz at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The statement also apologized to presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway and to fans watching around the world.

Jordan Horowitz, far left, producer of "La La Land," and cast member Emma Stone greet "Moonlight" cast members and filmmakers onstage after "Moonlight" was announced as the true winner of best picture 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) © The Associated Press Jordan Horowitz, far left, producer of "La La Land," and cast member Emma Stone greet "Moonlight" cast members and filmmakers onstage after "Moonlight" was announced as the true winner of best picture 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)

Previously, the accounting firm responsible for the integrity of the awards, PwC, said several mistakes were made. PwC, formerly Price Waterhouse Coopers, says two of its partners assigned to the awards show didn't act quickly enough when "La La Land" was mistakenly announced as the best picture winner.

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