‘La La Land’ pro­ducer Horowitz is the truth-teller we need right now

Gra­cious han­dling of Os­car mix-up set ex­am­ple for all.

Austin American-Statesman - - 360 LIFE - By Stephanie Merry The Wash­ing­ton Post

Af­ter “La La Land” pro­duc­ers Jor­dan Horowitz and Marc Platt de­liv­ered their ac­cep­tance speeches for best pic­ture dur­ing Sun­day’s Academy Awards, fel­low pro­ducer Fred Berger dis­cov­ered that their movie was not, in fact, the vic­tor — and he of­fered up an awk­ward “we lost, by the way” be­fore back­ing away from the podium like Homer Simp­son dis­ap­pear­ing into a shrub.

Berger wasn’t about to stick around to fig­ure out what ex­actly hap­pened, and who could blame him? It was an em­bar­rass­ing sit­u­a­tion.

But amid the con­fu­sion, there was one per­son will­ing to take charge and ex­plain, even though he had just given an ac­cep­tance speech for a ca­reer-defin­ing award he did not ac­tu­ally win.

Horowitz marched up to the mi­cro­phone to make an an­nounce­ment. “‘Moon­light’ won,” he said. “Guys, guys, I’m sorry. No. There’s a mis­take,” Horowitz said. “‘Moon­light,’ you guys won best pic­ture.”

“This is not a joke,” he con­tin­ued.

“Come up here,” he com­manded, mo­tion­ing for the “Moon­light” team to come to the stage and col­lect the top Os­car that Horowitz briefly thought his film had won.

While peo­ple in the au­di­ence were gasp­ing with sur­prise, Horowitz — as if to as­sure them this wasn’t fake news — held up the card just pulled from the cor­rect award en­ve­lope, so that the cam­eras could zoom in.

“‘Moon­light,’” he said. “Best pic­ture.”

Host Jimmy Kim­mel looked as if he wanted to be any­where but on an Os­cars stage at that mo­ment.

He tried to make some jokes. The host said he wished that “La La Land” and “Moon­light” could win — but Horowitz wasn’t hav­ing it.

“I’m go­ing to be re­ally thrilled to hand this to my friends from ‘Moon­light,’” he said.

KEVIN WIN­TER/GETTY IM­AGES

“La La Land” pro­ducer Jor­dan Horowitz holds up the card to show that “Moon­light” was the ac­tual best pic­ture award-win­ner at Sun­day’s Os­cars.

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