James Foley

In a wild Oscars show, the music could've been wilder

In a wild Oscars show, the music could've been wilder

Did the Oscars watch the Grammys this year?

That was one way to look at the wild — and undoubtedly conversation-starting — conclusion to Sunday’s 89th Academy Awards, in which presenter Faye Dunaway accidentally named “La La Land” best picture before her co-presenter, Warren Beatty, realized that “Moonlight” had in fact won the film industry’s most coveted prize.

The mix-up recalled this month’s Grammy Awards, which ended with a similar jolt when Adele said she couldn’t rightfully accept the trophy for album of the year since it meant she was taking it from Beyoncé.

In an increasingly crowded awards-show scene, it’s dramatic moments like these that producers value...

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