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Piper Beats Blind Vaysha at Last Night’s Oscars

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Piper Beats Blind Vaysha at Last Night’s Oscars

Blind Vaysha, Bulgarian animation director Theodore Ushev's sixteenth film and first ever nominated for an Oscar, was not the winner in its category at last night's 89th annual Academy Awards Ceremony, held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Ushev's short film lost to Pixar's Piper, so Bulgaria's dream for a first Oscar had to be deferred yet again.

However, this was not the greatest surprise that this spectacular evening had to offer.

The favorite to win the night's big prize in the Best Motion Picture category, Damien Chazelle's musical La La Land, had its 45 seconds of glory, as presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced that Chazelle's work had won, and then, in a shocking turn of events, the producers accepting the award suddenly stopped their acceptance speech and revealed that Moonlight had actually won.

"We lost, by the way," one of them said into the microphone before trailing off, amid mounting confusion on the stage and in the audience.

"This is not a joke — Moonlight has won Best Picture," another producer added.

The moment was so extremely awkward that one of La La Land's producers actually held the envelope up to the camera, clearly showing Moonlight as the winner.

Beatty explained that he was handed the wrong card, which read "Emma Stone — La La Land," and that he wasn't trying to be funny when he hesitated and then gave it to Dunaway to read.

"I want to tell you what happened. I opened the envelope, and it said Emma Stone, La La Land. That's why I took such a long look at Faye and at you; I wasn't trying to be funny," he said.

Jimmy Kimmel, the host of the show, had to show up on stage to confirm Moonlight's surprising win.

The film's director, Barry Jenkins, and the producers then gave an off-the-cuff acceptance speech.

"Very clearly, very clearly, even in my dreams, this could not be true," Jenkins said.

"But to hell with dreams, I'm done with it, because this is true," he ranted on.

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