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A Cinema Trolled the Oscars and Played 20 Seconds of 'La La Land' Before 'Moonlight'
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A Cinema Trolled the Oscars and Played 20 Seconds of 'La La Land' Before 'Moonlight'

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Film Editor
Updated: 2 March 2017

Staff at The Rio cinema in Dalston, London, couldn’t help get in on the hot topic of the moment and played a short clip of La La Land just before a scheduled screening of Moonlight was supposed to take place. 

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According to Time Out, the spoof on the spectacular Oscar fail from Sunday night went down a treat with the sold-out audience who were waiting to see the eventual Best Picture winner.

Rio’s duty manager told the London edition of the magazine that they just played a short teaser rather than the actual film beforehand. “Then we shut it down, and did a bit of fumbling to make it look like we made a mistake.”

The gag was greeted with a spontaneous round of applause.

For those of you who might have missed the most spectacular botch in Oscar history, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced La La Land as the winner of the Best Picture award following a mix-up with the envelopes. The Bonnie and Clyde stars were accidentally handed Emma Stones’ card for Best Actress and in the confusion the Los Angeles-set musical was announced instead of the actual winner Moonlight.

Fall out from the gaff continues as PwC, the firm looking after the ceremony, revealed it was accountant Brian Cullinan who was responsible. It was also revealed that the accountant was busy tweeting pictures of the stars backstage moments before the incident. He has subsequently deleted his posts.

Moonlight and La La Land are on general release now.