Perhaps nobody was more shocked than the cast and crew of the two films.
"The folks from 'La La Land' were so gracious. I can't imagine being in their position and having to do that," said Jenkins, who won best adapted screenplay with Tarell Alvin McCraney. "I wasn't speechless because we won. I was speechless because it was so gracious of them to do that."
During the final moments of the Academy Awards on Sunday night, the people behind "La La Land" were onstage accepting the best picture award when, suddenly, producer Jordan Horowitz announced that there had been a mistake. "This is not a joke," he told the crowd, revealing that "Moonlight" was actually the winner.
"I f---ing love 'Moonlight.' God, I love 'Moonlight' so much. I'm so excited for 'Moonlight,' and of course, it was an amazing thing to hear 'La La Land.' I think we all would've loved to win best picture, but we are so excited for 'Moonlight,'" Stone told reporters. "I think it's one of the best films of all time, so I was pretty beside myself."
"I don't mean to start stuff, but whatever story that was, I had that card, so I'm not sure what happened," Stone said.
Ali said the moment was bittersweet for him. Initially, he was excited for the "La La Land" team, and like Jenkins, he felt terrible about what happened.
"I just didn't want to go up there and take something from someone," he said. "It's very hard to feel joy in a moment like that."