“There’s been a mistake.”
Those four words changed the course of Academy Awards history last year, when 2½ minutes into Team La La Land‘s best picture acceptance speeches, producer Jordan Horowitz informed the crowd that Moonlight had actually won.
The jaw-dropping gaffe — which was met with stunned disbelief by those in the room and at home — was the result of a mix-up by accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, who mistakenly handed presenters Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty the wrong category envelope.
It was also an awesome reminder of the unpredictability of Hollywood’s biggest awards, which celebrate their 90th year March 4 (ABC, 8 p.m. ET/5 PT). Here are some of the other most talked-about moments through the years:
1. Hattie McDaniel becomes the first African American to win an Oscar (1940)
She was the first black actor to ever be nominated or win, for best supporting actress for Gone With the Wind. The next to earn the prize wouldn’t be until 1964, when Sidney Poitier took home best actor for Lilies of the Field.
2. Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand tie for best actress (1969)
They each received 3,030 votes for their respective performances in The Lion in Winter and Funny Girl. But it was Streisand’s speech that won the night in Hepburn’s absence, when she accepted the trophy and uttered her character’s famous line, “Hello, gorgeous.”