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'I F***ing Love Moonlight': Emma Stone Responds To The Best Picture Mix-Up

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Actress Emma Stone accepts Best Actress for 'La La Land' onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
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Mere minutes after the insane (and entirely unprecedented) Best Picture mix-up of 2017, La La Land star Emma Stone made her way backstage to the press room to answer questions about her Best Actress win.

Stone was extremely composed, especially considering the circumstances—although the fact that she still had an Oscar in hand probably didn't hurt. Here's how she responded to a few questions about the fiasco.

REPORTER: How are you doing? You know it's a dream you have to get an Oscar. Did you ever dream like that? And what is the dream when they announce you as the Best Picture, La La Land, and it didn't win?

STONE: Okay. So yes, of course. I'm an actor. I've always dreamt of this kind of thing, but again, not in a realistic context. And for that, I fucking love Moonlight. God, I love Moonlight so much. I was so excited for Moonlight. And of course, you know, it was an amazing thing to hear La La Land. I think we all would have loved to win Best Picture, but we are so excited for Moonlight. I think it's one of the best films of all time. So I was pretty beside myself. I also was holding my Best Actress in a Leading Role card that entire time. So, whatever story—I don't mean to start stuff, but whatever story that was, I had that card. So I'm not sure what happened. And I really wanted to talk to you guys first. Congratulations Moonlight. Hell, yeah.

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REPORTER: Could you just speak a little bit to what the atmosphere was like after that nightmare? I think the atmosphere in here was crazy.

STONE: I think everyone's in a state of confusion still. Excitement, but confusion. So there's no real—I don't really have a gauge of the atmosphere quite yet. I need to, you know, check in. But I think everyone is just so excited, so excited for Moonlight. It's such an incredible film.

REPORTER: I'm just wondering as a performer, as someone who's been in Hollywood, you've experienced many things before. Are you able to give us sort of a word picture of what it was like? I timed it by the way, two minutes and 30 seconds La La Land was Best Picture of the year. What was it like on stage when you first thought you won, you didn't win? I know you are taking it in good stride and everything.

STONE: Again, I don't know if this is a measurable question? Is that the craziest Oscar moment of all time? [The press room concurs that it is, indeed, the craziest Oscar moment of all time.] Cool. We made history tonight. Craziest moment. And again, I mean, I don't—I don't even know what to say. I think I'm still on such a buzzy train backstage that I was, you know, on another planet already. So this has all just felt like another planet. But again, God I love Moonlight. I'm so excited. So, it's, you know—I think it's an incredible outcome, but very—a very strange happening for Oscar history.