Everyone loves a well-executed prank, especially when it pokes fun at a real-life major blunder, such as Sunday night’s “Best Picture” Oscar flub.
A London movie theater decided to have some fun with the “La La Land” vs. “Moonlight” controversy by spoofing the Academy Awards mistake in a sold-out showing of “Moonlight.”
As moviegoers were waiting for the film they paid for to begin, the Rio Cinema staff began playing about 20 seconds of “La La Land,” The Huffington Post reports.
Even if you didn’t tune into the Oscars, most people are fully aware of the infamous mistake, so the audience immediately caught on to the joke and laughed and applauded the theater’s cleverness.
“It wasn’t the actual feature film, but a few seconds from a teaser trailer,” the manager of the theater reportedly told Time Out. He also noted that the acclaimed opening number from the actual “La La Land” movie wasn’t ruined for audience members who hadn’t seen the film. “Then we shut it down, and did a bit of fumbling to make it look like we made a mistake.”
Although the situation is funny to most of us, the error was quite serious. According to The Guardian, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the film academy, announced that the two accountants who were behind the error — Brian Cullinan and his colleague Martha Ruiz — have been banned from ever working the Oscars again.