A London cinema pranked the audience by playing a bit of 'La La Land' at start of a 'Moonlight' screening

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Emily Badiozzaman

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the Oscar blunder that saw Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announce the wrong winners for the most anticipated award of the night. 

The pair called out La La Land as winners of Best Picture, only for the La La Land producer to have to stop the speeches halfway through to announce the rightful winners: Moonlight. Mixed emotions and a million headlines later, it was put down to an envelope mix-up. 

Cue the memes:



But the real stars that emerged from the gaff were Rio Cinema in Dalston, East London. 

The independent cinema pranked the punters who were at a screening of Moonlight by playing the first 20 seconds of the teaser trailer for La La Land.

General Manager Andrew Woodyatt told

“It would have been quite awkward if they hadn’t got the joke – but luckily they did.

“We played the beginning of one of the La La Land trailers which is not exactly like the opening of the film, but everyone in the audience were going ‘hang on a moment, something’s wrong here’.

“We stopped it, made it look as though we made a mistake, and then started Moonlight. It got a huge round of applause and everyone loved it.”

The move have secured their genius status amongst the public:

The Rio has extended its run of Moonlight and will be showing the Oscar winner for another week.


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