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Academy rescinds Oscars for 'Moonlight', re-awards to 'Suicide Squad'

Michael Lane

Dominick liberatore successor

The Academy Awards made history Feb. 26 when Best Picture presenter Warren Beatty incorrectly announced fan-favorite “La La Land” as the winner of the prestigious award before it was corrected, leaving Barry Jenkins’ film “Moonlight” to collect it instead. This is the first time something went so monumentally wrong at the annual event that has been held for the past 89 years. “Moonlight” also made history as being the first film with an all-black cast and the first LGBT film to win the Best Picture award, but this is no longer the case. In a first for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization has decided to take back the top prize for “Moonlight,” and again awarded it to another film: “Suicide Squad.” This is perhaps the most surprising of the three films that have so far held the honor, as the DC Comics superhero film was critically panned upon release and wasn’t even up for nomination for Best Picture. Backlash hit the Academy upon the announcement, but AMPAS President Cheryl Boone Isaacs stands by their decision, and even threw Beatty under the bus. “I knew we shouldn’t have allowed Warren to present the award,” said Isaacs. “He comes back to Hollywood after 15 years of hiding like some weirdo, makes one movie and thinks he can go ahead and ruin our ceremony? I think not, Warren.” Isaacs went on to elaborate on why the Oscar was again re-awarded. “We’ve gone ahead and capitalized on Warren’s flub and turned it into gold,” said Isaacs. “People were already still confused about what film actually won Best Picture, so we went ahead and gave it to ‘Suicide Squad,’ which we all thought was actually the bestfilm of 2016. We all know it. It has Harley Quinn in it. Don’t you just love her?” “Suicide Squad” writer and director David Ayer also commented on his film’s win. “Are you guys sure? Did you see ‘Suicide Squad?’ Even I thought it was utter garbage,” said Ayer. “‘Moonlight’ was a phenomenal film that has merit to it. Our film had a talking crocodile.” Best Picture winner “Suicide Squad” is available now on DVD and Blu-Ray in bargain bins found around the country.

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