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08 June 2023

Priyanka Chopra missed Oscar drama

By Bang

Priyanka Chopra missed the drama surrounding 'Moonlight's Best Picture win at the Oscars because she nipped to the toilet.

The 34-year-old actress found out at the last minute she could attend the Academy Awards but missed out on the biggest talking point of the night - when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced 'La La Land' as the winner of the Best Picture award - as she popped to the bathroom early to beat the crowds.

She shared: "Well it was very funny because I was in my seat when they announced 'La La Land' and I thought I'd beat the rush and go to the rest room.

"When I came out, 'Moonlight' was on the stage so it was a very confusing moment. How could that happen? I may have missed history being made!"

And whilst the whole thing was "extremely awkward", Priyanka enjoyed seeing everyone together on stage.

She told the Metro newspaper: "It was extremely awkward and everyone was discussing what happened. But as soon as they got backstage I saw the teams of 'Moonlight' and 'La La Land' talking it out and being extremely gracious about it.

"That's what the awards shows are about; encouraging and appreciating good work. And after everything that happened, that's what I took out of it, seeing all of them together."

The mix-up happened when the presenters were incorrectly handed the Best Actress in a Leading Role award - which went to 'La La Land's Emma Stone - and the error has cost the two accountants who were in charge of handing over the envelopes their jobs at the award ceremony.

In a statement at the time, accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) said: "We sincerely apologise to 'Moonlight', 'La La Land', Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture.

"The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred. We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation."