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Oscars mixup, one person relates to award announcement miscue


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There’s one person who can relate to how Moonlight and company felt after Academy Awards mistake.

Sunday at the 89th Academy Awards the Bonnie and Clyde couple Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were given an incorrect envelope when presenting Best Motion Picture. Given the envelope for Best Actress they read La La Land as the winner for the category only for them to find out after celebrating the honor it belonged to Moonlight. Moonlight had won other awards that night but initially thought they didn’t win the biggest award of the night.

There’s one person who can sort of relate to how Moonlight felt, as he also experienced an award announcement error…Gino Terrell. True story. This occurred at the Society of Professional Journalists 2014 Region 6 Mark of Excellence awards presentation April 10, 2015 in Bloomington, Minnesota.

That day, Terrell received eight awards for his journalism work winning five categories and placing as a finalists in three. After he received what he thought was his final award the presenter joked: “let me go through the rest to” see if there’s more in there. Together the the two, and the audience, laughed out loud.

Three days after the event while reading a press release with all the award recipients listed Terrell discovered he was missing an award he won as it was not announced. He sent the organization an email and they explained they found out about the error not too long after the ceremony and his award was on its way through the mail. Officials didn’t notify him after the night after the ceremony as they wanted to surprise him when he checked his mail.

And he was surprised and appreciated that award just a little bit more. It may not be an ideal situation for an error to occur during an award ceremony but for him receiving one more award on a historic day that was already satisfying for him made that particular award that much more special.

Presenter Joe Radske and Gino Terrell reunite in 2016 when Terrell receives his second consecutive invite at the Society of Professional Journalists Region 6 Mark of Excellence award show in Bloomington, Minnesota.
Presenter Joe Radske and Gino Terrell reunite in 2016 when Terrell receives his second consecutive invite at the Society of Professional Journalists Region 6 Mark of Excellence award show in Bloomington, Minnesota.

An Academy Award is much more iconic but Terrell has one similarity where he can relate to the winning feeling of the cast and crew of Moonlight.

By Gino Terrell

Click here, to read more about the Academy Awards miscue.

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