Following Sunday’s epic Academy Award gaffe that caused Warren Beatty to announce “La La Land” as the winner of Best Picture instead of “Moonlight,” London’s Rio Cinema pulled a funny prank on moviegoers who went to see Barry Jenkins’ acclaimed drama. The staff played 20 seconds of Damien Chazelle’s musical comedy/drama immediately before playing “Moonlight.” The sold-out audience got the joke right away and burst into applause, as reported by Time Out London.
“It wasn’t the actual feature film, but a few seconds from a teaser trailer,’ the Rio’s duty manager told Time Out London. “Then we shut it down, and did a bit of fumbling to make it look like we made a mistake.”
Rio Cinema has extended its run of “Moonlight” by a week, following the film’s three Academy Award wins: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney). As reported by The Independent, after its Oscar wins, the film has soared up the UK box office.