One of the craziest, and most surprising, moments at the 2017 Oscars was undoubtedly when La La Land won Best Picture. The cast and crew of the popular film gathered on stage and started giving their acceptance speeches. Of course, everyone knows what happened next. Ryan Gosling began giggling. Emma Stone looked totally shocked. And La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz took to the microphone and said, "Guys, guys, no. I’m sorry, there’s a mistake. Moonlight, you guys won Best Picture." So, who is Jordan Horowitz?
As their work takes place behind scenes, it's not often that a producer is in the spotlight. And as spotlights go, the Oscars provides worldwide exposure for its award winners and nominees. Horowitz was introduced to audiences in a major way on Sunday, when he handled the Moonlight mix up with humility, and was happy to present the Oscars to the rightful winners.
As everyone came to terms with the news that La La Land hadn't won Best Picture, Horowitz producer reiterated, "This is not a joke. Moonlight has won Best Picture." He then proceeded to grab the card out of Warren Beatty's hand which revealed the winner. He held it up for the cameras and live audience to see, spawning a plethora of #MoonlightGate memes. So, where else can we see Horowitz's work?
La La Land is not the first success that Horowitz has had. At 36 years old, the producer already has an amazing career to his name, with some super successful movies in his repertoire, including 2010's The Kids Are All Right, starring Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo. He won several awards as producer for the film, including a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture in the Comedy or Musical category. Since then, he's served as a producer on several independent movies you might have seen, including Save The Date, a super cute, low-key, rom-com starring Alison Brie and Lizzy Caplan.
Horowitz often works with his wife, the writer Julia Hart, who wrote the Brit Marling movie The Keeping Room. In Sep. 2015, Hart told Bustle that she was committed to bringing women's stories to the screen. It's exciting that, together, the pair are creating bold and interesting work, with passionate female lead characters, and will hopefully continue to do so.
Now that he's a household name, Horowitz's career is sure to continue on its upward trajectory. It's good to know that the producer happily concedes when he hasn't won, and that he recognizes what an amazing movie Moonlight is.