The 2017 Academy Awards has been plagued by a mysterious mix-up for the award of Best Picture.  Hollywood veterans, Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty declared La La Land the victor, until we learnt that Moonlight was actually the winner.  Before producer Fred Berger could wrap up his thank you, another producer, Jordan Horowitz, cut in with an authoritative “Moonlight has won Best Picture, Moonlight. Best Picture.”

Moonlight – Best Picture

The embarassing mix-up occured after Faye and Warren were handed an envelope with the card for the award of best actress, which went to Emma Stone in La La Land, and consequently mistook La La Land to be the winners.

The accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers were responsible for managing the winners envelopes and have issued a hearty apology for the mistake. However, rumours abound as to what might have happened. It’s being dubbed ‘EnvelopeGate’. Some on social media are suggesting that Leonardo Di Caprio was responsible, because he escorted Emma from the stage and didn’t give her the envelope. Others claim prank-happy Jimmy Kimmel orchestrated the whole affair. There’s also the suggestion that Matt Damon had something to do with it.

Well, this an another theory. In The Earth Emperor’s Eye, moon light is a key part of the tale, often illuminating characters and plot. And, in the tale, Charles Lamb receives a surprise envelope slipped under his bedroom door. It carries the words, ‘I have heard you declare that hearts are your favourite suit. I declare they are mine too.’ In the e-book the envelope comes from Emma Isola, a character excluded from the adapted screenplay.

The surprise envelope is essentially an invitation to the world to cherish art, love and nature. It’s very odd that the Oscars envelope mystery should occur on the eve of a hard copy of The Earth Emperor’s Eye script being sent in an envelope to Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company for consideration. Perhaps someone’s trying to tell them something? Will they declare a love for the Emperor’s favourite card – The Three of Hearts?

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