In a screw-up similar to the La La Land 'win' at the Oscars in 2017, film director Spike Lee accidentally announced the Palme d'Or winner early during Saturday’s closing ceremony at the 74th Cannes Film Festival.
Traditionally the last award of the night to be revealed, the ceremony started where it should have ended when Spike named the Julia Ducournau thriller Titane as the festival’s top film.
Following the confusion, director Ducournau didn’t come to the stage at first to accept the award. Instead, she waited until the official announcement at the end of the ceremony where the prestigious award was presented by Sharon Stone.
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A clearly mortified Spike Lee was seen with his head in his hands as the ceremony continued and other awards were handed out.
Speaking at the press conference after the ceremony, he admitted the mistake, saying: "I have no excuses. I messed up. I’m a big sports fan. It’s like the guy at the end of the game in the foul line, he misses the free throw, or a guy misses a kick."
He added: 'So no apologies . . . I was very specific to speak to the people of Cannes and tell them that I apologize. They said forget about it."