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Reaction to Oscars flub: Disbelief, Steve Harvey jokes and election night metaphors

Twitter is having a field day following the most bizarre flub in Oscars history,  when “La La Land” was mistakenly announced as best picture winner before the award was correctly given to the real winner, “Moonlight.”

The mix-up was an odd but thrilling cap to a more-than-three-hour broadcast. Adding to the tension was the fact that “Moonlight” and “La La Land,” long considered the favorites in the best picture category, couldn’t be more different. “La La Land” is an extravagant musical about Hollywood. “Moonlight” is a coming-of-age story that grapples with weightier issues including race, poverty, sexuality and drug addiction.

In the immediate aftermath, it was clear that no one knew exactly what happened, but that didn’t stop the Internet from trying to sort it all out. Here are some of the best reactions, which ranged from utter disbelief to more humorous takes.


Here’s Ryan Gosling looking surprised, but also amused.

Some expressed sympathy for the casts and crews of both films and also Warren Beatty, who presented the award with Faye Dunaway.

At first, it looked like Beatty was playfully drawing out the best picture announcement. He took a long look at the card before handing it over to Dunaway to read the winner. But, as he later explained, he was genuinely confused by the envelope, which read “Emma Stone, ‘La La Land.’ (Moments earlier, Stone had accepted the best actress award for the musical). That’s why I took such a long look at Faye,” Beatty told the audience. “I wasn’t trying to be funny,”

Steve Harvey jokes

Harvey famously botched announcing the winner at the 2015 Miss Universe pageant, and the comparisons came rolling in.

Some were re-living the election…

…or at least, their desired outcome.

Conspiracy theories.

As Harvey knows well, there will be rumors that this happened on purpose.

Historically bizarre ending to Oscars: ‘Moonlight’ wins best picture after ‘La La Land’ is announced.

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