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.
"I'm in shock. That was the craziest thing I've ever seen," Nicole Kidman says, mouth agape while exiting Dolby— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) February 27, 2017
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,”
I'm also very sad for the MOONLIGHT crew. I wish that they had the full experience of winning best pic without the awkwardness of it all.— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) February 27, 2017
That is so inexcusable. I feel so bad for La La Land though I am thrilled for Moonlight— roxane gay (@rgay) February 27, 2017
I mean, Moonlight deserves to win imho, but i really feel bad for La La Land's cast and crew. What a cruel troll.— Tanvi (@Tanvim) February 27, 2017
You gotta feel bad for the La La Land team...so cruel. I can't even begin to imagine how that must feel. And poor Warren Betty...— Chuck Comeau (@chuckcomeau) February 27, 2017
Can what happened to Beatty and Dunaway tonight be investigated as elder abuse?— Hank Stuever (@hankstuever) February 27, 2017
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.
Okay now do the election— Zach Baron (@zachbaron) February 27, 2017
You know what the problem is -- millions of Academy members voted illegally.— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) February 27, 2017
As Harvey knows well, there will be rumors that this happened on purpose.
He wasn't even gonna read it y'all. Warren Beatty woke af.— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) February 27, 2017
shout out to warren and faye, bank robbers to the very end— Rembert Browne (@rembert) February 27, 2017