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.
— AP Images (@AP_Images) February 27, 2017
"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
A lot of good moments at the #Oscars tonight, but the end… crazy wow bizarre!
— Jeff Ellis (@jeffellissf) February 27, 2017
That's the craziest thing I've ever seen in my entire life of watching the #Oscars. MOONLIGHT!! – J
— Heather & Jessica (@fuggirls) 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.
— T a n v i ¯_(ツ)_/¯ (@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.
Steve Harvey feeling really good right now #Oscars
— STEVIE AIELLO (@StevieAiello) February 27, 2017
Steve Harvey watching the #Oscars
"So, that's how it feels" pic.twitter.com/Vz0bMAU22B
— Javier Romero (@Javierito321) February 27, 2017
Steve Harvey: That was an embarrassing mistake#Oscars : Hold my drink
— Joshua Mann (@jdmann) February 27, 2017
— Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) February 27, 2017
Some were re-living the election…
…or at least, their desired outcome.
Most nights, I have a dream in which what just happened at the #Oscars actually happened on election night.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) February 27, 2017
Okay now do the election
— Zach Baron (@zachbaron) February 27, 2017
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) 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
I wrote the ending of the academy awards 2017. @jimmykimmel we really got them!
— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) February 27, 2017