The 2017 Oscars ended in an almighty mess early on Monday morning (February 27) as presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway mistakenly announced that La La Land had won Best Picture.
As the La La Land cast and crew began to deliver their victory speeches, an interruption occurred somewhere in the back of the crowd and it was announced that the prestigious award had actually gone to Moonlight, which had won Best Adapted Screenplay earlier in the evening.
Confusion spread through the stage as host Jimmy Kimmel was forced to assure the Moonlight crew that it wasn’t a joke or a stunt (he later jokingly blamed Steve Harvey; a reference to his infamous Miss Universe disaster), beckoning them onto the stage. Beatty briefly took the microphone to explain that when he opened his envelope, the card read “Emma Stone — La La Land,” thus prompting his and Dunaway’s announcement. Emma Stone had won Best Actress in the previous presentation.
Madness aside, the win capped a magnificent evening for Moonlight, wherein actor Mahershala Ali became the first-ever Muslim to win an Oscar when he took the title of Best Supporting Actor.
— New York Times Arts (@nytimesarts) February 27, 2017
Since the ceremony ended the internet has exploded, settling somewhere in the space between jubilation and not knowing what the hell just happened.
Here’s the moment that it all went nuts on the Oscars stage tonight:
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 27, 2017
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) February 27, 2017
And of course, Twitter reacted with its trademark savagery…
— Moe Killington (@sporker_) February 27, 2017
I wrote the ending of the academy awards 2017. @jimmykimmel we really got them!
— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) February 27, 2017
And the Academy Award for Best Picture goes too… pic.twitter.com/iS9jTutURd
— Tom Knight (@TJ_Knight) February 27, 2017
Upon further review, the Best Picture winner is Gary from Chicago pic.twitter.com/PJfOZa5piu
— J.A. Adande (@jadande) February 27, 2017
Steve Harvey right now pic.twitter.com/KaFR4G8LOm
— Sam Sanders (@samsanders) February 27, 2017
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) February 27, 2017
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) February 27, 2017
YOOOOO THE SEASON FINALE OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH IS SO LIT
— Tyler R. Tynes (@TylerRickyTynes) February 27, 2017
In amongst the celebrations of anyone who is Team Moonlight, the La La Land crew and cast appeared to be devastated, still consoling each other in the theater a half an hour after the show had been brought to a close.
Heads are gonna roll. You couldn't have a worse possible f-up if you tried. Team LLL still consoling each other in theater. pic.twitter.com/UUr6dlKF9S
— Scott Feinberg (@ScottFeinberg) February 27, 2017