Last night’s 89th Academy Awards show always promised to be controversial, but even the most fantastical imaginations couldn’t have expected it to go down like this. As Hollywood’s glitterati gathered in LA’s Dolby Theatre for the annual gift-giving bonanza, it was an event that didn’t go off without a hitch.
In case you’re still hazy from the weekend and have yet to properly surface, you may have missed the news that somehow, the holy grail award of Best Picture was initially awarded to the wrong movie. Yes, in what has to be the most absurd and outrageous moment in Oscars — or any awards show — history, veteran Bonnie and Clyde actors Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway took to the podium and accidentally presented the little gold man to La La Land instead of Moonlight.
By the time La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz took to the stage and revealed the real victor to a bewildered audience, the damage was already done. Not only did this suck for the La La Land cast whose dream had been cruelly ripped away from them, but it also detracted from what is a miracle achievement for a $1.6 million art house movie about the life of a young, gay African-American male. Sympathies must go to Beatty and Dunaway, too, because human beings are fallible and make mistakes every day — albeit not in front of such a massive viewing audience.
As ever, social media was abuzz at the unfortunate gaffe, with Twitter typically merciless. To save you the hassle, we’ve rounded up some of the best takes below.
There Was Mad Respect for How Jordan “Bald Guy” Harowitz Dealt With the Situation
‘Moonlight’ Director Barry Jenkins Even Paid Tribute
Some, however, weren’t best pleased at how he seemingly snatched the envelope from Beatty
But there was no shortage of sympathy for the Hollywood veteran
Although some weren’t happy at him passing the buck to Dunaway
Could the Russian’s have had something to do with it?
Celebrities in shock
But still, only one thing mattered
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