The Oscars 2017 ended the night quite differently this year. The much-coveted Best Picture Award was initially handed out to La La Land but after a ‘Steve Harvey moment,” the award is rightfully given to Moonlight. Meanwhile, netizens can’t help but give their views about the incident.
The Oscars 2017 was going well. Late night host Jimmy Kimmel did keep his audience entertained with some Trump and Matt Damon referenced jokes. However, the highlight of the entire evening was the Best Picture winner announcement.
Oscars 2017 Best Picture Is Moonlight
Entertainment Weekly reported that presenter Warren Beatty explained his side about the mix-up. “I opened the envelope, and it said ‘Emma Stone, La La Land.’ That’s why I took such a long look at Faye and at you. I wasn’t trying to be funny,” said Beatty.
Beatty’s co-presenter, Faye Dunaway announced La La Land as the Best Picture winner when the actor showed her what’s on the envelope. Damien Chazelle’s crew went up on stage. However, their speech was stopped midway when a man said that Moonlight is the Oscar’s winner for the category.
— TexazBorn&Raised (@mexicanthug07) February 27, 2017
Moreover, he looked for the envelope and showed everyone that Moonlight was the winning film as written on the card. Netizens were quick to take their views online. On Twitter, @DaltonjLane tweeted: “La La Land won the popular vote but Moonlight won the electoral college.”
Meanwhile, others call the incident one of the Oscar’s awkward moments ever. Memes started coming out online noting a Steve Harvey moment. Last year, at the Miss Universe pageant, Harvey mistakenly announced Miss Colombia as the winner of the pageant.
After a commercial break, the TV host returned on stage and admitted that there was a mistake and the real winner of the pageant was Miss Philippines candidate Pia Wurtzbach.
— Bikers 4 Liberty (@Bikers4Liberty) February 27, 2017
Two Envelopes Per Category?
On the other hand, the outlet’s staff writer posted a tweet of Best Actress winner Emma Stone saying that she did not want to start anything but she has been holding her “Best Actress in a Leading Role” card the whole time. Netizens posted photos of screen caps of Beatty’s envelope confirming that what he had on his hand was not the winner of the Best Picture category but the previous category.
Emma Stone backstage said SHE HAD HER CARD THE WHOLE TIME!!! pic.twitter.com/WecMyquaGp
— Marc (@MarcSnetiker) February 27, 2017
On the Academy’s Twitter page, where they were also live tweeting the announcement inside the Dolby Theater, the award-giving body initially posted La La Land as the Best Picture winner. After a few minutes, they posted Moonlight as the winner of the said category. The Academy’s official Twitter account deleted their initial tweet.
The initial report noted that The Academy has yet to release any official statement with regard to the incident. Who do you think is at fault in all this? Share your thoughts with us!