Going into this year’s Oscars there were a couple of persistent questions: Would the Academy be able to correct the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, and how political was the evening the going to get? The answers were it could, and very, and perhaps the best example was what happened in the last few minutes of the show when the Best Picture winner was announced to be La La Land, only for it to be revealed near the end of the acceptance speech that it was Moonlight that had actually won. In the end, the touching personal drama beat out Hollywood’s big wet kiss to itself, one of several pointed and not-so-pointed allusions to the present need to embrace diversity during the evening. (more…)
Warren Beatty got confused and everything went off the rails. The award for Best Picture at last nights 2017 Oscar ceremony was given to Moonlight after presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced that La La Land had won best picture. As the film’s producers were making their acceptance speeches, producer Jordan Horowitz informed viewers that the category’s winner was actually Moonlight, and showed the card announcing the winner to the camera. What happened? Beatty had accidentally been handed the envelope for “Best Supporting Actress In A Leading Role” which had been awarded to Emma Stone just moments before. Somehow the card got recycled back into the mix, Beatty got it, and the rest, well, the rest is history.
In what has become the biggest snafu (or perhaps preplanned flub to generate buzz?) in Oscar history, the Internet responded the only way it could, with salty Tweets and .Gifs. Here’s a round up of some of the very best. (more…)