The 89th Academy Awards ceremony honoring the best films of 2016 took place in Los Angeles on February 26. The ceremony went as planned, with the host, comedian Jimmy Kimmel amusing the audience, celebrities shining in chic outfits and this year's nominees nervously awaiting their moment of fame.
Prior to the ceremony, many said that La La Land, one of the most talked about movies of the year, would win the nomination for Best Picture. And it nearly did, when Warren Beatty, a veteran actor, was given the wrong envelope and announced La La Land as this year's best film.
By the time the ceremony's producers realized what happened, the movie's crew had already gotten to the stage to thank the Academy and everyone involved for the honor. The most cringeworthy moment in the history of the Academy Awards followed.
While spectators were quick to assume that Beatty had followed in the steps of Miss Universe 2015 host Steve Harvey, who announced the wrong contestant the winner, what had actually happened is that Beatty received the wrong envelope.
In reality, the film Moonlight had been chosen by the Academy as the Best Picture of 2016. The La La Land crew took the blow with dignity.
That producer from La La Land who pumped the brakes then announced that Moonlight was the actual winner, that guy was the soul of grace.— Hart Hanson (@HartHanson) February 27, 2017
As always, the Academy Awards were live streamed, which means that social media users didn't hesitate to turn the fiasco into a joking competition.
This was literally me when they announced La La Land and then Moonlight really won pic.twitter.com/9ztFCH8ZNG— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) February 27, 2017
The word is that Moonlight won the electoral college but La La Land won the popular vote. #Oscars— Ben (@BenHowe) February 27, 2017
Text from David Cameron: "Any chance the Brexit decision envelope was handed to you by the same people who run the #Oscars?"— Elizabeth Windsor (@Queen_UK) February 27, 2017
La La Land thought they had it… pic.twitter.com/AMwkumZS4A— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 27, 2017
And, of course, Russia got the blame too. This joke never gets old, it seems.
Well, according to Twitter, #Oscars had one job & they screwed it up. And the Russians will be blamed in 3… 2…— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) February 27, 2017
Can't believe the Russians almost got away with hacking the #Oscars— Jason Leopold (@JasonLeopold) February 27, 2017
So what do you think really happened at the Oscars?