The 2017 Academy Awards ended on a shocking note when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway read the wrong Best Picture winner. With the wrong envelope in hand, the pair announced “La La Land” as the winner of Best Picture Oscar. But during the acceptance speech, the mistake was realized. The real winner was “Moonlight.”
The first reactions across the Internet were of the “wait, what?” variety. “La La Land” was a heavy favorite to win the award, and took home six other awards. But seconds later, the Twitter jokesters turned their attention to Beatty, who tried to explain the flub on stage. The unprecedented mix-up wasn’t really Beatty’s fault, but the memers and tweeters can’t really help themselves. (Oscars accounting firm PwC soon came forward to take the blame for the error.)
Of course, most thoughts immediately went to the 2016 presidential election. Donald Trump won the Electoral College and took the presidency, but Hillary Clinton won the popular vote. Twitter users hoped maybe Beatty’s Oscar mistake could be repeated for the country.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s comments that Trump’s Inauguration had the largest audience in history also popped to mind. With Spicer comes Melissa McCarthy’s portrayal of him on “Saturday Night Live,” of course.
Jimmy Kimmel made a joke about Steve Harvey’s gaff of announcing the wrong winner at the Miss Universe competition in 2015.
People also remembered that time Kanye West tweeted in favor of Bill Cosby.
And somebody caught on that the “Bonnie and Clyde” reunion with Beatty and Dunaway might have been more of a clue about what was going on that people first realized.
There were also “Bulworth” jokes to make.
And, of course, somebody had to make a Dick Tracy joke.
But mostly people just had some pretty hilarious digs on Beatty and the struggle to figure out what was actually written on the envelope. In Beatty’s defense, he recognized that “Emma Stone, ‘La La Land'” wasn’t the right one for Best Picture. Whoops.
Even future-seeing statistician Nate Silver was stumped. Earlier in the night, Silver had tweeted Oscar some algorithm-created Oscar predictions.
Not so fast, Nate.