Deja vu: It was Miss Universe 2015 all over again.
For 2 glorious minutes, everyone at the Dolby Theatre was applauding “La La Land” for winning the most prestigious award, only to be corrected that “Moonlight” was the Best Picture for this year’s Academy Awards.
Apparently co-presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway had received the wrong envelope. “I want to tell you what happened.I opened the envelope, and it said ‘Emma Stone, La La Land.’ That’s why I took such a long look at Fey (Dunaway), and at you (the audience). I wasn’t trying to be funny. … This is ‘Moonlight’, the Best Picture,” Beatty later explained.
As the “La La Land” crew were celebrating their win and giving their thank yous on stage, producer Jordan Horowitz interrupted the celebration and proclaimed that there has been a mistake in the announcement. He even showed the accurate card which indicated that “Moonlight” had indeed won.
“I will say that the folks from ‘La La Land’ were so gracious. I can’t imagine being in their position and having to do that. I wasn’t speechless because we won. I was speechless because it was so gracious of them to do that. The card said: ‘Best Picture: Moonlight’,” said “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins.
However, Jenkins refused to allow this confusion overshadow their win, telling Los Angeles Times, “It’s unfortunate that things happened the way they did, but hot damn, we won best picture.”
Having said that, this major disaster has inspired social media users to come up with some of the funniest memes. Just in case you haven’t watch the Oscars, here’s a clip of the aforementioned incident and our favourite memes on Twitter:
— Rachael Serrao (@rachaelserrao) February 27, 2017
— Michael Lyle, Jr. ? (@LyleMultimedia) February 27, 2017
— NolaChick (@TheNolaChick) February 27, 2017
— Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) February 27, 2017
— Professor Snape (@_Snape_) February 27, 2017
Of course, we also wanted to get in on the fun 😉
— Hype Malaysia (@HypeMY) February 27, 2017
To find out who won what at the 89th Academy Awards, go here.