In a twist that absolutely no one saw coming: Moonlight won the Academy Award for Best Picture. But! That’s not the whole story. Presenter Warren Beatty originally read the winner off as La La Land, and the entire cast rushed up on stage to accept their award.
Only, something wasn’t right. As it turns out, Beatty was given the wrong envelope, which explains the mishap. Still, confusion ensued.
“I want to tell you what happened,” Beatty said, retaking the stage. “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.”
The final-hour fake-out was met with outrage, shock, and a lot of jokes from the Internet. With our mouths still agape, here are the funniest reactions to the most epic Oscars fail of all time.
— UNC Terry E @faith_more) 27 February 2017
Can we check Best Actor again
— B.J. Novak (@bjnovak) 27 February 2017
OMG IT WAS LEO’s FAULT. HE HAD THE ENVELOPE. pic.twitter.com/OJiSbSrFVj
— kelly oxford (@kellyoxford) 27 February 2017
IF ANYONE FROM THE IN MEMORIUM IS STILL ALIVE PLEASE LET US KNOW
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) 27 February 2017
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) 27 February 2017
did i miss anything at the end?!
— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) 27 February 2017
I still can’t believe Emma Stone won Best Picture. #Oscars
— Professor Snape (@_Snape_) 27 February 2017
Beginning to think I might have actually won Album of the Year…#Oscars
— Sturgill Simpson (@SturgillSimpson) 27 February 2017