And the Oscar goes to… pic.twitter.com/i846CnSDAi— The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 27, 2017
STILL SPEECHLESS pic.twitter.com/qe3NUDWAHM— Barry Jenkins (@BandryBarry) February 27, 2017
As always, I watched the Academy Awards. I watch it every year and this year was no different.
I sat through the lame preaching and the incessant Trump bashing, saw the celebrities with their goofy ACLU ribbons, and watched the egomaniacs wallow in their specialness.
Finally, the last award of the night came - Best Picture.
Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty were presenting, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Bonnie and Clyde.
When Beatty opened the envelope with the results, he appeared confused, paused, and showed the card to Dunaway. She said, "La La Land." I repeat, Faye Dunaway announced the winner as La La Land, not Beatty. I recorded it and watched it again. Dunaway said, "La La Land."
The La La Land producers were giving their acceptance speeches and the cast was celebrating.
Then, it became clear there was a problem, with people darting around on the stage, a guy with a headset getting in the middle of the crowd of "winners."
La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz said, "This is not a joke. Moonlight has won Best Picture."
Moonlight won Best Picture.
Kimmel apologizes. Warren Beatty goes to the microphone to explain that the card read, "Emma Stone, La La Land."
What a mess!
The La La Land people had to give the Oscars back and Moonlight producers rightfully accepted.
I have never seen anything like this.
How difficult for the people celebrating La La Land's win!
How embarrassing for Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway!
Then again, how wonderful for the people celebrating Moonlight's win!
The show was boring and lacked energy. There wasn't joy. There weren't memorable moments. I watched for hours, being annoyed with myself for this yearly ritual of paying attention to the Oscars.
And then the mix-up happened, making the marathon worthwhile this year. Unreal. It was like something that could only happen in a movie.
If you like your Best Picture winner you can keep your Best Picture winner— Michael Malice (@michaelmalice) February 27, 2017