Last night will certainly go down as one of thee most memorable Oscars ever! Not because of any incredible speeches. Though we heard those. (Looking at you Viola!) Not because there was a huge upset and disappointment (though Denzel was robbed) and not because Three-Six Mafia won the Oscar for best song.
No, the 2017 Oscars will go down in history as the most memorable because of a mistake— a huge one. The Academy, as a safety precaution, prints two sets of cards. And while Emma Stone was given her Actress in a leading role envelope, so was Warren Beatty the presenter of Best Picture. If you saw the moment live last night, you saw Warren pull out the paper and look inside the envelope to see if there was another one inside it. We thought he was joking, trying to stall for time. But that wasn’t the case. He realized that the card was not right and handed it over to actress Faye Dunaway for her assistance. Well, Dunaway didn’t think too much about the fact that Emma’s name was on the card. She said La La Land and the cast, crew, directors and producers started piling up on the stage to accept their golden man.
And that’s when all hell broke loose back stage. Producers realized that Warren had the wrong envelope. They too started running out on stage telling people, one by one that Moonlight was the actual winner of Best Picture. While there was at least one man from the La La Land crew who was determined to give his acceptance speech after he knew of the mix up, producer Jordan Horowitz was quick to clear up the mix up. He snatched the card from Warren Beatty’s hands and showed the camera that Moonlight was the rightful winner and then said he would be happy to present it to his friends from Moonlight.
It was a glorious moment, chile. Because after Denzel was snubbed and Moonlight lost, I was ready to revisit Jada Pinkett Smith’s boycott. On everything. And I was not the only one who went through a severe mood swing, Black Twitter was in a frenzy. The reaction, as I love to say, was swift, strong and hilarious. #envelopegate is still trending this morning. See what folks had to say.