Finally, after decades of dull, uninteresting, overlong Oscar ceremonies, we finally have an exciting moment that makes watching Hollywood's most interminable awards show: Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway presenting the award for Best Picture, and announcing the winner was La La Land....only for the ACTUAL winner to be Moonlight.
Which they didn't figure out until midway through the La La Land producer's acceptance speech.
As Beatty later explained it, apparently the envelope that had been handed to himself and Dunaway was the one that proclaimed Emma Stone the Best Actress for La La Land. Confused, Beatty handed off the envelope to Dunaway, who saw the title "La La Land" and announced it as the winner - which corresponded to it being the odds on favorite to win, as there's nothing Hollywood loves more than "Ryan Gosling explaining jazz on dates." But in the middle of their acceptance speech, the folks from La La Land surprised everyone by declaring Moonlight - a complicated, powerful film about a young black man struggling with his sexuality throughout his life - was the real Best Picture of the year. And no, it wasn't just a nice gesture they were making - Moonlight was the real winner.
And the Oscar goes to... pic.twitter.com/i846CnSDAi-- The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 27, 2017
Naturally, everyone freaked out:
Best Actor now goes to the guy from La La Land for not swearing when they took the Oscar back from him.-- Josh Gondelman (@joshgondelman) February 27, 2017
tonight's oscars was directed by m night shamalan-- Pete Holmes (@peteholmes) February 27, 2017
Moonlight just made a better comeback than the Patriots and Cavs combined-- Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) February 27, 2017
IF ANYONE FROM THE IN MEMORIUM IS STILL ALIVE PLEASE LET US KNOW-- billy eichner (@billyeichner) February 27, 2017
That Oscar finish was some straight up WWE shit.-- Brent Schoonover (@brentschoonover) February 27, 2017
YOOOOO THE SEASON FINALE OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH IS SO LIT-- Tyler R. Tynes (@TylerRickyTynes) February 27, 2017
Warren Beatty looking at the card trying to figure out how Emma Stone could win Best Picture pic.twitter.com/NkQrmYDHwg-- spencer claus (@spxncxrx) February 27, 2017
STILL CAN'T QUITE BELIEVE IT FOLKS@!!@@@!!! pic.twitter.com/kLkdQNk6tI-- brad esposito (@braddybb) February 27, 2017
THIS IS THE RESULT OF OUR PROPER TIMELINE SHINING THRU THE SEAMS OF THE ALTERNATE REALITY WE FELL INTO AS THE UNIVERSE TRIES TO SELF-CORRECT-- jomny sun (@jonnysun) February 27, 2017
Top-notch internet sleuths seem to have figured out what happened: Leonardo DiCaprio had the envelope declaring Emma Stone's win for Best Actress. Afterwards, he walked offstage, put the envelope down to say hi to Warren Beatty, and Beatty picked up that envelope instead of the one he was supposed to.
OMG IT WAS LEO's FAULT. HE HAD THE ENVELOPE. pic.twitter.com/OJiSbSrFVj-- kelly oxford (@kellyoxford) February 27, 2017
So remember folks: it was all Leo's fault. Now that he's won an Oscar of his own, he's just causing chaos there as vengeance for it taking them so long to give him one.