Here's what we know about the great Best Picture fuck-up of 2017
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Feb 27, 2017,
Feb 27, 2017, 18:38
While most of the country is talking about the "Oscar moment" where the wrong victor for best picture was initially announced, South Florida residents are too busy celebrating the victory for a film shot and based right here in Miami.
"La La Land" proved why it was a clear musical favourite when it took home the most Oscars during the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday. This is why it took minutes rather than seconds to get across to the stage manager that the incorrect victor had been announced.
The mixup yielded an unsurprising amount of confusion and hullabaloo.
But then things took quite the turn. But in truth, the La La Land team, led by Berger, were incredibly gracious about the transference of the Oscar to its rightful owner.
That was the beginning of a Tweet pile-on that may be the biggest of all time, with many declaring that "La La Land" won the popular vote while "Moonlight" won the electoral college. After the entire team came on stage and accepted their trophies, it came to light that the actual victor was Moonlight.
Moonlight star Mahershala Ali, who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, was later pictured with La La Land lead and Best Actress victor Emma Stone. I think we all would have loved to win Best Picture, but we are so excited for Moonlight. "I didn't want to go up there and take anything from somebody".
Not letting up with the jokes, Harvey added, "In closing, I'd like to say in the words of Martin Luther King, 'Free at last!'" "There's a mistake", he said sternly, and with what looks from here like a remarkable amount of poise and generosity.
"This is not a joke,"' he said as he called "Moonlight's" producers to the stage.
As anyone knows, conspiracies carry a higher probability of failing with more people involved, and there are too many people affected to make this work.
"The Salesman", from Iran, won best foreign language film - but its director, Asghar Farhadi, was not on hand to collect it and sent proxies to accept in solidarity with those in his country, and others, affected by the recent travel ban.
The real victor - the real best picture of 2017 - it turned out, was "Moonlight", director Barry Jenkins' heart-wrenching story of a young black man growing up gay in Miami's tough Liberty City neighborhood. But as he dithered, Dunaway blazed ahead, announcing La La Land as best picture.
While many are trying to wrap their head around it, social media went berserk with gifs and memes about the biggest goof-up till date on the Oscars stage. ("La La Land's" team handled it well, to their credit).
In 1940, Hattie McDaniel became the first black actor to win an Oscar when she won best supporting actress for her role as Mammy in "Gone with the Wind".