The Best Reactions to Oscars Best Picture Mix-Up

Ryan Gosling at Oscars as La La Land wins best picture
Ryan Gosling listens as 'La La Land' instead of 'Moonlight' is announced as best picture winner onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, February 26. The actor laughed off the mix-up. Kevin Winter/Getty

There was confusion and disbelief at the Oscars when actor Warren Beatty mistakenly announced La La Land as the winner of the night's top prize. The winner was, in fact, Moonlight. Perhaps next year's Academy Awards should have a category for best reaction to Sunday's best picture blunder—Hollywood reacted to the snafu with sass.

Plenty of stars made the connection between the Oscars and another vote count that was highly divisive. People made light of the blunder, comparing it to what they wished had happened after the the U.S. presidential election.

Amazing ending. Wish that had happened on Election Day.

— Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) February 27, 2017

You know what the problem is -- millions of Academy members voted illegally.

— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) February 27, 2017

Most nights, I have a dream in which what just happened at the #Oscars actually happened on election night.

— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) February 27, 2017

Don't y'all go blaming the old people for that one. They gave Warren Beatty the wrong envelope. It was probably Putin. #Moonlight #Oscars

— Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) February 27, 2017

Some also likened the incident to a similar moment in 2015 when Steve Harvey announced the wrong winner of the Miss Universe competition.

Have your people call our people - we know what to do. #Oscars #MissUniverse

— Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) February 27, 2017

“Personally I blame @IamSteveHarvey for this.” - Jimmy #Kimmel #Oscars

— Jimmy Kimmel Live (@JimmyKimmelLive) February 27, 2017

Even Moonlight director Barry Jenkins had to make sure his eyes weren't being deceived:


— Barry Jenkins (@BarryJenkins) February 27, 2017

M. Night Shyamalan a writer-director known for his twists (the brains behind The Sixth Sense, The Village and Split), had one of the funniest quips of the night:

I wrote the ending of the academy awards 2017. @jimmykimmel we really got them!

— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) February 27, 2017

Game show host Billy Eichner made a joke with more than a kernel of truth, when he asked anyone from the "In Memoriam" section whether they were still alive:


— billy eichner (@billyeichner) February 27, 2017

In another error on the night, the image of late costume designer Janet Patterson appeared incorrect—instead the reel used a picture of an Australian film producer, Jan Chapman, who said in a statement that she is "alive and well."

In the end, Ryan Gosling's face said more than words about the shambolic night:

Jordan: We didn't win. There is a mistake. Moonlight won.

Everyone: OH MY GOD WHAT

Ryan Gosling:

— guada (@stonemayi) February 27, 2017

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