Twitter is a winner, no envelope necessary, on gaffe at Oscars

Feb 27, 2017, 10:03 AM | Updated: 10:55 am
Jordan Horowitz, foreground center, and the cast of "La La Land" mistakenly accept the award for be...

Jordan Horowitz, foreground center, and the cast of "La La Land" mistakenly accept the award for best picture at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. It was later announced that "Moonlight," was the winner for best picture. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

In a mistake heard ’round the world, the wrong winner for best picture was announced at the Oscars on Sunday night. Social media knows an opportunity when it sees one.

Presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were given the wrong envelope, and Dunaway proclaimed the popular “La La Land” winner at the Academy Awards. Until a few minutes later, when “Moonlight” was officially declared the winner of the final category of the night.

There was confusion, there was embarrassment, there was shock.

And there was Twitter.

A lot of the Twitterverse jumped on the gaffe likening it to comedian Steve Harvey’s naming the wrong contestant winner of the Miss Universe pageant in 2015.

Harvey himself joked about the similarities.

Other reactions

There was some politics:

Someone brought up John Travolta’s butchering of singer-actress’ Idina Menzel’s name:

There was a nod to history:

And there was speculation about how much longer accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers would be in charge of the ballots.

The longtime Academy ballot counters — 82 years! — tweeted out an apology:

Which led to another round of jokes on the internet.

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Twitter is a winner, no envelope necessary, on gaffe at Oscars