The 89th Academy Awards was held on Sunday the 26th of February in Los Angeles. On Monday as Africa woke up to the news of the ongoing awards in the United States, something had happened that sent the internet into meltdown.
The biggest award of the evening, Best Picture, was widely expected to go to “La La Land”. So, when presenters Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty announced “La La Land” as for Best Picture the crowd applauded as if their expectations had been met. However, no one could have predicted what unfolded as the team behind the movie took to the stage to receive their Oscar.
A mistake had been made, the presenters had read out the wrong name. The actual winner was “Moonlight”, and in the biggest fail in Oscars history, the team from “La La Land” had to graciously hand back their award and call the “Moonlight” producers to the stage to accept their award.
This sent social media into a meltdown as no one could quite believe what had happened. Here are some of the best reactions from Africa:
They did it on purpose, for the ratings and publicity #Oscars pic.twitter.com/fxjMK0MwvF
— Track 13 On Watch The Throne (@MduzaVanGogh) February 27, 2017
#Oscars organisers after that envelope stunt. Keeping it trending and relevant longer than it should be ? pic.twitter.com/GpeiOCa1EF
— Nick Gordon (@NickReporter) February 27, 2017
You can all go home now .. @MissUniverse just won the internet today! #Oscars2017 #Oscars pic.twitter.com/zpmUoEp8QD
— Andrew Ross (@maddog_sa) February 27, 2017
The more you hear about the #Oscars stuff up, the more it seems contrived. More than likely La La Land won by votes, Moonlight is better PR.
— Miguel Balona (@MiggyMackAttack) February 27, 2017
Should I feel bad for La La Land's humiliation? Maybe. Do I? #Moonlight #Oscars pic.twitter.com/04b5AfvucS
— Iman Allie (@ImanAllie) February 27, 2017
La La Land / Moonlight / Manchester By The Sea #oscars pic.twitter.com/5HDl1GacLo"
— Ta'Kenzo (@KennyEverything) February 27, 2017
The Oscars just pulled a Steve Harvey!!! Moonlight and NOT La La Land won best picture award!! #oscars
— Leanne Manas (@LeanneManas) February 27, 2017
La La Land tried stealing Moonlight's shine #Oscars pic.twitter.com/YWGfy53dMw
— Sphe (@SpheB_Ngcobo) February 27, 2017