Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you would have seen or heard about that major flub at the 89th Academy Awards. But apart from that shocker of an ending, we recap the other moments that left us scratching our heads.
#1 And The Oscar For Best Picture Goes To…?
In the most epic of fails that will outlive us all (yes Steve Harvey, your Miss Universe snafu is finally overshadowed, you can breathe a sigh of relief now), the wrong film was announced as the winner for the prestigious Best Picture award. Presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were apparently given the wrong envelope and initially announced La La Land as the winner, – and the producers only realised the mistake while the cast and crew were in the middle of their thank you speeches. La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz then announced that Moonlight had actually won the top honour, and that was how we were gifted the most historic Oscar blunder of all time.
In case you missed it (or just want to relive the moment), watch the video of the mixup below:
— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 27, 2017
Cringe, right? We gotta give props to the La La Land team for handling it with such grace, but Moonlight was way more deserving of the Oscar, and we’re super glad it went their way.
#2 Nicole Kidman’s Seal-like Clapping
Some of the best viral memes circulating the web comes from award shows, and the Oscars did not disappoint when Nicole Kidman was filmed applauding for her peers with a bizarre clap looking like a circus seal. It was unsettling to say the least, but perhaps she was trying to clap in a way that would avoid hurting her fingers from the rings she wore? We need answers, Nicole!
#3 That Tour Bus Gambit
Perhaps one of the most head-scratching moments of the show was when Jimmy Kimmel brought a group of random tourists into the Dolby Theatre to meet some of the biggest names in Hollywood. What followed was a painfully awkward few minutes where it felt like we were looking at a ‘zoo exhibit’ with the A-listers on display. However, we loved that the celebrities took the awkwardness in their stride and gave these tourists perhaps one of the best days of their lives!
#4 Jimmy Kimmel Not Knowing How Twitter Works
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 27, 2017
President Donald Trump was the butt of many of Jimmy Kimmel’s jokes throughout the award show, but the highlight would have to be when the host sent a couple of tweets to the Commander-in-Chief – including one that said “#merylsayshi”, mocking Donald Trump’s comments about Meryl Streep’s acting career and her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes. But the hilarious moment was quickly followed by an awkward one when the host was looking at Trump’s Twitter account and questioning why his tweet didn’t appear on the feed – oh Jimmy, do you not understand how Twitter works?
#5 Suicide Squad Is Now An Oscar Winning Film?
Look, we’re not trying to diss Alessandro Bertolazzi and his team for the wonderful makeup and hairstyling that was done on Suicide Squad, but let’s face it – it’s totally weird that the film (which was subpar if we’re being totally honest) can now be introduced as an “Academy Award-winning film”.
#6 Candy Dropping From The Ceiling
Keeping with the tradition of feeding his award show audiences food during the ceremony, Jimmy Kimmel decided to parachute little bags containing candy and popcorn (it was an award show dedicated to the movies after all) down from the rafters. It was a novel idea, and it was fun seeing the celebrities freak out over the food, but albeit unnecessary – send the candy our way perhaps?
#7 Casey Affleck’s Undeserving Oscar Win
This was the second time after the Golden Globes that Brie Larson had to hand Casey Affleck an award, and she was not having it. Brie, who had won an Oscar for her portrayal of a sexual abuse survivor, refused to clap for Casey (who was accused of sexual harassment) as he gave his acceptance speech. Supermodel and resident Twitter queen, Chrissy Teigen was also caught snoozing on hubby John Legend’s shoulder during his speech.
#8 That Lion King Reenactment
While it may have seemed cute on paper, Jimmy Kimmel received a great deal of flak when he lifted Lion star Sunny Pawar in front of the entire audience in an effort to recreate the iconic scene when Rafiki lifts Simba up into the air in The Lion King. We all know how adorable Sunny is, but it definitely was a move that didn’t sit right with the rest of the Internet.
What were some of your most shocking moments of the Oscars? Did you approve of the winners or were the other nominees more deserving? Sound off in the comments below!