Hollywood’s biggest stars of 2016 gathered in Los Angeles on Sunday evening for the 89th Academy Awards, and for the most part, things went almost exactly as everyone expected. Almost.
Host Jimmy Kimmel spent the evening making Matt Damon jokes (his We Bought a Zoo segment was the evening’s clear high point), sending late night tweets to Donald Trump, and lifting a small Indian child (Lion‘s Sunny Pawar) into the air as “Circle of Life” played in the background.
Hey @realDonaldTrump u up?
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) February 27, 2017
La La Land and Moonlight both won big, taking home six and three golden statues, respectively, including two each of the six major categories. So when La La Land was announced as the Best Picture winner, it seemed like the ceremony’s four-hour run was finally going to reach its conclusion with little to no controversy. Until it very, very suddenly didn’t.
In the middle of La La Land‘s producers short-breathed acceptance speeches it was revealed that the wrong card had been passed along to presenters and Bonnie and Clyde co-stars Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, and that the top prize actually belonged to Moonlight. Considering that it was probably the greatest blunder in Oscars history, the whole moment was pretty damn awkward. Jimmy Kimmel, clearly not prepared for this moment, blamed both himself (“I knew I would screw this up. I really did.”) and Steve Harvey, but Split director M. Night Shyamalan joked that this twist was on him.
I wrote the ending of the academy awards 2017. @jimmykimmel we really got them!
— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) February 27, 2017
Thankfully, the team behind La La Land handled the rug-pull with poise and humility (at least onstage), and with a subsequent stirring speech from Moonlight director Barry Jenkins (“Very clearly, even in my dreams this could not be true, but to hell with dreams! I’m done with it because this is true.”) the Oscars maintained what little gravity it had left for Kimmel to close things out.
Check out all of the winner below, along with a few more tweets from the evening’s outrageous ending.