The 89th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, honored the best films of 2016 last night, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles.
“The presenters, Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope for best picture and announced La La Land, when best picture was actually the hugely acclaimed black film, Moonlight. Which had a big night with black actor
Mahershala Ali winning best supporting actor.
Director: Barry Jenkins being nominated and Producers: Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner winning for best picture!
A few hours after, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the longtime accounting firm in charge of the Oscar ballots, took responsibility and released an apology statement.
Yet we know there’s only one thing folk on the Internet love more than an absolutely epic mistake on live television — conspiracy theories about how this stuff gets decided anyway.
Black Facebook and Black Twitter went in, but so did many others. It seems that the consensus was that blacks have gotten “robbed” of this award many times and we kept our heads up.
Here’s some social media highlights:
Other blacks are tired of the (stereotypical) type of films we get awarded for.
Others on Twitter related the switch-a-roo to the 2016 elections!
And still others related this epic fail to the Steve Harvey mistake from the beauty pageant!