As you might have heard, La La Land was erroneously announced as the winner for Best Picture.
After some epic confusion, broadcast live around the globe, Moonlight was finally and correctly declared the recipient of the night’s most prestigious honor.
Sure, it might look like the gaffe was the fault of some combination of Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway and the folks from PricewaterhouseCoopers, but I know better.
You see, I complained on Sunday that I had lost interest in the Oscars. Academy Awards Sunday used to be like the Super Bowl for me. I’d be excited all day as I counted down until the show, I’d make an amazing spread of Oscar snacks, and I’d stay up way past my bedtime to watch each and every gold statue be awarded.
This year, however, I decided that I was going to bed early. I hadn’t seen any of the movies nominated for Best Picture, so I really had no interest in finding out who won.
I did want to catch Jimmy Kimmel’s opening monologue, though, since I’m in the monologue joke writing myself, and it did not disappoint. Since that went so well, I decided to stay up to watch the first Oscar of the night be awarded.
After that, however, it was off to bed for me.
When I woke up this morning, I immediately asked Google who had won Best Picture. When the know it all woman’s voice told me it was Moonlight, I was stunned. I’d heard that La La Land was a heavy favorite, so I next wondered if that flick had choked and gone home empty handed.
It was only when I Googled what Oscars La La Land has won that I discovered all the exciting videos and articles about the bungled announcement.
I couldn’t believe it. They had gone with the twist ending!
I love unexpected twists, and often write them into my screenplays. The Oscars caught us all off guard, messed with our heads, and I totally missed it.
Clearly, the surprise twist was a message to me from The Academy. If I give up on the awards I love so much, they will go out of their way to make me regret it.
I’m pissed that I missed seeing that epic snafu live. Greatest moment in Academy Awards history, and I slept through it.
I have learned my lesson, and will watch the entire ceremony next year.
I’m just so sorry that the people involved with La La Land and Moonlight had to be mind@#$%^& like that just to teach me a lesson.
I hope I can be forgiven. I really was just tired and didn’t see any reason to stay up late.
Congratulations, Moonlight! Congratulations to all the Oscar winners.
Now that I think about it, is there any chance PricewaterhouseCoopers was responsible for tabulating the results from the past Presidential Election? If so, someone definitely needs to make sure the correct results were announced on Election Day!
For the record, you’re all winners in my book!
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