The greatest reactions to the La La Land/Moonlight Oscar gaffe

Awkward… Gosling’s face sums up Oscars 2017 – Credit: AP
Awkward… Gosling’s face sums up Oscars 2017 – Credit: AP

While the Oscars of 2017 will be remembered for, quite literally, one thing, the ‘Moonlight’/’La La Land’ debacle can also perhaps be summed up in a single image.

And it’s of Ryan Gosling’s face.

Holding his hand to his mouth to try and keep from bursting out laughing, the ‘La La Land’ star looked very much how everyone was feeling.

It seemed to say ‘someone’s going to get fired’, after ‘La La Land’ was mistakenly named Best Picture by Warren Beatty, when the winner was actually ‘Moonlight’.

Of course, it’s been hailed on Twitter as being perhaps the quintessential image of the evening.

Said one viewer:

It was the first of many…

It all began when Warren Beatty was handed the wrong envelope, the one announcing Emma Stone as Best Actress for ‘La La Land’, and was wrong-footed by the error, inviting the crew of Damien Chazelle’s musical on stage to collect the Best Picture statue.

It then fell to ‘La La Land’ producer Jordan Horowitz to make the rather awkward re-announcement, and invite the crew of ‘Moonlight’ onto the stage in rather magnanimous fashion.

After which, Beatty went on to explain what happened. But no harm done, eh?

Gosling’s reaction is one of hundreds doing the rounds, including a swathe of alternative Best Picture announcements…

And this reaction seemed to sum it all up rather well too:

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