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:
Is there a channel that's just broadcasting Ryan Gosling's reaction to everything?
— Ian Alda (@IanAlda) February 27, 2017
It was the first of many…
Ryan Gosling's reaction is everything. this is why I love him so much, and he went straight to congratulate the moonlight producers/cast pic.twitter.com/9oBaAfymHD
— an angel (@pradasfairy) February 27, 2017
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) February 27, 2017
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?
— Terrell Sandefur (@TerrellSandefur) February 27, 2017
— Alexis Gentry (@AlexisGentry) February 27, 2017
— Snarky Fingers (@snarkyfingers) February 27, 2017
— Mike Housholder (@MikeHousholder) February 27, 2017
— Claire Hamilton (@c_hammz) February 27, 2017
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:
tonight's oscars was directed by m night shamalan
— Pete Holmes (@peteholmes) February 27, 2017
I wrote the ending of the academy awards 2017. @jimmykimmel we really got them!
— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) February 27, 2017