Last night's Oscars had hummed along smoothly until a truly bizarre and unprecedented finale: La La Land was erroneously awarded Best Picture before stagehands rushed in to let everyone know that Moonlight was the true winner.
Regrettably, it all went down after the producers of La La Land had begun their acceptance speeches, before being forced off the stage.
It seems that someone handed presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway an envelope for the wrong category, and footage reveals that Beatty was holding a card reading "Best Actress in a Leading Role."
As the epically embarrassing snafu unfolded, Warren explained to the shellshocked audience, "I opened the envelope, and it said, 'Emma Stone, La La Land.' That's why I took such a long look at Faye and at you. I wasn't trying to be funny."
No one knows how a slip-up of such magnitude was made during the most important awards show of the year; however, PwC LLP, which counts the ballots casted by the members of the Academy, has taken responsibility for the upset, issuing the following apology.
Reactions on Twitter were all across the board, with the most bizarre moment in Academy history prompting many to crack Steve Harvey jokes and even horror director M. Night Shyamalan to take credit.
Still, others were upset a truly historical moment in cinema—a little-seen indie film with a black gay protagonist winning Best Picture—was sabotaged by absolute chaos.
Below, see the best Twitter reactions to the shocking mix-up: