Twit­ter: Our Top Hash­tag Picks of the Month

The short­est month of the year did not come short in terms of trend­ing hash­tags, break­ing sto­ries and show­stop­ping mo­ments. From Os­cars con­fu­sion to What­sapp drama, we’re in for a juicy roundup of the lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional high­lights that truly stole th

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#Os­cars

Hon­or­ing the best films of 2016, the 89th Academy Awards took place on Fe­bru­ary 26, 2017 at Hol­ly­wood’s Dolby Theater, prompt­ing the #Os­cars hash­tag to the very top of Twit­ter’s trend­ing hash­tags both dur­ing and long af­ter the cer­e­mony. The night was go­ing smoothly, with mem­o­rable mo­ments such as Emma Stone’s Best Ac­tress ac­cep­tance speech, Damien Chazelle be­com­ing the youngest di­rec­tor to ever win an Os­car for Best Di­rec­tor and a vi­brant Justin Tim­ber­lake per­for­mance that send every­one danc­ing, un­til the time fi­nally came for the Best Pic­ture award to be an­nounced and, to the ut­ter shock of the stage and In­ter­net au­di­ence alike, the wrong film was pro­nounced as the win­ner. Award pre­sen­ters Faye Du­n­away and War­ren Beatty were ap­par­ently handed the wrong card, which sub­se­quently re­sulted in ac­claimed mu­si­cal 'La La Land' be­ing an­nounced as the win­ner but as the cast took the stage to ac­cept the award, one of La La Land’s pro­duc­ers Jor­dan Horowitz no­ticed there some­thing wasn’t right and pro­ceeded to read the right card clearly stat­ing Moon­light as the Best Pic­ture win­ner. “There’s a mis­take. Moon­light, you guys won best pic­ture,” he said, leav­ing the au­di­ence in a mix of awe and dis­be­lief and ul­ti­mately pro­ceed­ing to hand­ing the award to Moon­light di­rec­tor Barry Jenk­ins. The in­ci­dent, which will even­tu­ally go down in award show his­tory as one of the big­gest gaffes ever seen on line TV, sent the In­ter­net into a com­plete melt­down with twit­ter users bom­bard­ing the site with ev­ery­thing from hi­lar­i­ous jokes to fullfledged Os­car memes. PWC, the ac­count­ing firm in charge, is­sued an of­fi­cial apol­ogy fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent that was posted to the of­fi­cial Os­cars web­site. “We sin­cerely apol­o­gize to Moon­light, La La Land, War­ren Beatty, Faye Du­n­away, and Os­car view­ers for the er­ror that was made dur­ing the award an­nounce­ment for Best Pic­ture. The pre­sen­ters had mis­tak­enly been given the wrong cat­e­gory en­ve­lope and when dis­cov­ered, was im­me­di­ately cor­rected,” the apol­ogy reads. “We are cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing how this could have hap­pened, and deeply re­gret that this oc­curred. We ap­pre­ci­ate the grace with which the nom­i­nees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kim­mel han­dled the sit­u­a­tion.”

#NASA

NASA’S lat­est dis­cov­ery, by which NASA’S Spitzer space tele­scope re­vealed the largest batch of Earth-sized hab­it­able-zone plan­ets or­bit­ing around a sin­gle star to date, took Twit­ter (and the In­ter­net) by storm. In other words, seven new plan­ets were dis­cov­ered, three of which are lo­cated in the hab­it­able zone de­fined as “the area around the par­ent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liq­uid water” ac­cord­ing to NASA’S of­fi­cial web­site (al­though all dis­cov­ered plan­ets could po­ten­tially have liq­uid water). “The dis­cov­ery sets a new record for great­est num­ber of hab­it­able-zone plan­ets found around a sin­gle star out­side our so­lar sys­tem,” the web­site reads.

#Marinelepen

Far-right French pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Ma­rine Le Pen stirred ma­jor con­tro­versy dur­ing her short visit to Le­banon af­ter re­fus­ing to wear a head­scarf for a planned visit to Dar Al Fatwa, the coun­try’s high­est Sunni au­thor­ity. Her stance was heav­ily com­mented on among Twit­ter users un­der cor­re­spond­ing hash­tag #Marinelepen, as some praised her move un­der fem­i­nism la­bels while oth­ers deemed it to be a lit­tle more than mere showoff given that she was pre­vi­ously in­formed of the dress code prior to ar­riv­ing to the meet­ing.

Tweet of the month

Our pick of the month goes to this funny re­ac­tion to What­sapp Sta­tus, phrased hi­lar­i­ously by Twit­ter user Omar Kousa and earn­ing over 2.9k in­ter­ac­tions along the way. Doesn’t seem like a far­fetched sce­nario at the rate things are cur­rently go­ing to be quite hon­est…

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