Oscars gaffe more than meets the eye


FACE­BOOK FACE­BOOK.COM/ USATODAYOPINION The pre­sen­ters an­nounced the wrong Best Pic­ture dur­ing the 89th Academy Awards on Sun­day night; “Moon­light” was the win­ner, not “La La Land.”

Now all the “La La Land” fans, who were sure it would get the Best Pic­ture award, can rage about “Moon­light” win­ning. Per­haps even start a slew of new protest marches!

Maybe they will de­mand a re­count or refuse to ac­knowl­edge the win. Alaina Paris

A photo zoom­ing in on the en­ve­lope War­ren Beatty was hold­ing shows it said “Best ac­tress in a lead­ing role.” Since Emma Stone held onto her win­ning ac­tress card, it seems there was a duplicate. That ex­plains the flub. Ellen Killeen

Like the re­cent pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, th­ese Oscars were the worst ever. How could the staff give the pre­sen­ters the wrong card? They had one task to do and they gave the pre­sen­ters the wrong card for the most im­por­tant an­nounce­ment of the night!

Af­ter last year’s Oscars, and all the com­plain­ing by Will Smith, th­ese felt like the “Af­fir­ma­tive Ac­tion Oscars.” Ev­ery­one will have their opin­ion on who is best but when you mix po­lit­i­cal causes to get the re­sults you want then art is the true vic­tim. Peter Kling­chov

I think the main rea­son “Moon­light” won was be­cause it had gay scenes. Dis­gust­ing. The flub was a mes­sage. “La La Land” was the true win­ner. Mered­ith Eu­gene Hunt

I wouldn’t be sur­prised if this whole thing was staged so they would el­e­vate me­dia at­ten­tion for this year’s Oscars.

I did not watch the Academy Awards, and I’m sure a num­ber of peo­ple did not ei­ther, but now it’s ev­ery­where. You can’t open a news­pa­per, web­site or change the TV chan­nels with­out seeing the “oohs” and “ahhs” from the Os­car flub. Russ Danes

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