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Technical Difficulties At The Oscars | Yesterday On The Internet

A huge surprise happened
at last night’s Academy Awards that you’re probably still talking about: Suicide Squad won an Oscar. But the first spoonful of schadenfreude of the night came on the red carpet,
from the editor of People magazine, who’d clearly just finished reciting
“Don’t say ‘Hidden Fences'” repeatedly in a dressing room mirror. — These extraordinary movies,
like Hidden Fences and Moonlight… …sorry, Hidden Figures. — But not everyone was tuning in. Mike Huckabee publicly announced to the world he would be busy having his colonoscopy, and President Trump was off
hosting the Governor’s Ball. Though he was gracious enough
to leave an early review of The New York Times ad running that evening. Hollywood seemed hurt that the
TV-Watcher-in-Chief wasn’t glued to a pageant honoring the
beautiful, popular people who universally despise him. After making fun of the poor
President throughout the show, host Jimmy Kimmel finally
just tweeted at him. Trump didn’t reply—but remember that it’s
impossible to get his attention on Twitter, unless you’re a retailer who’s
dropped his daughter’s clothing line. The ceremony’s producers showed they’d learned since last year’s “Oscars so white” controversy by training the cameras
almost exclusively on one man: — Who’s your favorite actor? — That man right there. — One of the first people who taught me
how to act was Denzel Washington, and I just met him tonight for the first time. Thank you. — A mere four hours into the ceremony, we were finally at its zenith: the award for Best Picture. Two films were the frontrunners: Moonlight, single handedly representing the collective hopes of every
under-represented person of color and sexuality, versus La La Land, a movie about Hollywood, set in Hollywood, starring Hollywood people. So when La La land was announced the winner, everyone resigned themselves
to the status-quo of the Academy… …for about a minute: — This is not a joke. Moonlight is won Best Picture. Moonlight. Best Picture. — As the dust continued to settle, web sites had to throw out
their pre-cooked hot takes, while Warren Beatty courageously came back, to assure the whole world that
the whole thing was not his fault. — 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. — The mix-up made the internet question everything, like, who is dead and who is alive. Turns out, producer Jan Chapman, whose photo was used in the obituary montage, is very much alive. Following the mix-up, Twitter processed it the only way it knows how: with exhausting metaphors for politics. But comparing the race for Best Picture
to the election is a little problematic, because if Hillary’s campaign was
La La Land, who’s Donald Trump?


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