'Moonlight's' Best Picture Win Dominates Oscars Talk on Twitter, Facebook
Jimmy Kimmels opening monologue and midshow tweets at Donald Trump were also among social media's top moments of the night.
La La Land was incorrectly announced as the best picture Oscar winner, and host Jimmy Kimmel trolled President Donald Trump — but the most tweeted-about moment of Sunday's Oscars was when Moonlight was revealed as the actual winner of the night's top prize.
After presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway incorrectly named Damien Chazelle's musical the best picture winner, La La Land producers Fred Berger and Jordan Horowitz interrupted the celebratory moment to announce that Moonlight had, in fact, won the category. "There's a mistake. Moonlight, you guys won best picture," Horowitz announced onstage.
The epic live-TV snafu topped Twitter's most talked-about moments, followed by Kimmel's midshow tweets at Trump. After pointing out that two hours into the show Trump had yet to weigh in on Twitter, Kimmel tweeted, "Hey, u up?" and "#Merylsayshi," referring to Meryl Streep — the beloved and celebrated Academy Award winner Trump has referred to as "overrated." Kimmel's first tweet became his most retweeted post ever — in under 15 minutes — and currently has more than 240,000 retweets.
The third-most-tweeted moment of Sunday's Academy Awards was La La Land's incorrect announcement as best picture winner. Fences star Viola Davis earned the fourth moment for her best supporting actress win, while La La Land's Emma Stone took the fifth spot for her best actress nod.
Twitter announced the stats late Sunday night with a cheeky reference to the night's envelope mix-up. "We checked the data — Moonlight really did take this one," read the post.
The Best Picture mix-up was also the most-discussed moment on Facebook, followed by Kimmel's opening monologue, which chided Donald Trump and celebrated Meryl Streep.
The third most-mentioned event was presenter Gael García Bernal's remarks: “As a Mexican, as a Latin American, as a migrant worker, as a human being, I am against any form of wall that wants to separate us.”
Jimmy Kimmel's tour bus surprise, a bit in which he brought unsuspecting fans inside the ceremony to meet (and be married by) the stars, came in fourth on Facebook, followed by Mahershala Ali's win for best supporting actor in Moonlight.
All told, there were more than 14.7 million tweets about the Oscars on Sunday night, from 5:30 p.m. ET to after the end of the show at 1 a.m. ET.