Oscars: The World Reacts to Epic Best Film Screw-up
"Fake Oscar Fiasco," screamed the U.K.'s Daily Mail.
Sacre bleu! Bloody hell! Ach mein Gott!
The world reacted with as much shock as everyone inside the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center after the flub that will go down in history: when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway read out the wrong winner in the picture category.
Newspapers around the world, many of them waking up to the news of the epic mix-up, were quick to splash the news on their front pages. British newspapers led with the gaffe, dominating most of their Oscar coverage and making up for the lack of a local winner in any of the major categories. The ever demure Daily Mail went with a none-to-subtle banner headline of "Fake Oscar Fiasco" on the front page of its website. The Guardian's coverage, although more measured, still had a liberal sprinkling of the words "disaster," "debacle" and "bungle."
In France, the Oscars howler also led most of the leading news websites. La Liberation described Moonlight's win as the "twist at the end." The French paper of record, Le Figaro, didn't hide its favoritism and described the final switcheroo as Moonlight having "stolen" the Oscar from La La Land.
German papers were sober in their reports. Der Spiegel went with a simple "at the Oscars, the wrong film is named as the winner," following up with a question most of the world was asking itself: "What was that?" Berlin’s Tagesspiegel in a joke tweet said that it knew the real culprit behind the Oscar screw-up, titular prankster Toni Erdmann of Germany’s entry into the foreign-language Oscar race.
Spain's leading daily El Pais also had the screw-up as its main story on its homepage with a story detailing that the "error" was the jarring conclusion to a ceremony that was running smoothly and had no major surprises.
The Oscars also were causing thunder down under, with The Australian's lead story from the ceremony having the headline "Oh God. It's the wrong envelope." The Sydney Morning Herald described the events as the most "awkward" thing in Oscar history.
Russian media also played up the best picture mix-up, with some observers and social media users expressing disappointment that La La Land didn't win."This time, dreamers lost to pragmatists," read a story on the website of Russian television network REN TV. "And, as romantics feared would happen, notorious 'political correctness' eventually won."
"There is La La Land and Arrival, but they awarded the politically correct nonsense," freelance journalist Roman Zobov said on his Twitter account, adding an obscene Russian hashtag rhyming with "Oscar" to his post.
"We may or may not like the choice of the Academy just like we may or may not like the Americans' choice of their president," read a story in independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta. "But this is the outcome of the democratic vote. Only in other, more 'enlightened' countries the outcome of film awards could be controlled by the award's owner," it went on, hinting at allegedly rigged results of Russian film awards.