On Sunday night, “Moonlight” made history by becoming the lowest budget film to ever win an Academy Award for Best Picture. The announcement of Barry Jenkins’ film winning the biggest award of the night was remarkable and historic, after the unprecedented mistake that caused Warren Beatty to announce Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” as the winner. The “La La Land” team had already taken the stage when Beatty and fellow presenter Faye Dunaway had to interrupt to announce that there had been a (big) mistake: They had been given the wrong envelope.
The internet went crazy. The gaffe had the whole world talking on social media, and celebrities were no exception. However, celebs such as director Guillermo del Toro and actress Elizabeth banks made it clear that they supported “Moonlight” and its win above all of the confusion. Here are some of the reactions, including Jenkins’:
STILL SPEECHLESS pic.twitter.com/qe3NUDWAHM
— Barry Jenkins (@BandryBarry) February 27, 2017
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) February 27, 2017
In a time of disgraceful "winner brags", the Moonlight / La La Land upset concession is entirely remarkable.
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) February 27, 2017
BEST PICTURE! 🏆😀
— Naomie Harris (@NaomieHarris) February 27, 2017
Just when the world seems to be spinning out of control into oblivion, #moonlight wins an Academy Award. Hallelujah.
— Ben McKenzie (@ben_mckenzie) February 27, 2017
I'm also very sad for the MOONLIGHT crew. I wish that they had the full experience of winning best pic without the awkwardness of it all.
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) February 27, 2017
Every film nominated could have won!The grace by the producers of LALa Land to the grace of producers of Moonlight.#class
— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) February 27, 2017
I'm mean … I just … that's the craziest thing I've ever been witness to. Huge congrats to Moonlight, which is fantastic. Wow.
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) February 27, 2017