For 88 years, the Oscar announcements have gone off without a major hitch or error, backed by a well-oiled production machine.
That changed on Monday, when actors Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway took the stage to announce La La Land as the winner for Best Picture. Minutes later -- as the La La Land team was making their acceptance speeches on stage -- chaos took over the Academy Awards as it emerged that there had been a mistake. Beatty had been handed the wrong envelope and Moonlight had actually won.
Watch: The great goof-up
As Twitter tried to wrap its head around what had happened, the whoas and what-the-hells gave way to some hilarious reactions. Here are 10 funny ways in which people reacted to the mother of all snafus:
1) When everyone had a strong sense of deja vu. Including the Miss Universe pageant organisers.
2) And every one wondered if Steve Harvey -- the 2016 Miss Universe host who announced the wrong winner -- had started some sort of wrong-announcement epidemic.
3) It was a bad day for Price Waterhouse Coopers, the firm in-charge of ballot counting and envelopes.
4) But it was a good day for conspiracy theorists.
Anyone in Hollywood blamed Vladimir Putin yet? #oscars— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 27, 2017
Turns out, every one already had.
did putin hack the oscars ?— Frances Bean Cobain (@alka_seltzer666) February 27, 2017
5) Conspiracy theory number 2: If Putin wasn’t behind this, then was it ...M Night Shyamalan?
Well, looks like the king of surprise endings is in on the joke.
I wrote the ending of the academy awards 2017. @jimmykimmel we really got them!— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) February 27, 2017
6) But amid all the funny tweets, a moment of silence for all the news organisations who had to double back on their alerts.
FAKE NEWS! ?? https://t.co/U1q0SmWXQn— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 27, 2017
7) And for pundits whose predictions suddenly did not hold true. Oops.
Uhhhh never mind wow https://t.co/mwGL814ZOe— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) February 27, 2017
8) And of course,the fiasco opened the floodgates for people drawing parallels with Election Day.
Moonlight won the popular vote— Oliver Willis (@owillis) February 27, 2017
La La Land won the electoral college#Oscars
9) And many found themselves being wishful of this ‘alternate fact’ coming to pass. Amen.
10) And while we are waiting with bated breath for President Trump to tweet, some one thought his reaction would be:
"President Trump would like to congratulate La La Land for winning Best Picture. Period." pic.twitter.com/FojesVFULb— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) February 27, 2017
11) La La Land may not have taken the award home, but it is still going down in history...as the movie which won for 5 minutes.