In an unprecedented moment in Oscars history, the sure winner for best picture had their victory stolen from them at the last minute — thanks to a small communication mistake. Inevitably, because of that moment’s similarity to the close 2016 election between Hillary Clinton and President Trump, the gaffe had politicians, journalists and actors alike sharing a flurry of politically themed jokes on Twitter.
— Variety (@Variety) February 27, 2017
Several people took the last-minute upset by “Moonlight,” which ended up being the true winner after Warren Beaty and Faye Dunaway accidentally announced “La La Land” as the victor, and made comparisons to the Electoral College handing Trump victory when many in the polling and media business saw the odds tilting heavily in Clinton’s favor before Election Day.
Some joked that “La La Land” should have campaigned more in swing states.
La La Land should have campaigned more in Wisconsin.
— Rahul Thathoo ???? (@thathoo) February 27, 2017
And many others wished that the 2016 election had taken a similar turn, with Clinton being announced the true winner after an announcement gaffe.
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., tweeted that he has a “dream” most nights that Trump’s victory on Nov. 8 would have been overturned to crown Clinton the victor.
Most nights, I have a dream in which what just happened at the #Oscars actually happened on election night.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) February 27, 2017
OMG! A huge fuck-up in who won! HILLARY CLINTON IS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) February 27, 2017
OMFG MOONLIGHT ACTUALLY WON AND HILLARY CLINTON IS PRESIDENT! #Oscars
— Travon Free (@Travon) February 27, 2017
Holy shit. Now let’s go back and do the same thing with THE FUCKING ELECTION.
— Alex Zalben (@azalben) February 27, 2017
Why couldn’t this have happened with the election?
— Daley Haggar (@d_haggar) February 27, 2017
Some pointed fingers at the Russians for the gaffe, whom the U.S. intelligence community blames for attempting to tilt the election in Trump’s favor through hacks and subsequent public email dumps through websites like WikiLeaks.
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