Understandably, the unscripted best picture gaffe (there's that word again) confounded home viewers. But it also flabbergasted the high-profile names inside the Dolby Theatre. Los Angeles Times backstage photographer Al Seib caught the moment on camera Sunday night.
Here's the audience reacting to the reveal that "Moonlight" was indeed the best picture winner, not "La La Land." Times photographer Seib, a veteran of the Oscars ceremony, captured the epic react shot. Below are some close-ups from his snapshot.
Despite Jimmy Kimmel's prediction that Donald Trump would tweet his reaction to the Oscars "in all caps during his 5 a.m. bowel movement," the president has yet to serve up any reaction to the night's many barbs aimed at him.
But one of his sons, Donald Trump Jr., has weighed in.
No doubt irritated by Hollywood's repeated bashing of his father, the younger Trump issued a tweet Monday morning trolling the film industry over the Oscars In Memoriam gaffe, in which the wrong photo was used for the late costume designer Janet Patterson.
It's a great day to be Steve Harvey — even if Jimmy Kimmel did blame him Sunday night for the Oscars' huge best picture mistake.
Harvey, who infamously named the wrong winner for Miss Universe 2015 — it was Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach, not Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutiérrez — surrendered his televised-gaffe throne on Sunday night, and early Monday morning he was celebrating and dishing.
"Free at last! Free at last! Thank God almighty, I am free at last," Harvey said on his KJLH-FM morning show after the wrong movie was announced as best picture at the Academy Awards on Sunday night.
Australian producer Jan Chapman says she was "devastated" when she saw her image used in the Oscars' 2017 In Memoriam segment in place of a picture of her "friend and long-time collaborator" Janet Patterson, who died in October 2015.
"I had urged her agency to check any photograph which might be used and understand that they were told that the Academy had it covered," Chapman told Variety in an overnight email.
"Janet was a great beauty and four-time Oscar nominee and it is very disappointing that the error was not picked up."
"Moonlight" won the best picture Oscar after a botched announcement threw the ceremony into chaos.
"Moonlight" is the first LGBTQ film to win the Oscar for best picture, a fact that GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis pointed out on social media Sunday night in congratulating the movie on its achievement.
"This sends a strong message to the film industry that it needs to embrace inclusive stories if it wants to remain competitive and relevant," Ellis said.
In his acceptance speech, "Moonlight" writer Tarell Alvin McCraney dedicated his adapted screenplay Oscar win -- he shared it with director Barry Jenkins -- "to all those black and brown boys and girls and non-gender-conforming who don't see themselves" in film.
Of all the things we expected from the Oscars this year, making us feel better was not one of them.
The last few major awards shows, after all, were not only about handing out trophies but a chance for honorees and presenters to voice their white-hot anger toward President Trump’s travel ban, his plan for a wall along the border with Mexico, and a divisive America they no longer recognized.
Sunday, however, the academy appeared to take a step back and counterbalance the political tension of the last few months by refocusing on what Hollywood does best — entertain.
If you thought Steve Harvey would stay quiet about the best picture mix-up at Sunday's Oscars ceremony, you don't know Steve Harvey. He sent out an early-morning tweet mock-innocently asking of the Oscars, "What I miss?"
And never one to miss a great promo, he's promising to share his response to the Oscars fiasco with listeners who tune into his radio show Monday at 8 a.m. EST. Because, as he tweeted about the flub that mistakenly gave "La La Land" the prize over true winner "Moonlight, "You know I have something to say."
Good morning everybody! Went to sleep early last night. So... what I miss? #Oscars
The ceremony honored the films of 1939, a year considered by many to have produced some of the greatest movies of all time. Among the nominated works:
“The Wizard of Oz”
“Goodbye Mr. Chips”
"Gone with the Wind
"Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"
Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win an acting award, for her role in “Gone with the Wind.” And Judy Garland was officially introduced to her Hollywood peers when she won the academy’s Juvenile Award for "The Wizard of Oz."