Few events in filming history have the potential to generate as much excitement and global media coverage as this week’s Oscars. With a whopping 33 million viewers eagerly waiting to see their favorite directors, actors, and actresses admitted to the Academy, the 2017 Oscar did not disappoint – save for one huge mix up.
Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s bring in a bit of context for what the Oscars is and why is such an important event in filming history.
The Academy Awards, or “Oscars”, is a group of twenty-four artistic and technical honors given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize excellence in cinematic achievements in the United States film industry as assessed by the Academy’s voting membership.
The awards ceremony was first broadcast on radio in 1930 and televised for the first time in 1953. It is now seen live in more than 200 countries. The awards ceremony is perhaps one of the oldest and has inspired equivalents in television, theater, and for music and recording – the Emmy Awards, Tony Awards and the Grammy Awards respectively.
It is quite important to have a bit of background so that we can understand why this week’s mix-up caused shockwaves on television and online. The time-honored practice of bestowing the best-film award was disrupted as “La La Land” was mistakenly announced as the Best Picture of the Year, only to be interrupted by the sudden announcement that “Moonlight” was the real winner – a sudden reversal that stunned the audience and resulted in a highly embarrassing moment for the Academy, the directors and actors involved in the making of the movies. However, despite the mix-up, the team here would like to congratulate the teams for both films for their hard work and contribution to film making.
Events like these just goes to show that a small slip can generate huge shockwaves and cause an online media frenzy, causing people near and afar to share news with friends and family.