Every February we get to experience the glory that is the Oscars. The glam and the glitz of the red carpet. The teary acceptance speeches. The cheesy host skits. And of course, the celebration of the power and impact of fine cinema. Each year the Oscars give us the opportunity to recognize the hard work of the people who entertain and educate us through film.
The Oscars also give us a great opportunity to blow up Twitter with our very own Twitter commentary. Here are some of the best tweets that happened throughout the night.
The Red Carpet
1. Things started off with Kris Jenner not understanding the ACLU ribbons
LOL Kris Jenner asked what the blue ribbon was for, said it was the first one she'd seen. She's WORKING THE RED CARPET.
— ((( Rachel Sklar ))) (@rachelsklar) February 27, 2017
2. But then we were blessed by the sight of Lin Manuel Miranda, who brought his mom as his date.
— ACLU National (@ACLU) February 26, 2017
3. The stars of the Oscar nominated films showed us how black is beautiful
— xoNecole (@xonecole) February 27, 2017
4. We marveled at the cuteness of Sunny Pawar
— Adam MS (@Muh_Sadam) February 27, 2017
5. We began to discuss the merits of the Best Picture nominees
All I'm saying is Moonlight and Lion moved me in a way La La Land could not, with all due respect. #Oscars
— Dena Takruri (@Dena) February 27, 2017
6. Naomie Harris touched us all talking about her role in Moonlight
— Miss Representation (@RepresentPledge) February 27, 2017
7. We all threw up in our mouths when we saw Mel Gibson with his girlfriend
Me: Mel Gibson's daughter is cute
Husband: that's his girlfriend
— LG (@WizardofAwesome) February 27, 2017
The Ceremonies Begin:
8. Jimmy Kimmel asked us to unite and we collectively rolled our eyes.
— Black Nerd Problems (@BlkNrdProblems) February 27, 2017
9. There were some #MuslimBan jokes about Jimmy Kimmel’s beard
— MazJobrani (@MazJobrani) February 27, 2017
10. We talked about the racial implications of the Best Picture nominees
"Black people saved NASA. White people saved jazz."
— Broadway Black (@BroadwayBlack) February 27, 2017
11. And the importance of the stories of POC
We want more. More films about black childhoods. More films about black love. More films about black genius. #RepresentationMatters
— Aura Bogado (@aurabogado) February 27, 2017
The Awards Begin:
12. We all rejoiced when Mahershala Ali became the first Muslim to win an Oscar
— Jasmyn Lawson (@JasmynBeKnowing) February 27, 2017
13. We cast some spells to protect the show from being stolen by La La Land
I bind you La La Land from doing harm to Moonlight and harm to the Oscars pic.twitter.com/gDAkD77WWA
— Ira Madison III (@ira) February 26, 2017
14. I’M NOT CRYING YOU’RE CRYING
Everything is in my eye. #Oscars
— Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) February 27, 2017
15. We began to realize that Jimmy Kimmel was the wrong choice
Homegirl next to Jimmy like “Oh, God, what’s he doing?!” #Oscars
— Kevin Avery (@KevinAvery) February 27, 2017
16. We discussed the gender gap in Hollywood
— Ann Hornaday (@AnnHornaday) February 27, 2017
17. Then tiny parachutes started dropping from the sky and we had Hunger Games flashbacks
I SAW MOCKINGJAY, I KNOW HOW THIS ENDS #Oscars
— Kayley (@kayleyhyde) February 27, 2017
18. We reflected on how our President’s actions were effecting the show
Coming up is Best Foreign Film and the Iranian director of The Salesman is not there due to Trump's idiotic ban on Muslims #Oscars – Sad!
— Andy Shallal (@andyshallal) February 27, 2017
19. Viola Davis won Best Supporting Actress for “Fences” and we collectively lost it
Viola: "Exhume those bodies. Exhume those stories."
— Bim Adewunmi (@bimadew) February 27, 2017
20. And we took a moment to appreciate the Queen
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) February 27, 2017
21. We celebrated with the young cast of Moonlight as the wins for POC started rolling in
— FriedChickenBae (@kashmirVIII) February 27, 2017
22. We were confused by our lack of disappointment
Wait. What? I'm… not disappointed? #oscars
— Ellen McGirt (@ellmcgirt) February 27, 2017
23. And a real live Polynesian Islander Disney Princess sang us a song
— lia – pinned if unf! (@ptxdaisy) February 27, 2017
24. Irania director Asghar Farhadi won for The Salesman and spoke out against Trump’s hate
— CMJ (@mediajustice) February 27, 2017
25. We realized that this year’s ceremony may be an historic one
Already, this Oscar telecast has featured 3 black winners. If one more wins, that will set an all-time record.
— Vulture (@vulture) February 27, 2017
26. Then we reminded ourselves that a little progress isn’t good enough
— britni danielle (@BritniDWrites) February 27, 2017
27. We begged for more Asian casting
— Edana (@RedSaid) February 27, 2017
28. And things started to get weird when they brought in tourists off the street
— MazJobrani (@MazJobrani) February 27, 2017
29. And we felt all sorts of things
That Oscars stunt was more polarizing than the election.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 27, 2017
30. But most of us smiled when this engaged couple got to take a selfie with Denzel
gary from chicago is helping us close out black history month right pic.twitter.com/Kh7T0DeKrK
— Ziwe (@ziwe) February 27, 2017
31. Then Ryan Gosling ruined it all
GOSLING: I saved jazz music. pic.twitter.com/iUWbUqTbjk
— Jamie Woodham (@jwoodham) February 27, 2017
32. And Jimmy Kimmel made fun of an Asian woman’s name, just like he’d made fun of Mahershala’s name earlier
Stop making fun of people's names. Stop everything about this.
— emily nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) February 27, 2017
33. And we got mad
"Non-white people have funny names" is not a joke
— Jaya Saxena (@jayasax) February 27, 2017
34. And we made fun of him for being racist
white bread jimmy kimmel just found out about non-white names tonight at the oscars. white bread is very confused and surprised. help him
— marie (@jamesnbucky) February 27, 2017
35. We took comfort in the fact that these handsome men hugged
here's a brief interaction that was more interesting than anything Jimmy Kimmel has ever done pic.twitter.com/IkmvBZwrkq
— loudlysilent (@loudlysilent) February 27, 2017
36. We got mad again when a movie by a proven bigot (Mel Gibson) started winning things
Okay when we said "I hope La La Land doesn't sweep" we didn't mean to give awards to the Mel Gibson movie
— Connor Goldsmith (@dreamoforgonon) February 27, 2017
37. And we started to worry
— Adam B. Vary (@adambvary) February 27, 2017
38. We pointed out the hypocrisy of it all
Oscars audience: We hate trump!
Also Oscars audience: We love mel gibson!
— Elena Zhang (@EZhang77) February 27, 2017
39. We cheered when a movie about Syrian refugees won and Orlando von Einsiedel quoted the Quran while accepting the award.
— Women In Film – LA (@WomenInFilm) February 27, 2017
40. We were sad that a movie about animals learning tolerance won instead of Moana
always annoying to be reminded that white people understand bias better through an allegory of cartoon animals than through people of color
— Ayesha A. Siddiqi (@AyeshaASiddiqi) February 27, 2017
41. We reminded ourselves that immigrants have value every day, not just when they win Oscars
? Immigrants shouldn't have to invent anything, win awards, or be in your daily routine for you to acknowledge & respect their humanity. ?
— Sam Escobar ? (@myhairisblue) February 25, 2017
42. Jimmy Kimmel held Sunny Pawar up like Simba and we lost our shit
PUT THAT BROWN CHILD DOWN, JIMMY!! #Oscars.
— Damone Williams (@DamoneWilliams_) February 27, 2017
43. We took a moment to reflect on how Hollywood creates negative perceptions
Hollywood is responsible for pushing a negative perception of Muslims. Remember as we listen to all the speeches tonight during the #Oscars
— Abed A. Ayoub (@aayoub) February 26, 2017
44. And perpetrates microaggressions
It's not Hollywood without racial microaggressions
— Lydia Ogwang (@lydiaohh) February 27, 2017
45. And furthers negative stereotypes
do movies about South Asia ever get nominated for an Oscar unless they're about abject poverty & suffering?
— jonathan frandzone (@NotAllBhas) January 24, 2017
46. We continued to marvel at Jimmy Kimmel’s racism
shit white people need to pay reparations for: genocide, slavery, colonialism, unseasoned chicken, Jimmy Kimmel
— jonathan frandzone (@NotAllBhas) February 27, 2017
47. We got nervous as La La Land racked up more awards
— Black Girl Nerds (@BlackGirlNerds) February 27, 2017
48. We celebrated when Moonlight won for Best Adapted Screenplay
— Maya Williams (@emmdubb16) February 27, 2017
49. And we applauded the on point acceptance speech
— Rosa A. Clemente (@rosaclemente) February 27, 2017
50. We shook our heads when Barry Jenkins lost the Best Director category to the Director of La La Land
Barry Jenkins has been working for a long time. He's only gotten to direct two films. It's a struggle.
— jasoncherkis (@jasoncherkis) February 27, 2017
51. We raged when Casey Afleck beat our Denzel Washington for Best Actor
Brie Larson (an advocate for women who have been sexually abused) was forced to hug/give an award to a man who sexually abused women
— ㅤ (@florianallimas) February 27, 2017
52. We went back to the hypocrisy of it all
My 13-yr-old on Denzel's loss to Casey Affleck: "And I really thought the #Oscars was changing or something. That's the worst part."
— Liz Dwyer (@losangelista) February 27, 2017
53. We felt for Denzel
Casey Affleck: "I always admired Denzel"
— Shujaat Shah (@ShujaatShah13) February 27, 2017
54. We hung our heads again when Emma Stone beat out Ruth Negga for Best Actress
Emma Stone & Jennifer Lawrence are just mediocre young white women actors who excel at campaigning for Oscars
— Amy Lam (@amyadoyzie) February 27, 2017
55. We brought back #OscarsSoWhite
— SaraMi90 (@SaraMi90) February 27, 2017
56. We collectively lost our shit when La La Land was announced as Best Picture
"Best Picture Winner: La La Land"
— Ziwe (@ziwe) February 27, 2017
57. For a moment we resigned to the decision
Well. 2017 is going according to plan. #Oscars
— KB (@KaraRBrown) February 27, 2017
58. Then we raged
I don't think I've ever cared more about the #Oscars than reading La La Land won and being filled with an incredible amount of rage
— Ky Squared Test (@buttactually) February 27, 2017
59. But then…
PLOT. FUCKING. TWIST.
— Andi Zeisler (@andizeisler) February 27, 2017
60. There was a major plot twist
This #Oscars where directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Twist!
— Batz (@Batz) February 27, 2017
61. We were so confused
WAIT A SECOND WHAT IS HAPPENING?! #Oscars
— refinery29 (@Refinery29) February 27, 2017
62. And then we were ecstatic!
— IGISC @TheKidSkoob (@TheKidSkoob) February 27, 2017
63. We made the obvious Steve Harvey joke
— Footybedsheets (@_shireenahmed_) February 27, 2017
64. AND WE CELEBRATED!
All of us right now pic.twitter.com/z9BSvQUhnK
— Elise Foley (@elisefoley) February 27, 2017
The Oscars were definitely a wild time full of triumphs, lows, and incredible surprises. Check back throughout the week for reaction pieces from The Tempest!