The team for what was called the 'odds-on' favorite musical "La La Land," was conveying its numerous 'thank-you' greetings on stage; but in a few minutes, there was an announcement that presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway had called on the wrong winner.
"Moonlight," categorized as the 'underdog coming-of-age story,' was the correct winner.
An apology emanated from the accountants, Price Waterhouse Cooper.
What called attention to "Moonlight" was the diversity of the prize-winning picture, which included Mahershala Ali, the first Muslim actor to win the award as best supporting actor.
As he opened the program, Jimmy Kimmel, the Oscars host, poked fun at President Trump.
The show's late-night host evidently did not keep himself away from calling one Oscar-winner Mel Gibson, whom Kimmel called "the only one 'Braveheart' in the room.
"And he's not going to unite us either," the host added in the midst of laughter that filled the audience.
Kimmel turned serious when he stated that if each one watching right now "took a moment to reach out to one person you disagree with and have a positive, considerate conversation...we could really make America great again."
His initial crack on Trump was to thank him because. "remember when last year the Oscars were considered racist?"
Returning to the Oscar winners: "Moonlight" was known to have 'the devastating vulnerability of its protagonist, and filmmaker Barry Jenkins' brilliant writing and visionary direction.'
What was usually related to past Academy Award winners reflected artistic excellence. Yet, in recent years, subtlety has been part of the awardees as they accepted their respective acclaims: how America's identity is being disseminated around the globe.
As word has been heard from various film critics, the year's Oscars were 'guaranteed' to be more 'inclusive' than in past years.
Seven actors of color received nominations for their performances; those that came up for 'best picture,' aside from "Moonlight," were "Hidden Figures," and "Fences."
Films about the white working class: "Hell or High Water;" "Manchester by the Sea;" "Hacksaw Ridge," a female 'academic' dealing with extraterrestrial visitors; "Arrival," a little boy on his own as he survived in India via "Lion." Not to forget, how about the numbers of those 'kids' singing and dancing that made "La La Land" the way it turned out to be?
"Manchester by the Sea," is indeed lauded for being a 'masterpiece of screenwriting,' hence, the star Casey Affleck, who garnered 'the best actor of the year,' award did not come as a surprise at all.
"Fences" star, Viola Davis, who won the Oscar for her supporting role underscored her country's earned reputation: the United States remains in the forefront: as a champion of fairness, humanism and self-awareness. May the latter description of America be perpetuated, was the essence of Davis' performance.
The emceeing role of Kimmel closed with: "Some of you will win tonight and give a speech that the president of the U.S. will tweet about in all caps."
As what was never expected: "Moonlight" won the best picture after "La La Land' had been announced mistakenly.
The error, fortunately, was corrected as fast as change on the stage could muster.