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By Gemma JoyceFeb 15
Published February 27th 2017
The Oscars on social media: A night to remember, but not necessarily for the right reasons.
The Brandwatch React team tracked over 3.7m Oscars-related posts across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as the ceremony was aired live on Sunday.
Those who tuned in won’t be surprised to learn that the largest chunks of that conversation occurred towards the end.
The moment everyone was talking about was the Best Picture blunder which saw the wrong envelope being handed to Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, who announced that La La Land had won Best Picture. As celebrations commenced, it was then announced that there had been a mistake and that Moonlight was actually Best Picture.
Cue 61,000 mentions in a single minute.
At the peaking minute of any awards ceremony, organizers really don’t want the top-mentioned words to look like this.
It was all going so swimmingly, and then BAM!
Overall, La La Land got slightly more mentions than Moonlight throughout the ceremony. They were followed by Hidden Figures.
There were a number of moments that caught social’s attention, aside from the last-minute blunder.
Viola Davis, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Fences, gave a powerful speech that saw thousands of mentions in a single minute. The line “I became an artist, and thank God I did, because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life” was quoted heavily on social media.
Another notable moment that saw a large mention spike was Gael García Bernal’s mini-speech against Donald Trump, performed as he appeared on stage to present an award.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 27, 2017
The ability of the words “Donald Trump” to slip into any article, event or conversation, no matter how unrelated to politics, know no bounds. There’s no escape; and the top hashtags surrounding the Oscars fell victim last night.
Saying that, it wasn’t exactly unexpected for the new President to get the odd mention. 2017’s biggest award ceremonies have been peppered with political speeches, with Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes acceptance speech the most poignant example we have captured in social data.
The team monitored mentions of the nominees for Best Actor and Best Actress throughout the ceremony, finding (expectedly) that the winners took the majority of the share of voice.
Before the results were announced these charts looked very different. Emma Stone and Meryl Streep appeared to be in a tighter race, while Casey Affleck had hardly any mentions compared to Ryan Gosling and Denzel Washington.
Affleck’s winning moment didn’t garner quite the same number of mentions as Emma Stone’s did, and not everyone was celebrating his win. “Sexual assault” was a trending topic in the conversation as his award was announced, with many pointing out the fact that he has been accused of sexual harassment in the past. The award was presented by Brie Larson, who won an Oscar in 2016 for her powerful portrayal of a sexual assault survivor in Room. People weren’t happy.
I really want Brie Larson to write about having to give Casey Affleck all the awards after winning for her portrayal of a rape survivor
— Erika W. Smith (@erikawynn) February 27, 2017
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