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In an unprecedented moment in Oscars history, the sure winner for best picture had their victory stolen from them at the last minute — thanks to a small communication mistake. Inevitably, because of that moment’s similarity to the close 2016 election between Hillary Clinton and President Trump, the gaffe had politicians, journalists and actors alike sharing a flurry of politically themed jokes on Twitter.

Several people took the last-minute upset by “Moonlight,” which ended up being the true winner after Warren Beaty and Faye Dunaway accidentally announced “La La Land” as the victor, and made comparisons to the Electoral College handing Trump victory when many in the polling and media business saw the odds tilting heavily in Clinton’s favor before Election Day.

Some joked that “La La Land” should have campaigned more in swing states.

And many others wished that the 2016 election had taken a similar turn, with Clinton being announced the true winner after an announcement gaffe.

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., tweeted that he has a “dream” most nights that Trump’s victory on Nov. 8 would have been overturned to crown Clinton the victor.

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Some pointed fingers at the Russians for the gaffe, whom the U.S. intelligence community blames for attempting to tilt the election in Trump’s favor through hacks and subsequent public email dumps through websites like WikiLeaks.

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Pollster Frank Luntz made a quip about Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who after the election led a campaign for recounts in three states.

Others turned to history for an Oscars-politics connection.

Independent Journal Review’s Benny Johnson called the incident the “Hollywood version of Fake News,” and shared a meme appearing on Twitter showing the iconic 1948 picture of President Truman holding the front page of the Chicago Daily Tribune that read “Dewey Defeats Truman,” only now it read “La La Land wins!”

It didn’t take long for some people to get sick of all the political metaphors.

And then there was CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who may have tuned in a little late to the party.



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