Whether you believe it to be an unfortunate mishap or a Hollywood inside job engineered to get people talking about The Oscars' archaic format, you can't help but feel for the Moonlight crew, whose big moment was tarnished by the 'Best Film' f*** up to end all f*** ups.
After a few days of reflection, the film's director, Barry Jenkins, has now revealed what he would have said, had Warren Beatty been handed the right envelope.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Jenksin said he intended to give the film's co-producers, Adele Romanski and Jeremy Kleiner, most of the stage time. But when it came to his turn to speak, he wanted "to keep it personal, repeating an evolving a story I've told throughout the season."
"Tarell [Alvin McCraney, the film's co-writer] and I are Chiron. We are that boy. And when you watch Moonlight, you don't assume a boy who grew up how and where we did would grow up and make a piece of art that wins an Academy Award.
"I've said that a lot, and what I've had to admit is that I placed those limitations on myself, I denied myself that dream. Not you, not anyone else — me. And so, to anyone watching this who sees themselves in us, let this be a symbol, a reflection that leads you to love yourself. Because doing so may be the difference between dreaming at all and, somehow through the Academy's grace, realising dreams you never allowed yourself to have. Much love."
A more poignant take than your traditional Hollywood faux-political guff that's babbled on the podium (sorry Meryl), much of Jenkins' and McCraney's film was based on their own experiences as boys growing up in an impoverished Miami neighbourhood; dealing with family addiction, poverty and misunderstood sexuality, so it makes sense that the speech would be on the personal side.
We just wish The Rock had actually stormed that stage while it was all going down...