Sports Comparisons Were Abundant After ‘Moonlight’ Upset ‘La La Land’

Sports Comparisons Were Abundant After ‘Moonlight’ Upset ‘La La Land’
  • Tanya Ray Fox

There has never been a calendar year in sport quite like the one that just passed. The Golden State Warriors blew a 3-1 lead to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. The Cleveland Indians blew a 3-1 lead to the Chicago Cubs in the World Series. The Atlanta Falcons blew a 25-point lead in the Super Bowl to the New England Patriots.

These kind of comebacks, which used to be the stuff of legend, have quite literally become the norm. Remember when the Red Sox upset the Yankees in the 2004 ALCS and we all thought it was a miracle the likes of which we’d never see again?

So much for that. And even crazier is the fact that thrilling, unlikely comebacks aren’t even reserved for just sports anymore.

Outside of the snacks that host Jimmy Kimmel dropped on the audience from the ceiling throughout the night, Sunday’s Academy Awards show was mostly the same star-studded, bejeweled, self-congratulatory affair that it always has been.

Then the winner for Best Picture was announced, and all hell broke gloriously loose. In case you are one of the 7-12 people in the world with an internet connection that hasn’t seen what happened, here’s a quick snippet:

It was a truly jaw-dropping moment. In the immediate aftermath, the chaos of the situation prevented any real explanation as to what happened. But it didn’t take long for the internet to put all the pieces together.

Somehow, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were handed the wrong envelope, which named Emma Stone as the winner for Best Actress for ‘La La Land.’ There’s still no real answer as to how they ended up with the duplicate envelope, but it provided the audience with the most stunning moment in the history of the show.

And because the upset so closely resembled those epic sports comebacks that are still fresh in everyone’s minds, the moment drew countless comparisons.

Brace yourselves, because this one’s probably going to hurt:

Tanya Ray Fox

Tanya Ray Fox is a sportswriter and producer who has worked for nearly 7 years in both digital and television sports media. She has previously worked in TV production experience for Comcast SportsNet New England, NFL Network and Time Warner Cable Sports. In addition to her work for SportsGrid and appearances on the affiliated FNTSY Sports Network, she is also a contributor for USA Today's Rams Wire.