Last Monday (2/3), The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tweeted out what appeared to be official Oscar winners a week before the awards show last night. Voting for Academy members hadn't closed yet at that time.
The tweet was a part of a campaign featuring an interactive tool The Academy launched on Twitter, whereupon users could DM predicted Oscar winners to the @TheAcademy official channel.
The Academy's tweet showing what appeared to be their predicted winners was deleted almost immediately. They then released a statement saying, "A brief issue on Twitter made some of your (predictions) look like they came from our account. They didn't. This error is now resolved. We'll reveal our picks on Sunday."
photo: Getty Images (pictured: Renee Zellwegger with her Oscar for Actress in a Leading Role)
Let's compare the predicted winners from last week's tweet to the actual winners from last night and see how close this erroneous tweet was to the actual winners at the Oscars Sunday night:
Best Picture: predicted - Parasite | winner - Parasite
Actor in a Supporting Role: predicted - Brad Pitt | winner - Brad Pitt
Animated Feature Film: predicted - Klaus | winner - Toy Story 4
Live Action Short Film: predicted - Saria | winner - The Neighbor's Window
Sound Editing: predicted - 1917 | winner - Ford vs. Ferrari
Makeup and Hairstyling: predicted - Bombshell | winner - Bombshell
Directing: predicted - Sam Mendes | winner - Bong Joon-ho
Actress in a Supporting Role: predicted - Laura Dern | winner - Laura Dern
International Feature Film: predicted - Parasite | winner - Parasite
Animated Short Film: predicted - Kitbull | winner - Hair Love
Sound Mixing: predicted - 1917 | winner - 1917
Costume Design: predicted - Little Women | winner - Little Women
Actor in a Leading Role: predicted - Joaquin Phoenix | winner - Joaquin Phoenix
Original Screenplay: predicted - Parasite | winner - Parasite
Documentary Feature: predicted - For Sama | winner - American Factory
Original Score: predicted - Joker | winner - Joker
Production Design: predicted - Parasite | winner - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Film Editing: predicted - Joker | winner - Ford vs. Ferrari
Actress in a Leading Role: predicted - Renee Zellwegger | winner - Renee Zellwegger
Adapted Screenplay: predicted - Jojo Rabbit | winner - Jojo Rabbit
Documentary Short Subject: predicted - In the Absence | winner - Learning to Skate in a Warzone (If You're a Girl)
Original Song: predicted - "I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away" | winner - "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again"
Cinematography: predicted - 1917 | winner - 1917
Visual Effects: predicted - 1917 | winner - 1917
It looks like The Academy did not tweet out the real winners last Monday after all. Some conspiracy theorists could say that tweet showed the winners as of Monday. The votes trickling in after that may have changed things up leading to the actual awards show. We may never know...