Backlash began building before the Oscars even aired on ABC Sunday.
It isn't easy to offend Twitter, but the Oscars outrage started early on Sunday when Ryan Seacrest was still E! News' choice to host its red carpet coverage. And the backlash kept coming when Kobe Bryant won his first Oscar in the #MeToo era with a rape allegation casting a shadow over his work, while those watching the Academy Awards telecast did not appreciate Gael Garcia Bernal's singing voice.
But Twitter freaked out for good reasons, too.
Tiffany Haddish put smiles on people's faces, as usual, while people drooled over Oscars presenters Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer. The first teaser trailer for Disney's "Mary Poppins Returns" also dominated the social media platform for a bit after it debuted during the ceremony.
But before you watch that, take a peek at some of the overwhelmingly negative reaction E! got for sticking with Seacrest.
E!'s top personality, who also executive produces shows including "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," maintains his innocence after a stylist that worked for him accused him of sexual misconduct, but after she came forward with more unsettling details, people weren't exactly in the mood to see him on the Oscars red carpet. He only got two nominees to talk to him, so perhaps Hollywood stars weren't in the mood to see him, either.
I am confused by this #ERedCarpet. Ryan Seacrest, who has been accused of workplace sexual misconduct, is on the red carpet. His female counterparts are across the street in less-prominent roles. #Oscars— tracyswartz (@tracyswartz) March 4, 2018
The #ERedCarpet for the #Oscars is a hot mess because they have Guiliana stuck at some hotel in Siberia, and a 30-second delay to protect Ryan Seacrest from #Metoo #TimesUp confrontations. Not a good look, @ENews.— Melissa Ross (@MelissainJax) March 4, 2018
I used to love the #ERedCarpet but this year is garbage. Stop protecting Ryan @enews and let Giuliana interview people!!!— Jessica Straw (@jcstraw3) March 4, 2018
It's like @e_entertainment really didn't want stars skipping Ryan for G so they refused to let G interview people at all. #Sexism #Oscars #Oscars90
Starting to feel irrepressible disgust. https://t.co/nKmuOuCbTj— Kim Masters (@kimmasters) March 4, 2018
Ryan Seacrest is a harassing manipulative creep and anyone who plays ball with him on the red carpet tomorrow will regret it— Owen Ellickson (@onlxn) March 4, 2018
The breakout star of "Girls Trip" was once again one of the best parts of the evening, getting noticed for her traditional Eritrean dress she wore to honor her father, and in typical Haddish fashion, chasing down Meryl Streep on the red carpet.
If there is justice in the world Tiffany Haddish will one day be richer than Ryan Seacrest.— Maris Kreizman (@mariskreizman) March 5, 2018
Tiffany Haddish is pure joy. #Oscars— Linda Holmes (@nprmonkeysee) March 5, 2018
Okay actually Tiffany Haddish in traditional Eritrean dress is also good, bc the elderly doorman watching the red carpet with me LIT UP when he saw it, and left his desk to explain to me that this style of dress is from his home country and he finds the embroidery so beautiful... pic.twitter.com/3bNTlnrwvp— Christine Emba (@ChristineEmba) March 5, 2018
I'm so happy to see Tiffany Haddish in our Eritrean zuriya! Way to represent our people! elelelelelelel! pic.twitter.com/DknfAaQ4xS— Hannah Yohannes هناء (@Hannah_Yohannes) March 5, 2018
While E! viewers were struggling to stomach Seacrest, ABC viewers were struggling to take Strahan seriously as a red carpet correspondent. They were not impressed with his interviewing skills.
Michael Strahan is a lovely and likeable guy, but this is so painful watching him on the red carpet! #Oscars— Perez (@ThePerezHilton) March 5, 2018
It’s legitimately incredible to me that Michael Strahan has gone from one of the most terrifying football players of all time to the most wildly sycophantic interviewers in the history of the red carpet— Joe Bernstein (@Bernstein) March 5, 2018
Did Michael Strahan just insult his mother on national TV? What's wrong with him? 😣#Oscars— kmm24601 (@Kristin14997450) March 4, 2018
I’m convinced Michael Strahan is incapable of listening. He’s like a human tape recorder that only has a play button. #Oscars— Ahnmin Lee (@ahnmin) March 5, 2018
I’m pretty sure Michael Strahan has never seen a movie. Like any movie. Ever. #Oscars— Frank Nicotero (@FrankNicotero) March 5, 2018
Anybody else still think “This Michael-Strahan-interviewing-celebrities phase is going to pass, right?”— Nathan Gerdts (@nlg2013) March 5, 2018
It’s weird how Michael Strahan’s interviewing skills literally never improve. #Oscars— KylauRen 💫 (@KyloRenDVM) March 5, 2018
Seriously, having to choose between Michael Strahan and Ryan Seacrest is a choice no one should have to make. #oscarsredcarpet— Stacey DuFord (@StaceyinDetroit) March 5, 2018
'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'
As much praise as this Oscar-nominated movie got, it was met with just as much criticism, considering one of the main characters was both racist and homophobic. The outrage was amplified when Sam Rockwell, the actor who portrayed said racist and homophobic character, won the Best Supporting Actor trophy.
Definitely feeling conflicted about Sam Rockwell's #Oscars90 win considering the issues around racism in three billboards. But also, I love him.— Tiffany Sumner (@tifsum) March 5, 2018
Three Billboards and Darkest Hour as the first two Oscar wins. I’m already not digging this show. Hopefully they’re just dishing their wins out of the way early. #Oscars— Yoda (@FadedYoda) March 5, 2018
Sam Rockwell is a great actor. Three Billboards should win no awards. #Oscars— Travon Free (@Travon) March 5, 2018
My Three Billboards would say:— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) March 5, 2018
I still haven't
seen Three Billboards
And I likely never will
hearing the cursed words "three billboards outsie ebbing missouri" come out of viola davis's holy mouth is a personal attack #Oscars— hunter harris (@hunteryharris) March 5, 2018
Sam Rockwell is a lovely actor but Three Billboards was a horrible film.— Anna Holmes (@AnnaHolmes) March 5, 2018
Still didn’t care for Three Billboards but I assume a lot of voters identified with Sam’s “racist cop with a heart of gold” bit— #TeamKillmonger. (@thewayoftheid) March 5, 2018
Three billboards? Ugh. It’s going to be one of those nights, isn’t it. Outdated, tired and bigoted narrative— Brian Hetzel (@BooHetz) March 5, 2018
'Mary Poppins Returns' and People Are Pumped
Emily Blunt takes over the iconic role from Julie Andrews. And while the latter holds a special place in Disney fans' hearts, most of them enthusiastically approved of this sequel.
me: i can’t believe they’re making a new mary poppins movie this is a terrible idea— Lana Berry (@Lana) March 5, 2018
/sees a 3 second teaser of the new mary poppins movie pic.twitter.com/xUZrWHWezA
That Mary Poppins Returns teaser had me like pic.twitter.com/qtlELwAdnA— Shannon (@PunzelBelle28) March 5, 2018
THAT MARY POPPINS TRAILER 😍 #Oscars— Kira Kosarin (@kirakosarin) March 5, 2018
I haven't been to a theater to see a movie in I don't know how long, but I will be going to see Mary Poppins Returns.— Barbara Van Dyke (@momsaterp) March 5, 2018
Julie Andrews will always be my Mary Poppins but this remake looks sooo good! Cannot wait for Christmas time 😍 #MaryPoppinsReturns— Rebecca Orr 🌻 (@RebeccaOrr22) March 5, 2018
Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer
The Oscars put two of the best looking people in Hollywood on stage to present an award, and their faces captivated everyone looking at them.
armie hammer and gal gadot taunting us about how we'll never be that good-looking— Inkoo Kang (@inkookang) March 5, 2018
Sorry I can't watch the rest of the show, Armie Hammer and Gal Gadot just set my TV aflame #Oscars— Caroline Framke (@carolineframke) March 5, 2018
Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer presenting an award jointly is incredibly insensitive to bisexuals.— Susana Polo (@NerdGerhl) March 5, 2018
Bisexuals must’ve felt so smug when Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer walked out on that stage together.— Heather Hogan (@theheatherhogan) March 5, 2018
Can you even imagine Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer’s hypothetical children? Oy, the genetics. #Oscars— Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint) March 5, 2018
Gael García Bernal Sings
The "Coco" star sang the Best Original Song nominee "Remember Me" and, uh, it didn't go so well in the eyes and ears of many viewers. But on the bright side, the duo behind the song (Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez) did end up winning the Oscar, and the movie itself won the Best Animated Feature Film Oscar.
I love Coco, I love the song Remember Me, and I love Gael Garcia Bernal... but why on earth did they have him sing that song?!? Sweetie, no. #oscars— Snark Llama (@SnarkLlama) March 5, 2018
Gael Garcia Bernal made Fergie’s Nation Anthem seem like Whitney Houston in her prime— Brett Anderson (@BAnderson3737) March 5, 2018
Gael Garcia Bernal really shouldn't have been asked to sing after Mary J. Blige destroyed at the #Oscars. Or really ever. (but points for gamely trying!)— Eric Deggans at NPR (@Deggans) March 5, 2018
Gael Garcia Bernal's performance in 'Amores Perros' > Almost everything every other actor has done > Things that are just OK > Taxes > Ebola> Gael Garcia Bernal singing 'Remember Me'— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) March 5, 2018
Me: Nothing music-related in the movies has ever been worse than Pierce Brosnan in Mamma Mia.— Charlie Toft (@CharlieToft) March 5, 2018
Gael Garcia Bernal: Hold my Corona.
Kobe Bryant, a Man Accused of Rape, Wins an Oscar
Well, who didn't see this coming? Perhaps many thought the former NBA star wouldn't actually win in the Best Animated Short Film category, and then a lot of people were upset when he did -- but his fans were still stoked for him to be recognized for "Dear Basketball," which he wrote and starred in.
not giving Best Editing to DUNKIRK would have been the single most embarrassing thing the Academy Awards have done since giving an Oscar to Kobe Bryant. #oscars— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) March 5, 2018
Kobe won at the #Oscars and people are pretending he didn’t pay a chick he sexually assaulted to keep quiet?— Leah the Boss (@LeahRBoss) March 5, 2018
How many people know how hard ya gotta choke someone to leave bruises?
Hollywood hypocrites, man.
Kobe Bryant and Harvey Weinstein now have a couple of things in common. Hooray for Hollywood!— Ben Maller (@benmaller) March 5, 2018
Playing catch up here post-Sixers: Hollywood posturing as if #MeToo movement would prompt change & internal reflection and then handing Kobe Bryant an Oscar is really something— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) March 5, 2018
Congrats to Kobe for being this year's rapist Oscar recipient.— Dave Anthony, LLC. (@daveanthony) March 5, 2018
There are 3 separate, distinct, equally passionately-felt levels on which I hate that Kobe won an Oscar.— Stephen Falk (@stephenfalk) March 5, 2018
I’m watching on tape delay, so this is a little old but— Garrett Werner (@gr8whitehoprah) March 5, 2018
Kobe Bryant is a rapist