Oscars cheering moment proves the internet can’t be trusted
It should come as no surprise that “Justice League” won the moment of encouragement, as the road to its release was paved with online interactions. The “Release the Snyder Cut” movement was launched after the theatrical cut in 2017, with fans insisting on seeing Zack Snyder’s original vision for “Justice League.” In 2021, the legendary “Snyder Cut” finally premiered on HBO Max to a warmer reception than the theatrical cut. And the moment Flash uses his powers to reverse time and save the world is definitely epic (even if Ezra Miller can’t run like a normal person should.)
On the other hand, this award shows how the internet can also be used to give everyone a voice – and even something as simple as the platform you use for polls can influence a vote (if the poll had been based on Tumblr, for example, the winner of “Favorite Cheer Moment” would likely have been a scene from “Hannibal”, via mass write-in votes).
On Twitter, Snyder fans often left their messages under Warner Bros.’ social media posts (including, quite inappropriately, a tribute post to the late Rutger Hauer). The current collective goal is to “restore the SnyderVerse” and continue Snyder’s vision for DC Films – although Snyder himself has moved on and found a new creative partner at Netflix. “Army of the Dead” had a more traditional route to release, but Snyder as director more than guaranteed his built-in fanbase would swarm the internet to vote for both films.
It’s unclear whether or not the Oscars will start again, but the Academy should consider different measures if that happens. And hey, it’s not like “Cinderella” won – can you imagine the reaction?