Haley Joel Osment can see dead people, Bruce Willis is invincible, and Moonlight actually won Best Picture at the 89th Academy Awards.
The common thread between all these things? M. Night Shyamalan, apparently.
Sunday night brought the biggest twist ending in Oscars history, with presenter Faye Dunaway initially announcing La La Land as the 2017 Best Picture winner before Moonlight was revealed as the actual winner. That surprise conclusion was one worthy of the cinematic master of twist endings, M. Night Shyamalan, who just so happened to claim the Oscars’ ending as his own on social media:
I wrote the ending of the academy awards 2017. @jimmykimmel we really got them!
— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) February 27, 2017
Some folks, however, figured out Shyamalan’s joke a few minutes before the director did:
When M. Night Shyamalan directs the #Oscars
— Reidiculous (@Reid_Nielsen) February 27, 2017
It's weird how this #Oscars was directed by M. Night Shyamalan. I never saw that coming.
— Mad About Movies (@MAM_Podcast) February 27, 2017
Somewhere M. Night Shyamalan is like "now THAT'S a twist!" #Oscars.
— Damian Holbrook (@damianholbrook) February 27, 2017
This is what happens when they hire M Night Shyamalan to direct the #Oscars
— Marcella Arguello (@marcellacomedy) February 27, 2017
— AADowd (@AADowd) February 27, 2017
Ultimately, though, pretty much all of Twitter made the Shyamalan connection — or, at least enough to have his name trending on the social media platform on Sunday night:
A top trending topic is M. Night Shyamalan because 12,400 people just made the exact same Oscars joke pic.twitter.com/RpnsmbxYCB
— Simon Barrett (@Simon_Barrett) February 27, 2017
For what it’s worth, Oscars organizers later apologized for the Moonlight/La La Land flub, writing in a statement that “the presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope.”
“We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred,” the statement read. “We appreciate the grace with the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation.”