The 89th Academy Awards ceremony was surely one that will go down in history as the weirdest of them all! From ‘killing off’ film producer Jan Chapman to initially awarding La La Land with Best Picture instead of Moonlight, this Oscars night was not short of embarrassing moments!
And when a huge error like announcing the wrong winner happens, the host is no doubt the one that should set the record straight. Only this mix-up was so strange that even a La La Land producer looked more in the know than host Jimmy Kimmel himself! And that’s only because he was gracious enough to call the Moonlight people up on stage as soon as he was informed that his film had not, in fact, won Best Picture.
Kimmel eventually got to the bottom of this – soon after Pricewaterhouse Coopers took the blame for handing the wrong envelope to Warren Beatty – and explained the whole thing on his show the following night. It’s worth watching his hilarious, but also, in a way, mortifying, description of the incident, and getting a better understanding of what happened.
“Who the hell even knows who is who from which movie and I’m standing there like an idiot feeling bad for these guys but also trying really hard not to laugh, to be honest,” said Kimmel.
“So the accountants gave Warren the wrong card and they apologised for it today, so it wasn’t Warren Beatty’s fault. And Faye Dunaway made quite the getaway; she got the hell out of there… She read the wrong name and she split. She wanted no part of it, she was smart too.”
Finally! Someone had to point out that Dunaway was nowhere to be found. I mean, Beatty looked genuinely confused before handing her the card, but she was very quick to announce a winner even though there was clearly something wrong with the card. In what universe could “Emma Stone – La La Land” be the answer to “The Academy Award for Best Picture goes to…”? And yet, poor Beatty took all the heat.
Oh well, live TV… It was bound to happen some time!