By now, you’re probably well aware of the colossal fuck up at yesterday’s Oscar ceremony.
No, not the fact that the very alive Jan Chapman was pictured during the In Memorium segment. Or whatever Nicole Kidman was doing instead of clapping. The other, much more relatable fuck up, where Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway mistakenly announced ‘La La Land‘ as the Best Picture winner instead of ‘Moonlight‘.
What are you?
Now, host Jimmy Kimmel has recounted handling “the weirdest TV finale since ‘Lost‘,” and good god did it sound equal parts confusing, hilarious, and terrifying.
Kimmel explained how, while sitting next to his sworn enemy Matt Damon, he first watched Warren awkwardly get Faye to call out ‘La La Land‘. In the host’s words, we now know this was because Warren was confused about getting the wrong card and so “Clyde threw Bonnie under the bus“, leading to the film’s producers making their ill-gotten Oscar speeches.
But while none of that was obvious at the time, things soon started to look amiss:
“We’re sitting there and we notice some commotion going on.“And Matt says, ‘I think I heard the stage manager say they got the winner wrong.’“So you just kind of figure, well, the host will go onstage and clear this up. And then I remember, oh I’m the host.”
After walking up the stairs to try to sort this shit out, Kimmel described watching producer Jordan Horowitz’s rather graciously announcing ‘Moonlight‘ as the correct winner.
Now, this was really only gracious as compared to Kimmel’s response, who instinctively wanted to tell Horowitz to just cut and run. Much like Faye, who, hilariously, had seemingly disappeared by this point.
During the mass confusion that followed, Kimmel basically froze, because how the hell do you fix something like this? But as Warren gave his terrified explanation, two sets of producers confusingly wandered the stage, and Kimmel tried not to laugh at everyone, a hero stepped up:
“Now I see Denzel Washington, in the front row, trying to get my attention… he yells Barry!
“Eventually I figured out that Barry Jenkins, the director of ‘Moonlight,’ is standing behind me and Denzel wanted me to get him to the microphone to make a speech, which makes sense.“Thank God Denzel was there to make sense.”
Finally Kimmel described how, as people asked him whether it was all a prank, he actually tried to investigate the mess once the show was over. Because, in his words, “when you do a show like this you aren’t just the host: you’re the lead detective.”
Give the entire, amazing story a squiz below, and know that celebrities, while rich and beautiful, are really just as big as stuff-ups as we are:
Source and photo: ABC.