None of us will ever forget when Faye Dunaway read La La Land as the Best Picture at the 2017 Oscars because it wasn’t. As we know Moonlight won that distinction.
What we didn’t know until now is what happened according to Dunaway’s perspective of it. She told Lester Holt on Nightly News, “He [Warren Beatty] took the card out, and he didn’t say anything. He paused, he looked over at me, offstage, he looked around and I finally said, ‘You’re impossible.’ I thought he was joking. I mean, I thought he was stalling. Warren’s like that. He kind of holds the power and makes people…a dramatic pause. But it’s part of his charm.”
When the NBC newsanchor asked if she was angry about what happened on Hollywood’s biggest night, she responded by saying “No, I was very guilty. I thought, I could have done something, surely. Why didn’t I see Emma Stone’s name on the top of the card?”
If she did, then barely any of us would have remembered that Moonlight won Best Picture and it would have been a lackluster Oscars. Instead it is one we will be talking about for decades to come like the year Jack Palance won for City Slickers and the other one when Marisa Tomei was declared Best Supporting Actress for My Cousin Vinny or how about the time Robin Williams sang Blame Canada from South Park or Rob Lowe singing with Cinderella. It is the memorable moments that make the Oscars not the winners. Sorry winners.
Remember how shocked we all were when we found out that Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were given the wrong envelope at the Oscars, so Mommie Dearest announced that the incorrect movie won Best Picture? Well, that wasn’t the first time happened at this year’s Academy Awards. According to The Hollywood Reporter’s Rebecca Ford, “Sources say that during rehearsals Seth Rogen was handed the wrong envelope (foreign film instead of editing). It led to quite the commotion.” Therefore, you would think that they would’ve been more careful during the big show, but as we know they were not. It was good for us, just sucked for them, La La Land and Moonlight.
It will be interesting to see how all of this will change next year’s shindig.
Let’s be honest, minus announcing the wrong film for Best Picture, the Oscars was pretty much a snoozefest. While it was bad for those of us at home, imagine what it was like for the people who were there especially the females. They spent the whole day getting ready for Hollywood’s big night, so they were probably tired. None of them as tired as Chrissy Teigen, who probably was up all night with a teething Luna. Therefore, after her husband robbed Justin Timberlake of Best Original Song, she took a little cat nap. How else would she be able to stay up for all the parties? That is when the things really get started.
If you thought that Oscarsgate was the only major blunder at the Oscars, you would be mistaken. During the In Memoriam, they posted the wrong photo for Australian costume designer Janet Patterson, who passed away last year. The person was pictured was Australian producer Jan Chapman and the two worked on The Piano together.
Chapman told Variety, “I was devastated by the use of my image in place of my great friend and long-time collaborator Janet Patterson. I had urged her agency to check any photograph which might be used and understand that they were told that the Academy had it covered. Janet was a great beauty and four-time Oscar nominee and it is very disappointing that the error was not picked up.” Finally declaring, “I am alive and well and an active producer.”
You would think they would triple check whose pictures they post in the segment. There is no excuse for not airing the right photo because it is not like they include that many people. Plus, they had 4 months to find the right photo of someone who was nominated for four Oscars.
You know, the Oscars is an annual event, you would think with an year of preparation, they would get things right and not two things wrong.
I know many people are blaming Warren Beatty for what went wrong at the Oscars very early this morning (even though it was Faye Dunaway who declared the winner), but there is one group that doesn’t blame him. They are PricewaterhouseCoopers and they are taking blame as you can read in the below statement.
We sincerely apologize to Moonlight, La La Land, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar® viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture. The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred.
We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation.
As of now, we only know what happened after the envelope was put in Beatty’s hands, we just don’t know how it happened. That is what we really want to know. How can someone mistake Actress in A Leading Role for Picture? Unless, they just handed them whatever red envelope was left. So many questions? How will this effect next year’s Oscars? Will they get a new firm to tally the results? Before we get to that, we just want to know what happened before someone gave Beatty the envelope. And why, out of all of the anniversaries, they thought Bonnie & Clyde was a film that deserved reuniting the cast to present the last award?
BTW the person running the Academy of Motion Pictures Twitter also thought La La Land won and sent out the below Tweet. Whoops. See, it really is a secret who wins until it is announced. Even then, as we learned today, that doesn’t mean they won.