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EXCLUSIVE: Salma Hayek Saw Best Picture Mix-Up Go Down: ‘It Was Kind of Freaky’

by Rachel Maresca 5:51 AM PST, February 27, 2017
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Salma Hayek Saw Best Picture Mix-Up Go Down: ‘It Was Kind of Freaky’

Salma Hayek saw it first.

The 50-year- old actress, who presented at Sunday's Oscars, opened up to ET’s Carly Steel after the show revealing she knew before anyone else about the Best Picture envelope mix-up, watching it all unfold.

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“I actually heard the stage manager standing in front of me saying, ‘No, no, no, that is not the movie,’” she explained to ET of Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announcing La La Land as the winner of the night’s biggest award instead of Moonlight.

“And so I saw it before it happened. I said, ‘What are they going to do now?’ and then I said, ‘Oh my god, they are going to say it.’”

“I actually saw it before everyone else and it was kind of freaky but exciting and I am just glad at least two movies got to get up on stage and be celebrating,” Hayek added of both casts being front and center following the snafu.

It turns out Beatty and Dunaway were handed the envelope labeled for La La Land star Emma Stone, who took home the trophy for Best Actress in a Leading Role earlier in the evening. It’s still unknown as to how the envelopes got mixed up, especially since Stone told reporters backstage, “I had that card, so I am not sure what happened."

PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm that tallies the Oscars, issued a statement apologizing late Sunday.

“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 statement read.

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“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.”

For more on the oops moment at the Academy Awards, watch below:

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