Warren Beatty Explains Why He Read Off Wrong Best Picture Winner -- He Was Handed the Wrong Envelope
By John Boone
"Warren, what did you do?"
Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel asked the question, but we were all wondering it after that utter fiasco. La La Land may have won a ton of Academy Awards on Sunday, but it didn't take home Best Picture. Although, it did...for two full acceptance speeches before an awkward onstage re-collecting of Oscar statuettes.
"I opened the envelope and it said, 'Emma Stone, La La Land,' Beatty explained onstage of why he and co-presenter Faye Dunaway read off the wrong winner. "That's why I took such a long look at Faye and then you. I wasn't trying to be funny."
If you rewatch the moments leading up to the mix-up, Beatty does indeed seem confused as he looks in the envelope for another slip and then turns to the teleprompter for answers, before ultimately handing the envelope to Dunaway.
After producer Jordan Horowitz gave his ill-fated acceptance speech championing "bold and diverse work," viewers could see the confusion begin to unfold as fellow producer Fred Berger powered his speech, ending with, "We lost by the way, but y'know."
That's when Horowitz returned to the mic to explain, "There was a mistake. Moonlight, you won Best Picture. This is not a joke." A truly unfortunate, absolutely insane moment that has never happened in all of Oscar history.
"Personally, I blame Steve Harvey for this," Kimmel attempted to end the show on a lighter note. "Let's remember, it's just an award show. We hate to see people disappointed, but at least we got to see some extra speeches?"