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Celebs Share Their Recollections of the Ill-Fated 2017 Oscars Envelope Flub (UPDATED)
Jimmy Kimmel, Chrissy Teigen, Steve Harvey, and Annette Bening reflect on the Oscars that will live in infamy.
UPDATE (March 5, 2018, 12:19 P.M.): As rumored, Warren and Faye appeared at the 2018 Oscars on MArch 4, 2018 and once again presented the award for Best Picture. “As they say, presenting is lovelier the second time around," Faye joked, referencing last year's major mistake. This time there were no snafus and presented the trophy to Guillermo del Toro’s film, The Shape of Water.
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Remember last year's Academy Awards, when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway incorrectly presented the award for Best Picture to La La Land, when it actually belonged to Moonlight?
"This is not a joke. Moonlight has won best picture," La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz announced two and a half minutes later while showing the correct name on the envelope that should have been read.
That mistake became known as Envelopegate and now stars involved that night are offering their amusing recollections.
"I think the primary issue at rehearsal — and this was something that was in my head when that envelope moment happened — was how well [Beatty and Dunaway] could see the teleprompter," host Jimmy Kimmel told The Hollywood Reporter.
He said that when it happened, "I thought, 'Oh, maybe they can't see. Maybe that's the problem.'"
Chrissy Teigen, whose husband John Legend made music for La La Land, was thrilled at first.
"John stood up. I gave him a kiss. I was so excited and proud. I immediately grabbed my phone and took to tweeting." And when the mistake was announced, she said, "I was laughing hysterically because I just thought it was the funniest thing."
Kimmel recalled, "I said to Matt [Damon], 'What's happening up there?' ... He said, 'I think they announced the wrong winner.' I started laughing because that was ridiculous ... Then it hit me that I was the only one wearing a microphone, and I should probably go up there to sort it out."
Steve Harvey, the comedian and host who announced the incorrect Miss Universe two years earlier, saw it coming — and was super stoked.
"I was watching live and I probably knew what had happened before anybody else — 'cause I saw the panic-stricken look on the producer's face," he explained. "When he walked out there and snatched that card out of Warren's hand, that's when I knew redemption was mine. I was finally off the hook. Yeah, OK, I had to live that down: 'Oh, how could he,' 'That's a bonehead,' 'Nobody's ever done that in the history of Miss Universe.' But the Oscars is the biggest night in Hollywood, and when they did it, I lit a cigar and drank a glass of scotch and celebrated. I was free! Thank you, God!"
"I was at home watching the show with my daughter," recalled Beatty's wife Annette Bening. "It was sort of like a dream, and my daughter and I both just started screaming, basically. We were stunned. My impulse was to call him right away. And I did. And he picked up the phone. And I said, 'Oh my God. You did a great job, but what happened?!' And he said, 'I have the envelopes, and I'm not giving them to anyone!'" She shared that Beatty took the envelopes home, but gave Barry Jenkins his for winning with Moonlight. "[As for the other one,] I don't know. Maybe it's still in my house."
"I shouted something to the effect of, 'Warren, what did you do?!'" Kimmel remembered. "Because I still had it in my head that Warren's vision wasn't great and maybe it was his fault ... Denzel Washington did a little bit of traffic-cop work from the audience. I think he looked at me and pointed at Barry, motioning for us to let Barry speak, and I thought, 'Oh, yes, he's right. That should happen.'"
Kimmel somehow got through the end of the show, but not exactly unscathed.
"It was very awkward, but I revel in awkwardness," he joked. "I wrapped up the show and left Matt Damon sitting alone in the audience."
"When I came up for air and realized that the screw-up at the end was going to be the headline, I was a little bit bummed out," concluded Kimmel. "To this day, there are people who think I caused that envelope problem. Hopefully history will be kind to me in that regard, because one thing I definitely didn't screw up was that."
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