Well, this is getting more and more awkward.
The 2017 Oscars ended quite unexpectedly on Sunday, Feb. 26 when the award show’s final presenters, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, accidentally announced La La Land as Best Picture instead of rightful winner Moonlight. And now, the iconic actor is addressing the mix-up!
“I don’t know anything... I don’t think anyone knows. I’ve asked and I haven’t got an answer,” Warren, 79, said to a group of reporters after the show about the flub, according to People.
Warren and Faye presenting at the Oscars. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
When announcing the winner onstage, Warren opened up the envelope and gave it a strange stare for a couple seconds (many just thought he was being funny). After a long hesitation, Faye grabbed it out of his hand and announced La La Land as the winner.
Shortly after producers for the film began giving their acceptance speeches, a man with a headset ran onstage to correct the mistake. While everyone thought it had to be a joke, it was quickly revealed to the audience that the two had been given the incorrect envelope. So awkward!
“I read the card that was in the envelope,” Warren also said. “I read it but I didn’t say La La Land. I thought, ‘This is very strange because it says Best Actress on the card.’ And I felt that maybe there was some sort of misprint.” Oops!
Warren getting ready to announce the mistake onstage. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“As planned, I gave it to Faye,” he added. “And that’s all I want to say on the subject.”
After the incident, Warren’s son Stephen Ira was quick to defend his famous dad. “Proud of my dad for his grace!” the 25-year-old tweeted. “It’s live, stuff happens. Showbiz!”
“I think it was just a mix up! Mistakes happen, especially in a live show,” he later added.
Here’s hoping something like this never happens again at the Academy Awards!