Take two! Who could forget Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway wrongly announcing La La Land over Moonlight as the Best Picture winner at last year’s Oscars? Well, it looks like they’re getting a second chance and will reportedly announce the winner once again at the 2018 Academy Awards. Hopefully this time the correct envelope is handed to them!
TMZ reported that the two arrived at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre for a rehearsal — and we’re sure they practiced a few more times than they did last year. According to a source, the actor and actress rehearsed their piece, and Faye started off by saying, “Presenting is better the second time around.” Warren responded with, “The winner is Gone with the Wind.” If the pair stick to their script, the audience will surely get a laugh at that.
Warren Beatty onstage at the 2017 Oscars.
Last year, Warren was accidentally handed the incorrect envelope — he received the envelope for Actress in a Leading Role, which read “Emma Stone, La La Land.” When he confusedly showed it to Faye, she only saw “La La Land” and read it aloud. And one of the most embarrassing moments in Oscars history was born.
PriceWaterhouseCoopers took full responsibility for the botched announcement, saying in a 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.”
Faye and Warren aren’t the only ones returning to the stage for the upcoming awards show. Jimmy Kimmel is set to host the big night for the second year in a row, and clearly the Academy was pleased and impressed with how he handled the awkward moment last year. “Hosting the Oscars was a highlight of my career and I am grateful… [for] the Academy for asking me to return to work with two of my favorite people, Mike De Luca and Jennifer Todd,” he said in a statement on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, when it was first announced that he’d be granted hosting duties once again. Hopefully this time around everything will go smoothly and correctly!