Jimmy Kimmel gave a full recap of the Oscars Best Picture fiasco on Monday night, not only clearing Warren Beatty of any wrong doing in the mixup that almost gave “La La Land” an award that rightfully belonged to “Moonlight,” but also thanking Denzel Washington.
Apparently the “Fences” actor and director, who was nominated for an Academy Award Sunday himself, helped Kimmel referee the chaos after “La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz grabbed the mic to announce,”There’s a mistake. ‘Moonlight,’ you guys won Best Picture. This is not a joke, I’m afraid they read the wrong thing.”
Washington was sitting front row and was trying to get the attention of both Kimmel and “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins.
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“Denzel wants me to get him to the microphone to make a speech, which made sense. Thank God Denzel was there to make sense,” Kimmel said. “So I listened to Denzel, I went and got Barry and he spoke, but not for very long. Then there was another quick speech, and then everyone just stood there again kind of shell shocked, and I ended the show.”
Kimmel repeated the explanation provided by both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.
“The accountants gave warren the wrong card, and they apologized for it today, so it wasn’t Warren Beatty’s fault,” Kimmel said. “And Faye Dunaway made quite a getaway. She got the hell out of there. She read the wrong name and she split. She wanted no part of it.”
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Here’s PwC’s full explanation:
Kimmel also addressed what anyone familiar with his sense of humor was thinking: Was it a prank?
“As I walked off stage, people started speculating, people around me said, ‘Did you pull a prank of some kind?’ I did not pull a prank,” Kimmel said. “If I pulled a prank, by the way, I wouldn’t have just had the wrong winner’s name on the envelope – when they opened it there would have been like a Bed, Bath & Beyond coupon.”
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Kimmel described himself as the “sheriff” responsible for investigating the historic Oscars fail, going as far as to look at the “evidence” – the back-up envelope containing Emma Stone as Best Actress – in Beatty’s dressing room after the show, but he also admitted he thought the whole thing was pretty funny.
“I’m standing there like an idiot feeling bad for these guys, but also trying really hard not to laugh, to be honest,” Kimmel said.
Watch Kimmel’s full explanation above, and in case you missed it, watch the unforgettable Oscars shocker unfold in the video below.
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