Jimmy Kimmel was back on safer ground Monday evening, when he addressed the craziest Oscar finale ever on his late-night speak show.
"Except for the end it was a lot of entertaining," he said about his initially time hosting the Oscars Sunday evening.
Then, he said, "all of a sudden it turned into a single of those Maury Povich paternity test shows."
He joked, "It was the weirdest Tv finale due to the fact 'Lost.'"
Displaying a clip of Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, co-stars in the classic movie "Bonnie and Clyde," presenting the winner for greatest picture, Kimmel mentioned it looked like Beatty was confused so he handed the card to Dunaway. She announced the winner as "La La Land."
"In other words, Clyde threw Bonnie beneath the bus," he quipped.
At the time, Kimmel explained he was sitting in the audience subsequent to frenemy Matt Damon since he was going to finish the show from there. But then each could clearly see there was a commotion on stage and Damon overheard the stage manager say they got the winner incorrect, Kimmel recalled.
"We're sitting there and you type of figure, properly the host will go on stage and clear this up and then I keep in mind, 'Oh I am the host!'" he mentioned.
"I am feeling really undesirable for these guys, but also attempting really really hard not to laugh," Kimmel said.
Then Denzel Washington gestured and referred to as to the host from the front row. He kept saying, "Barry," Kimmel recalled.
"At some point I figure out that Barry Jenkins, the director of 'Moonlight,' is standing behind me and Denzel wants me to get him to the microphone to make a speech, which tends to make sense," Kimmel said. "Thank God Denzel was there to make sense."
Jenkins did speak, followed by a different swift speech from his producer.
Then, Kimmel said, "every person just stood there shell-shocked, so I ended the show."
That is when people today came up to him and asked if this had been one particular of his infamous pranks.
"I did not pull a prank," Kimmel told his talk-show audience. "If I had pulled a prank, by the way, I would not just have the incorrect winner's name in the envelope, there would have been a Bed Bath and Beyond coupon in there."
Later, backstage, he talked to Beatty and did, certainly, see the card that study Emma Stone for "La La Land." As for Dunaway, he joked, she "made rather a getaway. She said the incorrect name and she split. She wanted no component of it."
As it turns out, the most significant gaffe in Oscars history was neither Dunaway or Beatty's fault.
A companion from PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm which tabulates the votes and is accountable for handling the outcomes, handed the incorrect envelope to the two presenters. The firm apologized to the teams from "Moonlight" and "La La Land," Beatty and Dunaway and Oscar viewers.
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