Cue Shaggy’s ‘It Wasn’t Me.’ Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway took the stage at the Oscars on Feb. 26 with the wrong winner’s card, but it really wasn’t their fault — and they told everyone that at the after-party.
“It wasn’t us,” Warren Beatty told Faye Dunway at the Governors Ball after-party in the early hours of Feb. 27, when she asked if they were “in the sink.” But really, they had no reason to be embarrassed — they were handed the wrong card. When presenting the award for Best Picture, they were given the card for Best Actress. So they read La La Land when the real winner was Moonlight.
“People thought I was being dramatic but I wasn’t,” Warren, 79, told DailyMail. “There was something wrong. I showed it to Faye and she said La La Land.” Warren was clearly confused when seeing the card, but when he hesitated, Faye grabbed it and read La La Land — he obviously hesitated because he also saw Emma Stone‘s name on it.
PwC, the accounting firm that tallies the results for the show, issued a statement following the mess up: “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 this occurred. We appreciate the grace with with the nominees, the Academy, ABC and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation.”
Luckily, it was handled so well. Jimmy Kimmel came out on stage claiming he blamed Steve Harvey, who famously messed up when pronouncing the winner of the Miss Universe; overall, everyone was in great spirits. While Emma Stone was confused how Faye and Warren got a card with her name on it since she was still holding hers, Moonlight director Barry Jenkins revealed that he saw two cards — there were actually duplicates on each sides of the stage.
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of the huge moment?