Faye Dunaway seriously thought that Warren Beatty was joking when he made a pause, before showing the envelope to her. That onprice than to show her the envelope. Warren Beatty suggested that there should be the name of the “Moonlight”, as the winner of the Academy Award for pleasant picture.
In an interview on NBC nightly news Lester Holt noted that he thought Beatty stalling effect, according to the Hollywood reporter. Because of this, there was confusion, which shocked those present at cermonie Oscar, erroneously declaring that “La La Land” won the Oscar.
If we talk about the history of the first fiasco at the Oscar ceremony, Dunaway, 76, said in Holt on Monday night, “So (Beatty) took the card out, and he didn’t say anything.”
“He paused,” she continued. “He looked over at me, [then] offstage. He looked around. And I finally said, ‘You’re impossible.’ I thought he was joking. I mean, I thought he was stalling. Warren’s like that. He kind of holds the power and makes people a dramatic pause. But it’s part of his charm.”
Dunaway said she ended up only seeing the name of the film on the card, which was “La La Land.” Brian Cullinan, a partner with the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, had mistakenly handed Beatty and Dunaway the back-up envelope for Actress in a Leading Role instead of the envelope for Best Picture. The best actress Oscar had just gone to Emma Stone in “La La Land.”
But Dunaway says she didnt notice Stone’s name was on the card also.
Dunaway says she felt “completely stunned” and later felt guilty because she thought she could have done something to prevent the debacle.
“You don’t know what has happened,” she said of the experience. “I [felt] very guilty — I thought I could have done something, surely, why couldn’t I have seen Emma Stone’s name on the card?”
It took a full two minutes before the mistake was corrected and Barry Jenkins’ coming-of-age story “Moonlight” was correctly announced — and this was after the cast and crew of “La La Land” had come on stage to celebrate winning the best picture winner.
In a separate interview recently, Beatty recently described the situation as “chaos.” The mistake led to an investigation. The Academy decided it will continue to use PwC but the accountants responsible for the mistake would not return to work the ceremony.