Saturday 16 December 2017

'I'm standing there like an idiot...but trying not to laugh'

Jimmy Kimmel and Warren Beatty laugh after correcting the Best Picture Oscar from La La Land to Moonlight. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Jimmy Kimmel and Warren Beatty laugh after correcting the Best Picture Oscar from La La Land to Moonlight. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Laura Harding in Los Angeles

Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel has described the chaos around the best picture announcement at the ceremony as "the weirdest TV finale since 'Lost'".

Kimmel was left standing amid the confusion on stage when 'La La Land' was wrongly declared the winner of the biggest prize of the night, which then was presented to 'Moonlight'.

'Bonnie And Clyde' stars Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were given the wrong card by the accountants overseeing the Oscar ballots.

Speaking on his late night talk show 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!', the comedian said: "Have any of you here ever hosted the Oscars before? Well, except for the end, it was a lot of fun. It was the weirdest TV finale since 'Lost'.

"As I'm sure you've at least heard, 'La La Land' was simultaneously somehow the biggest winner and loser last night. You know it's a strange night when the word envelope is trending on Twitter."

After showing a clip of a confused-looking Beatty leaving Dunaway to announce the wrong winner, Kimmel said: "Clyde threw Bonnie under the bus. It was a slick move."

Describing how the chaos unfolded, he said: "I'm sitting in the audience watching the speeches, the plan was for me to end the show from the audience in a seat next to Matt Damon.


"We're sitting there and we notice some commotion going on and Matt says, 'I think I heard the stage manager say they got the winner wrong'. ...

"So you just kind of figure, well, the host will go on stage and clear this up. And then I remember 'Oh I'm the host, so no one else is going to go', so I walk up the stairs."

He continued: "It was kind of scary in a way, the producer of 'La La Land' who thought he won, he was standing there holding an Oscar they were going to take away from him.

"My first instinct was to tell him to run, to take that Oscar and get out but he didn't.

"The audience is confused, the people standing around me are confused and I assume everyone at home is confused and I'm probably supposed to do something.

"I'm standing there like an idiot feeling bad for these guys but trying not to laugh to be honest and I see Denzel Washington in the front row trying to get my attention, he yells 'Barry'.

"Eventually I figured out that Barry Jenkins, the director of 'Moonlight', is standing behind me and Denzel wanted me to get him to the microphone to make a speech, which makes sense.

"Thank God Denzel was there to make sense."

Kimmel added after the show he played the "lead detective", saying: "You're like the sheriff of the show, Warren Beatty could be in prison right now if I wanted him to be."

Dunaway "made quite a getaway", Kimmel said, leaving immediately after the show.

Irish Independent

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