Sixth Sense director jokes after unforeseen Oscars gaffe
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Feb 27, 2017,
Feb 27, 2017, 17:24
La La Land, the movie mistakenly announced as Best Picture, still managed to come out as the top victor of the evening, taking home six awards in total - for Best Original Score, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Original Song, Best Director and Best Actress.
Somehow, they fucked it up. Then something excruciating happened.
Unfortunately, Britney made the decision to introduce him as the "Artist Of The Millennium", leaving the King Of Pop to make an uncomfortable acceptance speech, believing he'd won the accolade, and while bosses had hoped to celebrate his talents with an Award Of Merit, that wasn't quite the title he took away from it all. Barry Jenkins and producer Adele Romanski accepted the award while trying to make sense of what was happening to them.
But how did it happen?
To understand how Dunaway and Beatty got it so, so wrong we have to rewind a little bit.
Accountants from Price Waterhouse Cooper - which tabulates the Oscar votes - do keep two sets of winners during the ceremony.
Though the snafu has calmed down on their end, it hasn't for PricewaterhouseCoopers: The Guardian writes that the company's investigation "will focus on a provision meant to make the system failsafe", which are the identical envelopes "held in the wings in case anything should go wrong with a presenter or an envelope". They are escorted by security everywhere they go.
Who is aware of the Oscar winners before they are announced?
Towards the end you can hear Beatty say "It says "Emma Stone" before Dunaway exclaims "What?!".
Moonlight won Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
Manchester by the Sea, the first Amazon-produced film to be nominated for and win at the Oscars, was also heavily favored to take home Best Picture.
This theory is believable because Leo has a revenge motive. After all, he has lost at the Oscars five times and won only once. "Everyone was asking, 'Can I see the card?' And he was like, 'No, Barry Jenkins has to see the card, I need him to know.' And I felt better about what had happened". But there's a twist. Beatty confirmed, attributing the mix-up to being handed the wrong envelope, in which the name of La La Land actress Emma Stone was printed.
So you see, Warren Beatty, things could be worse.
A stagehand actually realized Beatty had the wrong card after he had stepped on stage.. If that's true, it sounds like Beatty just fucked up, rather than some kind of dastardly Leo plot.
Cullinan, the managing partner for PwC's business in Southern California, explained the envelope logistics in an interview published on Medium on February 10. As things stand, this is his first Best Director Oscar nom.
It was an honest mistake, and it had to be corrected. Her turn as a young woman who defies socially prescribed choices to follow her dreams, took her out of her career comfort zone into a genre that required her to sing and dance in addition to act on screen.
At least the good guys won.