Faye Dunaway: Warren Beatty wasn't at fault for Oscars blunder
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Mar 02, 2017,
Mar 02, 2017, 3:02
That night, the Family Feud host mistakenly announced Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutiérrez, as the victor, then had to reverse and say the real victor was Miss Philippines, Pia Wurtzbach.
The screw-up marked the most embarrassing mistake in Oscars history, with the musical "La La Land" briefly declared the victor for best picture before organizers realized the flub. Cullinan had posted a photo of actress Emma Stone shortly after her Best Actress win on Twitter, which he later deleted.
Award presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced Ryan Gosling's film by mistake, and it was only realised after the movie's cast had taken to the stage. Warren Beatty apologised for the error, stating that he was't trying to be amusing while a confused-looking Jimmy Kimmel too came on the stage to take stock of the situation.
The mistake was the result of human error - an accountant handed Warren Beatty the wrong envelope, for goodness' sake.
Between Denzel Washington officiating their wedding and Mahershala Ali lending out his newly-won award, there were so many awesome moments. "The Academy Awards. Some of you will get to come up here tonight and give a speech that The President of The United States will tweet about in all caps during his 5 a.m. bowel movement tomorrow, and I think that's pretty darn excellent if you ask me".
Brian Cullinan, the PricewaterhouseCoopers accountant responsible for the Best Picture flub at the Oscars, has been removed from the show permanently, according to the Associated Press. "Denzel Washington is one of the people who taught me how to act and I've never met the man", he said. It had been the longest losing streak in Oscar history.
He acknowledged both the simplicity and paramount importance of his role during the show itself: "It doesn't sound very complicated", Cullinan said, "but you have to make sure you're giving the presenter the right envelope". "I wasn't trying to be amusing".
He turned his attention to the La La Land team: "I have to say, and it is true, it's not fake. Personally, I blame Steve Harvey for this", he said, name-checking the last person who made an epic mix-up on live TV.
After the #OscarsSoWhite controversies of the past two years, when only white actors were nominated, these awards redressed the imbalance with Viola Davis also winning best supporting actress for played the resilient wife of a former baseball star in Fences.
The whole world, therefore, was watching to see how Hollywood would react at the Oscars 2017, and unsurprisingly, it didn't disappoint. "I moved her when I was 15 and know what it felt like to go on audition after audition". The statement went on to read, "We are now investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred".