How many times will the Oscars reference the Best Picture mishap?

Lena Tucker
March 7, 2018

Last year's announcement went famously awry when Dunaway announced that "La La Land" won best picture, only for that film's producer to tell a shocked audience that the real victor was "Moonlight". Hollywood found the mix-up so outrageous that the act was dubbed "envelopegate".

"This is the home stretch, nothing could possibly go wrong", deadpanned host Jimmy Kimmel as he introduced the pair on Sunday night.

You remember the drama of it all, right?


The legendary actress is opening up about last year's infamous mistake. "Why didn't I see Emma Stone's name on top of the card?"

With the fixes in place, they're using last year's show to remind people that Academy Awards can be the ultimate source of history unfolding on live TV. "Just out of curiosity, what was your focus the other 89 years?" Kimmel, who hosted the show 2nd year in running, said.

At the 2017 Oscars, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were famously given the wrong envelope, and mistakenly presented La La Land with the award for Best Picture instead of actual victor Moonlight. It was won by "The Shape of Water".

At last year's ceremony, Beatty stood alongside Dunaway as he opened the envelope, but appeared to look instantly confused. Aside from Orson Welles for Citizen Kane, Beatty is the only person to have been nominated for acting in, directing, writing, and producing the same film, and he did so twice: first for Heaven Can Wait (with Buck Henry as co-director), and again with Reds. "Presenting is better the second time around", Dunaway reportedly says, before Beatty jokes, "The victor is Gone with the Wind". The envelope was on full display when Eva Marie Saint presented the award for Best Costume Design.

The "scandal" became known as "envelopegate", with accounting firm PricewaterHouseCoopers revealing that one of their partners handed the Hollywood legends the wrong envelope. Last year, he was amusing, and he handled the best-picture "wrong envelope" chaos with some aplomb; this past year, he's proven more political with his talk show (from health-care to the president), so let's see where his monologue goes.

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