Jimmy Kimmel shares what it was like behind the scenes at the 2017 Oscars when the wrong best-picture winner was called and how it happened.
Jimmy Kimmel didn't get much sleep after hosting the 2017 Oscars on Sunday night. He went right into taping his ABC late-night show "Jimmy Kimmel Live" the next day and gave his audience a recap of what the awards experience was like, including the epic blunder in which "La La Land" was erroneously named best picture before the honor was correctly given to "Moonlight."
"What a weird thing. Have any of you ever hosted the Oscars before?" Kimmel joked on Monday night's show. "Except for the end, it was a lot of fun."
Kimmel continued to poke fun at what was easily the biggest mistake in Oscars history, in which left people were onstage confused while the mix-up was sorted out.
"It was the weirdest TV finale since 'Lost,'" the host said. "I'm sure you've at least heard, 'La La Land' was simultaneously the biggest winner and loser last night. You know it's a strange night when the word 'envelope' is trending on Twitter."
Presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, it turns out, received the wrong envelope — a duplicate of the one naming Emma Stone as best actress for "La La Land" instead of the one for best picture.
"What we know is Warren was confused, so he handed it to Faye and let her read the winner — in other words, Clyde threw Bonnie under the bus," Kimmel joked, referring to the acting legends' 1967 film, "Bonnie and Clyde."
Some "La La Land" producers got onstage and gave speeches before word got around from the stage manager that the wrong winner was called.
"You kind of figure the host will go onstage and clear this up," Kimmel said. "And then I remember, 'Oh, I'm the host.'"
He said he walked up to the stage only to find "La La Land" producer Jordan Horowitz clearing up the error and asking the "Moonlight" team to come accept the best-picture award. Horowitz was widely praised on social media for the way he handled the confusion and disappointment Sunday.
"It was kind of scary in a way," Kimmel said. "That was the producer of 'La La Land' who thought he won. He's standing there holding an Oscar that they're now going to take away from him. My first instinct was to tell him to run."
Kimmel said it was "mass confusion" for everyone at the awards (and for those watching at home), as producers and cast members for both movies were onstage together sorting things out.
"I'm standing there like an idiot feeling bad for these guys — but also trying really hard not to laugh," he added.
Apparently Denzel Washington called out "Barry," hinting for Kimmel to get Barry Jenkins, the director of "Moonlight," to finally make a speech for best picture, which he did, before the night finally ended. But Kimmel on Monday wanted to make clear he had no hand in the best-picture mistake.
"People started speculating, people around me said, 'Did you pull a prank of some kind?'" Kimmel said. "I did not pull a prank. If I pulled a prank, by the way, I wouldn't have just had the wrong winner's name on the envelope. When they opened it, there would have been a Bed Bath & Beyond coupon."
Kimmel also described how the error happened. Though Stone said she never gave up her best-actress card, there are two cards made for each category, "just to make it more confusing," Kimmel joked.
"It wasn't Warren Beatty's fault," he said. "And Faye Dunaway made quite a getaway. She got the hell out of there. She read the wrong name and she split. She wanted no part of it. She was smart, too. And then I spent the whole rest of the night answering questions about it. It was quite an evening."
At least Kimmel has his wicked sense of humor about the whole thing.