During his monologue in Monday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live”, the Oscar host discussed the epic flub that saw “La La Land” mistakenly presented with the Academy Award for Best Picture, which should have been presented to “Moonlight”.
“Except for the end, it was a lot of fun,” quipped Kimmel of his Academy Awards experience. “All of a sudden out of nowhere it turned into one of those Maury Povich maternity test shows. It was the weirdest TV finale since ‘Lost’.”
He added: “You know it’s a strange night when the word ‘envelope’ is trending on Twitter.”
As Kimmel explains, he had a very different ending in mind for the show. “The plan is for me to end the show in the audience from a seat next to Matt Damon… and whatever confusion there was about who won, Matt Damon lost.”
While waiting for the speeches to conclude, Kimmel recalls that he and Damon began to notice some commotion with the stage manager onstage, and Damon remarked, “I think they got the winner wrong.”
“So we’re sitting there and you just kind of figure, well, the host will go onstage and clear this up. And then I remember, ‘Oh, I’m the host.'”
After a bit of explanation about the envelope snafu that took place, Kimmel confirmed that presenter Warren Beatty was handed the wrong card, and lobbed a joke at co-presenter Faye Dunaway. “Faye Dunaway made quite a getaway,” Kimmel joked. “She got the hell out of there. She read the wrong name and she split. She wanted no part of it.”
On Wednesday, Kimmel explained the scrapped joke ending with Damon.
“The plan for the last joke was, the Best Picture winner is announced, they make a speech, I was assuming the Best Picture was not going to be ‘Manchester by the Sea’. I said to [Damon], “If it’s not ‘Manchester by the Sea,’ I’m going to be sitting next to you and it’s going to be my revenge for the Emmys,” he said during an appearance on “The Bill Simmons Podcast”.
Kimmel elaborates: “I’d be sitting next to him and it would start on me. I’d start wrapping the show up but then the camera would widen and we’d see that Matt would be sitting next to me and I would say, ‘Well, you know it’s unbelievable, you know Casey [Affleck] won [best actor] and Kenneth [Lonergan] won [best original screenplay]. There’s only one person who didn’t win tonight and it’s you.’ It would have been a nice little button to the whole night.”
And although the planned ending never happened, Damon was only too happy to keep the feud going after the show. “I was the one person who wasn’t surprised that it all got screwed up,” Damon told ET, jokingly blaming Kimmel for the screw-up. “That’s what they [get] for hiring Jimmy. You know, they got what they paid for.”