This year’s Academy Awards ceremony was marred by a jaw-dropping mix-up that saw Best Picture presenters Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty presented with the wrong envelope, leading them to announce the wrong winner of the year’s best movie thanks to an inattentive, Twitter-obsessed rep from the accounting firm that tabulates the results.
While Beatty has repeatedly spoken out about his side of the story, his co-presenter is finally breaking her silence about what happened on the Oscar stage in a new interview with “NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt.
“We took the card out, and he didn’t say anything,” says Dunaway, 76, of her 80-year-old “Bonnie and Clyde” co-star. “He paused, he looked over me, off stage… and I finally said, ‘You’re impossible!’” she recalls.
“I thought he was joking,” she added. “I thought he was stalling. Warren’s like that, he kind of holds the power… but it’s part of his charm. I read the name of the film on the card.”
That name, however, was for the previous award, Best Actress, which went to Emma Stone for “La La Land”, while the envelope they weren’t given had the name of the actual winner, “Moonlight”, resulting in what is arguably the venerable award show’s most awkward onstage moment.
“You don’t know what has happened,” she says of what she was experiencing at that moment. “I [felt] very guilty — I thought I could have done something, surely, why couldn’t I have seen Emma Stone’s name on the card?”
The entire interview will air Tuesday morning on “Today”.