Jimmy Kimmel is back as host of the Academy Awards on Sunday and one year later, he’s still trying to figure out how the epic Best Picture gaffe happened.
“I still don’t know how it happened,” Kimmel says of the Best Picture mix-up where “La La Land” was mistakenly announced as the Best Picture winner by presenters Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty instead of the true winner, “Moonlight”. The producers of “La La Land” were already in the middle of their acceptance speeches, Oscars in hand, when the broadcast’s producers ran onto the stage to review the envelopes.
When Kimmel took the stage after the mistake had been realized, he made a joke out of it amid the confusion.”Warren, what did you do?!” he exclaimed after “La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz announced “Moonlight” as the true winner.
“I’m still not clear on how the wrong envelope got into Warren Beatty’s hands. Colour-coding might be a nice thing to think of this time around,” Kimmel suggests. “I’ll be honest, it might be funny if it happened again.”
In an interview with “Good Morning America” reporter Paula Faris, Kimmel says accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, who are entrusted with the envelopes announcing the winners, are really going to have to be on the ball this year.
“The biggest safeguard there is is that this company, PricewaterhouseCoopers will literally go out of business if they do it a second time, so I think they’re going to be very, very careful,” he laughs.