Not only has Denzel Washington won two Oscars, the nine-time Academy Award nominee also played a crucial role in keeping the 2017 awards show from going off the rails after the unfortunate envelope switch that resulted in “La La Land” wrongly named as the year’s Best Picture (“Moonlight” was the actual winner).
During a Tuesday appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, Washington was lauded by the host for keeping his cool during those panicked few minutes on live television.
“I want to thank you for something, and I don’t even know if you’re aware of this, but when I hosted the Oscars — not last year, but the year before — I was on stage and of course there was a little mix-up at the end of the show,” Kimmel said.
“And I was confused, as was everyone, except for you, because I didn’t know what exactly to do. And I looked out in the audience and you’re looking at me and you point at Barry Jenkins, the director of ‘Moonlight’, and you go (motion), bring him to the mic.”
‘”So, I saved the Oscars,” Washington joked, with Kimmel quipping, “You saved me and the Oscars!”
As the studio audience cheered, Washington took a bow. “I didn’t win an Oscar,” he said, “I just saved it.”
Later in the interview, Washington explains why he chooses not to use apps. Watch: