One night after the Oscars, “Late Late Show” host James Corden tried to make sense of the flub that occurred when “La La Land” was erroneously named Best Picture instead of “Moonlight.”
“When this happened, I bet Hillary Clinton was like, ‘Yeah, welcome to my world,'” Corden said on Monday night’s episode of the show. He went on to explain that presenters Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty were given the wrong envelope and “were expected to make it work.”
“Basically, they were the Sean Spicer of the Oscars!” said Corden. “Warren Beatty looked so confused… and then he opened the envelope.”
On Sunday, the two co-presenters accidentally awarded “La La Land” with the big prize of the night, until people realized there had been some sort of mistake.
“This is not a joke. ‘Moonlight’ has won best picture,” said “La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz, after the “La La Land” team had given acceptance speeches. The “La La Land” crew then graciously handed over the award.
Donald Trump didn’t tweet during the show (which prompted Kimmel to directly tweet at the president during the live show), but later said that the mistake happened because everyone was so focused on politics.
“I think they were focused so hard on politics that they didn’t get the act together at the end,” Trump told Breitbart News. “It was a little sad. It took away from the glamour of the Oscars. It didn’t feel like a very glamorous evening. I’ve been to the Oscars. There was something very special missing, and then to end that way was sad.”
“At least someone was focused on his administration!” Corden said. “How can Donald Trump think he’s distracting accountants? He doesn’t even pay taxes!”
But the biggest mistake of the night wasn’t the Best Picture flub, said Corden. It was when the Academy used a picture of a producer still alive for a producer that had passed away in the In Memoriam reel.
“Sure it’s bad to think you won Best Picture when you didn’t, but how about being told you’re dead when you’re not?” he said. “This would send me into a deep existential funk!”
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