“I could have done something, surely. Why didn’t I see Emma Stone’s name on the top of the card?” Dunaway said, adding that she feels “very guilty” about the mix-up.
Dunaway, who incorrectly announced “La La Land” as the Best Picture winner over “Moonlight” alongside co-presenter Warren Beatty, also walked through what was going through her head on stage.
“[Beatty] took the card out, and he didn’t say anything,” she said. “He paused. He looked over me, offstage. He looked around. And I finally said, ‘You’re impossible.’ I thought he was joking. I mean, I thought he was stalling. Warren’s like that. He kind of holds the power and makes people … a dramatic pause.”
At the ceremony last February, Dunaway and Beatty were handed the wrong card as they were entering the stage to present the final award of the night. Beatty was given a duplicate card naming “La La Land” star Emma Stone the Best Actress winner, which Dunaway mistakenly interpreted to mean the film had won Best Picture.
The mix-up forced producers to step in and announce Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” as the rightful winner after the cast and producers of “La La Land” were already on stage to accept an award they hadn’t won.
“We were — I won’t say deers in the headlight — but you are completely stunned. You don’t know what has happened,” Dunaway said.