Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway to Return to Oscars to Hand Out Best Picture

This time they may just get it right

Last Updated: March 2, 2018 @ 11:03 AM

It was the Oscar flub seen around the world last year, but now Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway are getting a re-do.

The two “Bonnie and Clyde” stars were spotted rehearsing at the Dolby Theatre on Thursday night to present the Best Picture Oscar at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony, according to multiple media reports.

Reps for the Academy and the two stars have not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment. TMZ was the first to report the news of their return.

To refresh everyone’s memory: Beatty incorrectly announced “La La Land” as the Best Picture at the end of the 2017 awards show. The producers of “La La Land” had to hand over the Best Picture Oscar to the team behind “Moonlight” — the film that truly won Best Picture.

It turned out that Beatty and Dunaway  had been given an envelope containing the name of “La La Land” star Emma Stone, the winner for Best Actress.

They misunderstood it to mean “La La Land” had won. But it was unclear why they would have been given the wrong envelope — until it came to light that the chaos stemmed from a rep for the Oscars’ accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.

A distracted and star-struck accountant (Brian Cullinan) had been violating the rules by tweeting from backstage during the show. PwC issued an apology after the show and said it was investigating what went wrong. Cullinan was reluctant to acknowledge that he’d given Beatty the wrong envelope and correct his error when it happened; and a second accountant (Martha Ruiz) equally reluctant to do her job, which was to immediately stop the show if an incorrect winner was announced, according to TheWrap’s Steve Pond.

Cullinan bears the brunt of the responsibility, but the damage would have been less if he had more legible envelopes, a less chaotic backstage environment, presenters who could have figured out the problem before announcing an incorrect winner, and a partner who reacted more quickly, Pond reported.

Read more on what the Academy is doing to avoid another envelope disaster.

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