Oscars 2017: Jimmy Kimmel Reveals What Went Down During Best Picture Chaos

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In what he calls “the weirdest TV finale since ‘Lost,'” Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel is finally speaking out about what went down during the huge mix-up that led to presenters accidentally awarding “La La Land” with the Best Picture prize, when it should have actually gone to “Moonlight.” According to Kimmel, the entire bizarre event was just as chaotic in person as it looked on television.

During his monologue on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Monday night, the host broke down the snafu in detail, revealing that he was sitting in the audience watching the presentation, since he planned to end the show while doing one final bit with Matt Damon. But that bit never happened, because while the “La La Land” team was in the midst of accepting the award, Kimmel noticed the show’s stage manager come out onto the stage, something that never happens.

Here’s the INSIDE story of what happened at the craziest #Oscars ever last night… @TheAcademy @ABCNetwork pic.twitter.com/w6xgsoaXSM

— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) February 28, 2017

The host realized he should probably go up on stage, too, but still didn’t know what was going on. That’s when “La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz took the mic to reveal that “Moonlight” had actually won.

“It was kind of scary, in a way,” Kimmel said. ” … He’s standing there holding an Oscar that they’re now going to take away from him, and my first instinct was to tell him to run — take that Oscar and get out. But he didn’t. So now there’s mass confusion. The audience is confused, the people standing around me are confused, I assume everyone at home is confused, and I’m probably supposed to do something, because no one’s doing anything. And then Warren Beatty steps up to explain.”

Later, Kimmel and Beatty powwowed backstage (co-presenter Faye Dunaway, meanwhile, “got the hell out of there,” Kimmel said. “She wanted no part of this.”), where the presenter showed the host the incorrect Best Actress envelope and the pair tried to figure out how Beatty got that card in the first place. The rest of the night, the host said, was spent being accosted at the after parties by people clamoring to know what had happened.

While some of the pieces of the puzzle are starting to come together, Kimmel’s account is a great firsthand summation of the confusion and chaos that viewers saw on their screens Sunday night. While he pledged in his Oscars sign-off that he would never return to host, we kind of hope that he gets the chance to do so, if only to enjoy a less-crazy finish than the one he witnessed. Then again, at least he’s got a killer story to tell for the rest of time.

[via: Jimmy Kimmel/Twitter]

Oscars 2017: Twitter May be to Blame for PWC Envelope Mix-Up

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The representative from accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers responsible for handing off the wrong envelope at the Oscars, leading to the biggest snafu in Academy Awards history, may have been distracted by his Twitter feed at the time, according to reports.

Brian Cullinan, one of two reps from PwC stationed backstage at the ceremony, was identified as the person who gave presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway an extra copy of the Best Actress envelope, rather than the Best Picture envelope, leading to the erroneous announcement that “La La Land” had won the night’s top prize, instead of the true honoree, “Moonlight.” According to Variety, Cullinan was tweeting just minutes before the mix-up went down, and allegedly not keeping close enough track of the envelopes in his charge.

The trade reports:

Cullinan had been congratulating winners throughout the evening. After the wrong Best Picture winner was announced, he deleted the tweets from his Twitter account. Screengrabs reveal that Cullinan tweeted four times during the broadcast. … Three minutes before the fateful hand-off, Cullinan took a photo of Emma Stone clasping the gold statue she picked up for “La La Land.”

In an interview with Variety, PwC chairman and senior partner Tim Ryan, who was in the audience during Sunday’s show, explained Cullinan’s error.

[Cullinan] had a pile of envelopes for people entering from one side of the stage, while Martha Ruiz, another PwC partner, oversaw a separate pile for people entering from [her] side of the stage. Ryan said Cullinan simply pulled from wrong pile.

Ryan said he had spoken to Cullinan about the episode at length. “He feels very, very terrible and horrible. He is very upset about this mistake. And it is also my mistake, our mistake, and we all feel very bad,” Ryan said.

PwC, which had already issued a statement apologizing for its role in the error, released a second statement on social media on Monday night, further explaining Cullinan’s mistake. The accounting firm also admitted that Cullinan and Ruiz did not act quickly enough to correct the error, which ultimately led to three different “La La Land” producers delivering acceptance speeches before the mistake was announced and righted.


— PwC LLP (@PwC_LLP) February 28, 2017

According to Variety, PwC had no comment on Cullinan’s alleged tweets. While it remains to be seen whether the accountant will lose his job over this, he should probably lay off of social media for a while.

[via: Variety]

The Director of ‘The Host’ Wants You to Meet His New Giant Creature In First ‘Okja’ Trailer

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When Netflix first started pursuing producing its own original movies and TV shows, the industry raised its eyebrows, curious. There wasn’t really a model for their method yet. The closest comparison was the subscriber-based HBO, but even then their original movies are usually small scale, modestly budgeted dramas. When Netflix paid $12 million for Beasts of No Nation, eyebrows raised even further.

But that was two years ago. Netflix is spending more and more on its original productions these days, and it’s no longer competing with HBO-scale movies, but blockbuster fare as well. This week we got the first teaser for Bright, a Will Smith-starring fantasy movie that Netflix ponied up an unprecedented $90 million for. And today we got the teaser trailer for Okja, a $50…
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