Faye Dunaway Finally Speaks Out About Her Part In Historic Oscar Flub
Faye Dunaway has finally spoken about her part in the historic 2017 Oscars flub that resulted in calling the wrong winner for best picture of the year.
During her appearance Tuesday on the “Today” show, the 76-year-old actress said she has still “not recovered” from the night when she and Warren Beatty were handed the wrong card at the 89th Annual Academy Awards show and mistakenly called out “La La Land” as the winner for best picture instead of the actual winner “Moonlight.” (RELATED: Michael Moore, Other Celebs Compare Shocking Oscar Ending To 2016 Election)
“It’s a moment I still have not recovered from,” Dunaway said. “What happened that night was Warren opened the envelope, took the card out and didn’t speak.” (RELATED: Spicer: President Trump Will Not Watch The Academy Awards This Year)
She told “Today” host Lester Holt that she just thought Beatty was trying to be dramatic and add suspense for the show.
“He’s charming, you know?” Dunaway explained. “He makes you wait. And I read the name of the film on the card and it was the wrong name.”
“I was very guilty,” she added. “I thought, I could have done something, surely. Why didn’t I see Emma Stone’s name on the top of the card?”
“But something about that moment … just combined to make us both not able to perform what normally one would perform,” she continued. “Normally, we would say, ‘This is the wrong card.’ But it didn’t happen that way.”