The 89th edition of the Academy Awards won't be remembered for the Justin Timberlake opening number, the deserved recognition given to African American actors and filmmakers or the stunt that saw a group of tourists pranked on international television. That Warren Beatty mix-up that saw producers from La La Land give two acceptance speeches before the title of Best Picture had to be handed over to Moonlight encompassed the 2017 event in the most unprecedented of fashions.
Producer Michael De Luca attempted to make sense of the situation as he relived the moment where he had to interfere in the stuff up. Speaking with KCRW's The Business radio show, De Luca likened the faux pas to a major catastrophe.
"I heard (fellow producer) Jennifer Todd next to me," started De Luca. "It was like the Hindenburg report. I literally heard, 'Oh my God! He got the wrong envelope!' And then it was slow motion. You perceive things slowly as the adrenaline rises and the cortisol floods your system... We have a producers' table backstage, and that's where Jen and I were. It's where we watched the whole show. My concern was getting (host) Jimmy (Kimmel) up there and saying, 'Goodnight, everybody.' But to Jimmy's credit, he was already on the way. He was sitting with Matt Damon to do the scripted final bit — it was going to be a kicker with Matt — and he saw what was happening and jumped onstage."
Dwayne Rocked As His Face Told A Tale
😂 You can literally see my wheels spinnin' on whether or not I should hit the stage and take down an Oscars producer who I thought went rogue and was trying to sabotage our final moment of the night as La La Land was accepting for Best Picture. Seconds before this I saw out of the corner of my eye, the producer saying loudly, "NO IT'S MOONLIGHT, the winner is MOONLIGHT!" as he walked up onto the stage. When he walked on stage, I remember sitting up and saying to @laurenhashianofficial, "What the f*cks he doing?". She grabbed my arm and said, "Oh my God, they made a mistake". The rest was history. In crazy moments like that, we need leaders to step up and take charge... I give La La Land producer, Jordan Horowitz much respect for stepping up to the mic and calling the Moonlight filmmakers and actors to the stage to accept their award. Thankfully, Jordan gave us the clarity we needed, because as much as I love and adore Meryl, I was willing to rumble over her to take down the producer going rogue. 😂 No business like show business. #Oscars #ThatLook #MattDamonWasReadyToGoBourne #IWasReadyToGoHobbs #LetsDoThis
Taking to Instagram, Dwayne Johnson posted a hilarious image that summarized the emotion in the room on Sunday evening. With stunned faces across the board from Mel Gibson to Matt Damon, Meryl Streep and The Rock himself, the actor admitted that he wanted to leap on stage and stop the producer from "going rogue."
He would give huge credit to La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz who accepted the awkward and uncomfortable situation with good grace. But this picture does not have to tell you a thousand words, just the three - "WTF?"
Casey Finally Addresses Assault Talk
As Casey Affleck's Best Actor win clearly divided Hollywood. Never mind that he had sexual assault advocates up in arms. And now the man himself addressed the controversy. Well, sort of.
"I believe that any kind of mistreatment of anyone for any reason is unacceptable and abhorrent, and everyone deserves to be treated with respect in the workplace and anywhere else," remarked the winner to The Boston Globe. "There's really nothing I can do about it. Other than live my life the way I know I live it and to speak to what my own values are and how I try to live by them all the time."