Today marked the anniversary of the mess at last year's Oscars, when the wrong Best Picture was announced. While we all know the story, a lot of players on stage and behind-the-scenes gave their play-by-play of what happened in those few minutes, and the aftermath. It's pretty long, insane, hilarious, and great (you should read it all), but I picked a few rather ridiculous quotes from it.
Other people who commented in the story include a whole lotta Academy execs and producers, the unfortunate producers of La La Land, Jimmy Kimmel of course, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, Ryan Gosling, Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali, David Oyelowo, Warren Beatty, and those below.
-- Busy Phillips (actor):
Then I'm like, "I'm sitting next to Ben Affleck — he can stop the show because he's fucking Batman!" I kind of grabbed his arm — we're not friends, but I was like, "You have to do something! Do something!"
-- Jennifer Todd (Oscars producer):
I said, "Oh, my God, we're having the Steve Harvey Oscars!"
-- Annette Bening (actress, Warren Beatty's wife):
[Warren] took the envelopes home, but he gave Barry Jenkins his for winning for Moonlight. [As for the other one,] I don't know. Maybe it's still in my house.
-- Lisa Taback (Oscars consultant for both La La La and Moonlight):
Now I stand up and Damien's parents are looking at me with confusion: "What should we do? Now what?!" I said, "Don't worry — Damien got his Oscar. It's OK. I'm going backstage."Bonus comment from Steve Harvey himself:
When he walked out there and snatched that card out of Warren's hand, that's when I knew redemption was mine. I was finally off the hook. But the Oscars is the biggest night in Hollywood, and when they did it, I lit a cigar and drank a glass of scotch and celebrated. I was free! Thank you, God!