Jimmy Kimmel couldn’t help but reflect on the Oscars best picture debacle when he returned to his late night TV show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!
On Monday, the Academy Awards were marred by a mix up that meant best picture was initially awarded to the crew from La La Land, rather than the actual winner, Moonlight.
Kimmel, who hosted the Oscars, dedicated his show’s opening monologue to the embarrassing Academy blunder.
“I don’t know if you know this but I hosted the Oscars last night,” Kimmel joked on Monday during the opening of his ABC show.
“Except for the end, it was a lot of fun.”
“It went very well. We were chugging along and then, all of a sudden out of nowhere, it turned into a Maury Povich paternity test show,” he said.
“It was the weirdest TV finale since Lost.
“I’m sure you’ve at least heard, La La Land was simultaneously the biggest winner and loser last night … You know it’s a strange night when the word ‘envelope’ is trending on Twitter.”
In the final moments of the ceremony, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway presented the last award, but they were incorrectly given the best actress award envelope.
It was not until a few minutes after they announced the wrong winner that word of the mix-up got to the stage.
During the fiasco, Kimmel went up to the stage and jokingly took responsibility, quipping: “I knew I would screw this show up.”
Offering an insight into how the ceremony was supposed to have ended, Kimmel explained that he had intended to finish the show sitting next to Matt Damon.
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“The plan is for me to end the show from the audience next to Matt Damon, who, make no mistake – whatever confusion there was about who won – Matt Damon lost. He was a loser. He is a loser,” Kimmel said, continuing his running joke about the pair’s “feud”.
“But we’re sitting there and we notice some commotion going on and Matt says, ‘I think I heard the stage manager say they got the winner wrong,’ which is unusual, but you figure, well, the host will go onstage and clear this up. And then I remember, ‘Oh, I’m the host!'”
In the end, it was Denzel Washington who helped Kimmel take control of the situation, the comedian said.
“…So I’m standing there like an idiot feeling bad for these guys but also trying really hard not to laugh, to be honest, and now I see Denzel Washington in the front row trying to get my attention,” he said.
“And he says ‘Barry’ and eventually I figure out that Barry Jenkins, the director of Moonlight is standing behind me and Denzel wants me to get him to the microphone to make a speech which made sense. You know, thank God Denzel was there to make sense!”