If ever the phrase “You couldn’t write the script” applied it was at 11pm last night at The Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.
This was the ultimate in ‘Fake News’.
As Jordan Horowitz and his team whooped for joy and emptied their hearts to delighted audience with La La Land picking up its seventh Oscar of the evening a podgy producer bashed onto the stage and had a rather ungainly exchange with Warren Beatty, essentially accusing him (sotto voce) of being a fucking blithering idiot and giving the Oscar to the wrong movie.
Jordan Horowitz, the movie’s writer, and his team, handled this farcical ignominy with incredible humility.
Warren Beatty looked, of course, like a fool. And that’s because, he is. The envelope read “Emma Stone, La La Land’ not “La La Land , Best Picture” but in his confusion he hospital-passed the envelope to Faye Dunaway to read it out through her veil of blithe ignorance.
What a gentleman.
He should, the consumate professional that he is, have called to a stage producer to explain the unexpected contents.
But now he will go down in history as the man that was too vain to ask for help. Someone should write a song about it.
It was left to Jimmy Kimmel to wrap a great presenter’s performance (I only saw the beginning and the end of the show) by personally taking the blame and thanking the audience for his ‘one time only’ presenter role.
Bravo Jordan Horowitz and Jimmy Kimmel.
And well done Moonlight.