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On Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway and the Oscar Confusion

I’ve been thinking about last night’s Academy Awards confusion, when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway incorrectly announced that “La La Land” had won Best Picture when “Moonlight” actually had, and I’ve concluded that it could have been avoided.

How? The answer lies in the words.

Beatty, to this credit, took the stage and explained that the card he held said “Emma Stone, La La Land.” Stone had just won for Best Actress, so there was no way Emma Stone had won Best Picture (she wasn’t even nominated for Best Picture!). Beatty and Dunaway should have known better. I also noticed that neither was wearing glasses; they should have, and if they don’t own glasses, they should.

Besides, when the real winning card was held up for the cameras, it clearly said not only the name of the winning movie and the winning producers, it also said the name of the category, albeit in smaller type at the bottom of the card (want to bet the motion picture academy makes the category larger in the future?). That is something else the presenters should have caught.

Granted, the people backstage who knew the mistake didn’t move fast enough, allowing for too many “La  La Land” people to take the stage and give speeches, and the whole mess made for such great TV that my wife asked to rewatch it, at which time she saw Stone mouth, “Oh my god” several times as tuxedo-clad backstage people scrambled amongst the thought-they-were-winners to get it right.

But I put the blame on Beatty and Dunaway for not reading the card carefully enough.

Until next time! Use the right words!


February 27, 2017 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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