Almost two months have passed since Faye Dunaway became part of You Screwed Up history with Warren Beatty and the PwC Accountants when she accidentally announced La La Land as the Best Picture winner of the 89th Academy Awards. Two months seems like more than enough time to recover from such an embarrassing public moment. I’m of course basing this solely off of how long it took me to recover from my own most embarrassing moment (3 weeks for projectile vomiting at a friend’s boss’ house after their staff Christmas party). But apparently two months isn’t enough time to heal the wound that opened up on Faye’s ego on Oscar night.
Faye did an interview with Lester Holt for Today to promote her new movie, The Case for Christ, and she talked about the Best Picture mistake:
“It’s a moment I still have not recovered from. We had planned to come on stage, do some banter, see the film clips. Then Warren was supposed to open the envelope, and then for suspense, pass me the card to read the winner. We rehearsed the whole thing. What happened that night was Warren opened the envelope, took the card out and didn’t speak…I was trying to tell him, ‘Let’s get on with it.’ And I read the name of the film on the card. And it was the wrong name.”
Oh, you rehearsed the whole thing? Please elaborate. Because from what we’ve heard, it sounds like Faye and Warren were one dirty look away from replacing each other’s Maalox with extra-strength laxatives.
Faye adds that she felt “very guilty” and wonders why she didn’t see Emma Stone’s name on the top of the card. Faye, that’s a question to ask your optometrist. As for how she and Warren fumbled so badly, she thinks it had something to do with being in front of all those people with the history they’ve had (they were celebrating the 50th anniversary of Bonnie and Clyde).
When asked if she and Warren can laugh about it now, she replied “Not really.” Because of course not, Lester! She just said she hasn’t recovered yet. But also, that’s probably something a throat doctor would recommend. I’m pretty sure if you put Faye and Warren in the same room together, they’re just going to screaming each other until they both lose their voices.