Faye Dunaway is finally speaking out about her part in the Oscars Best Picture fiasco in February.


At the 2017 Oscars, La La Land was mistakenly named Best Picture by Dunaway and her presenting partner Warren Beatty. Moonlight was the actual winner of the show-stopping category, but Dunaway read the wrong name.

PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm responsible for Oscar voting, accidentally handed Beatty the envelope containing the Best Actress winner, which was Emma Stone for La La Land. As Beatty read the card and looked around unsure what to do, Dunaway snatched the card away from him and read the only film’s name that appeared on the card. Moments later the mistake was corrected and the cast of Moonlight was called to the stage to correct their award.

Dunaway appeared on NBC Nightly News and told host Lester Hold her side of the story. She explained that she thought her co-presenter was just being silly and pausing for dramatic effect. She says she read the film title on the card and didn’t even notice Stone’s name. She says she felt “completely stunned” and later guilty at the mishap.

“I said, ‘You’re impossible.’ …You know, he’s charming, he makes you wait, and he’s just the best in all those ways,” she told Holt. “But the show was going late, and I was trying to tell him, ‘Come on, let’s get on with it,’ and I read the name of the film on the card. And it was the wrong name.”

When asked if she was angry about the incident, Dunaway replied, “No, I was very guilty. I thought I could have done something, surely.” She revealed that is it still not something she and Beatty can laugh about yet.

See the entire interview below.

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