Faye Dunaway Says She Feels Guilty About The Infamous Oscars Blunder

It’s been almost two months since that awkward Oscars blunder.

The historic moment saw award presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announce La La Land as ‘Best Picture’ instead of the real winner Moonlight.

But now that the controversy has calmed down, Hollywood favourite Dunaway is finally speaking out about the biggest scandal in Oscars history.


Talking to NBC Nightly News, Faye opened up for the first time about the mishap, saying,

He took the card out and he didn’t say anything. He paused… looked over me, offstage… looked around and I finally said, ‘You’re impossible!’ And I thought he was joking, I thought he was stalling. Warren’s like that, he kind of holds the power – a dramatic pause! It’s part of his charm.

She continued,

I feel very guilty. I thought I could have done something, surely. Why didn’t I see Emma Stone’s name on top of the card?

She also admits that she wasn’t angry at her Bonnie and Clyde co-star for misreading the card.

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But it’s clear that the mistake wasn’t Dunaway’s, or Beatty’s, fault.

PwC admitted their employees were at fault just hours after the mistake occurred live on the Oscars stage.

Although the Academy will still work with the firm, all their staff are now banned from having their phones backstage.

Warren Beatty has described the incident as chaotic.


Talking to UK chat show host Graham Norton, Beatty explained why he proceeded to read out the card, saying,

I thought well, maybe this is a misprint. And then, I shouldn’t foul up the show just because someone made a little error.

He continued,

My instructions were to take the envelope when I walked out. I couldn’t have it before that. And then I go out, and then I say something, and then I open the envelope and then I give it to Faye and she then says what it says.