From what TMZ reports, it sounds like the show's writers plan to laugh off the screw-up at Sunday's ceremony.
Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty at the 89th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. He told Business Insider that a year ago he thought Beatty and Dunaway were just doing a comedic bit at first - until he was notified a minute and a half after the "La La Land" announcement that there was a mistake. When announcing the recipient of the night's top prize, the trophy was wrongly awarded to "La La Land" instead of the actual victor, "Moonlight". When Warren opened up the envelope, he looked a little confused and ultimately let Faye announce the victor. "I thought he was stalling. Warren's like that, he kind of holds the power - a dramatic pause".
The star also admitted that she "very guilty" about the blunder and a bit stung, saying: 'Yeah, completely.
"I had no idea that one shot of a card that says "Moonlight" will probably define my career for the rest of my life", Weiss told Business Insider over the phone.
Eventually, drawing his speech to a close, one producer announced: "We lost by the way. but you know". The pair were invited to present for best picture in honor of the 50th anniversary of their Oscar-winning movie Bonnie and Clyde. In addition to forbidding the use of cell phones and social media backstage at the ceremony, presenters and a stage manager will confirm the correct envelope is going on stage before an award is presented. Reputations were ruined, people were fired, apologies gushed, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences scrambled to fix its damaged image and its clearly broken stage-management arrangements.
PricewaterhouseCoopers, the company behind making sure the results are a closely guarded secret, later took the blame, and released a statement explaining what had gone wrong. Besides banning cellphones, the academy is adding a third balloting partner to the telecast, and bringing in PwC's USA chairman to provide oversight. It was later revealed that the presenters were given the wrong envelope. Many have assumed that returning host Jimmy Kimmel will directly address the gaffe this year.