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Jimmy Kimmel Talks 'Crazy' Oscars Mixup: 'Trying Really Hard Not To Laugh'

On Monday night's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live', the host talked about the craziness that ensued when the Oscar for Best Picture was given to the wrong movie at the 89th Academy Awards.

"It was a lot of fun, until the end," he said. "It was going very well, we were chugging along, and then all of a sudden, out of nowhere it turned into one of those Maury Povich paternity test shows."

After showing a clip of Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway presenting the award to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their movie Bonnie and Clyde, Kimmel joked: "See what Warren did there? He was confused, so he let Faye read the winner. In other words, Clyde threw Bonnie under the bus."

"It was the weirdest TV finale since 'Lost,'" Kimmel cracked.

The comedian said he was sitting next to Matt Damon in the audience when the mixup happened.

"We're sitting there and we notice some commotion going on," Kimmel said. "And Matt says, 'I think I heard the stage manager say they got the winner wrong.' So you just kind of figure, well, the host will go onstage and clear this up. And then I remember, oh I'm the host."

Three 'La La Land' producers gave acceptance speeches before the error was announced and 'Moonlight' producers ere handed the award.

"So we have the producers of two movies on stage," Kimmel said. "Who the hell even knows who is who from which movie? I'm standing there like an idiot, feeling bad for these guys — but also trying really hard not to laugh, to be honest."

Kimmel said it was actually Denzel Washington, sitting in the front row, who got his attention as he shouted "Barry!"

"Eventually I figured out that Barry Jenkins, the director of 'Moonlight', is standing behind me and Denzel wanted me to get him to the microphone to make a speech, which makes sense," Kimmel said. "Thank God Denzel was there to make sense."

"I spent the whole rest of the night answering questions about it," he laughed. "It was quite an evening, it really was."

February 28, 2017 |

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