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Here's How The Oscars Addressed The "Envelopegate" Snafu At This Year's Ceremony

Spoiler: Everything was fine this time around.

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You remember the drama of it all, right?

Picture it: Faye Dunaway standing beside a bewildered-looking Warren Beatty, as she took the envelope from him and confidently announced that La La Land had won Best Picture.

Then moments later Jordan Horowitz, producer of the "winning" film, rushed to the microphone and said, "There's a mistake. Moonlight, you guys won Best Picture."

Horowitz reiterated that this wasn't a joke and was in fact very, very real. He even went as far as holding up the card featuring text of the actual winning film as definitive proof — it was a MOMENT.


They even parodied it in their promos for Sunday's show, with Beatty serving as therapist for Kimmel as he struggled to come to terms with the mess.

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Kimmel said the chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers, the company that administers the Oscar voting process, said that its "singular focus" this year would be "delivering the correct envelopes." Kimmel then joked, "Just out of curiosity, what was your focus the other 89 years?"


Finally, when the time for Best Picture came, Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty graced the stage, just like they did during the 2017 ceremony, but things went more smoothly this year.

But still, Del Toro made sure they had the right envelope — just in case.

Guillermo del Toro checked for himself... 'The Shape of Water' wins Best Picture! #Oscars


PricewaterhouseCoopers oversees the Oscars voting process. A previous version of this post misstated the company’s role.

Michael Blackmon is an entertainment writer with BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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