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Faye Dunaway, Hollywood legend who announced wrong winner at Oscars, breaks silence

Hollywood legend Faye Dunaway, who along with Warren Beatty mistakenly announced La La Land instead of Moonlight as the Best Picture winner, breaks silence.

hollywood Updated: Apr 25, 2017 10:53 IST
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Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway present the Best Picture. (REUTERS)

Actor Faye Dunaway says she thought co-presenter Warren Beatty was joking when he paused before showing her the envelope that should have contained the Oscar’s best picture winner.

Dunaway tells Lester Holt on NBC Nightly News she thought Beatty was stalling for effect.

Dunaway read La La Land as best picture winner rather than Moonlight after PwC partner Brian Cullinan mistakenly handed them the back-up envelope for Actress in a Leading Role instead of the envelope for Best Picture.

Martha Ruiz (R, in red) and Brian Cullinan (upper R) of PricewaterhouseCoopers confer on stage after the Best Picture was mistakenly awarded to La La Land instead of Moonlight. Accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers, who oversee the ballots, said presenters Warren Beatty (front R) and Faye Dunaway had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope. (REUTERS)

She says she read the movie’s title on the card but didn’t notice Emma Stone’s name.

Dunaway says she felt “completely stunned” and later felt guilty because she thought she could have done something to prevent the debacle.

Holt’s interview with Dunaway will air Tuesday on the Today show.

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First Published: Apr 25, 2017 10:53 IST