Steve Harvey may be officially off the hook for his infamous Miss Universe gaffe. On Sunday, nearly 33 million viewers witnessed one of the most baffling moments in Oscars history. While the full forensic analysis of Envelopegate is still under way, initial evidence indicates that an employee of PricewaterhouseCoopers—the Oscars’ 83 year accounting partner—simply gave the wrong envelope to presenters Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty. Afterwards, the former Bonnie and Clyde stars proceeded to announce the wrong name and pandemonium ensued:
At the climactic moment backstage, a crew member shouted “Oh my God” as the jubilant producers of “La La Land” thanked their families. “He got the wrong envelope!”
It was one of the most surprising reversals in Oscar history, as human error combined with live television to powerful, jaw-dropping effect. It also warped and dampened the euphoria of film executives and artists who had spent years working on the two movies.
Host Jimmy Kimmel described the mix-up as “the weirdest TV finale since ‘Lost,’” with other commentators labeling it “the biggest mistake in academy history.” Envelopegate deservedly has etched its place on the Mount Rushmore of “biggest award-show fails of all time,” but whether it is the ultimate award-show fiasco is certainly still up for debate.
What do you think? Was the Oscars’ Best Picture Flub the Biggest Blunder in Award-Show History?
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