Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty will present the Best Picture Oscar ... again ... "It's so nice seeing you again", Beatty told the audience, to which Dunaway responded, "As they say, presenting is lovelier the second time around".
Last year, Beatty handed his "Bonnie and Clyde" co-star the envelope to read that the victor was ...
Actors Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty are returning to the Oscars on Sunday to hand out the Best Picture Academy award, after last year's badly botched victor presentation.
"The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected", PricewaterhouseCoopers, the company responsible for the Oscars on-site accountants, said in a statement after the ceremony. Fellow comic-book hero Chadwick Boseman (aka Black Panther) will be at the Dolby Theatre, as will Dave Chappelle, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sandra Bullock and Emma Stone.
The nine Best Picture nominees (I've named two; without looking, try to write down the other seven) are lacking not in quality, but in the hype and histrionics that veteran Oscar-watchers are used to seeing up for the biggest prize. Beatty was confused by what he saw on the card, "so he let her read the victor". But numerous categories were close to being foregone conclusions: nobody needed to open the envelopes to know what was inside them.
Minutes later while the filmmakers behind La La Land were celebrating, the show's producers stormed the stage and eventually Moonlight was rightfully given the award. Jimmy Kimmel hosted for a second year in succession, with his usual balance of political earnestness and deadpan irreverence, and in general the event proceeded as swiftly and smoothly as a factory production line.
"I think they'll have to be very, very careful", he cracked.
"That's why I looked at Faye for a really long time", Beatty said at the time. They announced La La Land as the victor, as they were handed the Best Actress envelope.