If any other person understands how Warren Beatty is feeling after the colossal Oscars mix-up, it would be Steve Harvey. Beatty, beside co-presenter Faye Dunaway, appeared hesitant to read the printed winner at the 2017 Oscars on Sunday night. He apologized onstage after the error was put right.
Actually, he is not the only one who made an embarrassing mistake. Harvey, at least, knows how it feels to be involved in a big event’s mishap.
The comedian and show host notably declared the wrong Miss Universe during the pageant’s most-awaited point in 2015. He handed the crown off to Miss Colombia instead of Miss Philippines. Harvey’s slip-up resulted in a general uproar.
Comparably, at one of the biggest nights in Hollywood, veteran artists Warren Beatty and co-star Faye Dunaway ended up revealing the wrong Best Picture winner.
Beatty apparently received the wrong envelope on his way to announcing the big winner. This made the final moments of the Oscars significantly awkward. In the middle of the bewilderment, Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel quipped about Harvey.
“Personally, I blame Steve Harvey for this,” he kidded while the La La Land cast and crew gave the spotlight to the right winner, Moonlight.
Steve Harvey also joked and tweeted, “Call me Warren Beatty. I can help you get through this! #Oscars.”
Aside from Beatty and Harvey, there are many other stars who have had the unfortunate chance of proclaiming the wrong winner.
At the Academy Awards in 1964, Davis Jr. presented the award for Best Music Score. And just like Beatty, he was given the wrong envelope. He stated the nominees: Irma La Douce, Bye Bye Birdie, A New Kind of Love, Sundays and Cybele and The Sword in the Stone.
However, he announced John Addison for Tom Jones as the winner, though Addison wasn’t even in that category. When Davis Jr. realized the error, he got the correct envelope and finally announced Irma La Douce as the victor.
In the 2010 Australia’s Next Top Model, host Sarah Murdoch proclaimed Kelsey Martinovich as the winner. Martinovich instantly launched into a moment of short-lived bliss and excitement. Because moments later, though, Murdoch said she made a mistake.
“I don’t know what to say right now. I’m feeling a bit sick about this. I’m so sorry about this, oh my God. I don’t know what to say. This is a complete accident, I’m so sorry. It’s Amanda [Ware]… it was read to me wrong,” Murdoch confessed.
At the 2011 BET Awards, the winner was announced incorrectly not only once but twice. Tiffany Green was the presenter for the category Viewers’ Choice Award. However, instead of stating Rihanna as the victor, she said it was Chris Brown.
And to make matters even more embarrassing, her co-presenter cut in and announced Drake as the winner. That second announcement was incorrect too. The Canadian rapper was only there to receive the award on Rihanna’s behalf.
The great gaffes were, of course, honest accidents. And clearly, accidents can take place even in big, well-primed productions.