Jimmy Kimmel Gives His Side of the Oscars Story
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Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted the Oscars on Sunday, returned to his own show on Monday to give his take on the best picture debacle, in which the wrong envelope was handed to Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway and “La La Land” was mistakenly declared the winner, even though “Moonlight” had taken the top prize.
“Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway — it was the 50th anniversary of ‘Bonnie and Clyde,’ and they played Bonnie and Clyde, so the academy asked them to present best picture,” Mr. Kimmel said on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” “In retrospect now, what we know is what Warren did is, he was confused, so he handed it to Faye and let her read it. In other words, Clyde threw Bonnie under the bus.”
When the fiasco happened, Mr. Kimmel said, he was sitting in the audience next to Matt Damon, apparently planning to finish the show with another gag in his long-running “feud” with the actor. “Whatever confusion there was about who won, Matt Damon lost,” Mr. Kimmel said on Monday. “He was a loser. He is a loser.”
Mr. Kimmel saluted the disappointed members of the “La La Land” team for helping him to make an awkward situation bearable.
Jon Stewart appeared on “The Late Show” last night to join Stephen Colbert in challenging President Trump. “Trump lies more in one press conference than CNN does in a year — and that’s coming from a guy who hates CNN,” Mr. Stewart said near the top of the act.
“He constantly says the phrase ‘believe me,’” he added. “Nobody says ‘believe me’ unless they are lying.”
But when Mr. Colbert asked how he felt about Mr. Trump’s decision to ban certain news outlets, including The Times, from a briefing, Mr. Stewart — as he did so often as host of “The Daily Show” — turned his critique on the press.
Trevor Noah took on President Trump’s attacks on the media, too, but he returned frequently to the Oscars, hailing “Moonlight’s” win as a rare moment of official vindication for black culture.
His correspondent Roy Wood Jr., dressed in black with a beret, called the Oscars a moment of “peak blackness,” also known as “when a lot of dope black [expletive] happen at the same time.”
Mr. Trump will address a joint session of Congress on Tuesday evening, and a few hours later Mr. Colbert will broadcast his show live, the 15th time he has done so. One such occasion was election night, when viewers watched him process Mr. Trump’s victory, going through various stages of denial and acceptance. Our critic James Poniewozik called that show “a philosophical turning point” for Mr. Colbert, after which his comedy became more frank and caustic.
The Times Late-Night Comedy Committee has something new for you: a story every day that makes us smile — and has nothing to do with late-night TV. We’re calling the feature Extra Candy. Today, our critics offer their take on the Oscars. If you’re still trying to make sense of Sunday’s wacky broadcast, then check out this conversation between Wesley Morris, Manohla Dargis and A. O. Scott. Not that they’ve got all the answers: Mr. Morris wonders what to call the scene that ended the night. “A fiasco? Nightmare? Accidental slip of the entertainment psyche? Act of justice?”
Oh, and we’re offering extra credit to anyone who can spot the one person in this picture who’s definitely not happy “La La Land” lost.