Kimmel Breaks Down Oscar Debacle: 'Clyde Threw Bonnie Under the Bus'

It seems no one was more puzzled than Jimmy Kimmel during the Oscars’ now-infamous Best Picture mix-up on Sunday night. (Too bad he was hosting the thing.)

Kimmel, who was emceeing the Oscars for the first time when La La Land was mistakenly given the evening’s top prize (instead of actual winner Moonlight), explained the snafu from his perspective during Monday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! monologue. 

In the video above, Kimmel describes the confusion between presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, the latter of whom actually announced La La Land as the winner after Beatty handed her the envelope. (“In other words, Clyde threw Bonnie under the bus,” Kimmel joked. “It was a slick move.”)

Kimmel was then at a loss for how to handle the situation, noting that he hoped the host would come on stage to clear things up, before realizing, “Oh, I’m the host.”

Fortunately, Best Actor nominee Denzel Washington was there to give him some pointers. (Turns out officiating a wedding was not the most eventful part of Denzel’s evening.)

Press PLAY on the video above to hear Kimmel’s version of the Oscar Night ordeal, then hit the comments with your thoughts.

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20 Comments
  1. johnc says:

    Hollywood blame game, hosted by JK, has now officially began, I wonder how long it would take to start pointing fingers at Trump, GOP, and/or the Russian.

    • Sara says:

      Honestly dude….you’re just sad that you have to turn everything into an anti-liberal thing. This is such a ridiculous statement

    • TVFan says:

      The first person to blame it all on Trump was Trump himself. He said in an interview with Brietbart (of course) that the mix up happened because all of Hollywood is obsessed with him.

      In case you are unaware, the daily life of every human being on the planet must now constantly revolve around the new center of the universe…TRUMP!

  2. Mary says:

    After the initial shock it really is quite comical. Thank goodness everyone was gracious and actually we learned more about what goes on back stage.

  3. johnc says:

    The liberal hollywood, including JK, started it first. You can deny all you want, fact is fact!!

  4. DJ Doena says:

    I know this is an entertainment site, but do we really need another article about this?

    The facts are clear now: There are two sets of envelopes, one for the presenters entering left side of stage, one for the right side of stage.

    Price Waterhouse Cooper gave the wrong envelope (Best Actress instead of Best Movie) to Warren.

    He’s old, he was confused and didn’t check the envelope (where in gold-on-red the category is printed). He showed it to Faye who immediately read out the movie title.

    End of story. It’s not that exciting…

  5. Richard says:

    an embarrassing amateur debacle. Truly la la land was the winner

  6. Kevin Tran says:

    Kimmel’s monologue was hilarious about that whole Best Picture Oscar fiasco. Warren Beatty and/or Faye Dunaway should be ashamed of themselves and one of them may have too many drinks or something.

    • John036 says:

      how is it dunaway of beatty’s fault? they were given the wrong card!

    • hsh17 says:

      Excuse me, but there is no way Kevin Tran was raised to point a finger at senior citizens and accuse them of getting tipsy. Momma Tran raised that boy right.

      • Kevin Tran says:

        I’m not trying to blame actors that old who were lost in the moment and you’re acting like a conspiracy theorist like Alex Jones. BTW, never talk about my mom because you’re such a bully.

        • Irish says:

          I guess you don’t realize that “Kevin Tran” is a loved character on “Supernatural”, a TV program on the CW. I believe that hsh17 was making a joke because Mrs. Tran was a wonderful, loving but strong character on the show. No one is trying to bully your mom.

  7. MMD says:

    One the bright side, this is the ONE time that people will remember which movie won and will be talked about for years to come. I mean, truly, who can remember who won which Oscar last year? It’s win win all around except for maybe Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

  8. Sonyakas says:

    I love JK…but as the host of the show wouldn’t he have known the final winner? Geeze louise!

    • KMac says:

      No he would have no idea – the accountants, the producers of the telecast and the stage managers who wrangle the talent and presenters have the list of winners. No one else not even the host.

    • Erin says:

      Only the accountants know…not even the producers. That is why when they announced La La Land was announced as the winner they played its music, stated factoids about the producers, etc. The accountants had to let the stage manager know there was an error and then they all had to rush out to let everyone know, which is much harder with the crowd of people onstage for Best Picture than it would be in a category where just one person takes the mic.