Magazine article Screen International

Faye Dunaway Describes 'Guilt' over Oscars Gaffe

Magazine article Screen International

Faye Dunaway Describes 'Guilt' over Oscars Gaffe

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Best picture co-presenter breaks silence in NBC interview.

Faye Dunaway said in a broadcast segment on NBC Nightly News on Monday she felt guilty after reading out the wrong best picture winner at the climax of February's Oscars telecast.

Speaking in the exclusive interview, Dunaway recalled events in which she declared La La Land the winner moments after PwC managing partner Brian Cullinan gave co-presenter Warren Beatty the wrong card.

Moonlight was announced the winner several minutes later when the mistake became apparent.

"[Beatty] took the card out and he didn't say anything," Dunaway told interviewer Lester Holt. "He paused, he looked over me, offstage. He looked around, he... and I finally said, 'You're impossible.'

"I thought he was joking, I mean Warren's like that - he holds the power and makes people..." she said, adding after Holt prompted her: "A dramatic pause, you got it. But it's part of his charm... And I read the name of the film on the card."

When asked by Holt if she felt stunned, Dunaway said: "Yeah, completely. I wouldn't say 'deers in the headlight', but you are completely stunned. …

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