Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 24 hours, you already know that La La Land was mistakenly awarded Best Picture at the 89th Academy Awards – and, halfway through their acceptance speech, they were cut off and informed that Moonlight was the true winner.
It was awkward. Painfully awkward, in fact – and the moment launched a multitude of memes and spoofs all over social media.
Now James Corden has got in on the action, and he’s done it by parodying Emma Stone’s famous audition scene from the award-winning (albeit not Best Picture-winning) musical.
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The scene begins as a nervous Corden, dressed in a red wig and jumper, walks into the audition and is promptly told there isn’t a script.
“You’re a storyteller,” the movie bosses tell him. “Paint us a picture.”
“A picture?” he echoes thoughtfully. And then he remembers: “My film used to be Best Picture.”
Just as Stone’s character, Mia, does in the film, Corden proceeds to recount exactly what happened that fateful day.
“I remember it was Oscars night,” he says. “Faye Dunnaway said ‘La La Land won’ – and I remember our whole team jumped on the stage, leapt, without looking… and gave speeches until the Pricewaterhouse Cooper guys came up and said, ‘Moonlight’s the winner’.”
Then, breaking into song, he continues: “Was this a mix up? A conspiracy, a fix up? Or was Warren Beatty just blind?”
And The Late Late Show host really gets into his stride as he belts out: “Here’s to the ones who lose. God, I need so much booze. Here’s to the ones who hope… who switched that envelope?”
Watch the full song below:
Ryan Gosling gets a nod, as one of the many “Ryans who hold back from cryin’” – and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s shocked reaction to the mix-up is mentioned too.
There’s even a few non-Oscars jokes in the mix – such as, for example, the fact John Legend is, nowadays, referred to as “Chrissy Teigen’s man”.
The Oscars mix-up has been explained away as a simple case of Beatty being handed the wrong envelope; instead of the Best Picture result, he had been handed the Best Actress in a Leading Role envelope which, of course, listed Emma Stone for La La Land.
However Stone has since commented on the epic live TV gaffe. And, judging by her comments, she’s not convinced by Beatty’s excuse.
Speaking backstage, the 28-year-old told reporters: “I was holding my Best Actress in a Leading Role card that entire time.
“So I don't mean to start stuff, but whatever story that was, I had that card. So I'm not sure what happened and I really wanted to talk to you guys first.”
Pricewaterhouse Coopers, which has overseen the Academy's ballot-counting process for the past 83 years, have since released an official statement on the mix-up.
They said: "We sincerely apologize to Moonlight, La La Land, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture.
“The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred. We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation.”
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