James Corden, Conan O'Brien and Stephen Colbert Try to Make Sense of Oscar Night's Best Picture Error

Late night hosts joke about the award mistake

By Francesca Bacardi Feb 28, 2017 1:59 PMTags

One day after the 2017 Oscars, late night hosts tried to make sense of the Best Picture flub.

Initially, Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty announced La La Land had been named the winner of the prestigious award, but it turned out Moonlight had actually won. The moment was incredibly shocking and awkward for everyone watching—in person or on TV—and PricewaterhouseCoopers continues to pay the price for its error.

Come Monday, James Corden, Stephen Colbert and Conan O'Brien made light of the snafu.

"There were a lot of surprising winners, a lot of surprising losers and a couple that were both," Corden quipped.

The British host made light of Beatty's confusion, saying he "didn't know if it was Christmas or Wednesday," but then turned the blame onto the accountants responsible for the gaffe. 

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"They should call themselves PricewaterhouseBloopers," Corden joked. When his punny joke failed, he said he had the wrong one. On cue, a writer ran out from the side and handed him another envelope. "The correct joke was: They should call themselves PricewaterhouseGoofers."

Badoom choo.

During Colbert's monologue, The Late Show host revealed what Beatty's card actually said. "Stall!!! We haven't finished watching Moonlight yet," the card read. "Whatever you do don't let Faye Dunaway say La La Land."

Beatty failed his mission, and Dunaway said the musical movie. After replaying it, Colbert joked, "It's like watching Titanic, but Titanic actually won Best Picture."

Colbert also noted that Moonlight's big win was overshadowed—a pattern for certain movies.

"It should've been a great moment for African Americans, but there's always a catch," Colbert noted. "Here's your Oscar but some white folks get to touch it first."

Redheaded host Conan chalked up the gaffe to the confusing content on the cards.

"Moonlight is not the film that didn't win Best Picture," the front said. "But La La Land is the film that did not lose for not being Best Picture."

We would've struggled with that, too.

Watch the hilarious videos to see how late-night TV handled the Oscars.

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