Late-Night Hosts Joke About the Oscars Mixup

Jimmy Kimmel speaks onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on Feb. 26, 2017 in Hollywood, Calif.
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Jimmy Kimmel speaks onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on Feb. 26, 2017 in Hollywood, Calif.

Late-night hosts took a quick break from their Trump material to poke fun at Sunday's Oscars snafu on Monday night. 

After Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced the wrong best picture winner, reading out La La Land before correctly giving the award to Moonlight, the comedians jumped on the subject. 

Stephen Colbert said he felt bad for both movies. "Welcome to The Late Show, I'm La La Land," he joked, starting off the show. "Sorry, I read that wrong."

"That is so uncomfortable to watch," he joked. "It's like watching Titanic, except Titanic actually won best picture." 

"There's always a catch," joked Colbert. "Here's your Oscar, but some white folks get to touch it first. To make matters worse, while they were up on stage Ryan Gosling had to explain jazz to them."

Jimmy Kimmel, host of the Oscars, explained what happened during Monday's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!

"What Warren did is he was confused so he handed it to Faye and let her read the winner," said Kimmel. "In other words, Clyde threw Bonnie under the bus. It was a slick move."

"People around me said, 'oh did you pull a prank of some kind,'" Kimmel added. "If I had pulled a prank I wouldn’t just have the wrong winner’s name on the envelope. when they opened it there would be like a Bed Bath and Beyond coupon at the end of it."

Conan O'Brien defended Beatty, saying that the envelope he was given "was pretty confusing."

The host showed a "clip" of what happened, with a close-up of the envelope, which read, "Moonlight is not the film that didn't win best picture." 


On The Daily Show, Trevor Noah joined "everyone everywhere still trying to figure out what in the living f— happened at the Oscars."

Roy Wood Jr. joined him at the desk, explaining "peak blackness," which is a "rare metaphysical anomaly," he said, happening lately as several black actors were nominated for Oscars, Beyonce announced she was pregnant and "Frederick Douglass came back to life." 

"All of this blackness culminated at the Oscars," he concluded of the Moonlight win. 


Over on The Late Late Show, James Corden mimicked La La Land's rehearsal scene, mimicking Emma Stone's "Audition" song with one of his own. Instead of dedicating the tune to "the ones who dream," Corden sang about "the ones who lose."

"Here's to the ones who lose. God, I need so much booze. Here's to the ones who hope, who switched that envelope? They told them, Moonlight come give your speech on your film about handjobs on the beach. This result doesn't seem right. Oscars used to be so white!"

2017 Academy Awards


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