Warren Beatty seemed to be the only one who knew something was wrong.
When it took Beatty too long to read out the winner of the Oscar’s ultimate award, Best Picture, the crowd grew restless. They assumed it was some kind of shtick. Even Faye Dunaway, his co-presenter, thought he was being a kook. When Beatty turned to Dunaway for help in his moment of need, instead of conversing on what should be done, she blurted out exactly what he was afraid to say.
In the aftermath of reading out the wrong winner for Best Picture, instead of the brunt of the criticism falling on Dunaway, or even more accurately, the accountants responsible for the distribution of the award envelopes, it was Beatty who was forced to weather the storm.
It was Beatty who remained on stage to attempt to explain the snafu while Dunaway scampered away, never to be heard from again. It was Beatty who wanted to tell the audience what had happened, while the envelope masters never ventured onto the stage or toward a microphone. And in a blatant case of killing the messenger, it was Beatty who was blamed for the wrong movie crew coming on stage as the winner of Best Picture.
We have since been told of everything that supposedly happened, but Beatty seems to remain in the cross hairs of critics, and it makes no sense. He is now calling for an official word to be released by the academy of motion pictures to settle this incident once and for all. It’s not for the public as much as himself. This wasn’t on Beatty; he was the only one who felt something was afoot in the first place.