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Oscars fiasco was fuel for Twitter fire

February 27, 2017 04:00 AM


By Norm Clarke

VSiN columnist

The Twitterverse exploded Sunday night after a Steve Harvey-esque fiasco that left the 89th Academy Awards show audience in shock.

Reaction was swift after Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty revealed they had mistakenly announced “La La Land” as the winner of the Best Picture category. In what many thought was a prank amid confusion, “Moonlight” was the named the actual winner.

Turns out Beatty was handed the wrong envelope.

The flub was reminiscent of Harvey’s at the 2015 Miss Universe pageant at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas when he wrongfully declared Miss Colombia the winner over Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of The Philippines.

The Miss Universe Twitter feed quickly posted this: “Have your people call our people – we know what to do.”

Other responses spotted on social media:

Pop singer Katy Perry: “KATY HERE. I lost a bet for best picture (I wanted Moonlight…” Seconds later, she followed up with: “WHAT WAIT OMG”

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper: “Did I miss anything at the end?!”

Jesse F. Ferguson, national press secretary and senior spokesman for Hillary Clinton: “Oscars ran like a well oiled machine,” a reference to President Donald Trump’s assessment of his administration’s first month in office.

Beatty, a longtime liberal, couldn’t resist joining in: “Congratulations to President Hillary Clinton!!!!!!! WOO HOO!!"

Comedian Bill Maher: “Trump is tweeting right now ‘Oscars are rigged. Very unfair!’ Sad.”

Director M Night Shyamalan, known for his wild plot twists: “I wrote the ending of the academy awards 2017.”

Nate Silver, the statistician who correctly predicted the 2012 presidential race and most the senate races but missed badly on Trump in 2016, spoke too soon Sunday night: “Oscars kinda… predictable! FiveThirtyEight algorithm went 8 for 8.” He later tweeted: “Uhhhh never mind wow.”

Talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres tweeted early in the show: "JimmyKimmel, you’ve got this job for life. #Oscars"

Cameron Lachland, a viewer, came away the perfect recommendation: “Would love to see @IAmSteveHarvey to host next year’s #oscars.”

Another Oscar for Afflecks

Casey and Ben Affleck now hold the rare distinction of Oscar-winning brothers. Casey claimed his Sunday for his portrayal of a grief-stricken man in “Manchester by the Sea.”

Ben and best friend Matt Damon teamed up to win Oscars for “Good Will Hunting” in 1997 for best writing, screenplay written directly for the screen. Ben won his second Oscar as a co-producer for “Argo” in 2013 with George Clooney and Grant Heslov.

The Afflecks are only the 16th Oscar-winning sibling pair in history.

One of Casey Affleck’s early career breaks was a role in the remake of “Ocean’s Eleven,” much of which was filmed in Las Vegas in 2001. He played Virgil Malloy, one of the Mormon “twins” brought in from Utah to assist in the megaheist planned by Clooney’s character, Danny Ocean. Scott Caan played the other twin.

In a red carpet interview Sunday with ABC’s Michael Strahan, Damon revealed the lead role in “Manchester by the Sea” was originally intended for him.

“It was best role I ever read,” said Damon, who grew up with the Affleck brothers. “I knew Casey would crush the part.” Damon was among the producers.

The scene and heard

Mike Tyson has few requests when he sits down to sign autographs and memorabilia for hours at a time. One of them is background music. He had 1950s oldies music going on Saturday during a session at the Field of Dreams store at the Forum Shops at Caesars.

“If I listen to rap music I get a headache and get irritable,” said the former heavyweight champion. “I like to hear Luther Vandross sometimes,” he added…

Former KTNV-Channel 13 personality Megan Telles was on the Oscars red carpet, the exclusive domain of ABC. She moved to ABC affiliate KXTV, Channel 10 in Sacramento in October. During her four years at KTNV, she was a co-host of the day-time talk-show “Valley View Live!” and filled in as a co-host on “Morning Blend,” which is also the title of the morning show she anchors in Sacramento.

On this day…

February 27, 1976: Dean Martin, usually the “roastmaster,” gets roasted himself at the MGM Grand on the “Dean Martin Celebrity Roast,” a popular series of NBC specials that runs from 1974 to 1984. Among those taking potshots at Dino are Don Rickles, Orson Welles, Muhammad Ali and Hubert Humphrey.


Melvin Gordon of the Los Angeles Chargers and hockey star Teemu Selanne, in separate parties at Topgolf (MGM Grand) on Saturday.

The punch line

“It has been an amazing year. Black people saved NASA and white people saved jazz.” – Kimmel, during his monologue.

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