Warren Beatty has come out and said what he thinks the Motion Picture Academy should do in the wake of a blunder on Oscar night in which Beatty, co-presenter Faye Dunaway and others were swept up.
The AP reports that Beatty wants Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs to “publicly clarify” what went wrong, and the sooner the better.
“Beatty released a statement Tuesday to The Associated Press in which he declined to comment further on the debacle that led to him and co-presenter Faye Dunaway mistakenly reading ‘La La Land’ as best picture winner rather than ‘Moonlight.’ Instead, he urged the academy to answer questions,” the AP reports.
Beatty says in the statement: “I feel it would be more appropriate for the president of the Academy, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, to publicly clarify what happened as soon as possible.”
The AP adds: “Since Sunday’s broadcast, the Academy has largely left the explaining to PwC, the accounting firm that has taken the blame for ‘La La Land’ mistakenly being read as the best picture winner by Beatty and Faye Dunaway. PwC, which is in charge of tabulating the winners, has said partner Brian Cullinan mistakenly handed them the wrong envelope.”
The Academy issued a statement Monday night saying: “We deeply regret the mistakes that were made during the presentation of the best picture category during last night’s Oscar ceremony. We apologize to the entire cast and crew of ‘La La Land’ and ‘Moonlight’ whose experience was profoundly altered by this error. We salute the tremendous grace they displayed under the circumstances. To all involved — including our presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, the filmmakers, and our fans watching worldwide — we apologize.”
The Academy has said it is “investigating the circumstances” and will take any action deemed appropriate.