While Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel had talked about Sunday’s Best Picture envelope mix-up on Monday’s edition of his talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” he went into far more detail on Wednesday’s “The Bill Simmons Podcast.” He explained his his part in the proceedings. He was sitting next to Matt Damon as the drama unfolded on the stage of the Dolby Theater. The plan had been for him to end the show with one last spat with his fake feud pal.
“I was assuming the Best Picture was not going to be ‘Manchester by the Sea.’ And I said to Matt, ‘If it’s not ‘Manchester by the Sea,’ I’m gonna be sitting next to you. This will be my revenge for the Emmys where he walked onstage after we lost our category.”
But, as we all know, that was not what happened. He offered up a play-by-play of the turmoil that unfolded after Warren Beatty opened the envelope with the wrong card inside and handed it to co-presenter Faye Dunaway who announced that “La La Land” had won Best Picture.
As Kimmel recalls, “Suddenly, the stage manager wanders up on stage, which is never supposed to happen. So, I really don’t know what’s going on, and I don’t hear very well, so Matt hears somebody say something to the effect of, ‘They had the wrong movie for Best Picture.’ So he says to me, ‘I think they announced the wrong Best Picture.’ I looked at Matt and I said, ‘Well, I guess I better go up there.’ I walked up on stage, and all hell is breaking loose.”