In ABC’s latest promo for the 2018 Oscars, which will air live coast-to-coast on March 4, host Jimmy Kimmel confesses that he’s still haunted by last year’s “Moonlight”/”La La Land” envelope mix-up. “You know, I dream about it every night,” Kimmel says while lying on what appears to be a psychiatrist’s couch. “I can’t even open the mail because of, you know, all the envelopes.” Watch the hilarious video above.
“I tried to get past the past, you know? But it just catches up to me,” Kimmel continues in the preview trailer. “I feel like I’m losing my mind. And then the worst part is, they want me to do it again! So what do I do?”
The camera then reveals that Kimmel’s been bearing his soul to Warren Beatty, one of the two presenters (along with Faye Dunaway) who mistakenly named “La La Land” as last year’s Best Picture instead of the correct winner, “Moonlight.” A confused Beatty responds to Kimmel, “I don’t care what you do, just get out of my house!”
Kimmel is back as Oscars host for the second year in a row, perhaps because of the way in which he handled the so-called Envelopegate. “I blame myself for this,” a self-deprecating Kimmel said last year after the “Moonlight” producers finally gave their speech. “Let’s remember, it’s just an awards show. We hate to see people disappointed, but the good news is we got to see some extra speeches. I knew I would screw this show up!”
Beatty also took to the microphone after the mix-up to explain why he and Dunaway failed to name “Moonlight” as the rightful winner. “I opened the envelope and it said Emma Stone, ‘La Land.’ That’s why I took such a long look at Faye and at you. I wasn’t trying to be funny.” It turns out that one of the Oscar accountants had inexplicably given the wrong envelope to Beatty and Dunaway and didn’t realize his mistake until it was too late.
It’s good to see that, one year later, both Kimmel and Beatty are making jokes at their own expenses. Will Dunaway also get in on the fun?
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