Jimmy Kimmel says Denzel Washington helped him out during Oscars blunder

Comedian Jimmy Kimmel has revealed how Denzel Washington saved the Oscars from complete ruin, as the shocking mistake unfolded on stage.
By Aaron Sims | Mar 01, 2017
Comedian Jimmy Kimmel has revealed how Denzel Washington saved the Oscars from complete ruin, as the shocking mistake unfolded on stage.

Kimmel hosted Monday's Academy Awards, during which "La La Land" announced wrongly as the best picture instead of the actual winner "Moonlight. As Faye Dunaway accidentally announced that La La Land was the best picture winner instead of Moonlight, Beatty explained to the audience the reason for the mistake was due to the pair being given the wrong envelope backstage. On ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," Kimmel gave his version of where everything went awry. As Kimmel kept trying to make light of the embarrassing gaffe, Washington yelled at them from his seat in the audience.

"Thank God Denzel was there to make sense," he said. "I see Denzel Washington in the front row trying to get my attention. He's gesturing, and he's pointing, I don't know what he's aiming, but Denzel yells 'Barry, he said.

Kimmel said that Washington's reference to "Barry" initially confused him, and it was not until the two-time Oscar winner repeated himself that Kimmel figured out what he was trying to tell him.That is when Kimmel realized that Barry Jenkins, the director of 'Moonlight,' was standing behind him and Denzel wanted him to get him to the microphone to make a speech.

"So I listened to Denzel, as you should, and I went, and I got Barry. Then everyone just stood there shell-shocked," he said. "And I ended the show."

 

 

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