The Academy Awards Are Giving Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty a Do-Over

Prepare yourself for some terrible dad jokes about last year's envelope mishap.
March 2, 2018, 4:15pm
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Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway will announce the Best Picture winner once again at this year's Oscars ceremony, TMZ reports, giving the pair another shot at actually reading the right name this time after that monumental La La Land/Moonlight screwup last year.

To be fair, announcing the wrong name last time wasn't exactly Beatty and Dunaway's fault. The whole thing can be blamed on a PwC accountant and a Final Destination–style chain of mistakes, so don't count on another fuck-up just because the duo is getting a do-over. But there is one thing that Beatty and Dunaway's shot at redemption all but ensures—some really dumb jokes about last year.


An ad-lib about making sure they have the right card? Likely. A joke about mixed-up envelopes? Probably. A terrible gag where Dunaway reads the wrong Best Picture winner on purpose or whatever? Almost definitely, so prepare yourselves.

According to TMZ, the pair are already working on their bad banter. During rehearsals at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood this week, Dunaway reportedly tried the line, "Presenting is better the second time around," before Beatty—likely taking a long beat to make room for an imagined uproar of laughter—announced that the winner is "Gone with the Wind."

The Oscars writers are still apparently "putting the finishing touches on the lines," TMZ reports, so don't count on those exact comedic gems to grace the stage this weekend. But judging by what they're working with right now, not even Hollywood royalty like Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty will be able to sell those terrible dad jokes.

It's impossible to say who'll take home the Best Picture statue on Sunday, but at least we can count on a groan-worthy line beforehand.

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