Late-Night Hosts Joke About the Oscars Mix-up


"That is so uncomfortable to watch," Stephen Colbert joked. "It's like watching 'Titanic,' except 'Titanic' actually won best picture."

Late-night hosts took a quick break from their Trump material to poke fun at Sunday's Oscars snafu on Monday night. 

After Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced the wrong best picture winner, reading out La La Land before correctly giving the award to Moonlight, the comedians jumped on the subject. 

Stephen Colbert said he felt bad for both movies. "Welcome to The Late Show, I'm La La Land," he joked, starting off the show. "Sorry, I read that wrong."

"That is so uncomfortable to watch," he joked. "It's like watching Titanic, except Titanic actually won best picture." 

"There's always a catch," joked Colbert. "Here's your Oscar, but some white folks get to touch it first. To make matters worse, while they were up on stage Ryan Gosling had to explain jazz to them."

On The Daily Show, Trevor Noah joined "everyone everywhere still trying to figure out what in the living f— happened at the Oscars."

"Guys, America has too many twists. My heart can't handle this anymore," said Noah. He said that between the election, the Super Bowl and the Oscars, he's going to start watching Game of Thrones as a way to calm his nerves.

He sees the positive in it though. "Black people were done wrong, and minutes later they got reparations," said Noah.

Roy Wood Jr. joined him at the desk, explaining "peak blackness," which is a "rare metaphysical anomaly," he said, happening lately as several black actors were nominated for Oscars, Beyonce announced she was pregnant and "Frederick Douglass came back to life." 

"All of this blackness culminated at the Oscars," he concluded of the Moonlight win. 

Over on The Late Late Show, James Corden mimicked La La Land's rehearsal scene, mimicking Emma Stone's "Audition" song with one of his own. Instead of dedicating the tune to "the ones who dream," Corden sang about "the ones who lose." 

"Here's to the ones who lose. God, I need so much booze. Here's to the ones who hope, who switched that envelope? They told them, Moonlight come give your speech on your film about handjobs on the beach. This result doesn't seem right. Oscars used to be so white!" 

Corden also spoke about the Oscars snafu in his monologue, saying that when it happened he bets Hillary Clinton was like, "Yeah, welcome to my world." He said Dunaway and Beatty were sent out with the wrong information and were expected to make it work. "Basically, they were the Sean Spicers of the Oscars."

He teased President Trump for saying that the Oscars messed up because they were so focused on his administration. "I want to say, at least someone was focused on his administration," said Corden. "Also how can Donald Trump think that he's distracting accountants? He doesn't even pay taxes."

Corden teased Chrissy Teigen for sleeping and Nicole Kidman's odd way of clapping. "She claps like she's about to steal Christmas."

Jimmy Kimmel, host of the Oscars, explained what happened during Monday's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!

"What Warren did is he was confused so he handed it to Faye and let her read the winner," said Kimmel. "In other words, Clyde threw Bonnie under the bus. It was a slick move."

"People around me said, 'Oh, did you pull a prank of some kind?'" Kimmel added. "If I had pulled a prank, I wouldn’t just have the wrong winner’s name on the envelope. When they opened it there would be like a Bed Bath and Beyond coupon at the end of it."

Conan O'Brien defended Beatty, saying that the envelope he was given "was pretty confusing."

The host showed a "clip" of what happened, with a close-up of the envelope, which read, "Moonlight is not the film that didn't win best picture." 


Seth Meyers joked that La La Land losing to Moonlight was "yet another embarrassing defeat for perennial loser Ryan Gosling." He said that the award for "most pictures" went to the tourist Gary from Chicago.

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