Shirley MacLaine felt her younger brother Warren Beatty’s pain during Sunday’s big Oscar flub.
Beatty was given the wrong envelope and thus co-presenter Faye Dunaway read the wrong winner for the best picture award. There was an historically chaotic scene and MacLaine, who had presented an award just before, was in the audience watching.
“I think we’re all processing the horror of it,” MacLaine tells USA TODAY. “I’m still dealing with it.”
“I’m concerned with how (Beatty) must have felt being so close to him. I’m three years older and I’m protective,” MacLaine says. “We know how difficult it was for him, but it was also for me.”
After Dunaway announced La La Land as the winner of the best picture , the film’s representatives started giving thank you speeches onstage before the error was dramatically pointed out.
Amid chaos, the rightful winners, the Moonlight filmmakers, accepted the award. The accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has taken responsibility for the “human error” of giving Beatty the wrong envelope and has apologized.
Beatty released a statement Tuesday to The Associated Press in which he declined to comment further on the debacle. Instead, he urged the academy to answer questions.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Bryan Alexander