Faye Dunaway Speaks on Oscar’s Best Picture Fiasco

Actress Faye Dunaway says she thought co-presenter Warren Beatty was joking when he paused before showing her the envelope that should have contained the Oscar’s best picture winner.

Dunaway tells Lester Holt on NBC Nightly News she thought Beatty was stalling for effect.

Dunaway read “La La Land” as best picture winner rather than “Moonlight” after PwC partner Brian Cullinan mistakenly handed them the back-up envelope for Actress in a Leading Role instead of the envelope for Best Picture.

She says she read the movie’s title on the card but didn’t notice Emma Stone’s name.

Dunaway says she felt “completely stunned” and later felt guilty because she thought she could have done something to prevent the debacle.

Holt’s interview with Dunaway will air Tuesday on the “Today” show. (AP)

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Steve Martin to Receive AFI Life Achievement Award

Steve Martin is being saluted with this year’s Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute.

The AFI announced Friday that Martin would be getting its highest honor for a career in film.

The award will be given at a tribute in Los Angeles next June. The gala ceremony will be aired for a third year on the TNT network and by its sister channel, Turner Classic Movies.

The 69-year-old Martin followed initial stardom as a standup and TV performer with his debut feature film, “The Jerk,” in 1979.

His many other films include “Pennies from Heaven,” “Three Amigos!,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “All of Me,” “Roxanne” and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.”

Previous award recipients include Al Pacino, Warren Beatty, Mel Brooks and Jane Fonda. (AP)