It’s the most talked-about Oscars moment in history — and the late-night hosts had a lot of fun with it.
The Late Show host Stephen Colbert opened his show with a hilarious sketch that showed what was really happening backstage right before La La Land was mistakenly announced as the Best Picture winner on Sunday night. Showing an alternative view of the envelope Warren Beatty was holding, Colbert mused that it was actually asking the actor to stall since the Academy hadn’t finishing watching eventual winner Moonlight yet.
Colbert then zeroed in on the flub during his monologue, replaying the moment when Faye Dunaway calls out La La Land and saying, “That is so uncomfortable to watch when you know what’s coming. It’s like watching Titanic, but Titanic actually won Best Picture.” The host then offered his condolences to the cast of both movies, making a joke about the fact that Moonlight — about a black gay man coming of age — won, but they gave it to the all-white team of La La Land first.
After Colbert, Late Late Show host James Corden took his best shot at the controversy. Wearing a wig and purple sweater, the British host photoshopped himself into Emma Stone‘s pivotal audition scene in La La Land where casting directors ask her character Mia to tell them a story. But once Mia starts recounting the story of her inspiring aunt, the monologue slowly turns into the song “Audition,” also nominated alongside winner “City of Stars” in the Best Original Song category at the show.
Corden, as he tends to do, put a hilarious spin on the emotional scene. Instead of singing about Mia’s aunt, the funny host launches into a song about how the movie was briefly named Best Picture, perfectly parodying Stone’s Oscar-winning scene while clips and photos of the flub are shown.
The host ribbed on the flub in his monologue, saying that there were “a lot of surprising winners, a lot of surprising losers and a couple that were both.” Corden also dissected the viral audience reaction photo from the infamous moment, pointing out how hilarious celebrities like Meryl Streep and Michelle Williams looked.
Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel joined his late-night pals by commenting on the flub in his Jimmy Kimmel Live! monologue the night after the show. The host revealed that he was actually in the audience sitting next to Matt Damon when the mix-up happened, since he was going to close out the show with one final joke aimed at the actor. But as he realized something was wrong, he also remembered he was the man on the job to make things right.
“So now I am sitting in the audience watching the speeches. The plan is for me to end the show from the audience, next to Matt Damon, who — make no mistake — whatever confusion there was about who won? Matt Damon lost. He was a loser. He is a loser,” Kimmel said in his monologue. “But we’re sitting there, and we notice some commotion going on, and Matt says, ‘I think I heard the stage manager say they got the winner wrong,’ which is unusual, but you figure, well, the host will go onstage and clear this up. And then I remember, oh I’m the host.”