Al Pacino says his brief Best Picture Oscar presentation was ‘the producers’ choice’

 

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Al Pacino presents the Best Picture award during the Oscars on Sunday, March 10.

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There was no envelope-pushing at the Oscars on Sunday, but there was some confusion in the audience when Al Pacino announced that “Oppenheimer” had won best picture.

The “Godfather” star revealed the winner of the night’s top award, saying, “Ten amazing films were nominated, but only one will take home the award for Best Picture. For that to happen I have to go to the envelope and I will. It comes. Yes. And my eyes see ‘Oppenheimer’. Yes. Yes.”

Pacino’s quick and sudden announcement caused the Dolby Theater to pause somewhat, before the audience began to applaud and the orchestra began to play as the cast and crew of “Oppenheimer” took the stage.

In a statement released Monday through a representative regarding the somewhat confusing moment, Pacino said his presentation was a reflection of the instructions given to him by the telecast’s producers.

“It seems there is some controversy over my not mentioning each film by name last night before announcing the Best Film award. I just want to clarify that it was not my intention to leave him out, but rather a choice by the producers not to mention him again as he was highlighted individually throughout the ceremony,” he said in a statement. “I was honored to be a part of this evening and decided to follow through on his wishes to present this award.”

Indeed, in an effort to prevent the show from running at the end of the night, clips of several Best Picture nominees were played during the Oscar telecast. (The show ended early.)

Pacino said: “I realize that being nominated is a huge milestone in one’s life and to not be fully recognized is disrespectful and hurtful. I say this as someone who is deeply involved with filmmakers, actors and producers, so I deeply sympathize with those who have been insulted by this mistake, and that is why I have to make this statement. Felt necessary to give.

Earlier on Monday, a source close to the production told CNN the same thing – that Pacino’s delivery was part of a “premeditated creative decision” and that the legendary actor would “never announce the nominees” before revealing the winner. Should have”.

According to this production source, Pacino was instructed to be quite sharp on stage, but the way he delivered the line was just Pacino’s own spin.

“The way they announced it at the end was just Al Pacino being Pacino,” the person said.

 

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Best Picture: “Oppenheimer”

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best Actress: Emma Stone, “Poor Things”

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best Actor: Cillian Murphy, “Oppenheimer”

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Best Director: Christopher Nolan, “Oppenheimer”

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best Supporting Actress: Da’Vine Joy Randolph, “The Holdovers”

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Best Supporting Actor: Robert Downey Jr., “Oppenheimer”

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Best Adapted Screenplay: “American Fiction”

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Best Original Screenplay: “Anatomy of a Fall”

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Best International Feature Film: “Area of ​​Interest”

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Best Dress Design: “poor things”

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Best Production Design: “poor things”

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Best Cinematography: “Oppenheimer”

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Best Original Score: “Oppenheimer”

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Best Original Song: “What am I made for?” Performed by Billie Eilish for the film “Barbie”

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Best Animated Feature: “The Boy and the Heron”

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Best Animated Short Film: “The War Is Over! Inspired by the Music of John and Yoko”

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Best Live Action Short Film: “The Amazing Story of Henry Sugar”

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Best Documentary Feature Film: “20 days in Mariupol”

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Best Documentary Short Film: “Last Repair Shop”

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Best edit: “Oppenheimer”

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Best Makeup and Hairstyle: “poor things”

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Best Sound: “Area of ​​Interest”

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Best Visual Effects: “Godzilla Minus One”

 

Moments before Pacino took the stage, Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel joked about needing to tear up the envelope that held Emma Stone’s name for Best Actress for “Poor Things,” which was 2017’s Best Picture was a reference to the mix-up, when “La La Land” was mistakenly declared the winner before it was announced that “Moonlight” had actually won.

According to Academy chief executive Bill Kramer, Pacino’s presentation was not a repeat of the previous Oscar drama.

“Everything happened beautifully,” Kramer told The New York Times. “He was just out there having fun.”

This story has been updated to include additional information.

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