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Source: Beatty and Dunaway Fought Before Oscars

| by Sarah Zimmerman

Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, co-stars of the 1967 movie "Bonnie and Clyde," who announced the wrong winner for Best Picture at the 2017 Oscars, are reported to have fought backstage.

Beatty did not want to present the award with Dunaway in the first place and refused to cooperate during the rehearsal run, Page Six reports.

"[Beatty] refused to let his rehearsal be filmed, which they needed to block out the entire show properly," a source said.

Once Beatty was informed that the rehearsal had to be filmed for "studio blocking and other telecast needs," the star reportedly walked off the stage in a huff, "leaving Dunaway to do the entire rehearsal herself."

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During rehearsals, the two could reportedly not stop bickering over who would actually announce the winner. 

"It is no secret that there is no love lost there," the source said. "Both nearly balked at doing it together at all."

In the end, Beatty was the one tasked with announcing the Best Picture award. However, after opening the envelope, he hesitated and passed it to Dunaway, who announced the wrong winner. 

"La La Land" was initially announced as the winner for Best Picture, but the title really belonged to "Moonlight." The mistake was corrected around two minutes later and caused chaos within the theater.

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Some speculate that Beatty set up Dunaway to read the wrong card. When initially questioned by The Hollywood Reporter, Beatty denied any allegations that he was to blame for the snafu.

"Rather than for me to respond to questions from the press about the Academy ceremony," he wrote in an email, "I feel it would be more appropriate for the president of the Academy, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, to publicly clarify what happened as soon as possible." 

Eventually, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the academy's accounting firm for the past 83 years, took full responsibility for the fiasco, citing "human error."

"The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, [it] was immediately corrected,” the firm said in a statement. 

Still, some sources believe Beatty was, in part, responsible. After the show, he refused to hand over the envelopes in question to representatives of PricewaterhouseCoopers, which was investigating exactly what went wrong. 

Additionally, during the Vanity Fair after party, the star was reportedly overheard saying "I really f***ed that up." When Page Six called Beatty for comment, he immediately hung up the phone.

Neither Beatty's or Dunaway's representatives could be reached for comment.

Sources: Page Six, The Hollywood Reporter / Photo credit: Oscars.org

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