Warren Beatty opened the wrong envelope for Best Picture on Sunday night at the Oscars, creating Hollywood’s biggest live TV cringe to date.
But many viewers were wondering who the hell this doddery 79-year-old man — who lectured us all about the ‘truth’ of cinema before offering up the biggest untruth available to him — actually was.
Well, here’s Warren’s ‘truth’, as we know it.
Mr Beatty is a veteran Hollywood star who’s dated (read: seduced) ‘pretty much’ every woman on the planet, from Joan Collins and Barbara Streisand to Madonna and Daryl Hannah.
The Jewish womaniser is rumoured to be the inspiration behind the Carly Simon’s hit You’re So Vain as well, and he estimates he’s slept with around 13,000 women.
Guess the guy had a lot of bad karma, which explains tonight perfectly.
As for Warren’s cinematic oeuvre, you may know him from Dick Tracy, Bonnie And Clyde, Town & Country or Heaven Can Wait.
Married since 1992 to actress and 20th Century Women star Annette Bening, 58, Warren has just been promoting his first film in 15 years, called Rules Don’t Apply.
Like La La Land, that movie is all about the legacy of Hollywood.
The Democrat supporter has received numerous prestigious awards from just about every notable film organisation, so it’s unfortunate he’s not so good at doing that himself.
He’s only won one Oscar, bagging Best Director for Reds in 1981, but has been nominated 14 times.
Beatty, whose real name is Henry W. Beaty, starred with Faye Dunaway in Bonnie And Clyde in 1967, which is presumably why the 76-year-old actress was chosen to present Best Picture with him tonight.
There’s no doubt that Mr Beatty’s ‘mistake’, whether he’s responsible for it or not, is going to go down in film history and may even change the course of the Oscars forever.
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