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Warren Beatty Gives Official Response To Oscars Mix-Up

In the wake of the weirdest moment in Oscars history, everyone (well, everyone who still cares) is searching for answers. Unfortunately, we probably won't get any from Warren Beatty, the man who took the brunt of the initial blame for the dramatic mix-up.

Deadline has a statement from Beatty, and he's firmly passed the buck to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. "Rather than for me to respond to questions from the press about the Academy ceremony," he said in a statement to the Associated Press, "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."

To be fair, it wasn't Beatty who incorrectly announced that La La Land had won Best Picture when Moonlight really did. That was his co-presenter Faye Dunaway. But while Dunaway made a quick exit, it was Beatty who stuck around with the envelope in his hand while looking utterly confused about the situation and, perhaps, the entire nature of award shows and envelopes in general.

Of course, the Academy already issued a formal apology while shifting the blame to the accounting firm responsible for the handling of the envelopes.

"We deeply regret the mistakes that were made during the presentation of the Best Picture category during last night's Oscar ceremony. We apologize to the entire cast and crew of La La Land and Moonlight whose experience was profoundly altered by this error. We salute the tremendous grace they displayed under the circumstances. To all involved — including our presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, the filmmakers, and our fans watching worldwide — we apologize."

While the controversy will hopefully soon fade into the annuls of Oscars trivia, we get the feeling it'll be a long time before the already reclusive Beatty signs on to hand out any other awards. Check out the full list of (actual) winners from Sunday's ceremony.