Al Pacino Says His Short Best Picture Oscar Presentation Was 'Chosen By The Producers'

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Al Pacino presented the Best Picture award at the Oscars on Sunday, March 10.



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No envelope is mixed Oscars on SundayBut there was some confusion in the audience when Al Pacino announced “Oppenheimer” Won Best Picture.

The “Godfather” star revealed the winner of the night's top prize, saying, “Ten amazing films were nominated, but only one will win Best Picture. I have to go to the envelope and I will. Here it comes. My eyes are on 'Oppenheimer.' Yes. Yes.”

Pacino's quick and casual announcement caused some pause in the Dolby Theater 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 about the somewhat confusing moment, Pacino said his presentation was a response to instructions given to him by the television's producers.

“There seems to have been some controversy over my not mentioning each film by name last night before announcing the award for Best Picture. I want to make it clear that it is not my intention that the producers should not repeat them as they were highlighted separately throughout the ceremony,” he said in a statement. “I was honored to be a part of the evening and chose to follow the way they wanted this award to be presented.”

In fact, clips of several Best Picture nominees ran throughout the Oscar telecast in an effort to keep the show from running late at night. (The show ended early.)

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Pacino added: “Being nominated is a huge milestone in one's career and not being fully recognized is hurtful and hurtful. I say this as someone who is deeply involved with filmmakers, actors and producers, so I have deep sympathy for those who have been neglected by this oversight, which is why I felt it necessary to make this statement.

Earlier on Monday, a source close to the production told CNN that Pacino's distribution was part of a “pre-determined creative decision” and that the legendary actor “shouldn't announce the nominees” before revealing the winner.

According to this production source, Pacino was instructed to be very quick on stage, but the way he delivered the line was Pacino's own spin.

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

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Best Picture: “Oppenheimer”

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Best Actress: Emma Stone, “The Poor”

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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: Dave's 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 Film: “Zone of Interest”

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Best Costume Design: “the poor”

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Best Product Design: “the poor”

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Best Cinematography: “Oppenheimer”

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Best Original Score: “Oppenheimer”

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Best Animation Feature: “The Boy and the Heron”

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Best Animated Short Film: “The War Is Over! Inspired by John & Yoko's Music”

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

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Best Documentary: “20 Days in Mariupol”

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Best Documentary Short Film: “The Last Repair Shop”

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Best Editing: “Oppenheimer”

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Best Makeup and Hairstyle: “the poor”

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Best Sound: “Zone of Interest”

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Best visual effects: “Godzilla Minus One”

Moments before Pacino took the stage, he hosted the Oscars Jimmy Kimmel He joked about tearing up Emma Stone's Best Actress cover for “Poor Things.” Excellent picture composition In 2017, “La La Land” was accidentally announced as the winner declared “Moonlight” actually won.

According to Academy chief executive Bill Kramer, Pacino's delivery didn't repeat past Oscar drama.

“Everything went beautifully,” Kramer said The New York Times. “He was having fun there.”

This story has been updated to include additional information.

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