Another viral video with Jimmy Kimmel’s finger prints all over it.
Less than 12 hours after the Oscars suffered the biggest gaffe in their history, video of the Best Picture goof up, had been seen on YouTube nearly 1 million times.
The greatest awards show scene ever features Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Kimmel and the producers of “La La Land” and “Moonlight” trying to figure make sense of how the wrong movie had been named as the big winner.
It features all the emotions any great screen writer could ask for — excitement, deep disappointment, confusion and then sheer bliss that an underdog had beaten the favorite.
Kimmel, who until that moment had presided over a solid and relatively uneventful broadcast — until someone handed Beatty the wrong envelope.
Kimmel, who is famously a vicious practical joker, has been behind dozens of popular sketches and pranks, videos of which have in the past spread wildfire across the Internet.
But he’s never been a party to something of this magnitude — and even though this one wasn’t his fault, he probably won’t be back next year as the host.
So while Hollywood conspiracy theorists can bitch and moan all they want, the chaotic finale of Sunday’s snoozy Oscar ceremony has transformed the telecast into one of the best, most viral videos ever.
Seriously, who doesn’t love a surprise twist at the end? And in our new “reality show” reality, you couldn’t have scripted anything better.
It’s a perfect YouTube moment — and it’s never going to go away.