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Soap Notables React To Biggest Oscar Flub In History As Best Picture Goes From 'La La Land' To 'Moonlight'!

Photo Credit: ABC/Getty Images

Photo Credit: ABC/Getty Images

It was the biggest Oscar flub in the history of the Academy Awards Sunday night.

After La La Land was declared the winner in the night’s biggest prize, Best Picture, it turns out that wasn’t the case at all, and Moonlight was the rightful recipient.

How it all went down began when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were reunited on-stage to present the final award of the evening, because it was the 50th anniversary of the film Bonnie and Clyde in which they starred. When it was time to reveal the winner, Beatty opened the envelope, checked inside the envelope again, looked confused, took a long pause and then glanced over at Dunaway, who clearly thought he was pulling some sort of prank or embellishing the moment.  “You’re impossible!” she said, “Come on!” Beatty handed the envelope to Dunaway, who announced the winner was La La Land!

When the joyous La La Land team arrived on stage, producers Jordan Horowitz and Marc Platt delivered their heartfelt emotional speeches. But behind them stage managers and such were in the mix of the La La Land team. A flurry of activity began behind them.  A stage manager with a headset started talking to several people, as did one of the accountants in charge of tabulating Oscar ballots.

Next, Horowitz stepped to the mic and said, “Guys, guys, I’m sorry. No. There’s a mistake,” he said. “‘Moonlight,’ you guys won best picture.”  “This is not a joke.”  Platt interjected. “I’m afraid they read the wrong thing.”  Horowitz then held up the card that proved it: “‘Moonlight’ … Best Picture.”

Beatty then decided to step up to the mic himself and explain the snafu: “I want to tell you what happened. I opened the envelope and it said, Emma Stone, ‘La La Land.’” (Stone had just won best actress moments before.)  “That’s why I took such a long look at Faye, and at you. I wasn’t trying to be funny. ” Beatty said to the audience.  “This is ‘Moonlight,’ the best picture,” Beatty said, turning the correct card around.  E! also reported that Warren Beatty was handed the wrong envelope and showed a close-up shot of it.

Moonlight director, Barry Jenkins took to the stage in the confusion and said on the mic: “Very clearly, even in my dreams this could not be true. But to hell with dreams! I’m done with it, because this is true. Oh, my goodness.”

Following the snafu, the accounting firm of PriceWaterhouseCoopers put out this statement: “The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected,” the statement continued. “We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred. We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the academy, ABC and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation.”

During the moments that all of this drama took place live on the Oscars after over 3 hours and 4o minutes, social media was abuzz! Many notables from the world of daytime drama took a moment to share their shock, happiness, or commentary on the action that they just watched play-out on live TV.  Here is just a sampling below!

Stephen Nichols: So very happy Moonlight won best picture… even after that ridiculous faux pas. #oscars #lovemovies

Mary Beth Evans: I feel bad for these icons .. a mix-up that wasn’t their fault.

Mal Young:  Bonnie & Clyde still causing mayhem

Victoria Rowell: OSCARS debacle stars announce wrong winner for BEST MOVIE – it ROBBED moment/momentum for rightful winner, MOONLIGHT. “A mess”

Catherine Hickland: Hmmm. That was interesting. We placed a bet on that last award in Las Vegas. We were 5 to 1. They announced LaLa Land won. Which means we lost the bet. We left the theater to come to the governors Ball. All of a sudden we find that we won the bet. There are some disappointed people over what happened, but we won, weird ending to the academy awards. Poor Warren Beatty must feel mortified. What was your reaction??

Jean Passanante:  Somebody posted on Twitter: “Does this mean Hillary won?”

Kristen Alderson: WTF just happened!?!?! #Oscars

Ian Buchanan:  I am so glad Faye Dunaway is not coming to my house tonight.  Warren Beatty got distracted when his long-lost sibling waved from the audience. Re-reading ‘Voyage of the Damned’. In horror.

So, what did you think of Beatty and Dunaway’s Oscar flub?  Were you happy to see Moonlight win Best Picture and not La La Land? How could the wrong envelope for Best Picture not end up in Warren Beatty’s hands to begin with?  Who’s comment on social media was your favorite following the debacle? Share your thoughts below!

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rebecca1
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rebecca1

I thought it was human…messy, but mostly felt bad for Warren Beatty! I KNOW he could have/should have announced there was a mistake with the cards…but this is what I think happened:

I think he looked at it…then looked again…but doubted himself. So, instead of announcing the mistake, he intended for Dunaway to look at it, confer ti was wrong…and then they’d say something. Unfortunately he didn’t convey that and she just saw the words La La Land and ran with it. Awkward for all…

Jenny
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Jenny

This was, quite frankly, one of the most scripted, staged, contrived tv productions I have ever seen! It was awkward and embarrassing. Considering they just pulled a similar stunt with Steve Harvey a few years back, you would think they could come up with something more original! Watching the La La Land crew acceptsnce speech….there was no joy…no real emotion….it was like he was just talking until the inevitable moment they interrupted him. It was too rehearsed….it was clear there was no real shock from ANYONE in the room. Shock is hard to fake even from the best actors. With… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Uhhhhh…you think this was PLANNED AND STAGED???!!!! Like, ummm…fake news?

Ya.

Jenny
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Jenny

Well…lol….duh! Anyone who could watch that and think it was real is just not good at life. This is the BIGGEST award of the night!! That envelope would have been checked and double checked and triple checked for complete accuracy. Never mind that Huffington Post printed a story TWO days before the Oscars with the headline Ever Wonder What Would Happen if the Wrong Movie was Announced as Best Picture? Well…we got our answer. Lmao. What you have to keep in mind…..is that television was NOT created to bring truth to the masses. It was created during a wartime era… Read more »

toscanti
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toscanti

It was a terrible mistake that was quickly rectified. “Moonlight” is excellent and deserved the win. Victoria Rowell, STOP! Anything you can do to scream injustice or racism, Please Stop!

dmr
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dmr

I was thinking the same thing when I read her comment…here we go again…

Mo
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Mo

Ditto.

Addison
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Addison

I agree. VR needs to just stop because in shrilling about non existent cases of racism, she undermines the real cases of racism.

Geoffrey-Martin Cyr
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Geoffrey-Martin Cyr

I echo all of you 1000%. Her continued attempts at scraping every morsel of self-promotion, race-baiting and imagined relevance is pathetic. She has forever sullied whatever #YR legacy she had left, and I for one hope she vanishes from the ether as soon as humanly possible.

Karen
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Karen

It seems she is the racist. It was a mistake, I’m sure they wouldn’t intentionally embarrass themselves like that.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Agree regarding Rowell’s comment. Ugh.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Its seems strange..like a publicity gimmick or something…maybe we can blame the Russians again for manipulating the voting system-lol….

JK
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JK

IN LIBERAL HOLLYWOOD IT MUST BE TRUMPS FAULT!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

so true

rebecca1
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rebecca1

no jimh. just…no.

it was strange, but real and uncomfortable for all involved.

Celia
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Celia

True, Jim. May have been a mistake. But this poster is always right, so you cannot defy her. Some people have all the answers……

rebecca1
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rebecca1

LOL, CeeCee…me, Addison, ummm, Harry, Rose…you have the same critique for us all. Try mixin’ it up! (While you’re formulating what we should be saying and doing in our “old” age.)

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Oh…and I know you were kidding jimh…but there are actually some people who believe it was a scam…was done for publicity. Yikes, but then again there are people who deny the Holocaust. Takes all types….

Shay
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Shay

@Celia….Or just think they do……

Celia
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Celia

Oh, Shay, Shay. You and I must have some hidden, desirable quality which sticks to someone’s craw. I wish I knew what it was. LOL. Mystifying….
Although I did not watch the Oscars, some of my friends did. The majority agrees that it was an honest mishap….not staged. Who knows?! How old are Beatty and Dunaway?! LOL. ….couldn’t resist.
Later…..

Steve
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Steve

There are 2 sets of envelopes (one of each side of stage). Beatty & Dunaway must have entered from the opposite side of stage than DiCaprio (previous presenter) did. The accountant obviously gave the wrong envelope. Regardless…
1- why didn’t Warren point out mistake & ask for new envelope?
2- did Faye read the full text before declaring LaLa Land winner?
3- why did it take 3 minutes!!! for correct winner to be named?
4- last acceptance speech from LaLa Land producer went on even though he knew they lost by then. Granted he was confused, but, huh?

Addison
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Addison

Steve, I think hindsight is everything. It seems to me that in the flush of the moment and as the audience eagerly awaits the announcement of the winner, one is going to fumble a bit. I am sure both Beatty and Dunaway wish they had handled this with more grace but we all cannot all be as quick as David Niven who famously quipped,”How brave it was of him to show us his shortcomings” after a streaker ran across the stage.

Geoffrey-Martin Cyr
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Geoffrey-Martin Cyr

Actually, Addison … the country saw an example of what to do when Adele stopped her performance at this month’s Grammy Awards. (If you see something, SAY SOMETHING!) It would appear Beatty (and perhaps Dunaway) was uncomfortable and knew in their gut something was not right. But like that buffoon Steve Harvey last year, they just trudged-on ahead without the stone that Adele had when she said “No, something is not right, I’m not going to ruin this for George!” and she insisted the error be addressed. Granted, it was a live show … but in the time that three… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Or apparently as classy or appropriate to the event as David Niven, either, Addison! I don’t believe this British “officer and a gentleman” WWII-decorated Army vet ever felt the need to commandeer an awards show to air his political views or bash an American president in public…

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I completely agree with you Addison. I actually felt bad for Beatty. Seems to me, which I posted, that he was confused….yet at the same time not sure of himself. I think, for some reason, he froze. Like, what if I say it’s the wrong card (in front of a world-wide audience) and I’m wrong. So, it looked to me like he handed it to Dunaway to confirm his suspicions…but because he didn’t convey his doubt (LOL, he really did look like a deer in the headlights) she just hastily saw La La Land and read it. Yes, of course,… Read more »

clh
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clh

Betting on the Oscars? Seriously people will you turn everything into betting?

Anything that has humans involved at some point is going to encounter errors and to act like it’s the end of the world is just ridiculous.

A mistake was made, was corrected, and an apology made. Stuff happens, move on.

Mo
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Mo

I know. I thought her comment was in poor taste and certainly didn’t need to be repeated here.

mark
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mark

No one saw any of these movies anyway so it really doesn’t matter

Drake
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Drake

Seriously? La La Land has generated over $300 Million at the box office worldwide. Moonlight is more of an indie film but quite remarkable nonetheless.

Phillip
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Phillip

Yes I agree with you Mark, the Oscars were a mess. Lol

rebecca1
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rebecca1

A mess? I thought it was fantastic…from Timberlakes’ fantastic musical opening, Kimmel a great host whom I love and thought was hilarious…to the fantastic sest design which was pure Hollywood glamour.

Very entertaining and well done. Loved it!

Celia
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Celia

I didn’t even bother watching, Phillip. But, I heard it described just as you say. A mess.
But, of course, anyone who maligns or throws classless jabs at the President has no respect for himself or his country, no matter who “holds court”. The same applies to those who find great satisfaction in wanting him to fail. Respect the office if not the man. And the pot calls me black.
I am surprised the mix-up wasn’t blamed on the President, as well……everything else is.

Brian
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Brian

Respect a man that has shown no respect for anyone or anything? A man that has spoken about women the way he has, military veterans, disabled people, Latinos, Muslims, the list goes on, the man that argues with people on Twitter and behaves like a grade school bully. I don’t think so. I don’t care if he’s the President, the King, or who he is, respect is earned not given. I’ll respect him the same way Republicans respected Obama.

Celia
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Celia

@Brian. Hi, Brian, I hear you, believe me. I did say respect the office, if not the man. I would love to move on. I am so tired of everything…everywhere I turn. There’s no escape, it seems. I would just love for some peace and give him a chance. But, the continuing antagonistic behavior, especially from the Hollywood elitists, who have no clue, is getting old and stale. I always hope for the best. There is also so much exaggerstion going on, Brian. We all had our say, either agreeing or disagreeing. It is time to stop and hope for… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

A totally hot, unnecessary mess, Phillip!!!! Quite frankly, the only suspense I garnered from the whole proceedings was the question of whether a Viola Davis victory would trigger another stratospheric Twitter meltdown from NLG….

Addison
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Addison

I saw both Moonlight and La La Land and loved them both! They are both great works of art.

From,

No One.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

i havent seen a movie in five years…too costly, and i have grown tired of award shows that really arent about winning awards anymore-

Karen
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Karen

Totally agree with you.

Celia
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Celia

I do not go to the movies, either, Jimmy. We only go to Disney movies when out, with the kids.
There are many who will not honor some of these Hollywood leftists. ….sort of a boycott.

Shay
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Shay

Amen, jimh!….I have pretty much given up on all forms of entertainment that emanate from these cosseted liberal luvvies….the Oscars were every bit as disgraceful and despicable as I expected them to be, and the fact that they once again posted diminished ratings demonstrates just how out-of-touch these people are with patriotic Americans who don’t care to hear their bloviating blather time and time again. But by all means, let them keep preaching to their leftist choir….they are only alienating an ever-growing portion of the public that has absolutely no use for them, their products or their overinflated opinions of… Read more »

Abruzzfan
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Abruzzfan

I haven’t seen either movie, but I have heard several people say that they fell asleep during LaLaLand. I guess the middle of the movie was very slow.

I found the ending of the Oscars quite entertaining! It was great fun! Nice to see that life happens to everyone. 🙂

Celia
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Celia

LOL, Abruzzfan…the title alone, “LaLa Land” would send anyone into the arms of Morpheus.

Mo
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Mo

It was not Warren and Faye’s fault, although Faye did get a little eager. Warren should probably have said, hold on a mo, and turned to producers for help/clarification. Guess Price Waterhouse needs to make some changes to their procedure. Also, they should have cut the mike off when they realized the mistake.

Abruzzfan
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Abruzzfan

@Mo – I agree with you that Warren should have spoken up and pointed out that he did not have the correct card.

Aria
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Aria

It was a human mistake, but made the show better if you ask me. No one is gonna die from this so let’s not crusifie anyone.

k/kay
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k/kay

Hmmm I thought all of Hollywood was leaving the country when the Trumpster got in? Keep running your mouths for three hours see how those box office tickets do for you!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

And i was willing to help pack Rosie O’donnell’s bags…

Shay
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Shay

You wouldn’t have to, jimh….That line would be at least as long those queuing up for a Trump rally, and I suspect our president himself would happily do that job as a public service to the country! He’d probably even offer “AirTrumpOne” to help spirit away that miserable example of humanity from our shores….

Celia
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Celia

Good for you, kay. You truly know how to turn a word.

Shay
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Shay

More like we have this uncanny ability to elicit a Pavlovian response….as well as live rent-free 24/7 in one’s mind….actually, quite a bit of psychological food for thought going on there……

Shay
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Shay

@k/kay….Who else would even want them????

k/kay
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k/kay

My gosh just watched Casey Affleck in Manchester by the sea !!! Gosh awful I will never get that two hours back of my life!

Adam
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Adam

I was thrilled to see Faye & Warren together, wow 50 years of their awesome movie, I feel bad for them, but Faye is not worried about it and it was not their fault. They were given the wrong card.

In the end glad LA LA LAND did not win, and the Moonlight did win, though Mel Gibson’s movie was awesome, Garfield nailed this true story.

Oh well like they say we all make mistakes and you learn from them and move on!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

It was one of those woulda, shoulda, coulda, moments– but there is a silver lining in this– most of us can’t remember which film won best picture last year or the year before that or the year before that etc…… but NOBODY will forget the year MOONLIGHT won because of this mistake—- and it will also be in history reels about Oscar highlights for all time— so in a way– this film which in the past would not have even been nominated will never be forgotten–

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Are all the people who were listed in the “In Memoriam” segment really dead or were some of them prematurely announced dead???????????????????????????????????????????

I will never watch the Oscars again!

Mo
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Mo

There was a wrong picture used for a lady who is dead. The picture used is of a woman who is still alive. This mistake should never have happened.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Yes, Mo, I thought I should google my question and there it was. As far as I could see, they didn’t announce any wrong deaths by name, but the wrong picture is still disgraceful!

Dan
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Dan

It’s a shame to see a story about the Oscars turn into an occasion for people to turn this forum into political ugliness. No thank you. I get enough of that every time I turn on the TV, go on Facebook or Twitter, hell when I step into the lunch room at work. Do we have to turn this page into a Fox News or MSNBC comments section? Good lord, give me a break. I watch the Oscars every year, I have for as long as I can remember. I usually watch it with a group of friends, and we… Read more »

Rose
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Rose

Thought I would try to find a little humor in what happened. Anyone can make a mistake, and someone will become accountable for it, but remember income tax season is coming up. Make sure you check your accountant’s results. 🙂 But I do wonder why some commenters give a pass to particular candidates who had/have no respect for the office of the President or the man in office at the time, in words and documented deeds, when campaigning. And even have problems with some soap characters similar behavior, but cry foul when others hold up a mirror to their leader… Read more »

blake
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blake

What a mess! After bashing Trump all night the Oscars got their karma. The horrified look on Meryl Streep when this happened was all worth it.

This year’s Oscars also had the lowest ratings in 9 years. People are tired of the rich and entitled celebs preaching their liberal agenda to us.

Shay
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Shay

Be it karma, or even, dare I say it, “Divine Intervention?” Whatever it was, it was absolutely BEAUTIFUL, Blake!!!!!

Ravello
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Ravello

I thought the tour bus bit was cute for a minute but then they stayed with it too long and fussed over a couple tourists and ignored the others.

John Gordon
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John Gordon

I noticed that Faye Dunaway made a quick exit……
Maybe she’ll change her name to Faye Runaway

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Maybe she ran away to retrieve a “wire hanger” to beat the envelope guy with…

John Gordon
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John Gordon

…or Warren LoL

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But, what will happen if and when EJ finds out that Sami had sex with her ex? Stay tuned.

In the meantime, Alison took to her Instagram and shared her thoughts alongside photos of her and Bryan, then and now.

Over the years, Bryan had remained one of Alison’s good friends.

Sweeney expressed: “I have always had such fun working with @bryan.dattilo !! 28 years later, some things never change. Still laughing between takes and grateful to have such a talented, supportive costar. Thanks @nbc for this great archive photo! And so grateful to @nbcdays for the incredible opportunity to play Sami.”

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Kevin Spirtas Talks ‘After Forever’s’ Digital Special ‘Riley’s Unforgettable School Project’, The Loss of Michael Slade, and a Chance to Reprise DAYS Craig Wesley

The coronavirus pandemic has put to the test many content creators on just how they would keep their projects moving forward in ways they never dreamed of. However, out of that situation has come some of the most compelling, unique series, specials, and features currently streaming for viewers. One of which is Riley’s Unforgettable School Project, brought to you by the team from the six-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning series, After Forever.

Former Days of our Lives star, Kevin Spirtas (Ex-Craig Wesley) has starred in and created the first two seasons of what has become the most honored Emmy-awarded LGBTQ-themed drama series on any platform.  Along with his ‘After Forever’ writing/producing partner, the late Michael Slade (DAYS, OLTL, Passions, Another World), the two also conceptualized and delivered this latest documentary-style offering now on Amazon Prime Video.

What makes Riley’s Unforgettable School Project so noteworthy is not just how they were able to execute the series based on fictional 11-year-old Riley’s virtual school project and utilize its cast, which includes: Spirtas, Cady Huffman, Jamison Stern, Lenny Wolpe, Erin Cherry, Anita Gillette, Christopher J. Hanke, and Finn Douglas, but that it was made while Slade was succumbing to his battle with cancer, and that this special marks the final script from this talented writer.

 

Michael Fairman TV spoke with Spirtas about making the special during Covid-19, how the death of Michael Slade has made a lasting impact on his life, what After Forever has personally meant to him, and how an official third season is still in the works, and … if he would consider a return to Salem and Days of our Lives, should they come a-calling.  Here’s what Kevin had to say about it all.

Photo: AfterForever

I think the entire story of this digital special has become even more meaningful with Michael Slade’s passing. What was the genesis of the concept? You wanted to continue the telling of the story of After Forever … but we are all in the middle of a pandemic?

KEVIN:  Yes and… when we filmed season 2, we had the scripts for season 3 already completed. It was our hope and desire to film them at the same time, back-to-back, so that we would have had all of our cast and crew together, and we could have gotten through it because we’ve always imagined this story being told in a trilogy so to speak – a beginning, middle, and end to Brian (Spirtas) and Jason, (Mitchell Anderson) and Brian’s healing or his steps towards healing through grief.  Schedules turned out that they couldn’t really work out for us to hold all the people and hold all of the sets for that amount of time.  So, we thought, “We’ve got the scripts for season 3 ready.  We’ll come back to it in the following year,” and that was always the intention, and then the pandemic hit.  So, it was shut down immediately that we weren’t going to do anything, but we wanted to stay current, and instead of going back in and telling the third installment of After Forever as a Covid-19 story as well, Michael and I sat down and looked at a way of staying relevant and current with a story within COVID, and there was born the idea to do this documentary style story/special about the characters of After Forever told through the lens of the character of Riley, the 11-year-old boy, who is now being homeschooled during the pandemic. He gets an assignment to do a project about the most unforgettable person he has ever met, and he, of course, chooses his best friend, the late Jason Adams, and he enlists all of Jason’s friends and family to join in.  Michael actually said, “What if we tell a story about Riley being homeschooled?” And, not only is Riley a technical genius at 11-years-old in the story, but Finn Douglas, who plays Riley, is a technical genius.

And didn’t Finn perform and write the song “Forever There” contained within the special?

KEVIN. Yes. He is this incredible musician.  Michael thought, “What would it be like if we asked to have the character of Finn sing a song for Jason?”  I said, “Well, what kind of song would we have him sing?”  Finn could play anything, I’m sure, because he’s self-taught, he plays by ear – guitar, piano, and drums.  Michael said, “What if we ask him to see if he could write a song?” and when we heard this song, we all called each other and we all got on Zoom and went, “Can you believe this song?  Can you believe this came out of this 11-year-old?”  It’s pretty incredible.  Michael did a gorgeous job of weaving the stories in and out and how they just sort of dove-tailed into each other, and then it was framed by Riley opening the project and ending the project.  During the Zoom reading we wanted to hear the song out loud.  We said to Finn, “Would you want to sing the song?”  We all just watched everybody on that Zoom call just fall apart.  It was just so beautiful. He’s an amazing talent.

Where is your character within this?

KEVIN:  I still stand in the center of the story of Jason because my character, Brian, was married to Jason, and it sort of connects us all, and through Riley’s understanding of how we all connect to Jason, is how we are all sort of spread out throughout the story.  Michael jokingly said, “You know, you’re not going to be the star of this special,” and I said, “I don’t think it’s about being the star.  It’s really about the storytelling.”  The beauty of Riley’s Unforgettable School Project is that we get to see moments of each person’s relationship with Jason, which Riley sets out to say, “Answer these three questions: What did you like most about Jason?  What did you like least about Jason? And what’s your favorite memory?”  Those three things, cut back and forth is where we all kind of fit in.  Nobody has more of a story than the next person, and it’s all telling honest portrayals of how they’re dealing with their loss of their good friend, or their child, or partner.

It’s a very inventive idea during Covid-19 to continue it in a way where you weren’t having to go shoot a full season of episodes.

KEVIN:  Well, we couldn’t. I have to say, Allison Vanore, who not only produced this special, but she also stepped up saying, “I’d love to direct this,” and I said, “Yes, please!”  She knows the characters.  She understands the story because she’s been a part of it for the last two seasons.  Allison also has this extraordinary amount of knowledge and expertise with the camera and what was needed for a remote shoot, and to also be able to organize filming 13 people in 2 different countries and 5 different cities… that’s just the technical side of it, but having that in our back pocket, knowing that it was a remote shoot, we had to send the camera, the computer, the ring light, and the microphone to each person’s house.  We had to location scout over Zoom.  We had to do wardrobe over Zoom.  It was all this big puzzle putting it together, and once you look at that board of storytelling and how we were going to do it, it kind of fell into place.  I feel blessed that a) we still had Michael with us, at that point, and b) Allison had the know-how to do this.  We all feel that at least this pandemic didn’t keep us from doing what we love.

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In terms of the contribution of Michael Slade in this special, was it the construction of the story, and how was he able to work and write this during his illness?

KEVIN:  Michael’s contribution to the special was no less than the contribution to season 1 and season 2, and the future of season 3, because the scripts are written.  We did everything on Zoom, and we worked around his schedule of treatment.  We scheduled 2 people per day, and we spread them out over two weeks.  He was very present, and when there would be a day where he would say, “I’m going to be an hour late, let’s just push that call time,” I would ask, “Is this too much right now?  We can shelve it; we can stop it.” He’d then say, “Absolutely not, otherwise cancer will win.”  He was determined to stay focused and to stay active because it took his mind off of what was happening to him.

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It would be lovely moment if you both were to win a Daytime Emmy for this project. 

KEVIN:  It’s our last collaboration together as a team, as I said, season 3 has been scripted, and it is on the calendar to get made.  We are just waiting for the COVID restrictions to lift a little bit and everyone to get vaccinated.  Michael was really hit hard with cancer – to stay healthy was so challenging for him.  Sadly, he didn’t make it to see the final edit of the special, and he died four days before we launched, but he had seen the cuts before that and was very approving of it, and had made some decisions, and offered some suggestions, and if God gives him an Emmy for this, it’s not because he died.  It’s because it’s great work.  It just happens to be that the work that was involved in this particular special was very tricky.  It brought up everything, like life itself to have to deal with.  Here we are dealing with the loss of a colleague, the loss of a friend, someone’s brother, someone’s son, this is life imitating art, imitating art imitating life. I can’t tell you the darkness that I went through just experiencing the need to stay focused on getting everything edited, and everything ready, and everything aligned for a release of this project that we had put into motion.  On top of it, our editor lost his mother just before Michael passed, and Allison’s mom was sick at the time, as well.  It took a lot of heavy deep breaths with Michael’s death, and the pandemic, and the loss has, for me, on a personal level, sent me back to really questioning my spiritual muscle and to help remind me that we have to come out of this better than we went into this.  I had many dark nights of the soul this last year, and December was probably the darkest.  I feel like I’m just kind of coming out of it now with the spring revealing itself.

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It must have been extraordinarily difficult for you to also go to New York during a pandemic and also knowing Michael did not have much time left.

KEVIN:  I will say this: I am grateful that I was able to stay in touch with my heart and my instinct and go out to New York to let that be my remote location.  Yes, maybe there was some risk involved.  I wore my mask; I was Covid-19 negative, and I was determined to be fine.  Once I got to New York, I would visit him very protectively with our masks and our gloves, and I’d sit across the room, and then I’d go back to the house I was at.  It was a gift that I was able to see him at that time.  We had some good talks then about how he was feeling, and I think he was still being optimistic, and then once we got the project in the can there was maybe this psychic letting go. That’s when everything really started to reveal itself as this could be the end.  I did go back to see him when he was in hospice.  I think I was there the last two days that he really was able to really stay coherent.  He would close his eyes and be at peace and quiet for a minute, and he would finish a conversation and sort of close his eyes, not to sleep and not to go away, but I remember watching him going, “Look how peaceful he is,” and then he’d open his eyes and he’d remember that he is in this body that has been given a time limit of life, and he’s on his way out.  I’d watch the fear go back in his eyes.  At one point, he did say, “I’m so scared,” and I just held his hand, and I said, “I’m scared too.  Let’s be scared through this together.”  I don’t know how to navigate grief like that.  We are all going to be in a position at some point where we are going to be on the other side of the hand holding.  The wonderful thing is that we were able to have honest communication about our feelings.  I thanked him for everything that he has done for me and how he believed in my talent and creativity and our partnership.  I will always take that with me.  I waved my finger at him, and I said, “Listen.  Now, we wrote a series about a man talking to his deceased husband.  You’d better talk to me!”  So, we laughed about that.

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You’ve done a lot of things in your career from Broadway to television, and of course, daytime fans know you best as Dr. Craig Wesley on DAYS.  How does the entire After Forever project stack up to you within all that you have done?

KEVIN:  Former DAYS casting director Fran Bascom, sought me out and offered me this 2-day role on Days of Our Lives, and those 2 days turned into 8 years, and unbeknownst to me at the time, the final 3 months of that contract of those 8 years, Michael Slade was brought in to write.  We didn’t cross paths at that point, but years later, when we did cross paths in New York, and then After Forever was born, that was that universal crossing point.  I am most proud of the fact that we were able create something fresh, and real, and personal to ourselves that we didn’t have to cater to any “powers that be” that had their vision and their tinkering, that they thought that it could be better in this way or that way.  Then for After Forever to gain such recognition, within the film festivals, and the Emmys, and then, just after Michael died, we won the GLAAD award for Special Recognition this year.  We don’t even fit into one of their categories!  They found a way to acknowledge this project.  If another Emmy happens again, that might be another one to put up on the shelf for After Forever that would be beautiful, and I couldn’t have done it without Michael.

For the Daytime Emmys this year, what category have you entered Riley’s Unforgettable School Project?

KEVIN:  We are not a series this year, we are a daytime fiction special, and the “Daytime Fiction Special” category is a special class.  It’s anything that’s digital in the construct of less than 40 minutes.  NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is being bombarded with so much content, they’re trying to find ways to put categories together.

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So, now, when we last saw Days of Lives’ Dr. Craig Wesley, where was he? (Laughs)

KEVIN: (Laughs) He was in a flash from the past or something in the DOOL app’s Last Blast Reunion series. I had a fun time working with Patrika Darbo (Nancy) and Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), once again.

So, if they were to want Craig to come back to DAYS, would you be all for it?

KEVIN:  Hell yes!

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Now, what story would you want to be told involving Craig? 

KEVIN:  When Craig was first on the canvas in Salem, there was a lot of mustache twirling and a lot of hand wringing.  He was always plotting; most of the time with Nancy.  It was kind of this high drama, evil villain storyline being told, but when the writers created an opportunity for us to be on after those first three months by bringing on Chloe without a father, there was something real about it.  It may have been told under the construct of soap opera storytelling, but there was a reality-based story about, “You have a daughter, and we are just now finding out about it?”  Then, finding a cure to her health was another realistic story, and finding out that Craig was her real father.  Anything that’s reality based is what I’m getting to.  I would welcome any job that brings me back and gives me an opportunity to dive into something real.

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Would you welcome the opportunity to play a gay character on daytime; in a medium where there are very few represented in storylines?

KEVIN:  I’d have no problem with that.  Do you know anybody who is starting that?  Let’s do it!  (Laughs) First of all, there’s nothing to hide anymore.  There’s nothing to pretend you’re not anymore.  I would think that bringing in a storyline that deals with anything outside the norm that we are used to seeing would be interesting.  How many times can you retell a story?  How many times can you set the same story up with another couple?  So, why not be diverse and have a stylized story being told through the lens of a gay person.

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In closing, so many go through life without acknowledging people who had an impact them.  We don’t give pats on the back, often enough, and especially in Hollywood, where people can be very self-involved.  You have already paid tribute to Michael Slade in our discussion, but what gift from him is your personal takeaway?

KEVIN:  The gift that Michael really gave to me is to remember to be kind to myself and to others, and to acknowledge and salute the person who is in front of us, because we don’t know when we will have, or if we will have, another moment to do that.

Now below, check out the trailer for Riley’s Unforgettable School Project.  Then let us know, what do you think of its concept? Kevin’s thoughts on the passing of his collaborator on the project, Michael Slade? And, do you hope DAYS brings back Dr. Craig Wesley? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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REPORT: Dan Feuerriegel is DAYS New EJ DiMera

Could Days of our Lives finally found their new EJ? Rumors have been circulating on the internet for weeks that the character of EJ DiMera may finally have a new face and a new actor portraying and heading back to Salem, especially since Sami (Alison Sweeney) is back on the canvas.

The role was previously played by longtime fan favorite James Scott, who had made it very clear he would never return to Days of our Lives.

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Now according to Daytime Confidential and their report from setside sources, the new EJ will actually be played by former Spartacus actor Dan Feuerriegel.

The Australian-born actor has been seen in Starz’ Spartacus franchise in the role of Agron.

According to the report, look for the new EJ to make his debut sometime this summer.

DAYS fans know that in story, EJ was brought back form the dead, from the serum from Dr. Rolf, but then was injured in an explosion and had reunited with Sami and had been recovery in Europe.

So, if this reports turns out to be true, what do you think of the new EJ? Comment below.

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