What’s a little bit of trolling between award shows?
We’re now living in a post-Oscar gaffe world, so it only make sense that one of the first award shows since the 2017 Academy Awards would poke fun at the “La La Land” and “Moonlight” mix-up.
At the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night, presenters Nancy O’Dell and David Copperfield did their best Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty (grade: B-) by announcing the wrong winner for the “Song of the Year” category.
“Uh, this is odd, David?” O’Dell joked, handing the envelope off to the magician.
Then, Copperfield announced that Emma Stone of “La La Land” was the winner, with the camera zooming in to confirm that her name was actually written on the envelope.
But, of course, you don’t bring a magician to an award ceremony and expect him to just say the winner, right? Cue Copperfield setting the envelope on fire, while O’Dell played along.
(Fun fact: Faye Dunaway also wanted to set her envelope on fire, but did not possess the magical capabilities.)
In the end, the duo cut the jokes and awarded Thomas Rhett’s “Die a Happy Man” as Song of the Year, but if we learned anything from the Oscars, the fake mistake is what people will actually remember.
Watch the peak award show moment below.