Al Pacino speaks out after baffling audience when he read out Best Picture winner without naming nominees

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By Nasima Khatun

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Al Pacino has now spoken out after leaving audiences stumped while presenting the award for Best Picture at the Oscars.

On March 10, we were treated to a handful of iconic moments courtesy of the 96th installment of the Academy Awards.

Watch Al Pacino announce the winner of the Best Picture award at the Oscars:

Some of the industry's biggest stars gathered together in the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles in the hopes that they would be honored with a prestigious award for their performances over the past year, but in the end, there could only be one winner.

Cillian Murphy took home the award for Best Actor for his performance in Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer while Emma Stone secured the victory for Best Actress for her role in Poor Things.

Cillian Murphy during the live telecast of the 96th Annual Academy Awards. Credit: Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times/Getty

As for Best Supporting Actor and Actress, Robert Downey Jr. and Da'Vine Joy Randolph won in their categories respectively, with both stars taking home their first Oscars ever.

Robert Downey Jr., winner of the Best Actor in a Supporting Role award, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, winner of the Best Supporting Actress award, Emma Stone, winner of the Best Actress in a Leading Role award, and Cillian Murphy, winner of the Best Actor in a Leading Role award, pose in the press room. Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty

While those moments were hot talking points online, there was one other moment that everyone could not stop talking about and of course, it's Al Pacino's alleged presenting blunder.

The actor had the honor of presenting the award for Best Picture - the most prestigious award of the night - with Barbie, Oppenheimer, American Fiction, Anatomy of a Fall, The Holdovers, Killers of the Flower Moon, Maestro, Past Lives, Poor Things, and Zone of Interest all nominated.

However, when it came to announcing the winner, Pacino caused chaos after reading out the name on the card without actually going through the list of nominees.

Al Pacino presented the award for Best Picture at the Oscars this year. Credit: Rich Polk/Variety/Getty

"Only one will take the award for Best Picture, and I have to go to the envelope for that, and I will," Pacino told the crowd.

He then proceeded to open the golden envelope as he told the audience: "Here it comes. And my eyes see Oppenheimer, yes."

The moment immediately went viral.

"I'm obsessed with the way Al Pacino announced Oppenheimer as Best Picture. couldn’t have been more chaotic or confusing lol," wrote one user while another added: "al pacino confused as hell, music delayed, no one moved and the camera man fighting for his life... this might be the best announcement ever."

Just two days later, the 83-year-old has now addressed the blunder in a statement.

"I just want to be clear it was not my intention to omit them, rather a choice by the producers not to have them said again since they were highlighted individually throughout the ceremony," he explained.

Al Pacino has now addressed the blunder in a statement. Credit: Rich Polk/Variety/Getty

"I was honored to be a part of the evening and chose to follow the way they wished for this award to be presented," he continued before adding: "I realize being nominated is a huge milestone in one's life and to not be fully recognized is offensive and hurtful."

Pacino concluded that as someone who "profoundly relates with filmmakers, actors, and producers," he "deeply empathize[s] with those who have been slighted by this oversight.

"It's why I felt it necessary to make this statement," he said.

Featured Image Credit: Rich Polk/Variety/Getty

Al Pacino speaks out after baffling audience when he read out Best Picture winner without naming nominees

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By Nasima Khatun

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Al Pacino has now spoken out after leaving audiences stumped while presenting the award for Best Picture at the Oscars.

On March 10, we were treated to a handful of iconic moments courtesy of the 96th installment of the Academy Awards.

Watch Al Pacino announce the winner of the Best Picture award at the Oscars:

Some of the industry's biggest stars gathered together in the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles in the hopes that they would be honored with a prestigious award for their performances over the past year, but in the end, there could only be one winner.

Cillian Murphy took home the award for Best Actor for his performance in Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer while Emma Stone secured the victory for Best Actress for her role in Poor Things.

Cillian Murphy during the live telecast of the 96th Annual Academy Awards. Credit: Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times/Getty

As for Best Supporting Actor and Actress, Robert Downey Jr. and Da'Vine Joy Randolph won in their categories respectively, with both stars taking home their first Oscars ever.

Robert Downey Jr., winner of the Best Actor in a Supporting Role award, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, winner of the Best Supporting Actress award, Emma Stone, winner of the Best Actress in a Leading Role award, and Cillian Murphy, winner of the Best Actor in a Leading Role award, pose in the press room. Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty

While those moments were hot talking points online, there was one other moment that everyone could not stop talking about and of course, it's Al Pacino's alleged presenting blunder.

The actor had the honor of presenting the award for Best Picture - the most prestigious award of the night - with Barbie, Oppenheimer, American Fiction, Anatomy of a Fall, The Holdovers, Killers of the Flower Moon, Maestro, Past Lives, Poor Things, and Zone of Interest all nominated.

However, when it came to announcing the winner, Pacino caused chaos after reading out the name on the card without actually going through the list of nominees.

Al Pacino presented the award for Best Picture at the Oscars this year. Credit: Rich Polk/Variety/Getty

"Only one will take the award for Best Picture, and I have to go to the envelope for that, and I will," Pacino told the crowd.

He then proceeded to open the golden envelope as he told the audience: "Here it comes. And my eyes see Oppenheimer, yes."

The moment immediately went viral.

"I'm obsessed with the way Al Pacino announced Oppenheimer as Best Picture. couldn’t have been more chaotic or confusing lol," wrote one user while another added: "al pacino confused as hell, music delayed, no one moved and the camera man fighting for his life... this might be the best announcement ever."

Just two days later, the 83-year-old has now addressed the blunder in a statement.

"I just want to be clear it was not my intention to omit them, rather a choice by the producers not to have them said again since they were highlighted individually throughout the ceremony," he explained.

Al Pacino has now addressed the blunder in a statement. Credit: Rich Polk/Variety/Getty

"I was honored to be a part of the evening and chose to follow the way they wished for this award to be presented," he continued before adding: "I realize being nominated is a huge milestone in one's life and to not be fully recognized is offensive and hurtful."

Pacino concluded that as someone who "profoundly relates with filmmakers, actors, and producers," he "deeply empathize[s] with those who have been slighted by this oversight.

"It's why I felt it necessary to make this statement," he said.

Featured Image Credit: Rich Polk/Variety/Getty