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Highly disagree with this assessment.

Beatty did everything short of stopping the show to insulate himself from being the scapegoat.

  1. Quadruple-checked what was on the envelope.
  2. Then, probably realizing something was wrong, hot-potatoed the actual announcement to Dunaway, who clearly wasn’t paying attention.
  3. Stayed on stage through the entire fiasco
  4. Came back to the mic to explain, ‘No I’m not old and senile, I got the wrong envelope’.

He’ll be attached to this forever and I’m sure there’s a slew of hot-takers trying to meme him into internet fodder but Beatty been around too long to not play the game.