Highly disagree with this assessment.
Beatty did everything short of stopping the show to insulate himself from being the scapegoat.
- Quadruple-checked what was on the envelope.
- Then, probably realizing something was wrong, hot-potatoed the actual announcement to Dunaway, who clearly wasn’t paying attention.
- Stayed on stage through the entire fiasco
- 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.