Oscars 2017 host Jimmy Kimmel poked fun at his longtime nemesis Matt Damon throughout the show, and the night was supposed to end with one last jab. Damon was in on it (he always is), but everything was thrown out the window with EnvelopeGate.
Kimmel explained on "The Bill Simmons Podcast" that the show was supposed to end after Best Picture was announced, as usual. Damon was nominated as one of the producers of "Manchester by the Sea," which was not expected to win. Kimmel warned Damon that, if "Manchester" did not win, he would sit next to Damon in the audience and use the moment as his revenge for the Emmys, where Damon mocked Kimmel for losing Outstanding Variety Talk Series.
As Kimmel explained:
"I'd be sitting next to him and it would start on me. I'd start wrapping the show up but then the camera would widen and we'd see that Matt would be sitting next to me and I would say, 'Well, you know it's unbelievable, you know Casey [Affleck] won [best actor] and Kenneth [Lonergan] won [best original screenplay]. There's only one person who didn't win tonight and it's you.' It would have been a nice little button to the whole night."
And instead the night ended with, as one of the show's own producers called the Best Picture snafu, the Hindenburg disaster. It was a big mess, but at least Kimmel got his one Oscar wish: Matt Damon lost.
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