Channeling Emma Stone's Mia, Corden retells the tale of how 'La La Land' almost won Best Picture

By Nick Romano
February 28, 2017 at 09:32 AM EST

This one is for the dreamers — specifically, the La La Land cast and crew dreaming of the big Oscar win.

Dressing up as Emma Stone, Late Late Show host James Corden recreated Mia’s audition scene in Damien Chazelle’s movie musical to tell a story, the story of how La La Land was accidentally announced as Best Picture before a correction was made and Moonlight bore the title.

“My film used to be Best Picture,” Corden began. “I remember it was Oscar night. Faye Dunaway said, ‘La La Land won.’ I remember our whole team jumped on the stage, leapt without looking. We gave speeches, until the PricewaterhouseCooper [accountant] guys came up and said, ‘Moonlight‘s the winner.'”

Breaking into song, he continued, “Then we lost our damn minds. Was this a mix-up, a conspiracy, a fix-up, or was Warren Beatty just blind? Here’s to the ones who lose. God, I need so much booze.”

Other late-night hosts like Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert addressed the error on Monday. “Clyde threw Bonnie under the bus,” Kimmel, who hosted Sunday’s ceremony, joked of Bonnie and Clyde actors Dunaway and Beatty. “It should’ve been a great moment for African-Americans,” Colbert said of the Moonlight winners, “but there’s always a catch.”

Watch Corden in the clip above.

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