Jimmy Kimmel To Denzel Washington: 'You Saved Me And The Oscars'

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Jul. 11 2018, Published 6:26 p.m. ET

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Two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! to discuss his new film Equalizer 2 and talk about how he saved the 2017 Oscars! Keep reading to find out how!

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Hollywood (and the world) will never forget that one fateful night at the Oscars when in 2017, the award for Best Picture was wrongfully given to La La Land, when it in fact was supposed to be given to Moonlight.

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Jimmy Kimmel hosted the awards show that year and reveals how Denzel was his saving grace.

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Jimmy said that when the fiasco happened in the moment, Denzel helped him snap back into the situation. “I was confused, as was everyone — except for you,” Jimmy remembered. “I didn’t know what exactly to do, and I looked out in the audience and you were looking at me and you… point at Barry Jenkins, the director of ‘Moonlight,’ and you go, ‘Bring him to the mic.’” "So, I saved the Oscars," the Training Day actor replied, to which Jimmy responded, "You saved me and the Oscars!"

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The two then went on to discuss some sports matters. The 63-year old said that he was ecstatic when he heard that LeBron James had signed on to start playing for the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Denzel and LeBron have briefly met but the actor is friends with the former Lakers star and current team president of basketball operations, Magic Johnson. So he called Magic to congratulate him on acquiring the former Cleveland player.

"He got me off the phone because too many people were calling," Denzel explained to Kimmel with a giggle. "But I did call him to congratulate him."

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Are you surprised by this Denzel/Oscar revelation? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!


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