Jimmy Kimmel describes, in detail, what really went down: 'Thank God Denzel was there'

Less than 24 hours after the drama went down, Jimmy Kimmel revealed exactly what happened, from his perspective, in those final few minutes of the Academy Awards. The host was just as shocked as the rest of the world, but he did his best to neatly wrap up the chaotic show -- thanks to some help from none other than Denzel Washington.

On Monday's episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live," the star explained from start-to-finish, from the moment Warren Beatty glanced, puzzled, between the mistaken envelope and co-presenter Faye Dunaway. At the time, everyone thought the actor was just being silly for suspense.

"In retrospect, now what we know is, Warren was confused, so he handed it to Faye and let her read it," Kimmel said. "In other words, Clyde threw Bonnie under the bus."

Moments after Dunaway declared "La La Land!" the real madness began -- but Kimmel, so far, had no idea. As the cast and crew poured onto the stage and took the mic, Kimmel settled into a comfortable spot.

"I'm now sitting in the audience watching these speeches. The plan is for me to end the show from the audience in a seat next to Matt Damon, who -- I want to make no mistake about this, whatever confusion there was about who won, Matt Damon lost. He's a loser."

He continued: "Matt says, 'I think I heard the stage manager say they got the winner wrong.' Cause the stage manager's on the stage -- the stage manager's never on camera; it's very unusual. So we're kind of sitting there. You figure, well, you know, the host will go on stage and clear this up. And then I remember, oh! I'm the host!"

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Oh no! Kelly Ripa, who usually lights up any red carpet she hits, failed to impress in a gaudy navy blue strapless gown with butterfly patches.

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OMG! Blanca Blanco's ultra-revealing slit is so front-and-center, we barely even notice the statement shoulders.

Between the brightness of Ginnifer Goodwin's red ensemble and its super-conservative style, this look totally missed the mark.

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'Fifty Shades Darker' star Dakota Johnson opted for a more conservative look in a yellow-hued gown, but it was a total departure from her show-stopping red carpet looks lately. 

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Yikes! Leslie Mann is giving us serious Disney princess vibes in this bright yellow ball gown -- but the amount of fabric is just totally overwhelming.

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'Hidden Figures' creenwriter Allison Schroeder rocked a multi-colored gown that failed to impress. 

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No one could rock this incredible multidimensional floral gown, including Janelle Monae.

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Flower power! Scarlett Johansson accented her feminine floral frock with some edgy rocker-chic accessories, but the juxtaposition made for a confusing look. 

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Floral gone wrong! Cynthia Erivo black gown with intricate floral detailing was just way too overwhelming on the red carpet.

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Director Ava DuVernay commanded the carpet in a dramatic gray A-line gown -- but the color was way too drab. 

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Faye Dunaway's buttoned-up look turned heads on the red carpet -- in a bad way! The more structured menswear-inspired top matched with the feminine, ruffled bottom made for a mismatched outfit. 

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Kyla Weber (L) and actor Vince Vaughn attend the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Director Miranda July is a visionary, but she should have looked a little harder for the perfect Oscars gown.
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Kimmel jumped from his seat and headed back up onto the stage, but there was no way to get this derailed train back on track. The 'La La Land' team was still up on stage, totally bewildered, as the real winners, the cast and crew of 'Moonlight,' rushed up to take their rightful spot. It was "mass confusion," Kimmel said. "I'm standing there like an idiot, feeling bad for these guys ... but also trying really hard not to laugh."

And suddenly, from the front row, a hero emerged.

"I see Denzel Washington in the front row trying to get my attention. He's gesturing and he's pointing, and he yells, 'BARRY!' Eventually I figure out that Barry Jenkins, the director of 'Moonlight,' is standing behind me, and Denzel wants me to get him to the microphone to make a speech. Thank God Denzel was there to make sense."

We now know that the insane error was the fault of accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, but in case there's still any doubt, Kimmel cleared the air on one conspiracy theory.

"I did not pull a prank," Kimmel confirmed. But if he had, "I wouldn't have just had the wrong winner's name on the envelope. When they opened it, there would have been a Bed Bath & Beyond coupon."

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: (L-R) Actors Mahershala Ali, winner of Best Supporting Actor for 'Moonlight,' Emma Stone, winner of Best Actress for 'La La Land,' Viola Davis, winner of the Best Supporting Actress award for 'Fences,' and Casey Affleck, winner of Best Actor for 'Manchester by the Sea,' pose in the press room during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Best Actress: Emma Stone for La La Land

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Best Picture: Moonlight

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Best Actor: Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea


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Directing: Damien Chazelle for La La Land


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Best Adapted Screenplay: Moonlight - Screenplay by Barry Jenkins; Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney

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Best Original Screenplay: Manchester by the Sea written by Kenneth Lonergan
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Best Original Song: "City of Stars" from La La Land - Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Music (Original Score): Justin Hurwitz for La La Land

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Cinematography: Linus Sandgren for La La Land


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Short Film (Live Action): Sing - Kristof Deak and Anna Udvardy


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Documentary (Short Subject):The White Helmets - Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

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Film Editing: John Gilbert for Hacksaw Ridge


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Visual Effects:The Jungle Book - Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon

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Production Design: La La Land - David Wasco (Production Design) and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco (Set Decoration)

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Best Animated Feature Film: Zootopia by Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer

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Best Short Film (Animated):Piper by Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer


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Best Foreign Language Film: The Salesman directed by Asghar Farhadi (Not pictured -- posing on his behalf is former NASA scientist Firouz Naderi (L) and engineer/astronaut Anousheh Ansari)

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Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis in Fences


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Sound Mixing: Kevin O'Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace for Hacksaw Ridge

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Sound Editing: Sylvain Bellemare for Arrival


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Best Documentary (Feature): O.J.: Made in America - Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow

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Costume Design: Colleen Atwood for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them


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Makeup and Hairstyling: Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson for Suicide Squad


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Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali in Moonlight


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