Glenn Close’s Oscars moment was not rehearsed and they didn’t expect the show to end with an absent winner
Sunday night’s 93rd Academy Awards on ABC drew the lowest TV ratings in the show’s history.
It also sparked discussion among those who did tune in with the very different format that eliminated movie clips and nominated songs, ending up with the Best Actor award instead of Best Picture.
And in an interview with Variety, ABC’s Rob Mills, executive VP of unscripted and alternative entertainment at Walt Disney Television, admitted, “There were a lot of really big risks that some think have not been rewarded.”
Joaquin Phoenix held the envelope at the end of Sunday night’s Oscars when the final Best Actor award unexpectedly went to the absent Anthony Hopkins.
The biggest risk was the decision to change the order of the Oscars.
Rather than ending the live broadcast at a high level with the announcement of the best picture, it instead ended with a wail when the absent Anthony Hopkins was named best actor for The Father.
In an apparent admission that the show’s producers had expected the late Chadwick Boseman to win, leading to an emotional speech from his widow Simone in attendance, Mills acknowledged, “ It was not intended for anyone to end up who was not present. ‘
The show’s producers had changed the running order to end the show with ‘best actor’ instead of ‘best picture’ as if they expected the late Chadwick Boseman to win, leading to an emotional speech from his widow Simone in attendance ( photo)
And ABC’s Rob Mills, executive VP of unscripted and alternative entertainment at Walt Disney Television, admitted to Variety, “ It wasn’t meant to end with someone not present. ”
Boseman was nominated for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, his last film before his death from cancer last August at the age of 43. The Oscar went to Anthony Hopkins for The Father instead
Hopkins, who is in his native Wales, posted a video on his Instagram Monday morning thanking the Academy for the Oscar, his second, and explaining that at the age of 83 he did not expect to win.
Hopkins, who is in his native Wales, posted a video to his Instagram Monday morning thanking the Academy for the Oscar, his second, and explaining that at the age of 83 he hadn’t expected to win.
Instead, he made history as the oldest recipient of the Best Actor Academy award.
Hopkins made sure to pay tribute to Boseman, who was nominated for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, his last film before succumbing to cancer at 43 last August.
However, the night’s biggest bright spark was also without a script, but in a good way, it turns out.
The biggest bright spark of the 93rd Academy Awards was due to Glenn Close who, at another unexpected moment, got up and tweeted after 80s funk hit Da Butt.
The actress, 74, who was dressed in blue Armani, delighted viewers with her spinning movements during a segment on Oscar-nominated songs
Nominated for her eighth Oscar but didn’t win, Close was clearly having a great time and had a hearty laugh after entertaining the audience
In a segment about nominated songs, Lil Res Howery asked Glenn Close if she could identify a DJ Questlove song and say if it was nominated for an Oscar.
“That’s Da Butt,” the 74-year-old actress responded without missing a beat.
She went on to deliver chapter and verse about the 80s funk hit and what it was like from the 1988 Spike Lee movie School Daze.
The eight-time Oscar nominee, wearing the blue Armani, then surprised everyone by standing up and twerking to the beat on live television.
The clip immediately went viral, and the Twitterverse agreed that the veteran star had won the night with her twirling moves.
Later Sunday, the LA Times tweeted that the segment had been written.
But TV performer Mills urged Variety that Close advertised the moment with spectacular effect.
“It was certainly something no one expected,” Mills said.
“I mean, it wasn’t during a rehearsal of it or anything. I think that, again, shows that she’s right for everything. ‘
Even the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts & Sciences were impressed and posted a GIF of the moment on their official Twitter
The Twitterverse agreed that the veteran star had won the evening