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Monday
Feb272017

The Many Faces of the Shocked Oscar Crowd

Chris here, to help you finally digest the shock ending of the Oscarcast, even if Meryl is still frozen in place. And maybe we can get the jokes out of your system as well.

By now we've all dissected crowd photos and video footage of the stunned response of famous people in the crowd like it was our own little Oscar Zapruder film. But if there's a silver lining moment for Moonlight's moment being a bumpy one (the history books will always honor it, remember) it's all of the delicious face we were served, from a heart-palpitated Trevante Rhodes, to a Snapchatting Taraji P. Henson, to well, Meryl.

Luckily for you readers, The Film Experience has obtained exclusive audio files to tell you exactly how every star responded...

Mel Gibson: What's a Moonlight?
Meryl Streep: Gosling.
Ben Affleck: So Busy, do you like tattoos?
Michelle Williams: Yahhhhhhz!
Matt Damon: [whispered] yahhhhz.
Cheryl Boone Isaacs: [Kill Bill sirens, red flashing lights]
Sting: I'm Sting.

Isabelle Huppert: Quelle surprise? [shrugs]
Shirley MacLaine
: Baby brother, what have ye done?
Charlize Theron: Mirruh mirruh on the wöll.
Meryl Streep: [Florence Foster Jenkins note]

Unfortunately our audio cuts out there. However, don't you think this moment inspires some new casting possibilities. For example, in the Where's Waldo fantasmagoria here, Mark Rylance is our Waldo. Charlize is ready to play a character that devilishly whispers "my diamonds". Shirley MacLaine is primed for Oscar #2 and Casey Affleck is giving a great audition for a character battling extreme ennui. Or how about this throwback project:

 

 

... a handsome superhero who goes around stealing hearts, but the twist is that his own heart has been stolen. Maybe I shouldn't joke about this one. Has anyone checked on Trevante Rhodes?? [In seriousness, has their been a more heartwarming or sincere moment all season?]

So here's you shocked assemblage - which could be either the new ensemble for Murder on The Orient Express or the 21st Century lineup for the "Vogue" rap:

Now it's your turn: which befuddled star are you and what's going through your head? Tag yourself in the comments below!

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Reader Comments (35)

Very funny. Isn't it a metaphor for the outcome of last November's Presidential election?

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTom Ford

I wish Winona Ryder had been on stage through for this

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCorey

I'm sorry, I just love this moment. It will go down in history as one of the craziest, if not THE craziest moment in Oscar history.

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip H.

@ Tom Ford

It would be, except...Hillary wasn't called back to the stage, and there's no all's well that ends well.

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

Okay, but imagine if Isabelle won Best Actress and Faye Dunaway announced Elle won Best Picture?

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBushwick

True Paul, but the shock, reactions and confusion are very familiar. ๐Ÿ˜€

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTom Ford

Slate.com did some astute sleuthing which shows that the last producer to give his acceptance speech had been informed that "La La Land" had in fact lost the Oscar by the time he'd been called to the mic but still expressed his thank you's anyway: http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2017/02/27/oscar_best_picture_mistake_video_annotated_and_reviewed.html

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTroy H.

I love Gosling's reaction!

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

Also worth looking for: Maren Ade, Nicole Kidman, Crystal Fox

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAR

@ Troy H

See the comments on this post from earlier today here at TFE for thoughts on that tidbit and more.

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

@Nov Prez Election : whr is PWC when we really need them!!! ๐Ÿ˜‚

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterClaran

The quick shot of Nicole Kidman, Octavia Spencer and Viggo Mortensen huddling together in excitement over what just happened was great lol.

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

@jessie What was going on in that shot of Kidman, Spencer, and Mortensen together. I need to know.

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

lol it was *very* quick but they were definitely talking amongst themselves, so I'm just assuming it was over what happened.

Nicole and Octavia each got their own reaction shot and they looked ecstatic though.

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

I still can't deal with what went down last night. I need time to process.

That should tell you how I'm dealing with the actual election.

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

I'm not sure why The Exterminating Angel comes to my mind with those reactions.

February 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNadir

I was definitely doing a Ryan Gosling reaction myself

February 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAdam Keller

Shocked and indifferent, Huppert all the way

February 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCraver

Lord, I'm Gosling. His crack-up is my fave.

Also, is The Rock actually a cartoon?

February 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNicola

Naturally, these images only remind me of the crowd reaction shots in Carrie after she gets...you know. Too bad Sissy wasn't there last night.

February 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-4265550/Emma-Stone-One-horrible-moments-life.html Emma Stone 'one of the most horrible moments of my life'.

Get a grip Felicia.

February 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

Also...

"Cheryl Boone Isaacs: [Kill Bill sirens, red flashing lights]"

hilarious.

February 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip H.

Loved Gosling's reaction. At the end of the day, it's just a movie award after all.

February 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNico

I like the idea of adapting this to a murder mystery. Murder at the Oscars would be a humdinger of a setting, but who to direct? Too bad Robert Altman is dead. The whole sequence is like something out of "Nashville". But with a less drastic ending.

February 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLadyEdith

I think these stars need a reality check. It's only an awards show after all.

This is precisely why the rest of the US doesn't take anything celebrities say seriously anymore, assuming they ever did. Even if President Trump is a fascist, as I personally believe and fear he is, no one is going to listen to these celebs pontificate on current affairs since hyperbole is apparently their default reaction to every single incident, including a wrongly-announced film award.

February 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMarco

The Cheryl Boone Isaacs reaction is priceless.

February 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJohn T

Marco, I disagree because of the First Amendment, which I believe is still in place (unless a recent Trump Executive Order was released trying to strike it down).

Celebrities are not politicians, but they do have a global platform to voice common concerns that many of us citizens share. In this current climate, it would be completely bizarre (and invalidating to over half of us) if they did not periodically share these common concerns.

Of course we don't want them to go overboard, but if they want to speak their mind so the rest of us are validated in our desire to maintain traditional American values (like free speech, diversity and respect, and a free press), then I fully support them.

February 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTom Ford

I'm sure Cheryl was all, "OMG, will people finally start thinking that Dick Poop wasn't that big a screwup uttered by someone associated with the Oscars?"

February 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBen

But seriously, poor Cheryl Boone Isaacs. She should feel great about these Oscars, in that Moonlight was probably the choice of a lot of the new Academy voters she championed. She was successful in broadening the membership. Instead she is dealing with this PR mess. Ugh.

February 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

@Tom Ford, I don't disagree, and note that at no stage did I argue against the rights of these performers to publicly express their political opinions.

I'm just suggesting that movie stars, many of whom don't live in the same world and experience the same difficulties as the most vulnerable people in society (including refugees, the poor and unemployed, and the victims of the most extreme forms of racism, sexism and homophobia), aren't necessarily the most ideal advocates.

My argument isn't to clamp down on free speech. On the contrary, my argument is that we need to expand public platforms to a much wider socioeconomic group of people, and thus enfranchise more people to speak out. Also, please bear in mind that not all actors are progressives, however much the modern stereotype might suggest, and there are doctors, public lawyers, aid workers, social workers, nurses, and teachers, who are arguably even better placed to advocate on behalf of society's most oppressed and marginalised (although I appreciate that this might not be a popular opinion here).

So, by all means I praise anyone should speaks out against President Trump, but I'd much rather hear from his most vulnerable potential targets, or at least those working on the ground level with such people, than those who can afford to escape the worst extremes of his hideous administration, some of whom used to rub shoulders with the occasional actor (Home Alone 2, Celebrity, The Little Rascals, and "Sex & the City" etc) and former Celebrity Apprentice host.

February 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMarco

Meryl Streep: [Florence Foster Jenkins note]

๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ˜‚

February 28, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterepisode101

I think Ben Affleck is shooting a look across the room to Damon: "You catch this, bro?"

February 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHustler

I love Michelle & Busy separately and as a pair. You know those girls know how to enjoy a governor's ball.

February 28, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterchoog

>Sting: I'm Sting.

Epic hilarity.

February 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKirby

The first thing to do to prevent this ever happening again is this: write the category NAME visibly on the card, and not just on the envelope. The card on Beattyโ€™s hand read only โ€œEmma Stone โ€“ La La Landโ€. And the one he should have received (shown to camera by the โ€œLa La Landโ€ producer) read โ€œMoonlightโ€ and the names of the producers. They should read Best Actress and Best Picture. That would be a bigger warning to whoever is presenting that they got the wrong envolope!

February 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMarcos

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