This wasn’t your normal Oscars backstage situation, even before best supporting actor winner Daniel Kaluuya was quizzed about mentioning his parents’ sex life during his best supporting actor acceptance speech.
Oscar winners at Los Angeles’ Union Station ventured backstage at the 93rd Academy Awards where they were met by over 600 virtual journalists and the awkward technical issues that come with Zoom calls — such as, “I think you’re muted.”
Still, the Oscars backstage rocked, especially with Kaluuya dealing with his awkward mom fall-out and “Minari” winner Yuh-Jung Youn being asked everything about meeting presenter Brad Pitt (actual journalist question: “What did he smell like?”).
Here are the top moments:
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Daniel Kaluuya explains that joke about his procreating parents
Kaluuya’s racy quip about his parents’ sex life during his acceptance speech for best supporting actor will live on in Oscar history.
“My mom, my dad — they had sex! It’s amazing,” the “Judas and the Black Messiah” actor, 32, said at the end of his speech. “I’m so happy to be alive, so I’m gonna celebrate that tonight.”
Backstage, Kaluuya realized the gravity of his globally telecast comment.
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“Is that (joke) gonna live on?” a chagrined Kaluuya asked. “You know, I really shouldn’t have said that.”
“I’m gonna avoid my phone for a bit, trust me,” he added. “My mom’s not gonna be very happy.” But Kaluuya said he thinks his mother, Damalie Namusoke, will have a laugh, ultimately.
“She’s got a sense of humor, so we give it to each other, it’s cool,” said Kaluuya, who was cryptic about his post-show party plans. “I’m enjoying myself, man. A couple of friends, a couple of vibes.”
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Yuh-Jung Youn tells all about her Brad Pitt moment
The “Minari” star got the double Oscar victory — the win for best supporting actress and her moment with presenter Brad Pitt, who announced her victory and then led the celebrated 73-year-old Korean actress backstage. Needless to say, Youn was smitten.
“I saw him on the stage, and then he called my name, I can tell he practiced a lot. He didn’t mispronounce my name,” she said. “That moment I got there, I lost what I was supposed to say.”
“I think I blacked out for a couple of seconds,” Youn added with a smile. “I couldn’t believe he was leading me and that he announced my name. I’m still not myself.”
But Youn said she’s not waiting to co-star with Pitt, a fellow Oscar winner – and a producer on “Minari” – in a movie. “That will never happen, with my English and age,” she said. “I don’t dream the impossible dream.”
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Emerald Fennell mulls naming her baby after ‘Saved By the Bell’ star
“Promising Young Woman” writer-director Fennell randomly name-checked “Save By the Bell” star Zack Morris (played by Mark-Paul Gosselaar) during her best screenplay acceptance speech. The British actress/director recalled that as a 10-year-old growing up in England, she daydreamed that Morris would be her future husband.
Fennell, who is expecting her second child with partner Chris Vernon, expressed shock that Morris’ name started trending on Twitter immediately afterwards — “Oh, my God, I can’t believe it,” she moaned.
But then she considered maybe “Zack Morris” might make a great baby name.
“If Zack Morris doesn’t mind this situation,” said Fennell with a laugh. “I think we should just give it a go.”
Chloé Zhao explains Frances McDormand’s wild howl
One of the strangest moments of the night came after “Nomadland” won best picture. McDormand, who starred in the film and produced, ended her acceptance speech by saying, “We give this one to our wolf” and unleashing a loud howl on the Oscars stage.
Backstage, director Zhao revealed the theatrical moment was a nod to the film’s production sound mixer Michael Wolf Snyder, who recently died.
“He’s part of the family,” said Zhao, who also took home a history-making trophy for best director. “So that howling to the moon is for Wolf.”
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H.E.R. sets sights on EGOT
What do you do after winning an Oscar? Well, if you’re H.E.R., you already start planning the next prestigious award to add to your resumé.
After winning for best original song, “Fight For You” from “Judas and the Black Messiah,” the musician (real name Gabriella Wilson) said there’s “absolutely going to be an EGOT in my future,” referring to the elusive title for those who’ve won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.
“I’m also super passionate about acting as well, so you may see me up there as an actress also. And I love musicals,” the four-time Grammy-winner continued. “But honestly, I cannot believe that we’re here.”
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