Jimmy Kimmel’s jokes. Passionate acceptance speeches. Powerful musical performances. The coronation of Everything Everywhere All at Once. Sunday’s 95th Academy Awards broadcast played to a worldwide audience, and clips from the show were shared across social media. Yahoo Entertainment was among the lucky few to have a prized ticket inside the Dolby Theater for the festivities, and here are some things you didn’t see on TV.
Guillermo means business
Jimmy Kimmel’s long-suffering TV sidekick, Guillermo Rodriguez, pretaped a public service announcement to make sure would-be winners kept it snappy with their acceptances in a bit that played immediately before the show kicked off. “Keep your speeches conscious — [someone off-camera: “concise”] — when the prompter says, ‘Wrap your speech,’ wrap your f***ing speech!”
In case you’re wondering, Guillermo was in the audience, but on the way up in the balcony nose-bleeds.
Everything wins the applause-o-meter
Beginning with Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis’s double whammy wins in the supporting-acting categories to kick off the show and ending with Michelle Yeoh’s historic Best Actress triumph, the Dolby crowd went absolutely wild for Everything Everywhere All at Once, cheering heartily at every opportunity. In addition to his leading seven wins on Sunday, Everything was easily the fan favorite in the room.
The Little Mermaid trailer was MIA
While viewers at home were subjected to a shameless plug for Disney’s new live-action adaptation of the classic cartoon, presented by stars Halle Bailey and Melissa McCarthy, the theater audience did not get a sneak peek of the trailer. Instead, a “look at future nominees” video and clips from the student Academy Award winners’ work played.
The star bar
The lobby bar is always one of the most happening spots at the Oscars and this year it did not disappoint. During the middle portion of the show, several stars decamped to the watering hole to grab some drinks and mingle. Yeoh stopped and gave props to Black Panther star and presenter Danai Gurira. Cate Blanchett enjoyed some alone time, texting on her phone. Seth Rogen and Rian Johnson were also among those who needed some mid-show refreshment.
That wasn’t Jenny
One of the night’s better bits was when Kimmel brought a donkey onstage an identified as Jenny, the scene-stealing, finger-chewing creature from The Banshees of Inisher, to applause from the film’s nominated star Colin Farrell, who blew a kiss from his perch in the front row. “Not only is Jenny an actor, she’s a certified emotional support donkey, or at least that’s what we told the airline to get her on the plane from Ireland. So if you’re feeling upset, or you didn’t win or you’ re anxious or you just love mules, feel free to come up and give her a hug.” Alas, Banshees writer-director Martin McDonagh admitted backstage that the real Jenny was still back on the Emerald Isle — the Oscars’ version was a fraud.
A star among stars
After presenting the Oscar for Best Picture to Everything Everywhere All at Once — and sharing an embrace with him Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom co-star Quan — Harrison Ford was mobbed by colleagues and fans as he left the theater. Banshees nominee Brendan Gleeson was one of those who spent considerable time chatting up Ford. Ford then posed for some good-natured selfies before heading off to the Governors Ball. But even though he’s one of the world’s biggest movie stars and one of the most popular people at the Academy Awards, Ford still had to show his ticket to gain entry to the afterparty. Sometimes celebrities are just like us.