February 25, 2013 at 12:19 pm #93195
I haven’t really seen this addressed, so I thought I would ask. Why didn’t Meryl Streep open the envelope to announced Best Actor? I understand Daniel Day-Lewis was a lock and all, but traditionally you’re supposed to open it to add suspense. In addition, I read the technicians were a little upset she did this because they always pan out to the boxes to see all the reactions. Was Streep in a bad mood? Was she in a hurry? Did Pricewaterhouse just whisper the winner to her backstage so she could hurry up the telecast? It takes all of 4 seconds to open an envelope, I doubt that would have made a difference.
I just find it strange she did this. Any insight?
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FYC: Derbyite of the Year, 2017February 25, 2013 at 12:21 pm #93197
Cause she’s a goddess and has x-ray vision. duh?February 25, 2013 at 12:22 pm #93198
She probably opened up the envelope while the actors movie clips were playing. But I agree I hate when people do this. Tina Fey did the same thing at the 2010 Emmy’s when announcing Drama Lead Actress. I really hated that, especially because that was the year Kyra Sedgwick finally won and I feel people didn’t have enough time to celebrate her. Anyway, back on topic, I didn’t like that she read it so fast.February 25, 2013 at 12:24 pm #93199
Did you know Meryl Streep wasn’t going to open the envelope for the Best Actor category on camera?
“No, she threw me for a loop! I want to see the envelope opening up as I’m coming out of the film clip. She must have opened it up during the film clip. That kind of threw me. There was a technical hitch right there. I like to cut to these boxes where you see everybody and the winner pops up full. She said the winner before we could ever blow up the box with the winner!”February 25, 2013 at 12:25 pm #93200
My guesses, totally either way her idea
— She mentioned to a producer she was going to do this (as an honor to Day-Lewis/fun joke); since PW does know, they were asked to confirm, and because she’s Meryl Streep they did this
— She was 100% sure, knew that if she was wrong they’d immediately risk it and just took the chance on her ownFebruary 25, 2013 at 12:25 pm #93201
Although I did read somewhere she missed the red carpet and also that she was backstage the whole time, not wanting to watch the show from her seat.
I’m supposing she’s pissed because her collaborator Tony Kushner lost (she hosted Lincoln screenings in LA months ago, and she NEVER does that to others’ films.)
ETA: So basically she’s pissed.February 25, 2013 at 12:29 pm #93202
She actually hosted an LA screening for Promised Land in November (she’s very anti-fracking).February 25, 2013 at 12:31 pm #93203
Also – a lot of big name presenters don’t sit in the audience, do the red carpet. If they are locals, they often drive in after the show starts, do their presentation, leave.February 25, 2013 at 12:32 pm #93204
From what I have read, she opened it during the clips. Don’t know why unless she was nervous or wanted to make sure she read the name quickly. It is extremely rare to have her present any category on any show. Was this a first for her at the Oscars? I think it was.February 25, 2013 at 12:35 pm #93205
I’ve read that when she’s nominated, she stays in the audience the entire time, opposed to the green room or bar. I figured she would have sat in the audience for last night’s show, if only because several of her costars and collaborators were nominated and/or apart of the production: Amy Adams, Anne Hathaway, Tony Kushner, Jack Nicholson, Amanda Seyfried, Denzel Washington, etc. It was surreal seeing her present Daniel Day-Lewis his third Oscar. A definite Oscar highlight.February 25, 2013 at 12:44 pm #93206
I’ve read that when she’s nominated, she stays in the audience the entire time, opposed to the green room or bar. I figured she would have sat in the audience for last night’s show, if only because several of her costars and collaborators were nominated and/or apart of the production: Amy Adams, Anne Hathaway, Tony Kushner, Jack Nicholson, Amanda Seyfried, Denzel Washington, etc. It was surreal seeing her present Daniel Day-Lewis his third Oscar. A definite Oscar highlight.
This reminds me how rarely they showed the audience yesterday. Other times, i would have figured who were in the front seats, second row and so on. But yesterday I could not tell who was sitting where and with whom because they literally didn’t have a single wide shot of the audience throughout the show. Also when Seth MacFarlane was making fun of people like Affleck, Chastain, Riva (her age), among others, they didn’t cut to the audience reaction, or to the specific person. When he commented on Chastain (and I realize she was backstage for her presenting duty), they could have cut to Kathrine Bigelow, or Octavia Spencer. You know what I mean? That way, I’m sure they missed a lot of funny and some memorable moments.February 25, 2013 at 12:51 pm #93207
I still haven’t figured out if Riva was in the front row liked Kris Tapley thought was confirmed
Sometimes we’ve known more because the host goes down to the crowd, which McFarlane (since he might have needed security) didn’t.February 25, 2013 at 12:56 pm #93208
I figured she just opened the envelope during the clips to save time…February 25, 2013 at 12:58 pm #93209
^Riva was in the 5th row. Or maybe it was 4th. Why would he need security?February 25, 2013 at 1:05 pm #93210
The security thing was mostly a joke, but mainly referring to multiple reports than he’d pissed off most of the A listers sitting towards the front of the theaters.
I replayed Streep – usually one can tell that the envelope has been opened after (I looked at some other awards), and usually it is given to the winner as they walk out. In this case, she held on to it, can’t tell for sure if it is open.
She may have enough of a sense of humor that when they were out of camera sight, she gave him the envelope, said I didn’t need to open it, then watch him nearly have a heart attack.