Hugh Grant divided Oscars viewers with a “haunting” red carpet interview.
On Sunday (March 12), the British superstar found himself laughed at and criticized for his blunt response.
The actor, known for his sarcastic wit and sarcasm, interviewed Ashley Graham, who didn’t seem prepared for his answers — or lack thereof.
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Graham asked Grant if he was excited at the prospect of any particular actors winning, and he replied, “No, nobody in particular.”
Attempting another question, Graham asked, “Okay, well, what are you wearing tonight, then?”
In response, the actor said: “Just my suit.”
Graham then decided to ask Grant about the Knives Out sequel glass onion, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Grant makes a cameo appearance in the film.
“So tell me what it was like to be in it glass onion? she asked, adding, “It was a great movie. I really liked him. How is something like this filmed? “
Grant said, “Well, I’m barely in it. I’m in it for about three seconds.”
Graham replied, “Yeah, but still, you did come and have fun, didn’t you?” Almost, said Grant.
Realizing she’d hit a wall with the actor, Graham concluded the interview. Grant seemed to shake his head in confusion as he left.
@joeyohern wrote on Twitter: “Ashley Graham’s Hugh Grant interview is the most awkward piece of TV in 2023 and I live for it.”
EvanRomano added: “The red carpet interview with HughGrant that just aired on ABC was a complete disaster. As he was leaving he shook his head in shock.”
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Meanwhile @TerryMac_ asked: “Was that Hugh Grant interview the most uncomfortable thing ever?!?”
There were many who criticized Grant for his short answers, with @kirsten53708048 saying, “Don’t do the interview if you clearly don’t want to be interviewed.”
@sbthro then wrote: “Hugh Grant was so rude during his interview! Ashley Graham handled it with grace. His eye roll at the end was obnoxious!”
The 2023 ceremony saw big wins for Everything everywhere at oncewhich won seven awards, including Best Picture and Best Actress for Michelle Yeoh.
Elsewhere during the ceremony, Angela Bassett was praised for her “genuine” reaction to losing in the Best Supporting Actor category – which Michael B Jordan and Jonathan Majors appeared to have spoken onstage moments later.
Meanwhile, host Jimmy Kimmel kicked off the Los Angeles event with an opening monologue that saw him poke fun at him symbol picture director James Cameron, slapped Will Smith last year, and in what viewers deemed a “low blow,” the poor box office performance Babylon.