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Eminem Gives Surprise Performance At Oscars, Puzzling Everyone

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Eminem surprised the audience with an appearance and performance of “Lose Yourself” at the 92nd Academy Awards.

On Sunday, eighteen years after the song came out, the rapper had a decent chunk of Hollywood singing along with him as he performed his hit from the 2002 film “8 Mile.” 

AWESOME: @Eminem performs the best original song Oscar winner from 17 years ago, “Lose Yourself”! pic.twitter.com/rHBxiPP0zo

— Scott Feinberg (@ScottFeinberg) February 10, 2020

Eminem performing ‘lose yourself’ at the #Oscars the Celebs in the audience trying to rap along got me laughing 😂😂😂pic.twitter.com/CQ70a28XmU

— Ali (@DrakesWriter1) February 10, 2020

#Eminem performing ‘Lose Yourself,’ which won Best Original Song at the 75th Academy Awards, at the #Oscars tonight. 🎤 pic.twitter.com/UioaaXdjWD

— Bops & Bangers (@bopsandbangers) February 10, 2020

The performance came on the heels of a montage to iconic songs in film history, including “Lose Yourself,” which won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 2003.

While Eminem earned a standing ovation and cheers from the crowd, many in the audience appeared puzzled over why the 47-year-old was gracing the stage. Notably, Idina Menzel offered this incredible reaction:

tfw u lose urself in the music pic.twitter.com/aMUv4Ibgc7

— I am once again asking for [TK] (@rosadona) February 10, 2020

The performance was also met with quizzical remarks on Twitter:

Wait…. Eminem had a surprise performance on the Oscars? pic.twitter.com/IfSTwtAEME

— Beyonce has an uncle named Larry Beyince. Bruh…. (@DragonflyJonez) February 10, 2020

Man I really enjoyed all ten audible words of Eminem’s performance! #oscars

— Cole Stratton (@colestratton) February 10, 2020

The cuts to the audience during this Eminem performance. #Oscarspic.twitter.com/iy6gnNhmHQ

— B R ▲ N D Ⓐ L O R I ▲ N (@BGisBrandonGray) February 10, 2020

Eminem on stage at Oscars singing from 8 mile.

All of us: pic.twitter.com/0NbkzNY4E1

— Justin Mikita (@JustinMikita) February 10, 2020

Can someone please explain to me why Eminem is performing at the Grammys…I mean…#Oscars
lmao pic.twitter.com/yx9hcTGlZx

— Black Meryl Streep (@rupert_baxter) February 10, 2020

Martin Scorsese reacts to Eminem’s #Oscars performance pic.twitter.com/rywFkseOHf

— Variety (@Variety) February 10, 2020

the reactions to that Eminem performance were so good #Oscarspic.twitter.com/981WiI8mix

— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) February 10, 2020

Eminem, born Marshall Mathers, offered an explanation for why he appeared at the awards show in a tweet after the performance.

Since he had not been present to accept the Oscar he won in 2003, he suggested that this was his second “shot.”

“Look, if you had another shot, another opportunity…,” reads the tweet, quoting opening words to “Lose Yourself.”

He added, “Sorry it took me 18 years to get here.”

Look, if you had another shot, another opportunity… Thanks for having me @TheAcademy. Sorry it took me 18 years to get here. pic.twitter.com/CmSw2hmcZo

— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) February 10, 2020

Eminem’s performance also comes on the heels of his latest album release, “Music To Be Murdered By,” which dropped last month.

Kristen Wiig’s ‘Lasagna’ Dress At The 2020 Oscars Has Twitter Feeling Saucy

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Kristen Wiig turned up at the 2020 Academy Awards Sunday in an ensemble that was one of the night’s most divisive looks.

The “Bridesmaids” star appeared at the ceremony in a red gown accentuated with side ruffles, pairing it with black opera gloves. The narrow, form-fitting shape of the dress had Twitter users comparing the look to everything from a lobster to the red carpet itself.  

Kristen Wiig attends the 92nd annual Academy Awards on Feb. 9 in Hollywood, California.

Many people compared Wiig’s dress to the one Emily Blunt wore at the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards, which bore pink ruffles, and likened it to, well, a vagina

Maybe it’s my years studying gender theory at Uni but, Kristen Wiig’s dress has real vagina vibes pic.twitter.com/hCm2En2ejT

— Tali Aualiitia (@taliaualiitia) February 10, 2020

The most popular interpretation, however, was that the dress was shaped like a plate of lasagna.

“Love a noodle lewk,” one person quipped

I love these dresses! Kristen Wiig looks like a piece of lasagna! 😃 #Oscars

— Bridget Fitzgerald (@smileybridge) February 10, 2020

I can’t with Kristen Wiig and this dress. Serving lasagna realness?? pic.twitter.com/0Q4P8BjLhp

— Cathy Renna (@CathyRenna) February 10, 2020

Kristen Wiig’s Oscar dress will henceforth will be known as the Lasagna Dress. pic.twitter.com/EwqQwL78XO

— Allison M. (@AlliCinema) February 10, 2020

What does Kristen Wiig’s #Oscars dress look like? Well, Twitter has some pretty spot-on comparisons. 😂 https://t.co/NNaEOV2wPG

— POPSUGAR Fashion (@POPSUGARFashion) February 10, 2020

Kristen Wiig is dressed like she’s about to do a Ruveal pic.twitter.com/c6OqnKWTmN

— Ira Madison III (@ira) February 10, 2020

Wiig presented the award for Achievement in Costume Design on Sunday alongside “Bridesmaids” co-star and fellow comedian Maya Rudolph. Wiig returns to the big screen alongside Gal Gadot in “Wonder Woman 1984,” due out in June.

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Janelle Monáe Opens Oscars By Calling Out #OscarsSoWhite In Musical Extravaganza

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That’s how you open a show.

In a performance that included everything from placing a hat on Tom Hanks’ head to putting Leonardo DiCaprio on the spot to sing, Janelle Monáe celebrated queer artists, Black History Month and called out the Academy for the Oscars being, well, so white, in the opening of the 92nd Academy Awards.

Janelle Monáe came and did what she had to do. #oscarspic.twitter.com/AocAH1U0sJ

— What An Experience (@UrsulaMorrow_) February 10, 2020

Monáe started the musical extravaganza with a Mr. Rogers-inspired opening and was later joined on stage by Billy Porter and dancers representing nominated films. However, the moments that stood out the most were the singer’s pointed statements made throughout.

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“It’s time to come alive because the Oscars is so white,” sang Monáe during one moment, referencing the hashtag and social movement started in 2015 by BroadwayBlack.com managing editor April Reign.

Janelle Monae on stage at the Oscars, surrounded by people dressed as characters from snubbed films: “It’s time to come alive because the Oscars is so white!” pic.twitter.com/bZMrffBcl9

— David Mack (@davidmackau) February 10, 2020

“Tonight we celebrate all the amazing talent in this room,” Monáe said in another moment. “We celebrate all the women who directed phenomenal films. And I’m so proud to stand here as a black queer artist telling stories. Happy Black History Month.”

Janelle Monae at the #Oscars: “I’m so proud to stand here as a Black, queer artist telling stories. Happy Black History Month.” pic.twitter.com/2VASQ8NOKF

— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) February 10, 2020

The 2020 Oscars is so white you need to wear sunglasses when looking at the nominees. As HuffPost’s Marina Fang pointed out, “Out of the 20 acting nominees, only one actor of color, ‘Harriet’ star Cynthia Erivo, was included.” 

Additionally, no women were nominated for Best Director, again. 

None of that is shocking, considering the Academy’s history. However, no one was expecting Monáe, or anyone really, to call that out in the show’s opening. 

In 2019, the Oscars went hostless after Kevin Hart’s old homophobic tweets were surfaced online, but the Academy had an easy fallback plan. That year, the Freddie Mercury/Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” was nominated for Best Picture, paving the way for Adam Lambert and the surviving members of Queen to open the ceremony. 

This year was different. Like the Best Original Song nominee from “Frozen 2,” the opening of the hostless 92nd Academy Awards was going “into the unknown.” But with Monáe leading the way, there’s nowhere else we’d rather be.

SAOIRSE RONAN IS MESMERIZED WITH JANELLE MONAE’S PERFORMANCE I MEAN SAME #oscarspic.twitter.com/2dz01Colpt

— saoirse ronan archive (@archivesaoirse) February 10, 2020

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Emotional Brad Pitt Dedicates First Acting Oscar Win To Kids: ‘I Adore You’

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A visibly emotional Brad Pitt won his first-ever acting Oscar on Sunday night, dedicating his award to the six children he shares with ex-wife Angelina Jolie

The actor picked up the award for his performance in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” in the Best Supporting Actor category, besting screen veterans Tom Hanks (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”), Al Pacino (“The Irishman”), Joe Pesci (“The Irishman”) and Anthony Hopkins (“The Two Popes”).

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After hugging co-star Leonardo DiCaprio, Pitt took to the stage to deliver an understated and moving speech about his decadeslong journey through the entertainment industry. 

“I’m not one to look back, but this has made me do so … all the wonderful people I’ve met along the way, to stand here now ― ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood,’ ain’t that the truth,” he said.

He ended his speech by dedicating the award to his children ― Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8.

“This is for my kids, who color everything I do,” he said. “I adore you. Thank you.”

Brad Pitt’s full acceptance speech at the #Oscarspic.twitter.com/pIoiixbYrr

— Brad Pitt Web (@BradPittWeb) February 10, 2020

Pitt and Jolie, who divorced in 2016 after two years of marriage, were locked in an acrimonious custody battle long after their relationship ended. The two reached a final agreement over the custody of their children in November 2018 after years of bitter negotiations in and out of the public eye.

Pitt has become something of an awards show darling this year, dominating the competition at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Golden Globes, the British Academy Film Awards and essentially every other ceremony for his turn as over-the-hill stuntman Cliff Booth in the Quentin Tarantino-directed feature.

And, of course, his legitimately funny acceptance speeches, in which he’s joked about everything from his difficult marriages to his co-star “LDC,” have raised expectations for his time on the Oscars stage.

He did make some cracks during his Oscar speech, referencing President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial and the blocking of John Bolton’s testimony.

“They told me I only have 45 seconds up here, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week,” Pitt said. 

Brad Pitt accepts the Actor in a Supporting Role award for

He also paid tribute to director Tarantino, adding that “the film industry would be a much drier place without you.”

For Pitt, it’s been on a long and winding road to his first acting Oscar win. The 56-year-old previously won an Academy Award in 2014 for producing “12 Years a Slave.” He’s been nominated for six previous trophies at the awards show, scoring his first nod in 1996 for Best Actor in a Supporting Role as Jeffrey Goines in the drama “12 Monkeys.” 

The Academy overlooked Pitt’s performances for more than a decade after his first nomination until 2009′s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” but he lost to Sean Penn for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. In 2012, he received dual nominations for starring in and producing the baseball drama “Moneyball” before finally taking home a trophy for the Steve McQueen-directed drama two years later. Pitt’s sixth Oscar nomination came from producing “The Big Short,” which was nominated in 2016 for Best Picture but ultimately lost out to “Spotlight.” 

Regina King, left, presents Brad Pitt with the award for best performance by an actor in a supporting role for

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