March 8th, 2010
10:35 AM ET

Did a producer pull a 'Kanye' at the Oscars?

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Program note: It was called the “Kanye” moment of the Oscars. Hear director Roger Ross Williams explain the controversy behind his acceptance speech for best documentary short and why he was interrupted. "Larry King Live," 9 p.m. ET Tuesday.

It’s what many viewers are calling the Academy Awards' “Kanye moment.”

The win for best documentary short took an odd turn when the film’s producer, Elinor Burkett, grabbed the microphone away from director-producer Roger Ross Williams during the acceptance speech.

Burkett told Salon.com that the pair have had some issues which she said resulted in Ross no longer speaking to her and her being shut out of events surrounding the Academy Awards.

Burkett would not be denied, however, when it came time to accept the Oscar and she was soon behind Williams when he hot-footed it to the microphone.

Their film, “Music by Prudence,” follows Prudence, a disabled woman in Zimbabwe whose voice has been described as hauntingly beautiful. Part of the strife, Burkett said, was a disagreement over whether the movie should focus on Prudence or the entire band of which she is a part, Liyana.

For his part, Williams told Salon that he was the only one who should have been allowed to speak, and that Burkett was removed as producer a year ago - a point she's sued over.

"The academy is very clear that only one person can speak. I own the film. She has no claim whatsoever," he said. "She has nothing to do with the movie. She just ambushed me. I was sort of in shock."

Bruce Vilanch, head writer for the Oscars, told CNN that because the director ran down so fast, when the (slower) producer of the film finally got down there she was ready for her turn at the microphone.

Burkett said Williams' elderly mother used her cane to block her from following him to the podium.


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  1. Lexusy Lekishaq

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    July 3, 2012 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tiago

    I can't believe i read all the comments on this page!! lol

    I'm from Brazil, and i felt angry with the comment posted by Steve Jackson. But after reading the other comments i realized that i'm not alone.

    The Oscar ceremony is not just for americans anymore. It's like the Soccer World Cup: everyone in the world watches it.

    Peace.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jesse

    I don't see how either of them comes out ahead in this. Williams certainly acted neither classy nor like a gentleman and Burkitt was obviously rude. It seems they had a falling out after the movie was made and rather than settle it like adults, they both acted like children. They knew in advance that if their film won, only one of them would be allowed to give the acceptance speech. How'd they settle their dispute? By a frantic footrace to the stage and physical fight over the microphone. I suggest the Academy take the award away from both of them and give it to the second place finisher.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. churchill

    I will use a variation on what Churchill said; "She could indeed become thin, but Stern will always be ugly."

    March 9, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Elizabeth

    I see no reason why she does not deserve to give a speech too since she was a winner, but for her to grab the microphone so quickly was an embarrassment. I felt bad for Roger Ross Williams. That was just tasteless of her.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. cindy

    Yea, any chances of her being taken seriously are out the window – she blew it. Now whatever controversy and her perceived slight is secondary to the fact that she acted like an immature, argumentative, out of control woman. She actually makes me believe that whatever happened with the film and her relationship was well deserved to get her out. And heck, I don't know what the problem was.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jack Shea

    "isn't that just like a man...." What a sexist comment. She is a pig.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rhea

    Definitely a Kayne moment.. Such a rude woman, why was she allowed on the stage in the first place?

    March 9, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Uriel

    What a horrible woman. Her behavior should have been met with pepper spray. Ohhh, good idea. Give the recipient the Oscar and a can of pepper spray for any one trying to upstage his or her moment in history.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sherri

    I'm pretty sure no one will read this far down, but I thought I'd weigh in. I was shocked.Didn't know who she was. But even if she WAS still a producer, what she did was very rude. Very. She will be remembered as the crass woman who barged in. Williams handled it with class.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. P L T M

    I do agree that this was unappropriate behavior on her part. I also agree that Williams handled it gracefully. However, it was two awards giving out. They clearly had both their names listed as recipients and they also had two Oscars on stage. Therefore one would say that he should have waited until she arrived on stage so that they both could receive their Oscars together and share equal time on the mic. She clearly looked like the idiot, but can you imagine being shunned out of your Oscar moment. No excuses for her rudeness, but an Oscar was on stage for her and her name was listed with his as the winner, so that both were winners and should have shared the stage.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dan

    I liked t-Bone Burnett's acceptance speech. He simply said thank you and walked off.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Glenn

    The Oscar producers should have shut off the microphone when she grabbed the mic. If they really want to enforce the single person speaks rule, just shut off the mic when somebody else butts in.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  14. Levi

    The difference between Kanye and Elinor, is that Kanye ran up on stage during a presentation that had nothing to do with him and belittled the receiver of the award. This woman, while rude, at least is affiliated with the movie...

    March 9, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  15. Japh

    Yes, this Intrusion was very weird, rude and tasteless.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  16. sahuey48

    It doesn't surpise me that she did that after seeing what she did when she rote the book about the experence of a teenager which she came to our school and made a mockery of it!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  17. Born

    Kanye moment??? I dont think so. Everyone knows who Kanye is. Who is this old witch?

    March 9, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  18. BeeBee

    Regarding the people who believe every single award should be presented during the main Oscar telecast and the people like someguy who believe only the "big" awards should be presented live, how about a compromise solution: Present the awards for documentary, shorts, and technical categories (sound, editing, etc.) at the outset of the show. Broadcast those two hours on PBS, or a "prestige" cable channel like A&E – the audiences for those channels are more likely to be the true cinemaphiles who would watch documentaries and care about every aspect of film craftsmanship. Then, at about 9 p.m. Eastern, cut the feed over to ABC and present the "big" awards – acting, music, writing, animated film, director and picture.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  19. KLC

    I didn't quite catch the entire speach, but I did remember thinking, "did she just pull a Kenye on him?" Wow, how sad and embarassing for her.

    March 9, 2010 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
  20. Valerie Felts

    I'm with you, DJWhoop, film of Mr. William's grandmama and her cane in action - I would love to see that! But it all turned out for the best, now Williams has a BIG-time permanent example of the poor woman's actions. What's the saying: Better to remain quiet and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt. Congrats to all!

    March 9, 2010 at 5:05 am | Report abuse |
  21. Valerie Felts

    I'm with you, DJWhoop, film of Mr. William's grandmama and her cane in action - I would love to see that? But it all turned out for the best, now Williams has a BIG-time permanent example of the poor woman's actions. What's the saying: Better to remain quiet and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt. Congrats to all!

    March 9, 2010 at 4:59 am | Report abuse |
  22. logan

    well she hand in making it so she should be up there with him, and anyways since these two were having troubles with each other before the oscars and getting into fights over who should the speech if they win, they should of just chosen someone other than them to give the speech while they just stood up there...

    March 9, 2010 at 3:49 am | Report abuse |
  23. Bob

    How friggin blind are most of you when it comes to the facts. Your ranting it totally bull. Look at the video again and the introduction of the nominees.
    Can't lie about that can you.

    1. How did she get there? She was invited by the Academy because she was nominated along with Roger Ross Williams.
    2. There were two Oscars on stage to be handed out. (Didn't you see them?)
    3. When there is more than one awardee, you follow academy protocol. The protocol is that if two are nominated, they both go on stage together, or wait until the other one arrive before one or both speak.
    4. Roger Ross Williams rushes to the stage immediately, without even looking for Elinor Burkett and starts his acceptance speech. This is total breach of protocol.
    5. At the same time Elinor is being held back with a cane from getting out into the aisle and therefore is pissed. It is blatantly obvious that this was pre-planned by the Roger Ross Williams group.
    6. She had the kahunas to get her fat butt on stage and not take the s***t that was being rendered out.
    7. Yes, she came off stupid, so what. She had her oscar back stage after it was all over. And, by the way, she will work again.

    You may think his little stunt of trying to pull a fast one worked but it had just the opposite consequence. He is the one who failed and so did she by getting pissed.
    8. Bottom line, Don't forget Hollywood is a jewish town. They don't like getting screwed over. Did you see Morgan Freeman's facial expression after Mo'Nique's politically charged acceptance speech. He raised his eyebrows like "who in the hell is she telling us the hard nosed black thing".

    March 9, 2010 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  24. Spencer

    According to the news, Elinor Burkett pulled her own name out of the project WAY before the film was complete. Even though she was still eligible by The Academy standards, she ought to stick to her guns and keep out of it. Isn't it always the way that the fool doesn't let the wise talk?

    March 9, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  25. Jay

    OK, if you research their backgrounds, Williams is a proven documentary director, writer and editor while Burkett is a journalist and professor. As a doc filmmaker, I can tell you that being a journalist and scholar does not qualify you to produce – it just doesn't translate that easy and making a film is a craft that takes years to perfect. From what I've read I can only assume that Williams (a professional) had an overbearing, gloriously unaware individual (an amateur) on his hands with an ego that blinded her from reality. She then claimed that she was, get this, unhappy with the finished product because it didn't represent her "vision" for the film. Are you kidding me? It just won the freakin' Oscar! Further, her "vision" was to feature all of the members of the band instead of focusing on just one character. Well, Ms. Burkett you just infamously showed your naivete as a filmmaker b/c rule #1 of doc making is to pick a narrow subject and go deep with it. Any student at any film school is taught this on the first day. Williams correctly followed this maxim by focusing on one individual...with tremendous results. Had Burkett been allowed to exert her inexperienced film vision, neither one of them would have gone home with a little golden statue. End of story.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  26. SofiaSays...

    As rude and oddball as she came off, watch the YouTube vid. Her name was called along with William's as a winner, and Carey Mulligan was holding Elinor Burkett's Oscar for her.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  27. Nancy

    I was wondering what happened during that speech. It just did not seem right, and even though I did not know any of the circumstances, I thought she was extremely rude to take the mike from him while he was still speaking. He was very much a gentleman about it. He was the better person, not her. Congratulations to Mr. Williams.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  28. ha ha ha

    I can not believe the amount of posts....but I was wondering 'what the heck' was going on when she bounded up there and took over – at one time I thought it was part of a skit ....I've come to the conclusion that it was like watching Kanye, as well as the Salahis appear where they shouldn't be! I feel for Mr Ross' lime light was stolen from him, whether she belonged there or not. I sure wish he could have his 1-2 minutes back to say what he wanted to say. Maybe some day he'll have this opportunity again, but shame on her for making a fool of herself and stealing this from him....Congrats Mr Ross!

    March 8, 2010 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  29. philip Kulpa

    She made a fool of her self and he came off as the gentleman with class.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Gary Schantz

    every time i make a comment...someone at cnn says NOPE...is this about free speech or about who my friends are?

    March 8, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  31. carolann

    Elinor Burkett was a rude insane woman...whatever she was saying could not even be understood. It was obvious she was mad at something and acted like a spoiled child. Williams was a perfect gentleman who acted with class....something Burkett has none of.
    Williams you deserve to get the oscar.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Greg Munro

    That lady ( I use the term losely) is a thief – It was his right to speak and she stole that from him. Shame on her and hopefully such an act get's her put on the 'don't hire list'......she has shown, that she doesn't look stable. I think that poor man should be given a chance to finish what he was going to say on national / international tv.
    Hopefully people remember the job HE did and quickly stop talking about her.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  33. CNNJunkie12

    I'm confused...I went back and watched the video and they both won the award. Granted her behavior was odd, but she had a right to be there.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Michael

    Yup...Kanya moment, but I'm will other, if she was removed from the movie why did the organizers give her a ticket. It's like you can't play in the big game, but you can sit on the bench with the rest of the team...lol

    I wonder if she was drunk like Kanya was? Not an a excuse, but at least she would have something to blame it on...lol

    March 8, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Heather

    BIG DIFFERENCE between this and Kanye. How quickly people forget! Kanye yanked the mic away from Taylor Swift to rant about how Swift didn't deserve the award and someone else (Beyonce?) should've won. That is worlds away from the woman last night did ... maybe she was rude to speak without being invited, but plenty of winners share the mic and the main difference in this case, it seems, is that the director didn't want to share the mic with her.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Carolyn

    I agree she made a complete fool of herself, but it's not a true Kanye moment since Kanye had NOTHING to do with the award he was interrupting and was just a total drunk-a** piec of trash arguing that who HE thinks should have won should have won.
    This lady Elinor, while I agree is undeniably unpleasant, she IS one of the winners. Her name IS on the winners list and therefore she is somewhat entitled to an acceptance speech. Maybe they only listed her because of the lawsuit, but still, her name was announced.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Greg in Georgia

    I could not believe what I was watching.....At any moment, I thought the police or security would appear and take this lunatic woman off the stage and the honorable man would be able to continue his speech. I live in the deep south and as we would say here, "just another white republican taking due credit from a black man". How sad for her. If there is a lawsuit, I hope his lawyer uses that tape in court. If I were on the jury, I would not only award him full rights to the movie but recommend her as head jackass in the funny farm.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Mercy

    To NS. Just an FYI the lady / producer is NOT AT ALL FROM ZIMBABWE.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  39. ral

    awkward

    March 8, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  40. BHS

    He was ambushed. BUT everyone saw her for the monster she is. Hopefully her 15 seconds at the microphone will cost her dearly in a loss of paying work. the woman is a monster

    March 8, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Lakergirl

    Sadly, I am not shocked by the dispicable behavior of Elinor Burkett. I have personal experience with her sensational exploitation and general lack of a soul. She once wrote a book about my high school with the blatant agenda of cashing in on the tragedy of Columbine. She personally and repeatedly attacked students and teacher BY NAME. She made it known that she didn't ever want kids and that American families with children get unfair privileges. Her choice to write a book about schools and the teenagers in them was obviously not altruistic. It was for the money and attention and nothing else. Sadly, her primary target in this particular book turned out to be the most vulnerable and unguarded teenagers in our school; needless to say, she left a wake of broken children behind her when she had wrung all she could from them and left town in search of a new tragedy to scavenge.

    My point in this story is to define the character of this woman and to assure you that she doesn't deserve one bit of your defense or attention. In my experience, she has proven to be a selfish and unkind woman.

    March 8, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Pearley

    Surely, she didn't think she was going to speak because her outfit looked like it came from Wal-Marts.

    March 8, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Pearley

    Couldn't she have spoken after he finished?

    March 8, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Pearley

    Kanye, that crazy woman at the Oscars, and that fool Congressman who yelled out '"You lie" at Obama. What has become of manners. We need to take some lessons in manners from the Brits.

    March 8, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  45. R924

    What a nincompoop... And that's basically a nice way to describe how much of an idiot this lady is. No better than the other nitwit that ruined Taylor Swift's moment.

    March 8, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Pearley

    That woman is a lunatic, and the guy a gentleman. He should have told her to shut up.

    March 8, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Midwest

    What a loser. Take a hike, lady, and don't come back.

    March 8, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  48. captain awesome

    Steve Jackson is a douchebag!

    March 8, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  49. bert

    We were watching the Oscars and were like, Who the HELL IS that woman? She wasn't even making sense, and was speaking so long winded! She really made herself look like a complete idiot. I don't care about her - I want to hear about Williams' story.

    March 8, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  50. inetha

    Im confused? Why is it that we have problems with people who speak their minds? Granted to some she could have shown some restraint but who are we to be so judgmental. I say for her Bravo she was due her award and the chance to speak and she did.

    March 8, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Da Professor

    Yup - just another town hall screamer heard from. Now she can go back to the Tea Party

    March 8, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  52. sue

    Hopefully her work in Hollywood will be NIL now. How rude. Please, who would want to hire her now.

    March 8, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Lori M

    Very, very inappropriate on her part.

    March 8, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Rick Becraft

    I know it doesn't make it right, but I have to admit that Edna Garrett from looks great after all these years

    March 8, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  55. beth

    The way in which she interupted him was rude, yes. However, the Oscar was awarded to BOTH of them. Watch the video. She had just as much right to speak as he did. Although she could have waited for him to finish first.

    March 8, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  56. sereion

    Oh, Williams showed great restraint on stage, but I would have LOVED to be a fly on the wall backstage after the fact.

    That said, she may have felt slighted and felt that he was trying to take sole credit for the movie, but I agree that she ended looking very obonxious and foolish. Whatever she hoped to accomplish from stunt backfired miserably. She is now the laughingstock of Hollywood.
    ..and all that nonsencial rambling, she could've at least given her "thank you" speech.

    March 8, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  57. BC659

    Didn't I see this woman at a Town Hall Meeting screaming over people who were trying to speak? Talk about a "Fish Mouth!"

    March 8, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Mitch Hayes

    Has anyone Googled her and seen all the books she has written?
    Listed below..
    Who knows the truth? I think she said the project was her idea and then he stole it. Maybe it's BS and prob is, but let's just say
    that it IS true. Can you imagine! I would have been just as mad and crazy seeing that lying SOB take all the credit.
    -– -– -– -- -–
    Another Planet A Year in the Life of a Suburban High School

    A Gospel of Shame: Children, Sexual Abuse, and the Catholic Church

    The Gravest Show on Earth: American in the Age of AIDS.

    The Right Women: A Journey Through the Heart of Conservative America

    Baby Boon, How The Family-Friendly America Cheats the Chidless

    Consumer Terrorism: How to Wage War Against Bad Products and Worse Service

    Golda

    So Many Enemies, So Little Time: An American Woman in All the Wrong Places.

    March 8, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Tom

    it was very unprofessional of her. in addition I could not understand a word of what she said.

    I think she is a bad person....why was she invited anyway, if she was removed as producer 1 year before.

    March 8, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  60. KCV

    I was in and out of the room during the broadcast and came in while she was speaking, I remember thinking "WHAT is she talking about". It seems she not only ruined Williams moment, but her own, by being a blubbering ignoramus. Karma has prevailed!

    March 8, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  61. TheHot1

    I saw this last night, and honestly thought it was planned. Turns out this lady had a grudge so bad, that she looked like a very disturbed person!

    March 8, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Eevlyn

    Well, regardless of who ever was wrong or right, one thing I think we can all agree on, is that there needs to be better security at these events. Fortunatly, the crazies who have been jumping on these stages havn't been "physically" assaulted.

    March 8, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Black Barbie

    Her barging in was inexcusable. Next year, they'll probably have security or official personnel near the stage or microphone to prevent this from happening again. Rude and classless.

    March 8, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Michelle

    They both won the award. Look at the clip on youtube they announced that the award went to both of them and the presenters had 2 oscars. He ran ahead and started his speach before she even got up there. He was rude too. Granted she looked foolish and should have shown more grace but probably got caught up in the moment.

    March 8, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  65. lis c

    you KNOW WHAT????

    She had the RIGHT to be there despite diferences in VISION.
    He was RUDE and not a Gentleman as he didnt want to share the spotlight and didn't wait for her.
    It is like a marriage-the movie is the baby.. you go to the Parents teacher conference together, to be proud of the child..
    You don't clean your laundry in front of an audience..
    National TV?
    Looked bad for her at first instance..
    But NOW the facts are revealed.. She was pissed! I don't blame her now, she does looks like a crazy maniac, and she probably is one..
    But Hes NO GOOD EITHER...
    He's NOT a class Act..
    He kept quiet because had nothing else that he could do..
    He dug a hole not waiting for her and saw falling into it..
    It's like a crazy oblivion..
    TOO BAD FOR PRUDENCE..
    WAS NOT ABOUT HER....................
    WAIT show up in SNL..

    March 8, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  66. N S

    I think she deserved speaking every bit as much as he did, the movie was HER concept and HER idea...she is from zimbabwe, whereas the dude just went there to film HER story, then when he got there took over the production and snubbed her. Clearly she has ownership to the film if the Oscars gave her an invite. Even the Oscar Producers claimed her as a producer of the film.

    March 8, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  67. TT

    Was that rude or what? Can he get an apology, please?

    March 8, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Mercy

    As a Zimbabwean I was so disappointed that we did not get to hear what THE DIRECTOR was going to say about the film, Prudence, the process and his story.

    March 8, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  69. meccano

    Strange that she claims she didn't get any Oscar party/pre event invitations forwarded to her by director/producer Williams yet she made it into the Oscar ceremony. That is the hardest ticket in town to get and the rest is fluff. She did win an award along with Williams and did get an Oscar statue so there really was no reason for her not to be up there. That said, it was painful and she came off as rude and abrasive the way it was handled. She may have one an Oscar last night, but she didn't win many sympathy votes. I thought she was some looney that snuck onto the stage.

    March 8, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Todd1952SF

    Elinor Burkett gave me the impression last night that she hasn't been taking her meds lately. She was not only rude, but her rant, to me, came off as incoherent and completely inappropriate to the award involved. She's probably not rational enough to be embarrassed about what she did. I gather they had to fire her from the project involved because of problems she caused. I can see why.

    March 8, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  71. kwag

    to Steve Jackson. You said "NO ONE WANTS TO SIT THROUGH 3.5 hrs of crap to get to the only award they care about". So those of us who really love documentaries of any ilk are supposed to not see who wins because you don't like them? Frankly, genius is born in documentaries and the gift of creating them on such little money and a lot of sweat equity overshadows the 100 million spent on something I'd only watch once. Your opinion, while entitled, is elitist and ignorant...and crap.

    March 8, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Luna S

    At first I thought it was kind of rude of him to come hauling booty down the aisle without her considering that both of their names were called, but what she did was just in poor taste. HE owns the movie and did all the real work. Why should she have ANY right to say ANYTHING? What a classless tart.

    March 8, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Andrew

    We do no know there true reason she was shut out a year ago. She worked on the film and I am sure put a lot of her self into it. Just because he sat there and did not say anything does not mean he was in the right. They both worked on the film why should he get the credit she was trying to point out the women who song so greatly it was not about her but about the women in the film. I am sure she was very upset after a year of the fighting and I think she had every right to be up there. It shows you the type of family he has when his old lady tried tripping her with her cane.

    March 8, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Tim

    I thought she was WAY out of line. No one could even hear what she said as we were all in shock that she did it.

    Have we no class anymore? Tacky, tacky, tacky loud mouth!!

    March 8, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Bobbi

    Huh? This was not a Kanye moment. She was a producer on this film, not an admirerer of a nominee who lost. And nor was she seen on the red carpet swigging Hennessessy out of the bottle. I'm not defending her, I just can't stand it when people draw ridiculous comparisons. Use your brains people!

    March 8, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Norm

    Could you imagin waking up in the morning, turning over, and seeing her there?

    March 8, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  77. paul

    While on the one hand I agree that she probably demonstrated through her poor judgment last night why she was removed from the film, I'm a little more focused on the fact that we're using "Kanye Moment" as a popular term. It looks like his punishment has begun.

    March 8, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Peter

    Roger, Imma Let You Finish, but I had one of the best videos of all time.

    March 8, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  79. ErichH

    I saw it all, and loved it. All I heard from Williams was "I..,I..,I.." while Burkett pointed out very appropriately that the film was about THE MUSIC! He seemed to just want to talk about himself, while she demanded that the music get the attention. I am sure it was very difficult for her, but she was right. Williams seemed to think he was the star because he took the award, but it was Prudence and Lyana that had the real talent, which Burkett insisted on reminding everyone.

    March 8, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  80. francine

    she was rude as hell! She should have been escorted off the stage in mid-gabfest

    March 8, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  81. TONY

    Never before have so many people wasted so much time commenting about so little

    March 8, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Ryan

    "steve jackson March 8th, 2010 11:19 am ET

    Why didnt they cut away ASAP like they did with the Dolphin guy's banner. As soon as she came to the mic they should have cut away.

    Frankly, no one would have cared.

    documentry, short, foreign language, do not belong on the telecast...they are boring, stupid categories no one cares about.

    Take the Oscars to best song, best animated, best actress, actor, supporting actress, actor, director, best picture and you will see ratings climb huge. NO ONE WANTS TO SIT THROUGH 3.5 hrs of crap to get to the only award they care about. Hollywood, end the arrogance."
    --------------–
    Arrogance is believing your loutish tastes are the standard by which an award show should be presented. Some thinking people actually like documentaries and foreign films. Stupid philistines.

    March 8, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  83. George

    I guess there are always two sides to every story, and over the next few days I'm betting this will sort itself out. While I was kick to condemn this woman last night, I'm not sure that my initial reaction was entirely merited. I guess what I need to know is this (and I haven't read or heard anything difinitive on this yet): Was this woman listed on the Oscar nomination list for this film? If she and the gentleman who was handed the award were both listed, then I would tend to believe that both would want to speak during the limited time they give to those accepting the awards. Granted, the Oscar nominees who belong to a group of potential honores are encouraged to pick one spokesperson, anyone who watches the show knows that often times everyone being honored for a particular award gets a few seconds at the microphone. Sometimes the first person speaks for the group, and then the other one, two or three people chime in with a few thank yous of their own, usually with the last person trying to express him/herself over the music which is probably playing by now. My guess is that while Williams was the appointed spokesperson (mainly because it appears that he was the one still most closely associated with the project), he and the Burkett probably didn't come to any sort of an agreement prior to the show being aired, and Williams probably had an inkling that she might pull a stunt like this (hence his rush to the stage to get up there before her, and his smart move in not protesting once she bogarted the microphone). Clearly, they're both now receiving much more publicity than if Williams alone had just accepted the award. He's probably elated, and perhaps she is too–because I bet she's convinced she deserved to have her moment in the sun too, and she's not overly concerned with the fact that she looked like a crazy woman.

    Granted, I don't think she went about this the proper way, but if she was, indeed, listed along with Williams as one of the honorees, then she deserved to be up there on stage with him. What happens once warring factions get on stage together is anyone's guess–but this incident is certainly one of those potential outcomes. Williams clearly came off as the victim, and he definitely comported himself quite well given the circumstances. But I'm still not convinced that they both weren't in the right here. He got the award, and she got the attention that she felt she was being deprived of. Unfortunately for her, the risk she took in acting as she did may actually hurt her more in the long run.

    March 8, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Lisa

    I was embarrassed watching this. At first, I thought she was some random stage-crasher. I couldn't follow her thought processes.
    It's pretty sad that this was supposed to be one of the most important, beautiful moments of his life, and she comes up there like a raving lunatic and drags down the whole moment. Now instead of recalling this as a fond memory, I'm sure it'll be a memory marked with bitterness. And instead of getting attention for having a great movie, all the attention is focus on the looney producer. One can only hope that this brings some extra publicity so that people might actually see the film. "Any press is good press", right?
    I can't decide if she's ashamed now, or loving the attention this is bringing her. I hope it's the former. And god help us all if she ends up with a reality show.

    March 8, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Larry DW

    Hell hath no fury like that of a woman (purportedly) scorned!

    March 8, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Kevin Cassidy

    lame

    March 8, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Veronica

    The movie that won was the version he made, not the version she invisioned. Somehow I think she fails to realize that fact.

    There is one other little fact that those of you who think nothing but the best, actor, actress, director, and movie awards should be televised seem not to understand. This event was not for created for YOU. It was created for this industry. The fact that it is televised was an afterthought.

    March 8, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  88. MrsFizzy

    You're right, Lynn – what WAS up with George last night???

    March 8, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Ricardo

    That remind me of another idiot doing the same thing on another award show.

    March 8, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Avi Shlomo

    The Academy should have retained the University of Florida police for security. They would have stopped her and we will have another moment of do Not Taser me Bro!!

    March 8, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Greg Patton

    Mr Steve Jackson says:
    " documentry, short, foreign language, do not belong on the telecast...they are boring, stupid categories no one cares about."

    What kind of narrow minded individual are you? Your words are the reflection of your unlimited ignorance...I bet that you are one of those people who think a movie like "American pie" should have won an academy award for best movie....

    March 8, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Kurt S

    Wow and she can't even blame alcohol on this moment. Amazingly rude.

    March 8, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  93. pat kennedy

    I had no idea of what she was talking about ... she was just a blubbering idiot up there. She made a total fool out of herself ! She has no shame !!

    March 8, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  94. rs

    I don't know what is more embarrassing, the Williams/Burkett trainwreck that occurred in real-time on National television, or the fact that almost 400 people have nothing better to do than to point fingers and throw mud!

    March 8, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Judy

    I was confused when she grab the mic and more confused when she stareted talking..they should have dragged her off the stage..People like her and Kanye are the reason I rarely watch award shows anymore!

    March 8, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  96. moon627

    i agree with Max...
    they were both wrong and rude – it never would have happened if he hadnt tried to shut her out and take all the credit for himself !

    I wish they'd just leave off the small awards like this anyway
    its long enough already and the TV audience has enough trouble staying awake for the big awards...

    March 8, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Thxex

    She clearly thinks poorly of herself, it was shameful for her to try to shine without luster. It was his moment, she should have just stood there besides him and just smile for the camera. She really annoyed me.

    March 8, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Peter

    I saw it last night and it was absolutely bizar – yes, "Kanye" indeed came to my mind as well. Couldn't make heads or tail of what she was saying. It was pretty clear that this woman was a loose canon. Only reason she wasn't yanked off the stage was probably that that would have looked even worse.

    March 8, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Dan

    So they differed early on over the emphasis of the documentary. It was Mr. Williams' vision of the emphasis that won the Oscar. A different emphasis (Ms. Burkett's) may have resulted in no nomination at all.

    It was Mr. Williams to win, and Ms. Burkett, lunatic or not, was not involved with the final form of the movie that won the Oscar. Otherwise, there would be countless movies where writers on early drafts would also be entitled to an Oscar even though their contributions are long gone from the final form.

    (And, yes, she appeared to be a lunatic. Can't imagine she'll be allowed back to Oscars any time soon.)

    March 8, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Bob

    Crazy people on parade. I love it!

    Even better would be the security guards taking her down as she headed for the stage. Kicking and screaming as she yells her acceptance on the way out the doors! Yeah baby yeah!

    March 8, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  101. PeterK

    This woman is a genius!!! What better way to publicize their movie then to create this kind of controversy, I would have never heard of this movie otherwise. Now after reading about this incident and learning what the movie is about, I am very interested in seeing it. Brilliant!!!

    March 8, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Jasmine

    Regardless of who did what when, this woman was extremely unprofessional. There is a time and a place. This was neither the time or the place.

    If anything, it was the worst time and place for Lady Kanye to do this. Amongst all to see? No one will want to work with her in the future...especially if this is what you could grow to expect.

    March 8, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  103. LaBellaLuna

    It is a shame that Roger Williams was unable to finish his acceptance as Ms Burkett was apparently trying to make sure the band got recognition, but the file is named "Music by Prudence" not "Music by Lyana." After this fiasco, I doubt many more people will want to have her on their projects.

    If nothing else comes of Ms. Burkett's rudeness, more people will be interested in watching or reading about this documentary.
    Read the rest of the director's acceptance, or read about the film, go to musicbyprudence.com

    March 8, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  104. viktoria

    wow, what's her problem i mean really. RUDE is what you call these type of peaple

    March 8, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Sandi

    I would say she'll never eat lunch in this town again, but be for real: these are documentary shorts. These peoplel don't eat lunch in Hollywood anyway.

    March 8, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Spencer

    What an embarassment to herself and the film. This will go down in history as an epic failure for Elinor Burkett. At least Kanye gave the mic back to Taylor Swift. Class act, Elinor. Good lucking finding people who sympathize with you.

    March 8, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Kathryn

    Ms Burkett was incredibly unprofessional; her petty conduct was extremely rude and detracted from the moment that should have focused on the beauty of the film itself. All she accomplished was making a complete fool of herself.

    March 8, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Madarain

    No one wanted to see her face!.....No one wanted to hear her voice!

    It was obvious on a gut level that she was doing something wrong.

    No context needed. She just handed him the "class of the event" award

    How would you like to have that witch hounding you every damn day?

    March 8, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  109. karena

    I thought that was rude, she completely grabbed the microphone and shoved herself into him, it was not good manners, she should feel out of place, it's a once in a lifetime experience and she had to invade it

    March 8, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Rose

    I saw it and wondered if it was more crazy humor, but realized she was for real. You couldn't understand what she was ranting about and it was sooooo unprofessional. She Should Be Ashamed!!! Hopefully, she will get a mental evaluation, because that was crazy, to say the least.

    March 8, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  111. JK

    Sorry, but he RAN up there, started to speak without her. ISN'T THAT RUDE? They BOTH won the award, I heard it announced. Now what she did wasn't great, but everyone is giving this guy a pass, and thats BS. A CLASS act would have been to get up there, and wait for her to come on up. He could see here approaching, c'mon. 90% of you commented on her, without raising a single point against him.

    March 8, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Spencer

    I bet she's already on Failblog.

    March 8, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Jo Doe

    IS ANYONE PAYING ATTENTION?

    Williams and Burkett were both announced and listed as Producers. He ran down the aisle to beat her to the stage. He grabbed the Oscar (#1) and the mic. By the time Burkett got by his Grandma and her cane she made it to the stage (probably out of breath). Did you notice she didn't grab her Oscar (#2) which was being held by the "assistant" and went straight for the mic. She had every right to be up there and have an opportunity to speak.

    Regardless of her behavior, in the end, her name was announced as well and she deserved to receive her Oscar. The fact that he ran down the aisle just proves he was trying to steal the moment. He was not a gentleman and it caused bad behavior all round.

    March 8, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  114. ju

    yep, that was sooo rude of her. I would be in shock too if I were Mr.William. Geezz... she really does looks like a lunatic.

    March 8, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Angie

    According to Williams, Burkett was removed as producer – doesn't mean it's true. Obviously she was still recognized as the producer by the Academy or she wouldn't have been a 'co-winner.'

    To reiterate Dennis' point "If she wasn't a producer why was she given a ticket to the Oscars. If she wasn't a producer why did the Academy say she was the producer. When The film was announced they said and it was underscored on the video "Producers- Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett".

    March 8, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Jimbo

    He reacted in a very classy way and she was a complete nut case up on stage. I'm not advocating violence, but if he had body slammed her I would have understood. Somehow I think she's from New York...being born and raised in New York I know they can be very, very obnoxious.

    March 8, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  117. PK California

    He was a gentleman. She was NO lady! If I were in the film business, I would not want to have anything to do with her. She is nothing but a LOUDMOUTH and had no right to try to steal the moment from someone who was chosen to receive an Oscar! You can be darn sure she will be excluded from all future events. You have to EARN an Oscar, not try to STEAL one!

    March 8, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  118. chris

    She was out right rude.

    March 8, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Doug

    When they announced the winner, they stated it was going to both Eli Burkett and Roger Williams. If they both won it, they both deserve to accept it, regardless of whether there is some disagreement between themselves as to who gets the credit.

    March 8, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Max

    They are both in the wrong! Why is everyone attacking only her and blessing the "class" of Roger Williams? He raced to the stage in an effort to thwart her acceptance of an award she had equal entitlement to! Get your facts straight before castigating people.

    March 8, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  121. sduck

    "Producer" is a somewhat vague title in filmmaking, and not all producers are equally involved with the film. From what I've read, Burkett was indeed extremely involved in the early stages of the film, which is why she was given a producer credit, in spite of the fact that she was fired long before the film was finished. And as a credited producer on the film, she would have been included in the nomination and been given a ticket to the ceremony.

    That said, not everyone who wins an award gets to make a speech. There just isn't time, so usually one person makes the speech (or everyone makes a very brief comment.) It seems rather inappropriate for the fired ex-producer (who is suing the production company) to insist on speaking. Williams may have rushed to beat her to the microphone, but that was probably because he was afraid she would get up and say something embarrassing or snarky... which, as it turns out, was exactly what she did anyway.

    To make it worse, Burkett didn't really have anything coherent to say. To my eyes, it looked like she grabbed the mic mainly to embarrass Williams and ruin his Oscar moment.

    March 8, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Angel B

    Probably the best thing that could have happened to the director and movie. Now its getting some extra attention that it can certainly use.

    PS Can you imagine Prudence and how she felt in the Oscars..

    March 8, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Jeff

    Everyone on this show is simply an entertainer in some capacity so it was rather fitting to have something like this happen....Very entertaining!!! We must keep everything in perspective. All of this is really irrelevant in the big picture! No pun intended

    March 8, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  124. DG

    @ Truth be told,

    You remind me .... we often think people who take to extremes are sick. Especially people in the spot light. Dave Chapelle was sick. Martin Lawrence was sick. Now this woman appears crazy....

    But you are right to shed some light.

    Dave Chapelle said it, "Maybe the system is sick?"

    And she was just acting accordingly, given the sick and twisted realm she has had to navigate.

    I don't know if you are right, which is why I wonder if I am wrong to write that she appeared "nuts."

    After all, the "crazy" people are just the ones that do not fit into what we, as a group, declare is "normal."

    But here we are, so eager to declare one of the two in this dispute to be in the wrong or in the right.

    Maybe our desire, as comment-leavers, really represents our deep need to arbitrate the disputes of others in order to defend our own twisted views on what "normal" really is. . . ?

    March 8, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  125. d.o.

    Classless and childish. If she had a bone to pick with him, she shouldn't have done it here. Are these kinds of moments going to be a regular thing at awards shows now? Grow up, people.

    March 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  126. ras in msp

    whatever..... she certainly will be remembered.

    March 8, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  127. DG

    She was announced as a co-winner.

    You do not crash the Oscars, you are invited and she was invited by the Academy because she, obviously, has a legal PRODUCING credit to the project. Her being there is proof.

    That the Director says she was removed, shows that he is actually the one lacking grace, no matter what the dispute is.

    Also, a gentleman would have waited for the lady to walk up first.

    But for the record, I did think she came off as nuts, but still, I heard her name called.

    He created the situation by not being graceful and walking up with her.

    They could have transcended their petty bickering, even if they have substantial and legitimate, legal and artistic differences.

    March 8, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  128. bozo

    I agree with Steve Jackson, Oscars are boring, cut it down to the main awards and ONE HOUR!

    March 8, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Dinka

    To me, it doesn't matter who is in the right and who is in the wrong. What matters is how they handled the situation on internationally-broadcasted television: Williams remained composed (if surprised) in the spotlight and held his tongue. Burkett made a fool of herself.

    So the question is, which one killed their future career last night and which one held their emotions in check long enough to save it?

    March 8, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Jason S

    @ Some dude
    The director and the producer of the show are the wons to blame from making the Oscars run so long and Tom Hanks rush with the last award. You even point out ways to cut the show down. The three to five categories mentioned by steve take up 10 to 20 minutes of the telecast (at most). Usually, the people that win these awards are quick to get of stage.
    But everyone has their opinions on what they want to and don't want to see. As a filmmaker, I think these folks deserve their one moment in the spotlight (most of them work a lot harder than the folks that work on major motion pictures)
    Just because I didn't see (or care to see) some of the "big" films nominated, doesn't mean I don't want to see the long dragged out explanation of what the film is about (as they did in last nights telecast)
    We could all go back and forth on this issue, but in the end none of us can change the show... we can just have our opinions. I guess we just agree to disagree.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  131. Jason

    No disrespect to Prudence, but Liyana is the greatest group of all time! I agree with the producer: film should've showcased the whole band, not just the singer. Also- how do you fire a producer AFTER the film is done? She'll probably win the suit, as they utilized her services until her job was 100% finished, and then tried to pretend as though she never worked on the film. The director basically took all of the credit for a film he didn't create on his own. I'd have taken the mic too. Just because he doesn't like her personally, is no reason to rob her of the glory that is equally hers. Director acted like a total tool on this one.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Joe

    He should have looked for her coming down the aisle....and then ended his speech and said "thank you" right when she got to the stairs.
    Cue music.
    Cut to commercial.
    Back to your seat, lady.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  133. truth_be_told

    As a Zimbabwean I applaud Eli Burkett's bold stance. Roger Williams is no spokesperson for the children of Zimbabwe. Burkett saw the band playing in Zimbabwe some two years ago. She developed the idea, paid for Williams to come out, did all the ground work, brought in at her expense the cinematographers, fought and continues to fight for the rights of the band and remains a true friend to all of the band members. Williams behaved like the true boor he is, dashing to the stage like a deranged maniac, not having the grace to wait for his co-producer and then gibbered his way through the opening. She did the right thing, she made sure that every member of the band Liyana was thanked for allowing the world to see the raw state of their predicament. Prudence Mabhena, the lead character of the film, is but one small fragment of the greater picture. Google Burkett and read how she has championed the rights of the downtrodden the world over, Google Williams and you will discover he is a crass opportunist incapable of sharing anything but his bloated ego.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Angela

    Wow, everyone one is attacking her and she is not in the wrong. He intentionally tried to thwart her.

    SHE IS AN EQUAL IN THE PROJECT.

    Know your facts before you become so brutal and start attacking people.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Richard

    What a pig!
    And he was so gracious.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Jefe

    Just from the picture alone she looks like a raving lunatic! I didn't watch the Oscars at all, had something better to do. Like cleaning lint out of my toenails.

    Anyway – to me, this wasn't exactly a Kanye moment. His moment was a purposely-staged event, meant to humiliate what's-her-name as her induction into the weird, occult music-industry clique (beyonce, jay-z, lady gaga, etc.). This was different, because this woman was just a person who is a total jerk showing their true colors.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  137. chris

    I too was appauled by Elinor's rudeness and was shocked that no one stopped her from going on to stage. Roger Ross Williams stood there and let her go on and on which showed everyone who had class and that was Roger and Elinor did not. I hope she is embarrased after she sees what she did. She took HIS moment away from him.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  138. Saromat

    Enough has been said about the antics of this raving madwoman. What really concerns me is the potential for another lunatic to harm someone on stage. If Roger Ross Williams couldn't be protected from an overweight, angry old lady, what chance would an actor or actress have against a fit, angry young man bent on doing them harm? Unfortunately, the Academy needs to look into security at access points to the stage.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Jan

    The Academy should strip her of her membership, presuming she has one in the first place. Anything less amounts to acceptance of such inexcusable behavior.

    Same for Kanye West and anyone else who disrupts a ceremony in such a low-class manner.

    It was such a repeat of the Kanye West incident that at first I wondered whether it might have been a send-up.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Barred Owl

    Eric – I don't know what Williams did wrong; one of them would reach the podium first and since they were not speaking to each other, he got there first. He invited her to work on the project "with" him. Further, once she hijacked the mic, he stood back and let her have her say. He did not interrupt her. He did not even let on that something had gone askew. He looks like a gentleman, she comes off looking like Kanye West.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  141. klf

    When are people going to learn there is a time and place for everything and that was clearly not the place, seems a court room is where she should have handled that one. What a horribly rude thing to do, obviously no one cared what she said after she acted that way.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  142. ichabod

    What a harpy...can you imagine working with her on a project?

    March 8, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  143. KEVIN G

    I can see why she was removed from the film. A ranter nobody could understand

    March 8, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  144. John

    When she pulled that classless stunt I changed the channel.

    Why didn't somebody pull the plug on her and hustle her off? It's no wonder fewer and fewer people care about the show. Not one person at my office has mentioned the Oscars today. It wasn't always that way.

    John

    March 8, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Jill

    I was totally confused and she was totally out of line. I thought, at first she was just some nut case,. I must say he was more civil than I would have been. What possesses some people..she should be embarassed, but in her lack of shame I am embarassed for her.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Some dude

    I haven't read all of the posts here, just maybe the first third. But to those you slamming Steve Jackson, read the guy's original post before jumping to conclusions. He didn't say that there shouldn't be awards for best short, foreign-language film, etc. He simply said they shouldn't be in the telecast. And I absolutely agree with him.

    Not every award is shown during the telecast, for obvious reasons. One, it would make the telecast FAR too long; two, most people watching would have no idea what the recipients were receiving awards for anyway; and three, the general public really doesn't care to see it. That third reason probably has the most merit.

    When Tom Hanks has to literally RUSH out on stage and hurriedly announce the winner for best picture, you know they've gone WAY too long. The easiest way to cut the fat is to take out some things people (in general) really don't care to see.

    For example, most people in this country (and don't forget this is an AMERICAN broadcast) don't watch foreign films. We generally don't watch short films and/or documentaries, either. Just because there are some of you who do, doesn't mean the rest of us want to sit through it. This is not to diminish the work that has gone into making these films, or the films themselves.

    Now, before some of you start talking about how they deserve their time in the spotlight...well, so do the other Oscar winners....you know, the ones that DIDN'T make it on the telecast. You aren't whining about them, and that's because you don't care to see every award being presented live. That goes for most of us. Some of the awards they still insist on showing, we don't really care to see.

    Also, there was a lot more that could have been trimmed. Bringing out the 5 individuals for both best male actor and best female actor, for the sole purpose of gushing over someone they worked with way, way back when? We didn't really need to hear how Jeff Bridges was such a great guy because he had busted capillaries put on by makeup.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  147. Str8 Outta Tx

    kanye west was voicing his opinion, and he did say excuse me. that still doesnt make it acceptable , but my opinion is that it wasnt quite as rude as what she did.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Kyle

    She had every right to speak. Her name was on the Screen as a winner AND if you look carefully there were two OSCAR statues – one for him one for her (Look at the female presenter she is still holding one after the guy picked up his).

    March 8, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  149. Angela

    So check it; I went to oscar dot com and she is indeed listed and an equal in this award. They may have differences, but she is clearly entitled to the recognition. So, with the fact he "quickly" made it to the stage to beat out the older and slower woman, it shows how classless he actually is.

    Did anyone else notice after that incident, that ALL the men started putting emphasis on helping the women; holding their hands, putting them first, intentionally. At least that's what I noticed.

    Still, sad that their working relationship over such an a great documentary short went to the crapper.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  150. sunny

    it is unfortunate that the hate dwelling within ms burkett and her desire for revenge, is so strong that it overcame the better of her. success has always been the best revenge, but unfortunately due to ms burkett's lack of self control, it is doubtful that anyone will ever agree to work with her again, ergo, denying her the taste she so dearly desires. from what i observed, this denial is well deserved. she brought it all on herself.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Barred Owl

    PAM – if you would read other articles, you will find that she did not have a right to speak. Mr. Williams' name was called to speak.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  152. ShellE

    how could she do that?! not only was it RUDE! but very DEMEANING!!!!!!

    March 8, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  153. Barred Owl

    Lisa Miller – I agree, there should be some type of sanctions against people who hijack the microphone. I don't watch these type shows anyway, but behavior like hers and "Kanye" diminish the show. There is a lot of hard work that goes into making a film, and you would think that anyone who is in the industry recognizes this and would be respectful of others in the industry. She should not have let her superego get the best of her.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  154. Pam

    Sorry, haters..... She worked on the film, she was given credit on the film, she was cited by the Academy as a Producer on the film, the title at the bottom of the screen said she was a winner of the award for the film.... Ergo, she had EVERY RIGHT to be up there & speak. The only controversy came from her personal beef with the other Producer/Director. He was trying to keep her from her rightful spot at the podium. She wouldn't have been there with a ticket & in a floor seat if she didn't belong there. End of story.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  155. JohnH

    Who cares?

    Why does this attract 350+ comments while important issues receive 25? Find an interest of importance in your lives!

    March 8, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  156. pin cushion

    I just watched and went "what the...?"

    March 8, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  157. Barred Owl

    HILARIOUS!!!!! He kept his cool and smiled throughout her ranting. I feel sorry for her that she could not control her impulses.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  158. The Doctor

    This woman has a history of doing things in bad taste. Her book "Another Planet: A Year in the Life of a Suburban High School" was written in a matter that can only be described as "factually inaccurate." She's used to being a blow-hard. This instance is no different.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  159. Elvira H.

    I agree with the majority of comments – Ms. Burnett is a rude, primitive lunatic who should share the limelight only with one person: Kanye West.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  160. Jesse

    Sorry folks, but when the winner's names were read they were read as "Music by Prudence. Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett, producers."

    Sure, Williams acted childish rushing to the stage before the announcement was complete and Burkett was rude to grab the microphone from him, but there is no indication that Elinor Burkett had no right to be there.

    It has no comparison to Kanye West who was not even involved in the award. She actually did just win the Oscar.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  161. Stefanie

    I felt so bad for this guy- it truly was a rude, awkward, 'Kanye' moment. I hope that lady gets a lot of hell from all over the place so she gets off her high horse.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  162. Jason S

    @steve jackson (you probably won't even see this, but I need to say it)
    You should have stopped with your first paragraph.
    The Oscars are to honor filmmakers in all genres, not just the categories YOU want to see. If you don't want to watch a long telecast or see all the other "boring, stupid categories no one cares about", wait until the Oscars are over and check the internet to find out who won in the categories you feel are important.
    "documentry, short, foreign language, do not belong on the telecast" What an ignorant statement? Hoe is it 'arrogant' to honor people who rarely get public recognition for all their hard work and amazing talent? I have worked on films in all three of these categories (as well as major motion pictures) Because a film is in a language other than English, that filmmaker doesn't deserve to be honored on INTERNATIONAL TV like everyone else in the show. Some of the best films ever made were made by foriegn directors. Also, some of the best filmmakers, if not most, started with short films. I think you should stick to watching the People's Choice Awards.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  163. Mike

    LOL, she DID look like a Joy Behar after a 3-day meth bender. What a tool!

    March 8, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  164. Kanyefan

    How rude, she didn't even start with "Yo, Imma let you finish..."

    March 8, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  165. Lisa

    If you watch the video it's clear they are BOTH named as the winners. She was an invited guest, her name was also up on screen and called by the presenters - why wouldn't she come on stage? (Goofy speech not withstanding...)

    ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbB1A_VGRos

    March 8, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  166. Goodbye Sunshine

    Wow... I don't think I've ever witnessed a situation where someone could black-list themselves so quickly. So you had a disagreement with the Director and you have been off of the project for over a year. Let it go! These type of disagreements happen all of the time but typically stay where they should: behind closed doors and out of the public eye. Well, congrats, Elinor, as you not only threw out your professionalism but tossed your career out the window at the same time. Given your IMDB history (or lack there of), you really won't be missed. I guess it's back to local cable access shows for you....

    March 8, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  167. 1209

    @mtrought – Should be obvious why Kanye's name comes up so often in discussion of this scenario = he hijacked the microphone from an award winner to go on his own little rant. EXACTLY what this woman did. Doesn't have anything to do with race, just the actions of idiots !

    March 8, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  168. gail birks

    shame on you Elinor. you did not represent the women in your industry at all.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  169. Lisa Miller

    There should be some sort of sanction for her actions.
    She should not be allowed to #1-just get away with it and #2-return to the venue in the future for a possible repeat performance.

    If this was a "go for broke" gesture, she should be prepared to face the consequences.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  170. cp

    This woman acted like a dam fool. She disrepected the guy and thank god he was very cool about it. She had no selfrespect. Whatever happened a year ago is her problem, she should not have gone on stage. At end of the day she lost what little class and dignity she had, and he won an Oscar.. She should be banned from the Arcadamy.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  171. Ms. Obvious

    All this stuff about "she was removed as the producer".. Isn't the producer the "owner" of the production ...i.e., oversees the whole thing? Who has the authority to remove her, if it's her project?

    [When we find a person with such authority, maybe he/she could also remove Dan Snyder as the owner of the Redskins...that would be much more helpful]

    March 8, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  172. pacino fan

    If I had been in the gentleman's shoes, I would have calmly taken the mike back, said "excuse me, I'm talking" and then pointed her in the direction of stage exit. She came off as some babbling and very rude idiot! (whoever she was).

    March 8, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  173. Lisa

    Somehow, I doubt this woman will be invited back to this award ceremony in the future. Stupid move.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  174. Robin

    The best way to end a situation like that is to cut off the microphone and escort her out of the building. She'll have a hard time getting any serious work in Hollywood after that

    March 8, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  175. Bugalina

    You know what would be hilarious? A new award given at the Oscars for the most inappropriate or selfish appearance at the previous year's Oscars.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  176. Walker

    She just made it clear to everyone in Hollywood, she is a jackass and not to be worked with. Her speech was ridiculous and she came off as a real jerk. Turns out she is.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  177. Darla

    It is beyond me, how this woman was able to waltz onto the stage and do what she did. I realize it is live- but seriously!! She was like a stealth bomber...she suddenly appeared and attacked! What a complete idiot! Even is she had some message to portray- she needed to let him finish first! I personally don't think she had a right to even BE on the stage and should have been stopped by security.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  178. Eric

    They were both being childish. Both were supposed to appear on stage together, but only one is allowed to speak. Williams basically raced Burkett to the podium and won (again, this is like watching two toddlers behave).

    It's not like she is just some random person who ran up on stage. She was supposed to be there. She just has no tact, and neither does Williams for that matter. I doubt either of them will be receiving an award any time soon though,

    March 8, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  179. toes13

    It didn't do her much good to run down and take the mike because
    I didn't understand a word she said. It was so fast and garbled.
    She just made herself look stupid!

    March 8, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  180. Lorie

    another skit for Saturday Night Live! YEAH!

    March 8, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  181. Thea

    Dave C and others who are attempting to defend this women's dispicable actions, there is a one speaker only rule at this awards show, she could have come up on the stage, but to rudely push this person and proceed to talk about something that made NO sense, was foolish on her part, she demonstrated real narcissism and an inability to behave in a respectful manner, it is no wonder they had problems, she is boorish and without any sense of self image. The need for self gratification should never over shadow the project itself.

    She could have made her case latter and all would have thought defferently of the gentleman for excluding her.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  182. sonia

    well, her name was mentioned as producer too, so she would have a right to be there. she was extremely rude though talking over him like that and taking all the time to talk.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  183. Steve H

    I didn't put the smiley face in my previous comment. The webpage interpreted an 8 and the ) as a smiley! Who knew...?

    March 8, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  184. Sheliah

    DJMcG...."Sheliah" (learn how to spell)....is NOT an IGNORANT bigot! Her statements are not FALSE or misleading. Simply watch history FORMED and SUSTAINED before your eyes!

    JUST MY THOUGHTS...

    March 8, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  185. Steve H

    For the umpteenth time:
    1) Burkett's name was listed by the Academy as part of the award.
    2) That's why she was invited there.
    3) Her name was announced live as the co-winner of the award.
    4) The on-stage assistant was holding the TWO Oscar statuettes.
    5) In a replay, you can see Burkett trying to get across her row to the aisle.
    6) Williams' speech was about himself and how "I never dreamed I'd be up here."
    7) Burkett's interruption/speech was about the talented performers in the movie, not about herself.
    8 ) Williams was rude in running up there.
    9) Burkett's interruption was also rude.
    10) Score: Williams 0 / Burkett 0.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  186. oldschoolmommy

    It was very rude...and I missed it because I dozed off. But I went to see it on YouTube and what is even more strange is that when they were interviewing the director once he got offf stage, she was right there behind him and no onsaid or did anything...and then they also interviewed her again... She wasn't any more coherent then...Also watched Carson Daly's Last Call on youtube where he interviewed the director and showed the whole band. I see were the contention came about because the whole band seems talented...but definitely not the place to settle the issue.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  187. John Smith

    In case you haven't noticed, the Oscars forgot to mention Farrah Fawcett as one of the artists who passed away last year, on the same day as Michael Jackson. I think she should be honored not only for her work as an artist, but also for the information she shared on cancer illness. I believe she even has a star in Hollywood's walk of fame.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  188. Roe

    Congratulations to Mr. Ross and so sad for what happened on stage.
    If Ms. Burkett was to receive an Oscar, then she should have waited for Mr. Ross to give his speech and then give her speech. Perhaps she would have made more sense and not sound like a loose cannon.
    Would love to hear the real out-come on this situation.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  189. Bryce

    I'm kinda shocked that so many are roasting her without really knowing the situation. As others have mentioned, they both won the Oscar. Looking back at the tape and listening to accounts after the fact, it appears clear that he conspired to try to get to the mic first to keep her from being able to even try to speak. He's hardly blameless in this situation.

    The fact is they both collaborated to make something beautiful and worthy of praise. However, their own personal disagreements made for an uncomfortable several moments. But many Oscar awards speeches are uncomfortable. There were several others last night where "minor" awards had multiple recipients who didn't have time for all of them to talk. No one's ripping the person who started talking first and lost track of time in those cases.

    I don't get why there's so much vitriol over something so minor. He should've punched her? She should kill herself? Do you people actually read and think about what you're writing before you say it? How horrible! Remember that she's a person too. If you don't know what her story is or why she did what she did, you shouldn't blindly condemn her. And you certainly shouldn't take it to such an extreme.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  190. Ladynblue

    When she got up there.. I believe. that everybody was like oh no not another Kanye... But she was rude and very inconsiderate to do that to him.. She made a total spectacle of herself and ultimately lost the reason for the win in the first place. and then try to save face by saying Prudence is here and they do a quick camera shot to her then BAM commercial.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  191. Shamim

    Where were the security personal ? Why do we wait for something to go wrong to tighten our security ?

    March 8, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  192. Thomas

    Disappointment! That it happened on a night when, for the most part, people are respecting the accomplishments of their peers!! I think I would have decked her right then and there!

    March 8, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  193. Thea

    When this occurred I was totally confused as to what was happening, this is so sad, the movie was about something of real substance, and to have this occur at the awards show is shameful of this person, she really made a fool of herself on national t.v., and demonstrated that her heart wasn't in this undertaking, because if it was there would be no need for public acknowledgement to the detriment of the project...Shame on you!!!...

    March 8, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  194. Dave C

    I won't disagree that the woman was rude in the way she took over the speech, but I watched the award announcement again, and she WAS listed along with Williams for the award. Regardless of whether she was removed as producer a year before, or what lawsuits are pending, the Academy included her on the award, therefore she had every right to be on the stage. She just should have had the grace and class to let Williams talk for more than 10 seconds before just pushing her way in front of the microphone.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  195. AS

    I read some interesting comments of people trying to protect her and say that she also had a trophy and deserved to speak BUT all this is besides the point. What we are talking about here is basic manners and if you take the microphone away from someone who is giving their speech, that is just plain out rude and should never be tolerated. I'm surprised people have the audacity to still protect her when in fact she was extremely rude.

    She should have been booted off the stage immediately for acting childish and only thinking about HER speech. I admire the gentlemen as he was cool and had major class. Whether she deserved the Oscar or whether she was meant to be up there is BESIDES THE POINT. She had no right taking the gentleman's microphone! These events should seriously consider stocking up on some security guards!

    AS

    March 8, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  196. dara

    I was shocked. She should be ashamed of her behavior and apologize for what she did. This event is not a proper place for her to show her ill feelings toward gentelman.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  197. ehunt29

    I'm not going to defend her actions but fyi its the producer who accepts for a best film award not the director. I think there is more to this story than we see on the surface.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  198. Ina in Tennessee

    Roger Williams is a wonderfully talented man, who brought joy and great hope to a group of talented young people through the making of this short film. He deserved to be heard. I do not know Elinor Burkett and feel at this point she would not be one with whom I would choose to spend my precious time. Her motives seem clear. Get some attention and embarrass Roger Williams. Well, she did stop Roger's speech, but she certainly did nothing for her resume. Smart, she isn't! She really handed Roger an opportunity for more greatness. He showed his makeup and will have a busy schedule. More Oscars for Roger? You bet!! Elinor Who???

    March 8, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  199. ashley hernandez

    well Katheryn he did that 2 taylor swift n noone said anuthin so i woudnt b talkin :p

    March 8, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  200. Kristine Geldart

    She was an ass. Asses make assess of themselves.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  201. JKC

    What else is there to add? It was rude of that woman, and self-defeating.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  202. C What'sNew

    The acedamy should sue her for illegal disruption of invite-only based event - to thwart off anyone else that might do this in the future. This is totally tasteless in sharp contrast of the whole evening.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  203. Tom

    Let guy did the right thing to let her speak. Besides he was probably shocked. Let us bloggers nail her down to the cross.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  204. Dare

    I agree with MO...It's evident that Ms. Burkett is "classless" and has little to no knowledge of decorum.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  205. Andres

    You are all acting the same exact way people acted back in the day when a woman was accused of being a witch. Do you all realize that?
    You are all saying that she was rude and tactless... yet you are all condeming her as if you were judges... I think you are all being rude and tactless yourselves!

    March 8, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  206. Chicago W

    Mr. Williams was not there in his capacity as director, but as one of two producers. The other was Ms. Burkett. They BOTH won the oscar for the film. As such, they should have gone up together and both taken a turn to speak.

    Mr. Williams, however, had been intentionally excluding Ms. Burkett from all events surrounding the oscars. And then, when they won, his mother tried to block Ms. Burkett from going up on stage with her son.

    Imagine that you and a co-worker win an award, one which shows you are at the top of your field, and then that coworker's mother tries to block your way to the stage to go accept your award. I think you might be a little upset, too.

    Yes, she was upset and acted a little strange. But I think it is Mr. Williams, and his mother who owe Ms. Burkett an apology for trying to keep her off the stage.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  207. kba

    Well, thankfully, he gets to take Oscar home with him. She may have gotten her 15 seconds of infamy but at the end of the day, she goes home with nothing and he has Oscar. And that's just as it should be. She should not be allowed to attend another Academy Awards presentation. Ever!

    March 8, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  208. Anna

    She was a disgustingly rude woman, it's too bad they couldn't throw her off the stage. I hope she is banned from coming to the Oscars. I'm sure after this, she will never even be considered. Mr. Williams handled it with class and I'm sure he's having the last laugh now.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  209. RAS

    To mtrought comments: Kanye's rudeness is not WHITE people trying to link rudeness to BLACK people –KANYE WAS JUST PLAIN RUDE! This woman last night was RUDE. This is NOT a black and white issue. You want us 'good white folk' to care about integration. Well I beg you 'black folk' to stop making everything ABOUT race!

    March 8, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  210. David

    She needs some lessons on how to act / speak in public. Note WHO is holding the OSCAR here- the Director NOT the producer or her ego. Totally spoiled the moment for Prudence I agree.

    She came across as a babbling drunk. So embarrassed for her. If she wanted to make a complete fool of herself- MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

    March 8, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  211. penni Hibbard

    The gentleman should be appluded for keeping his composure and looking so poised. She looked and acted like atotal idiot........She should be banned from EVER attending the Oscars agin.....

    March 8, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  212. anthonyW

    A very unfortunate situation. He will be known for his patience..she will be known for her stupidity.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  213. DJMcG

    Sheila is an ignorant biggot, who apparently has not been following the awarding of the Oscars for the past decade or so.

    Grow up, infant!

    March 8, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  214. oscar d

    A depase performance by Burkett, Ross kind enough to step aside for her to rant. Definately declasse. No wonder why he cut the rope.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  215. M0

    That was a crazy act and a confusing moment. That woman act was selfish and not realizing that million of people were watching this event and her behavior was unacceptable. Her issues with Mr. Roger Ross Williams need to be resolved off camera. She also shows no respect for her peers. What an embarrassment. They need to have more regulations or restrains for these types of events. All awards recipient nominees need to be coached.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  216. paul

    THE WOMAN WAS RUDE. No matter what the case of the owndership of the film or what the case over the direction of it, she was just a loud mouth woman who should have been more "lady-like" and allowed him the chance to speak since he made it to the mic first. As would be the case if she got her butt up there first.

    Spoiled it, I am sure, for Prudence as well.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  217. roma

    I am telling you that if that was my grandmother, that red-headed woman would be on the floor bleeding, russian style, i cant believe that actually happened at the Oscar's, but if that was me standing at teh mic, i would have laid her out, which would have be the first for the Oscar's, she was way worse than Kanye, at least Kanye had the sense to congratulate Taylor, this woman just plain out was a (b^&$ch).

    roma
    brooklyn

    March 8, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  218. Rick

    I don’t condone her actions and being a former film producer myself I know that you need a thick skin. It also takes a special kind of aggressiveness to succeed in that business.

    Sometimes you get so caught up in the process and you forget the good manners that your mother taught you.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  219. Aaron P

    What he should be saying this morning is, "Thanks for helping me in my suit with you. You helped prove my case"

    March 8, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  220. DJMcG

    Whatever message she had to deliver, it fell on deaf ears. I immediately stopped paying attention to the content of what she was saying and focused solely on how it was done. If she understands nothing esle, I hope she realizes how ineffective her bathering on was in the face of such incredible rudeness...

    March 8, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  221. Kerrybiantulip

    The film was her idea. If she had arrived first and he had pushed his way to the microphone it would've been him being referred to as the negative party in this happening. All perspective, I s'pose.

    She said the lawsuit ended amicably, but it obviously didn't considering he won't speak to her at all.

    I don't agree with what she did but I don't agree that she should've been ignored prior to the event considering he would be nowhere without her idea.

    I agree though, his mother trying to block her from getting to the stage is ridiculous. What a bratty old bat.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  222. Nan

    Check out the official Oscar nominations site. SHE WAS NOMINATED:

    "Music by Prudence
    Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett "

    They should have sorted out their differences before the ceremony. How did he expect to be up there alone if it was a joint nomination. She did come across as a crazy person – but it was not a "Kanye moment".

    March 8, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  223. WhySoHypocritical?

    Kanye West hates white people!

    March 8, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  224. CC

    Like many before have clarified:
    -She won an Oscar also. There were two names called and 2 statues on stage.The model type was holding it and obviously waiting for her to finally get up on stage.
    -There's no reason security should have been alarmed since she was invited, and WON said Oscar.
    -If she was removed as producer, the Academy obviously didn't get wind of it, or reject her entry.
    There's obviously lots of animosity. They're both in the wrong in my opinion. They both went to extreme measures to protect what they thought was their film. It's just unfortunate that she is getting all of the flack.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  225. Michele

    As previously stated, SHE ALSO WON. Buffoon or not, she deserved to be up there. It is not a "Kanye moment" According to the official OSCAR page:
    Music by Prudence
    Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett /end of discussion

    March 8, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  226. James

    If she didn't belong there, how was she able to get into the Kodak Theater at all? It's not like they sell those tickets on Ticketmastet

    March 8, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  227. Ian

    How/why was she allowed into the auditorium if she was not a producer?
    Its not like this was an open door event where anyone could have walked in. The academy knew she was in the room and knew of the isue between the two.
    My guess is they would rather have Kanye-moment than a law suit after the academy.
    None the less, this issue should have been resolved long before the two of them arrived at the ceremony.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  228. Sum

    Yes her behavior was bad, but so was his...he raced up to the stage to try to keep her from speaking at all. If they were both invited and both names listed on the award they should both be allowed to say something. They should have worked something out before the show, instead they both came across looking badly.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  229. mgm

    How did this lady get a ticket to the Oscar Event if she's been removed as produced over a year ago? Classless!

    March 8, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  230. Bill

    She was totally and literally uncalled for. Did she have a role in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest?

    March 8, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  231. SPTX

    The woman was rude and nasty and should not have interrupted Mr. Williams' speech.

    But, that doesn't change the fact that she was credited with producing the movie, her name was listed on the screen, and announced by the announcer. She had every right to be there.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  232. The Dude

    What's that big purple thing next to Roger and why is it speaking?

    March 8, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  233. Hugh Jardon

    The Academy Awards are nothing more than a BORING PUBLICITY event so that overpaid actors and actresses can justify their outrageous salaries. NO OTHER INDUSTRY pulls this crap. Have any of you actually read the credits for a movie lately? Only the mother of the guy running the food services cart cares that he provided donuts and coffee to the 5th assistant director in charge of filming background scenery that might run for three seconds as an establishing shot behind the beginning credits!

    Tell Hollywood to stop patting each other on the back (and kissing each other's ever expanding bulbous asses) and get a life!!

    March 8, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  234. matt

    She was rude and should not have done it. But things would have run much smoother if he wouldn't have been so immature and ran to the stage. And his mother trying to block her from getting to the stage? Shame on her! She was announced as the winner just as he was. Why aren't more people talking about how rude and immature he acted by running to the stage? lol all in all it made it quite funny though.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  235. CMR

    I thought it was a horrible thing to do at the Oscars but if everyone goes and looks at the Official Oscar site the nomination is for Music by Prudence – Roger Ross Williams AND Elinor Burkett. Not just Mr Williams. If she was removed from the project over a year ago then why was she listed as a nominee? If the two of them have creative differences then during the Oscars is the time to put it aside and graciously accept it together. I think Mr Williams handled the situation great but I wonder if he would have handled it as well if she was the first person on stage. She was nominated and she had the right to be on stage. However, she did not have to behave like an idiot.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  236. Ken

    By letting her speak, Williams now has the court of public opinion on his side. It's not hard to now imagine why this crackpot was kicked off the project.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  237. Gay Designer

    Who was she wearing? It was just atrocious!
    Ban her from the Oscars AND J C Penney!!

    March 8, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  238. marcela

    kanye this and kanye that – who cares! she had every right to go up there, and if you paid attention you would have heard her explanation – that, as usual, a man rushes up to take credit for the work of women – she was a part of the documentary and she had every right to have her say. right on!

    March 8, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  239. Cat

    Yes, she DID seem crazy, but.....her name was called as a winner so how can we say she had no right to be there?? They were both announced as winners so this is clearly an internal struggle between them, and she can't be faulted for being on stage. She CAN be faulted for coming off as a nutcase, though.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  240. Press Ctrl F4

    There is a small portion of the population that behave that way. Some of us have had to work with or live with or go to school with them. They have this wierd notion that the world sees things the way they do and see themselves as hero's fighting a just cause against an evil foe.

    If you want to know what portion of population is affected by this narcisism, count the portion of posts that say that Elinor Burkett was justified in her behavior.

    It's an accurate measure.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  241. Russ

    I'm sure we'll hear more of the full story about wether she should have been there on stage or not. As it's currently in court, the answer may not even be known right now. But regardless, she sure looked crazy and i too couldn't understand a word she said. I recorded it, so i'll try again tonight to see. The man showed class on stage when she barged in. If she actually was expected to receive the reward, there would have been two oscar statues, so i don't agree with the suggestion that he rushed to stage to steal her momment.

    Congrats Roger on the Oscar.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  242. GEL

    I too immediately thought of the Kenya moment. She made absolutely no sense but he kept his cool and that shows that he is the class act here.

    One never knows about skuttles but after reviewing full cast and crew for the movie, her name was no where to be found. I guess my question here is: where was security?

    If people are allowed to bombard the stage at these events without consequences, soon it will not be someone in the profession but some one who could present a danger to those in attendance. These venues need to tighten their security of who is allowed up on stage and even who is allowed in the theater.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  243. Lynn

    Did anyone else notice the disdain on George Clooney's face when Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin were doing their entrance and introductions. He sure seems to have issues with one of those men. He was not amused and the camera's kept panning to him.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  244. Gloria Amaral

    It's so funny to run across this article. My 12 year-old and I were watching at the precise moment she grabbed the mike and started speaking. We looked at each other and said, "OMG it's just like Kanye, what they hey!" People are so crazy and full of grandiose ideas about themselves. Well if not for that, the Oscar's would have been borrrrrrrring!

    March 8, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  245. C Rob

    I thought that was really rude. I can see why he was not speaking to her he probably wanted to say something and was not allowed because her big mouth was in motion.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  246. Mike

    Thier is a term used in the film industry... its called Blackball, send her arrogant, rude..Butt to the list!!!!...

    March 8, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  247. Mike

    Odd woman. I couldn't tell what she was babbling about. If they both won, why was there only 1 Oscar? If multiple people share an Oscar they should obviously each get one. Security should have grabbed her, and been warned about the situation ahead of time. Don't they have security? It seems like the losers could just walk up and cause a scene.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  248. Donald

    As I read through many of the comments I have come to realize that many people tend to form an opinion on sound bites, excerpts of media report or just some thing they have heard from others. It is very unfortuante how Ms. Burkett conducted herself and as such have tarnished her reputation to the point that people see now as a crazy person. The point of the matter is, she was also being honored by the academy. That therefore gave her the right to be there. The problem was lack of proper instruction as to the protocols to be followed at the academy with respect to the situation that existed between she and Mr Williams. Give Mr. Rogoer Ross Williams for conducting himself with class. Many people who commented, stated that he should have hit her. Had he done that, these same people would have seen him as a iltempered blackman who does not know how to resolve a situation amicably. So, my advice to those commentors, please think before you post a comment encouraging violence for two wrongs does not make a right.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  249. Guest23

    I originally thought "wow, how rude why isn't he waiting for her?" but the moment she stepped up to the mic I thought "oh that explains it."

    People keep asking "well is she going to be treated like Kanye was?" Kanye has a HISTORY of being overtly obnoxious, rude and arrogant and has displayed this attutude several times so the reaction to his MTV award show moment was more of a compounding of several incidents. Last night was most definitely a Kanye moment. She was rude and classless in every sense of the word. However, unlike Kanye, her name was also up there so while she pulled a Kanye, those crying foul over any disparity in treatment ought to look at the facts. I didn't see Kanye's name in the nominees for female singers.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  250. kg

    This women is RUDE–at least Kanye said "excuse me" before he embarrassed himself and took over the mic–she just appeared out of no-where!
    pure nut job

    March 8, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  251. Ann

    Question: Was she born rude and ignorant...or has she had to work at it really, really hard?
    Elinor should be banned forever from any and all entertainment awards. Same with Kanye.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  252. TJ

    These awards should be given out at the smaller ceremony anyway. No one knows who these people are much less have seen their films.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  253. TheBigPicuture

    Who really cares...It's just an award from the movie industry....The whole thing is actually a bunch of non-sense...

    March 8, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  254. Bob Dog

    There seems to be some controversy as to Ms. Burkitt's actual identity. There are at least three likely possibilities, in addition to her claim to be a "Elinor Burkitt," film producer;

    1. Joy Behar, talk show host.
    2. Charlotte Rae (the woman on "The Facts of Life.")
    3. Bobby "The Turtle" Edwards (hard-hitting fullback of the now defunct USFL)

    March 8, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  255. Andrew

    If she wasn't part of the film, then how did she get into the Auditorium? Somebody sent her a ticket to attend.....

    March 8, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  256. laura TJ

    She came off as being totally rude & inappropiate,I felt for this man –his time was taken away, She had some nerve & should issue an apology. Congratulations on HIS WIN & being a gentleman–he could've whacked her with his statue but he has class. peace !

    March 8, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  257. Jane Tierney

    And now everyone can see what a fool she is and how ill-bred.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  258. tim

    I would have been so mad at that lady. I think I would have tried shoving her out of the way.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  259. D-XRISTO

    That was not right at all.
    Rude and tacky!

    March 8, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  260. Yvonne

    That woman was rude! I, too, had a difficult time understanding what she was blabbing about. What a jerk.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  261. right_side_of_the_wall

    only difference – kanye was right and this lady producer was wrong.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  262. Charmayne Balames

    The woman looked like a total jerk. She should be ashamed of herself. Any person, so disrespectul to another during this moment, should pay a consequence for her behaviour.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  263. Lily

    I just love reading all the comments. I needed to laugh. Thank you all.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  264. AW

    Steve Jackson just had his 15 minutes of fame...why not pair him and Elinor Burkett for a reality series? They can be rude and spew on with their narrow points-of-view...and maybe see what hard work really goes into any genre of film/televised entertainment. Oh, wait a minute...I'd better be careful. Someone may take me seriously. JUST KIDDING!

    March 8, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  265. rob

    If this didn't happen most people wouldn't even remember the guy. At least this way people who don't know him might actually Google him, hell he may even get a spot on Oprah.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  266. Al

    They announced her name so they should have come up together. He clearly tried to beat her to the mic and he didn't appear like he was going to let her speak. She should have waited for the guy to take a breath and said, "May I?" But, sometimes you gotta be pushy to get what you want.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  267. remy

    What a moron. She is a hag.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  268. Mike

    I'm surprised about the total absence of security personnel inside the venue. Security is always so tight outside, but they liquor them up and let them run loose once they are inside. In retrospect, I'm surprised Elinor's bad behavior was the worst.

    BTW, is anyone else shocked that Gary Busey outlived Patrick Swayze? What were the odds of that?!?!!

    March 8, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  269. Diane Moore

    Why didn,t you post my comments? Too honest about the rude lady??

    March 8, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  270. Shane Bruegger

    Roger, Imma Let You Finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  271. Jerry Mondale

    I was watching this yesterday and I said, "Who the hell is this lady?"

    I'm glad I wasn't the only one who noticed this true Kanye-Moment.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  272. Kanye West

    Wacko!

    March 8, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  273. Phil Archer

    The Poor guy was "KANYE'ED"!!!!

    March 8, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  274. Dave

    I didn't even think she was speaking English for the first minute or so. I just looked at my wife and said WTF?! Poor guy – he looked like he wanted to speak some more but she kept blabbering on about something – I honestly couldn't follow what she was saying.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  275. Kevin

    She had to have some involvement in the picture to even get into the event. They do not just let anybody into the Academy Awards and you cannot just buy tickets from a scalper. I fyou are not an invited guest, unles syou are extremely lucjky, you will be turned away and probably rudely.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  276. TruthBknown

    At least we know Kanye is still setting trends and paving the road for rude moments for years to come.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  277. LAF

    You know what's sad. That woman will probably get more attention for what she did on stage than she ever will behind the scenes. In fact I bet there will be a reality series done on her because that's what we like to see. The more taste-less you can be, the farther you get. Look for her on Bravo or Fox!

    March 8, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  278. A shame!

    I was totally shocked to see this fool on the stage. I shutter at these awards now. You never know what will happen next. I applaud Mr. Williams for his class. I will watch his work and look forward to seeing his work in the future. Shame on this rude and classless lady.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  279. Mark P

    How about a big hook crane to get stupid people off stage? As far as categories, there are a lot of people that are involved in these films and deserve recognition. Sometime, stay when the credits are rolling and you'll see, just a little bit, what's involved. The problem today is all about the money. "I want more so I'm going to try to get all the attention and heck on the other guy that did the work". Great lesson.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  280. Sheliah

    Kanye's first words...indicated he recognized he was INTERRUPTING...and I believe he said "excuse me"...to make a POINT (which the Grammy's upheld...according to the number of Grammy's received by Beyonce!). The REMOVED producer...what point did she make? She seemed angry and she will likely work again...since she has the "CURRENT" majority skin color...in the academy! As has been demonstrated in sports and other arenas..that will NOT be the case in the future.

    JUST MY THOUGHTS

    March 8, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  281. Chucklehead

    Never mind this gasbag, what did Jesse James say to Sandra Bullock when her name was announced? She didn't even smile!

    March 8, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  282. watch the show

    If any of you watched the show, her name was also announced therefore she should receive the credit for production of the movie. The gentlemen took off running knowing that something like this could happen between them. They can both say what they will but their disagreement takes away from the talent that garnered the award for them.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  283. Nalini Raj

    I saw this and instantly knew that this was a Kanye Moment. She was really rude to push him aside like that. But hats off to him, for remaining calm and dignified.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  284. ruth

    What a nut case!! Hollywood should have no dealings with this woman. No matter what she demands she should never never get an Oscar.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  285. CLJohnson

    She's another Kanye West. Arrogrant Bozo. She should have been forced off the stage by security – and lead to the nearestg exit door. Rude and inconsiderate.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  286. angela

    who cares? she looked like a moron all the same. if she was late to the podium (ie, he beat her there) then just stay seated. the cameras were obviously not told to 'find' her and follow her to the stage. They weren't sitting together so I don't get it. She just looked like a crazy lady bc she tried to cram in and acceptance speech. It would have made more sense for her to shout "hey, this is my award too, move over" and THEN start speaking.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  287. JRo

    Why did Bette Midler's fat retarded sister get on stage?

    March 8, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  288. KL

    I hope her shenanagans backfire on her.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  289. Charlie

    This was an extremely rude thing for her to do. It is sad that the Oscars would even allow her to come onto the stage. America sees that rude and obnoxious people exist not only in the music business. They are everywhere. I think Williams deserves to have his moment to thank everyone he likes and time to speak the way he chooses without her interruption.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  290. Amala

    Whether or not Ms. Burkett deserved to be on the stage is beside the point. Instead of showcasing the film and its message, everyone is now talking about her and actions. If she cared so much about ensuring that Prudence and the rest of the musical group got the attention they deserved, she should have gone on about in a completely different way.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  291. Chaiah

    Burkett was just plain rude. It was unnecessary and she was very ungracious. If she thinks her actions are going to encourage people to want to work with her, then she is as nuts as she appeared on stage.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  292. marcamp

    Without knowing the whole story, it's hard to say who was being rude. She might not seem so crazy if she felt someone was taking credit for her work. I don't know that any reader knows the whole story...comments on the "old broad" are pretty offensive and speaks volumes for the writers of the comments. One would guess that sexism is still running high when we read these comments...not to mention ageism!!! Let's leave ignorance out of the comments....this does not appear to be a West moment. this may be taking credit for what may be hers...so what else would be new? a man taking credit for a woman's work...hmm?

    March 8, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  293. M. Scott

    SHE'S RUINED HERSELF IN HOLLYWOOD. Would you hire her to produce a film after that horrible display? For the life of me, I just couldn't make out what she was babbling about! Hindsight is 20/20. I wonder what she's thinking as she watches the playbacks this morning. Hopefully she'll have the decency to apologize to Williams and The Academy. Williams will soon be on Oprah. She's a sucker for this sort of thing.....she'll give him his moment. No doubt.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  294. LKJ

    Commenter Steve Jackson calls a bunch of categories he doesn't understand "boring" and "stupid." Steve, with those words you describe yourself. Millions of people who understand and love cinema value those categories.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  295. Dee Dee Lynn

    @ Steve

    Foreign Film is a category no one cares about? Who no one? You?

    Should you dictate what awards are shown?

    The Oscars are watched all over the world and guess what, there are more people outside of the US than in it. And guess what, they care about foreign film.

    Why don't you do a little research steve. Hollywood isn't even the number one film industry in the world anymore, its probably number 3.

    Bollywood produces more films than Hollywood and Nollywood (in Nigeria) may even outproduce Hollywood, although most of their productions are direct to video / DVD so its harder to know.

    Not to mention the fact that foreign films are MUCH MUCH MUCH better than the formulaic garbage produced by the Hollywood's big-studio system.

    Wake up Steve, there's a whole world out there...

    March 8, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  296. Billie Byard

    She should be issued a FINE, for running up on stage and taking the microphone. I think we should all start doing something about the lack of manners in this country.

    FINE HER...IT WOULD BE DESERVED.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  297. Str8 Outta Tx

    i guess anything out of the ordinary that happens on stage or at an award show will forever be known as a "kanye"

    March 8, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  298. MrsFizzy

    @Sarah: No that is not what Kanye would want to be known for. He let himself down there. At least he was drunk too and even if people forgive him, it was still kinda funny...so when someone else behaves so badly they're going to remember him. Unfortunately, I don't think "Pulling a Burkett" is going to catch on the same, but...???

    March 8, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  299. Bob

    Her name was called! that guy clearly ran to the stage to beat her! She ABSOLUTELY should have been on stage. Her conduct might have been more diplomatic though. NOT KANYED

    March 8, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  300. Netta

    Shame on you, Elenor – what a poor woman you are!!!!
    We were laughing our head off – you were just so embarrasing!

    March 8, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  301. Todd E.

    While what she did was very rude, it appears that the real dispute here is whether or not she had a right to be on the stage.

    Who says she is not a producer on the film? Roger Ross Williams says that she is not, a point that she is disputing.

    The titles at the bottom of the screen listed her as producer, and her name was announced as a producer. The Internet Movie Database lists her as a producer, and the official Music by Prudence website lists her as producer.

    I say, based on what I have gleaned, she had a right to be up there. Too bad she's such a boor.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  302. deegee, detroit, mi

    Well, probably a lot more people today know Roger Ross Williams' name than they would otherwise. So in a way it may benefit him.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  303. Ms.

    TO AMY:

    Come on Amy, regardless of what the issue is, the stage is NO PLACE TO RESOLVE THE MATTER. Acting and looking like an idiot will not help her resolve the problem she has with whomever. I believe this is what happens when people have one too many, they lose their senses and shame.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  304. Sandy

    This kind of behavior needs to be stopped as soon as it begins. Yank them off the stage and arrest them. Let them cool their heels and jail and come before a judge. Once that ghetto boy Kanye West got away with it, it gave the other weirdos ideas.

    They should not be allowed to interrupt/ruin another's very special moments.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  305. Mak

    Sad and stupid! Since it overshadowed the message of the documentary!

    March 8, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  306. Cliff

    That's right he was Kanyed on live television.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  307. MimiD

    I was embarrassed for him. OMG!! Sure enough, I told my daughter, this old lady just pulled a "Kanye"!

    March 8, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  308. MrsFizzy

    @tonyd: And he could have rolled his eyes and done "chatty hands" behind her back...(and I'm not saying that's a "Black thing" like you), but he took the high road. Actually he kind of looks like he can't believe how she so rudely butted in & he's just waiting to see what a fool she makes herself into –job done. Maybe he thought he'd get another turn to say what he wanted to say – nope. They should have brought him back out alone after the next break.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  309. Rob

    if she was no longer involved with the film, why was she even there? Another project? I'd cut her from any projects she was associated with just for her actions.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  310. Tina M

    These award shows should have better security. It is a shame that people can go up on the stage babbling what ever, was she even involved in the film? I feel sorry for Roger Ross Williams this maybe his only academy award and to be upstaged by some lunatic. I'm very fearful for the stars next the stalkers will be on stage waving a gun.

    A little less red carpet and a lot more security.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  311. Steve

    She should have won the Douchebag of the year award :)

    March 8, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  312. Cash Moneu

    She might be nuts, but people are talking about the film now, and that will translate into $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ She might be smart!

    March 8, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  313. PTByrd

    Can you say BEOTCH?!? . . . 'cause she's the reason there is that word. She even looks like a BEOTCH . . . big mouth and all.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  314. Ikey

    It was such a shock for her to grab the mic from him, I didn't understand why and I am not suprised of her behaviour. I think the Director, Roger Ross Williams handled the whole senerio very well.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  315. Mark

    Ugly crazy fat Kanye too boot. That wacko scared me. Bush's fault.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  316. Jessica

    I was so confused!! This woman was rude and this was uncalled for. NO CLASS!!! Let the man talk.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  317. BrickellPrincess

    She looks like a very pathetic woman in need of attention. She should commit suicide and end her misery.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  318. Mike S

    People! There were TWO statuettes up there – look at the tape!!! The presenter is still holding one when Mr. Williams began his speech. HE was the one trying to hog the spotlight like an arrogant pig. THEY BOTH WON, AND THERE WERE TWO TROPHIES!

    March 8, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  319. sheila

    O.K....she shouldn't have been up on the stage...but did she have a ticket to the Oscars? Somebody's not telling the whole story here.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  320. JJ

    Steve Jackson, Oscars are televised all over the world. Your ignorant claim that no one cares about foreign language movies says a lot about you.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  321. P. E.

    It's good to know white people are making fools of themselves on live telvision also, we are truly equal.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  322. Erin

    This was not a stunt. Did anyone actually watch when this happened? Both of them won the oscar, the guy ran up to the stage before she could get up there and tried to do the whole speech himself. I was glad to see her stand up for herself, it was her award too. The move by the guy was pretty low. Get over your pettiness for 5 minutes and be greatful that your film made it this far.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  323. Kay

    Both names were on the ballot. It's sad that they allowed their dispute to be viewed by all America. Shame on both of them!

    March 8, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  324. teeloo

    Whatever... I thought it was funny. End of story.
    Move along now.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  325. Sarah

    Does anybody else think it's funny that this is pulling a "Kanye"? I don't think that is what he wanted to be known for.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  326. SanGINA

    I am the Next American Top Model Idol

    March 8, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  327. Herectus Rambeaux

    I cannot believe she got up there to do that! I'm tellin Carletta!

    March 8, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  328. Mike S

    To eveyone asking "how did she get in without an ticket etc" please note that SHE WON THE OSCAR. Her name was right there next to his. Shame on HIM for beginning his speech before she was able to get to the stage.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  329. Get serious

    I guess you don't have to be drunk to be obnoxious....

    March 8, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  330. gia

    definitely an 'imma gonna letcha finish, but'-type moment... however, it could very well be that there's more than what meets the eye here. if she's smart, she'll be getting on some talk shows to fully explain her actions. if she had been indeed sidelined due to politics, she sure got her revenge, didn't she? crass but effective.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  331. CM

    Everyone is saying she shouldn't be honored or that security should not have let her in, but then why is she listed as an official winner on the official oscar website? Calm down people. She may have made a bit of a scene, but she clearly was being honored on purpose by the academy.

    Funny, other people keep mentioning that here, yet everyone is still freaking out about how security shouldn't have let her in. Overly dramatic.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  332. JM

    She should be blackballed in Hollywood following this stunt. What an arrogant azz.......these things should never happen at such an event. Security needs to be increased.......

    March 8, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  333. tony2010

    My girlfriend and I was watching the Oscars last night when this happened. If she deserves to be up there, that is one thing. But she didn't show any class last night. This was worst than the Kanye incident. The man was speaking to the audience and she starts talking to the audience over him. For a moment, they were both talking at the same time and then she grab the mike from him while she continued to talk. It was straight classless.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  334. gina

    I thought, "What is Joy Baher doing up there??"

    March 8, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  335. Amy

    There are always at least two sides to a conflict, including this one between the director and producer.

    Ms. Burkett, a journalist, historian, and humanitarian, was the impetus for this film, having known and worked closely with these gifted Zimbabwean kids who endure severe physical disabilities.

    Without her, Mr. Williams would never have been introduced to their lives or be inspired by their talent and courage as they face (and will continue to face), on a daily basis, deep poverty, social isolation, orphanism, and lifelong medical issues. This award will help chip away at the hardships they endure.

    Both nominees were to appear on stage, with one spokesperson. Ms. Burkett was thwarted from walking down the aisle with Mr. W, and it became an unseemly "race to the stage." She responded in her way to this indignity because she wanted to make sure that all of the musicians in the band, Liyana, received recognition and dignity they deserve. It may have come off to some as brassy narcissism, but it was about the kids.

    Look at the film clip again and listen to what she is saying. That so-called "babbling" was her recitation of the names of the other musicians besides Prudence: Marvelous, Goodwill, Honest, Tapiwa, Energy, Vusani, and Farai. Without them and their supporters, this film would never have happened.

    The mysognystic, racist, and "fat" comments on this site are unfortunate and unfounded. Hopefully, they reveal the viewers' ignorance of backstories.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  336. no one

    OK, this have happened now more than once, WHERE IS THE SECURITY????? Where is the integrity of the shows?
    Twice the "winners" have been calm, but what is next time a big fight breaks out and someone gets seriously hurt? So, I ask again, where is the security.... are they waiting for something to happen?

    March 8, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  337. Clay

    They should start having 'bouncers' at these functions...

    March 8, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  338. LSintexas

    Just wait, she will be showing up on the reality shows within the year.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  339. fool

    mouth on the mic – mouth on the mic
    ya looked like a fool with yer mouth on the mic

    March 8, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  340. jess_sayin

    I could not understand one word she said so I guess that defeats the purpose of an acceptance speech.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  341. Sean Oberdick

    It irritates me that 90% of these comments are from people who don't know the entire story or have simply assumed. In NO way shape or form was this a Kanye moment. Kanye had no business being on stage and no involement with Taylor Swift. Here are the facts 1) Elinor Burkett was LISTED on the telecast as a winner (as producer) 2) There were 2 Oscars on the stage (watch the replay you'll see). That begs the question if she wasn't supposed to be there why was HER Oscar on stage. It was agreed (not by Elinor of course) that she wouldn't speak due to the lawsuits etc. Was she rude Yes. Did she have a right to be there YES. I won't even get into how he rushed the stage and his mom blocked Elinor from getting out. But she definately did have a right to be up there. She even appeared backstage holding HER award.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  342. Millie Bea

    Who would ever work with that woman now?

    March 8, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  343. Shocked

    She was rude – no matter what had gone on between the two of them, classy people do not behave that way. In addition, her rantings were that of a crazy person – didn't understand anything she said – she was an embarrassment to both herself the the documentary. What a shame. Williams showed great class and restraint by just letting her go on and not trying to push her aside (which he had every right to do!)

    March 8, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  344. Kanuck

    Ok... How did this turn in to a racially political forum?! We're meant to describe how we feel about the moment! Yeah, so... it's pure coincedence that there was a white woman and a black man. And somehow in all this white people have become ignorant to the situation (as per mtrought). This is where true ignorance has come about. This is a colorblind issue! Based on what she did, not what races were involved. She didn't go up there and say "Let the white lady speak". She didn't demean his race. She went over to Zimbabwae to help... And do to differences was removed. And I'm sure bitterness played a huge role in her actions, and she should be ashamed. She embarassed herself, and the people that sacraficed their time and efforts making that movie.
    And if people want to make this political... lets say Man vs. Woman. Woman's Lib! Or Old vs. Young.

    The Kanye Incident was a lack of judgement on his part, and NO ONE stereotyped him for being Black and her White... Get over it people!

    March 8, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  345. Lazonia

    We she get bash like Kanye since her action is call "kanye moment." What kind of crap is that?

    March 8, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  346. Norma

    We don't know the real story yet, so let's not rush into conclusions. She obviously didn't look good doing a "Kanye"; she was rude, but sometimes unfair situations make people loose control.

    If Ms. Burkett was at the Oscar's awards ceremony, it's because she was invited. Why was she invited?... Because she was announced as a candidate as well as Mr Williams.

    If you pay attention, her name and Mr Williams were also announced as the winners, TOGETHER. So why Mr Williams is the only one who had the right to receive the award and Ms Burkett on the contrary, was physically obstructed in her way to the stage?

    Something is wrong, and we'll know the details soon.

    To all those people who think Ms Burkett is given a different treatment than Kanye doing the same thing: Kanye didn't have a thing to do with Taylor's song, it was just the usual jealousy he feels when he doesn't ge an award. That wasn't the first time he did it, he has a history of tantrums and un-professional displays.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  347. tonyd

    I thought Michael Myers was doing a Kanye parody.....

    she came off like a typical loud-mouth manic w.a.s.p.-y retiree that we've all seen wonderfully parodied on variety shows....

    no matter what their controversy is; her behavior was completely without class.... OMG, I know this next statement is sorta racist, but I have to admit that I do wish he had done that thing that I've seen a lot of black people do when a white person is making a fool of themselves: the 'knowing' grin and a slight guffaw-under-the-breath-chuckle and just the slightest shake of the head...... I think that would have been priceless....

    March 8, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  348. Camille

    I didn't watch the Oscars, but if you listen to the presenters, they do say that the winners are "Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett." Right after, the announcer even states that this is the first win for "Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett." So, all the people that claim she had no right to be there are wrong. Obviously, the Academy meant to honor the both of them. Why there was only one trophy, I don't know, but if I recall, there usually is only one trophy in these events (I'm not sure, I haven't watched awards shows in years).

    Since I was watching the clip after having read this story (and thus, know the background of the situation), it looks very odd for Mr. Williams to be running down the aisle like that to get onstage. However, it doesn't excuse Ms. Burkett's rude behavior of interrupting him (although, in hindsight, her 'speech' does not appear to be like babbling). Mr. Williams did take the high road and made sure that Prudence was acknowledged.

    I just think that there is more to this story, and I think that both of them behaved badly.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  349. Bradley

    "Totally classless and demeaning. His moment to shine was denied by a ignorant woman who let her ego get in the way of good manners and protocol" This year's Oscars.

    Or, you could say "Totally classless and demeaning. Her moment to shine was denied by a ignorant man who let his ego get in the way of good manners and protocol. Last years' music awards.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  350. Matt

    Take that Kanye!

    March 8, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  351. Black Diamond

    He should have just whacked her with his Oscar and went about his business.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  352. Sian Rose

    If her last night behavior was any indication of how she behaves, I can understand why she wasn't part of the final production.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  353. Annie

    He was all class. She was shameful.

    Where were Brad and Angelina, Jennifer Aniston and the Cruises?? Just curious why all the A-listers stayed home!

    March 8, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  354. Jay

    ...definately a "Kanye" moment. Even if she had a legitimate greivance, that was not the time or place to get on the soap box about it. It just made her out to be either crazy or jealous and now, nobody will care about the details whether she was right or not.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  355. Pamela

    I love watching the Oscars every year and honestly would watch it if they added more awards. I particularly love the short film portion as it reminds me there is so much more to the film world than blockbusters.

    I remember this moment with this woman and watching it it certainly appeared like she was a big camera hog. It was very weird. It seems that if she was out of control and he came across as very politely allowing her to speak despite her obnoxious behavior.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  356. Arthure

    Ego and pride. What a horrible mixture.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  357. My O My

    I have to play the devil's advocate on this one. To be fair, they both were announced as winners of the award. The animosity between them is what really made the moment awkward.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  358. Frannie

    I love it that you can't spell or form a sentence properly. Probably not the best way to make your point valid.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  359. Guest1234

    didn't see and really don't care

    March 8, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  360. democratlady

    My husband and I were looking at each other and asking, "where is security?" Somebody should have scooted her off the stage. How rude! How silly! Hope she has found a hole to crawl into today.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  361. inez48

    Thank God someone had some 'cool' in them. I always say, 'saw wood and say nothing'. Which is what he did and I must say he came out smelling like the rose that he is. Evidently this woman has some issues going on and that's why she was kicked off the set a year ago. It's just unfortunate that the person this short film was about didn't get any more exposure than she did because of this person's shenanigans.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  362. MSW

    I stopped reading after a bit – and maybe somebody has already said this – but while I thought it was totally "Kanye" and wondered what in the heck was going on, and that she was completely rude – the fact also remains that they had her name ready for screen credit when they came up, and they also had an Oscar ready for her (two – one for him and one for her). So she must not be offically OFF the project.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  363. Mike J

    The look on his face was priceless. He was really not expecting anything like that too happen. Was it a "Kanye Moment?".... I don't really think so. Maybe if she had said someone elses' film was better. She definitely stole his shine for the moment. It was rude, yet entertaining. LOL

    March 8, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  364. Lauren

    @Steve - End the arrogance? Are you kidding me? Just because the American public has the attention span of a gnat doesn't mean that the people who spend their lives making these movies that you go see every week and who's livelihood comes about from making these actors and actresses look good don't deserve recognition, too. If you don't want to see it, just don't watch it. However, they deserve more credit than the performers half the time. It's completely infuriating that people just disregard the writers, directors, producers, costume designers, etc. just because they aren't publically recognized celebrities. Let's see what would happen to the American movie industry if they all just stopped caring the way that you obviously don't care about them.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  365. Renee

    She made a complete fool out of herself and at the same time, probably ruined her chances of working with others on future projects. After all, who would want to work with a whack-job like that? Kudos on keeping your composure, Mr. Williams.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  366. Otis

    LIVE TV!! But where was the security. I guess the Oscar producers would rather allow "Moments" than try to stop uninvited morons to the pddium. She should never work again in film for her antics, but Hollywood is very forgiving when there is money to be made.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  367. toddmacd

    While I felt that the moment was very ackward and felt bad for him... after reading this story if there is truth to it and he did this on purpose to monopolize the airtime then I think he is just as bad as she...there is always two sides to each stroy and both should have been civil and respectful of one another...

    March 8, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  368. Curt

    He should have bowed to the audience and walked off, leaving her up there with a cut-off microphone, waiting for her escort of security guards.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  369. Megan

    That angered me. She made herself look absolutly ridiculous and you could not help but feel bad for the man recieving the award. She should have a hard time finding work after that! haha. She reminded me of a crazed fan or something, who runs on stage and grabs the mic and starts talking so fas that noone can understand her. She should have been escorted off stage! haha.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  370. Chris

    It was interesting to see her give her two cents. I felt bad for the gentleman as he did not get to finish his speech. But as Mr. Lennon penned several years ago, "Instant Karma's gonna get ya". I think she made of a fool of herself and the sad thing is, she thinks she was justified.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  371. David

    Nobody gets into the Oscars without tickets. How was she in there if she wasn't supposed to be there? I'm not excusing her behavior at all. She acted like an idot.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  372. Toomuch

    It is so sad that people feel like it is ok to be rude. Kudos to Mr. Williams for his class. To answer the question that some have as to why Ms. Burkett was allowed to attend or why her name may have been shown by the Oscars could possibly be that if the law suit is still in litigation, the Oscars were trying to protect themselves from this women.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  373. Austin

    This woman has no respect for anyone, she was so in deep in her thought that no one could understand what she was saying, I hope that she gets banned from the academy for ever and Ross should get another Oscar for putting up with this crazy witch.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  374. Lev

    They gave out several Oscars to multiple winners of two or three, who were able to get a few words in the awards speech. If you don't get an Oscar, you are not entitled to speak on the mic. Period.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  375. sunbird

    To the person who wants documentaries removed from the telecast: If that had happened, we would have missed out on the one genuinely surprising moment of an otherwise dull and predictable night. (It's not the first time weirdness has broken out during the presentation of what that poster would consider minor awards, either – Michael Moore ranting against George W. Bush and getting booed comes immediately to mind).

    March 8, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  376. Jo Doe

    Regardless of her behavior, in the end, her name was announced as well and she deserved to receive her Oscar. The fact that he ran down the aisle just proves he was trying to steal the moment. He was not a gentleman and it caused bad behavior all round.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  377. dollar79

    she tried to break the ice by saying ,"you do all the talking, isnt that just like a man". wow that was supposed to make us laugh and accept the fact that she could now have her turn. she came right up there and started talking didnt she
    ....i think she is a crazy person

    March 8, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  378. gcilfarmgirl

    she is a b**** !

    March 8, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  379. Karen

    I was amazed at her rude behavior. And, proud that the director was able to hold his composure. SURE showed me who has class.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  380. Linda

    In reference to ? do u care ? comments about white people's revenge for Taylor Swift....Just goes to show there are still a lot of ignorant people in the world. Definitely a grown woman acting like a fool.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  381. dc

    Congrats to Mr. Williams for the award and for the handling of the situation. A lesser man might have stuffed the trophy in her ear (me).

    March 8, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  382. Dan B

    Publicity: Priceless. For him, and the film.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  383. Roger

    More like 15 seconds of stupidity. Shame on this display of greed and arrogance.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  384. mtrought

    I am wondering why Kanye name came up when this basically describes universal rudeness on the lady s part. Is this an effort to link rude behaviour to black people alone. Although I was not too thrilled by Kanye s behaviour in its entirety, I cannot condone behaviour that puts black people on a whole in a bad light. THIS MUST STOP. and I beg you white folks who really care about true integration to put fellow whites who are veiled bigots and racist in their place when they use singular situations to put black people it an bad way.

    Again, I say this must stop if we are to continue in our efforts at racial harmony and unity. Good white folks we need you in this effort.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  385. fact check

    They both won per the Academy's website:

    http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/82/nominees.html

    Documentary (Short Subject)
    “China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province” Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill
    “The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner” Daniel Junge and Henry Ansbacher
    “The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant” Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
    “Music by Prudence” Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett
    “Rabbit à la Berlin” Bartek Konopka and Anna Wydra

    March 8, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  386. LaLa

    Im with JuJu – if she didn't have any involvement, how did she get in?

    March 8, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  387. Linda

    White people's revenge for Taylor Swift?????????? Just goes to show there are still a lot of ignorant people in the world. Definitely a grown woman acting like a fool.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  388. Toni

    The woman was rude, rude, rude. Now having read the backstory, she comes off even worse. I give the man a huge round of applause for his class and patience. I, too, would like to have seen the man's mother blocking the woman with her cane. Hooray for her!!

    March 8, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  389. iceaxdave

    Why the shock and outrage? Just look at her! That's how all women look and act when they push 60! After her endocrinologist tweeks her meds, she'll be fine!

    March 8, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  390. TN

    Well people...

    At least this woman wasn't "stupid" enough to crab ole Oscar himself...

    Now wouldn't that have been a hoot??? That's when security would have jammed her up for sure..that would have been too funny...
    hahahahahahahhaha!!!

    Maybe she was off her meds...you think?

    March 8, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  391. Lori DePaul

    Rude and a total lack of class and respect! There is a law suit, she says she has rights to the film as the Producer, he says he has ALL the rights to the film and she was fired a year ago. I guess the courts will be involved in the ownership rights, but until then, she should shut up. I didn't know what she was blabbing about either.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  392. J. Jackson

    I love in white people make themselves look silly. Nice job.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  393. lolat

    isn't this why we all watch the show????

    March 8, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  394. delbre

    I am white and was pleased to see so many black people getting awards. can you imagine what would have happened if a white guy was accepting the award and was knocked off by a black woman!!!!!

    omg!!

    March 8, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  395. no one

    Seriously, when people do rude things like that, they should cut the mike, immediately and not give her a "voice".

    March 8, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  396. Katherine

    I know the energy levels are high but this woman was not only rude to Ross, the audience, the Academy, us at home watching, she totally embarressed herself and scarred what ever sane image she had. She did it all to herself and it is well deserved.
    She should issue an apology and go to finishing school.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  397. Janice L

    The rantings of a misguided media whore. Williams was denied his moment – the Oscars should have given him another chance to speak after Burkett was escorted off the stage. That would have been the decent thing to do.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  398. TM

    If Burkett was removed as Producer, why is her name still listed on the film's website? I smell a publicity stunt.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  399. Jake

    HAHAHA, I had the same thoughts. I was watching, and thought, what the heck. And then wasn't sure what she said!

    March 8, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  400. Johnny J

    I could have listened to her speaking all night....what a breath of fresh air.......fart

    March 8, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  401. OLIVER NDENGEYA

    As a Zimbabwe I was saddened by the behaviour of the two producers in front of the world cameras. At present Zimbabwe is experiencing extreme poverty and disease yet some American producers are bickering over popularity remember the majority of Prudence's kinship will never see the Oscars due to death caused by HIVAIDS and Hunger SHAME ON YOU ALL !!!!!!!!!!

    March 8, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  402. the5foot4brunette

    She has discredited herself, her voice and any furture projects she touches. Sad, she might of had a good point but her lack of tact muffled the topic.

    So true Stephen:" Well she was indeed "supposed to be there" or she never would have gotten into the audience. Care to be co-producer with her on the "next" film?"

    .....I would say she just cut off her nose.
    There were better ways for her to handle THAT situation, unfortunately she chose to be an Ass. What people see is how they judge you, she will forever be the Crazy WACKADOO that nobody will work with. Now when she tries to acknowledge the band Liyana...no one will listen to her.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  403. John Christopher

    Wow, Steve Jackson you seem almost as rude and ignorant as Elinor Burkett. Your comments "documentry, short, foreign language, do not belong on the telecast...they are boring, stupid categories no one cares about". Well Steve, those of us that make those kind of films do care about them.

    As a documentary filmmaker I've spent thousands on my own films. I don't expect to recover that money, but I do appreciate a little recognition. Aside from Ken Burns, ask any documentary filmmaker if they are making money on their film. The answer is more than likely "no".

    As for the subject of documentaries themselves being "boring". I suggest you at least watch this year's winner "The Cove" before passing judgment. If you can watch the film and be unmoved or "bored" I would be greatly surprised.

    "NO ONE WANTS TO SIT THROUGH 3.5 hrs of crap to get to the only award they care about. Hollywood, end the arrogance." Agreed, and there were moments in last night's telecast that made me consider ways to improve the show as well.

    Finally, your last statement "Hollywood end the arrogance", seems a bit ironic. The Academy Awards ceremony is all about hollywood. If you don't like the show, change the channel.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  404. Frank

    It was a classless act but a mermorable moment from the both of them.
    First by Roger Ross Williams for sprinting to the podium like he was on the Prices Right. He clearly thought that her weight would slow her down enough that he would be able to get his acceptance speech off before she got there.
    Second, by Elinor Burkett for snatching the mic. Apparently, she's faster than she looks and she was not going to be denied her moment.

    Where's Al Sharpton when you really need him.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  405. Guest123

    It never fails! There's always someone out there who would ruin the "moment" – there should've been an Oscar police last night... escort them out!

    March 8, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  406. Alex Winter

    She was a babbling idiot grandstanding for the cameras. Extremely rude.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  407. Andy

    No doubt she pulled a Kanye! Just another example of people thinking they are more important than everybody else. I guess these "gnats" come in all shapes and sizes.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  408. EM Henry

    My bad, I meant to say predictable.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  409. matt

    She was the big loser of the night. She eliminated any questions about her. She is nuts and has a big mouth. How unattractive she is, I hope never to see her again but better yet hear her voice.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  410. Suz

    I had no idea what was going on – I just thought that she was drunk or something. Certainly raved like she was three sheets to the wind. Ruined a lovely moment for a tremendous and deserving short film.

    Kudos to Mr. Williams for resisting the urge to knock her out. I don't know if I'd have had as much composure, if I were in his shoes.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  411. TedJ

    She was disgusting. Just disgusting.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  412. Linda

    White people's revenge?????????? Just goes to show there are still a lot of ignorant people in the world. Definitely a grown woman acting like a fool.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  413. EM Henry

    At least she caused some excitement. Up until that point the show was boring and redictable.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  414. Bubba

    Didn't make me want to see the film, that's for sure. Or the Oscars.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  415. 1BLACKHERO

    umm... Im wondering why people are not calling her the scum of the earth like they did Kanye?

    March 8, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  416. Ann Non Ymous

    ...don't call it a 'KanYe' moment. That's unfair.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  417. Luciana

    I recorded the Oscars last night in the event I would fall asleep. When the award was presented to Mr. Williams and Ms. Burkett interrupted his speech, my mind immediately went to the Kanye West incident. I rewound the DVR to the part where they show the winner as their name is announced. When the names were announced, they did announce Ms. Burkett's name (last), so she did have a legitimate reason for coming to the stage. However, that DOES NOT give her the right to be rude. The way she conducted herself on the stage was very inappropriate and what she says was indicative and confirms what others in this blog have previously said. She took it as an opportunity to promote the band that she is a part of. It's okay for her to have her say, however the Oscars were neither the time or the place to do it. Hopefully, she will have an opportunity to see footage of herself at the Oscars and choose an alternate way of dealing with future issues.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  418. JayeB

    Well, whoever she THOUGHT she was before her Kanye moment, she's toast now in film circles. No way would I want that whack-job to produce a flim of mine-her input is obviously limited and not worth much. The shocking lack of class, respect and graciousness on her part speaks volumes about her character. Not a woman I would want involved in ANY aspect of my work OR life.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  419. Jack

    Simple Buffoonery

    March 8, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  420. Anonymous

    How funny. "Kanye" is now an adjective.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  421. Khepura

    I watched the awards last night and I was flabbergasted by this woman's rudeness and incoherent rambling. She made a fool out of herself. Mr. Williams showed uncommon grace and dignity. My congratulations to him.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  422. Jeff

    Short films, documentaries and foreign films are wonderful experiments in film making that deserve all the reconigntion the Academy can afford.

    Disney did Avatar years ago and did it much better .

    Ms. Burkett's behavior was strange to say the least.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  423. the5foot4brunette

    P.S.
    I'd pay $ to see the director's mother block the path of that wide mouthed wench with her cane.
    Anybody get that on tape? Somebody had to.....with all those cameras. Come on TMZ.....whatcha got?

    March 8, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  424. Thomas Allen

    Rule #1, Never stand in the way of someone who is about to self-destruct and that is exactly what Elinor Burkett did. Live, in front of a nation-wide audience along with people who were supposed to be her colleagues, she made a spectacle of herself with almost certainty that no one will ever want to work with (or hire) her again. I hope she's satisfied.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  425. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    This woman looked and sounded like she needed a straight jacket more than an award. Williams controlled himself as a gentleman is expected while she made a fool of herself.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  426. showsomeclasswillya

    Class and honesty will endure fools will come and go. Kudos to Roger Ross Williams for knowing the difference.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  427. Stephen

    Well she was indeed "supposed to be there" or she never would have gotten into the audience. Care to be co-producer with her on the "next" film?

    March 8, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  428. Sean

    Now let's see if she gets the same treatment as kanye west..oops she is a white woman not a chance..

    March 8, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  429. Will

    I thought the lady was rude and selfish the Director was professional and the woman made herself look childish yet stupid. The Oscars are for the arts and people who create and bring to life words and actions on the silver screen. There is no place for anyone to behave in such a way.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  430. the5foot4brunette

    that lady was a WACKADOO!
    Where was security?
    I hope she was escorted out of the awards ceremony after pulling a cheap charge at the microphone. Trashy, trashy, trashy....this woman made a Buffoon of herself and I still don't remember her name. But after watching her strong arm the microphone I could recognize her type. They actually believe they deserve what ever they want, scarriest WACKADOOs of all!

    March 8, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  431. peg from pleasant hill

    Yup, Kanye moment. It's like that song, "Pants on the Ground...looking like a fool!!!"

    March 8, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  432. jim

    Gee thank you security team for stepping up and taking control of the situation.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  433. TJ

    I felt SO bad for Mr. Williams. He was a few sentences into a very nice acceptance speech. This woman made NO sense whatsover during her incoherent rambling. Not to mention her jaw-droppingly rude entry. This woman needs a psych evaluation!

    March 8, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  434. Mary Sue

    If she was removed from the film a year ago how did she get a ticket to the Oscars? What a nut case.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  435. chuck

    I couldn't understand what was going on either. He began a speech and she slams onto the stage after about 10 seconds like a hurricane to denounce him. She moved herself into the microphone and interrupted what he was saying. She said something to the effect of "let a lady speak first, so typical of a man". She goes into a speech and assumes we are all familiar with the film. He was so gracious as to let her make a fool of herself. It will be a long time before she will live this down. I can't imagine that she will be happy with her performance when she reviews the tape and sees how rude she was. It is also rude for a group of people to go onto the stage and one person monopolizes the microphone for so long and then leaves no time at all for probably equally deserving colleagues to have their moment in the sun. I visited Los Angeles once and found it to be full of superficial opportunists.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  436. ChrisS

    Juuuust not the right forum for that kind of thing. Whatever the point was she was trying to make, she made herslef out to be a crazy person.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  437. magie moris

    a grown woman acting like a FOOL!!!!!! she should be ashamed of herself!!!

    March 8, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  438. Russ

    wow Steve Jackson.. how small minded and simpletton of you to think that way.

    There's a big reason for Documentaries and short story etc..

    that's how many producers and Directors and Actors get their start sometimes! is by making these films! have some respect and class instead of shooting your stupid mouth off!

    March 8, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  439. shssms

    Steve – If you know the telecast will be 3.5 hours and you only care about the awards you mentions, then why don't you go get a bite with friends and watch only the last of it?? Many of us appreciate the amount of work and sacrifice that these individuals have placed in their craft. It is all a loaf of white Wonder bread out there!

    March 8, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  440. Renee

    I think this woman was wrong in what she did. She made a fool of herself.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  441. lc

    i did watch the awards show but missed this part...i think that when someone does that they need to lower the microphone so they think they are really saying something. How disrepecfful i guess she never won anything before. I havent heard how the gentleman responded i guess he responded as such a gentleman...she better be glad it wasnt samuel l. jackson, he would have put her in a head lock...haha...

    March 8, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  442. Andrew

    From reading the press it seems like she had early involvement, sued over creative differences, and eventually was cut from the project and for her part distanced herself from it. So if the movie that won the Oscar was not at all the movie she originally wanted to create, and if she was booted from the project without working on its substantive creation- what is her claim again?

    Maybe the reason she wasn't included on any Oscar or pre-Oscar events or communications that she was not meant to be. This seems obvious to me. Everyone knew that she had no stake in the film that was an artistic success and being considered for the award. When you aren't included in any communications or events and actually have to hijack the microphone- that is typically a sign that you aren't meant to be there.

    I agree that the director seemed to handle it well- if it was me I probably would have hit her over the head with the Oscar and continued with my prepared speech. As it was she came off like some kind of lunatic. My big question is this: can anyone just run up onstage at the Oscars? I would assume they would have better security than this. That is what is perhaps most disappointing to me, that this nutcase was allowed to charge her way onstage and ruin a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the man who earned it.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  443. The Real Deal

    Here we go again, one more thing that artist of all backgrounds have to be worried about now, some no to low class idiot pulling a KW... now known as... a Kanye West. There needs to be a list of these people who should be banned from all television and private events where awards are presented. Kayne's name should be at the top of that list. Every host of important events should have this list and as for Roger Ross Williams,
    I know he was in shock, but it was a perfect opportunity for him to tell that rude idiot of a woman..."Hey this is my moment, I didn't hear the announcer call your name, so go sit down somewhere...please". This is how these situations have to be addressed, because rude people have no boundaries. They will step on you and keep stepping on you until you fight back by stepping back on them. My advice to all artist...Don't let anyone steal your moment to shine...they have no right to your moment. SHINE ON

    March 8, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  444. Chad

    I kept asking myself, "why is Joy Behar running up on the stage?"

    March 8, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  445. Ken

    Where was she when "Hurt Locker" was wrongfully declared best picture? She should have interrupted that farce.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  446. Al

    Did anybody understand what she said for the first 15-20 seconds? Was she even speaking English or a foreign language the first few seconds? But I applaud the man for keeping his cool.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  447. tony in phoenix

    It is pretty clear from the vast majority of responses that Mr Williams comes across as the class act, while I doubt many people will want to work with Ms Burkett after this.

    One good thing can come out of this. More people will remember Mr. Williams and his documentary. Most people do not make much note of documentaries on the Oscars unless it is something very noteworthy or controversial such as Michael Moore.

    I hope this opens up more doors for Mr. Williams.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  448. mcats

    Shame on Burkett. I couldn't figure out what was going on and what she was babbling about. She was rude ... and disrespectful to Williams. Too bad his mom's cane couldn't keep her in her seat.

    He definitely was the epitome of class during the whole thing. Kudos to you Roger Ross Williams.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  449. ChisW

    For a second there I asked myself, "Why is Mrs. Garret from the Facts of Life and when did she become the white Kanye?"

    March 8, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  450. BC659

    We actually thought this weird woman was some crazy who wondered on. She made no sense - it was gibberish. We knew one thing: she was rude and obnoxious.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  451. Sandi

    Wow - it was unreal!!! I could not figure out what was happening at first. Why didn't someone just come up and get her off the stage. How rude!!! She should be banned from future Oscar events.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  452. Adabeth

    I had no idea what that woman was trying to say, she came across as an idiotic nut case. I would be mortified to show my face after such a childish display. This woman had been fired over a year ago from this project ! Why was she at the Oscars to begin with?
    Also, why don't they have security near the stage to keep that type of situation from taking place. She is a prime example of NO CLASS .

    March 8, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  453. DottiB

    Yes he was doing fine on his own, I was so shocked when she rudely interrupted him. They should have gotten the Hook and pulled her off the stage! What a freak she is.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  454. Hamster

    For all you apologists out their thinking she deserved to be on stage, try reading the entire story before commenting. She was removed as a producer on the film over a year ago and therefore had no claim to the award. As for her being banned from future awards show: do really think anyone is going to hire this nut job after last night?

    March 8, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  455. Mr R.

    This was beyond a Kanye moment. She was at the Oscars, not a music award show. So rude.... but at the same time, kind of funny. I saw this and was thinking what everyone was thinking, who is this lady. Williams did real well, he kept his cool and even walk off the stage nicely with her.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  456. Dusty Emmert

    Steve Jackson has a very good point – unless he is a Short Film, or Documentary Filmmaker himself.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  457. Ficheye

    The real story will unfold. If she was credited as being a director in the film she should have been up there. She was talking fast and strange because she thought that she would be removed. But... if she was truly not supposed to get credit she should not have even been allowed into the audience.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  458. LáRhonda

    Ok so, I was mortified for Roger Ross Williams when this obviously psycho broad appeared out of nowhere and commandeered the mic and the moment. Especially since :
    1. Nobody knew who the hell she was as her name was not called and she wasn't even in the film credits
    2. She had absolutely nothing of substance to contribute to the acceptance speech. (Primarily due to the fact that she was not being awarded anything and secondly she just babbled on and on unintelligibly for the remainder of the allotted time.)

    I was also half hoping he would push her out of the way or at least take the mic back and save us from whatever point she thought she was making.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  459. Susan

    The beginning to her speech was to chastise him – she said "just like a man" and then something about not helping the old lady to the stage.

    They must have been sitting together if his mother was able to try to block her with a cane. Rewind and see him running down the aisle and a lady in purple trying to out of the row.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  460. Robert

    It is so disappointing with how we as a society have gotten to this point. Our society is so much of "It's all about ME!" that everything else doesn't even register. I agree with the other statements that this type of behavior was, most likely, the reason why she was removed from the project. Probably has no clue how to produce a film but has enough money to get involved and pretend to be a producer. I'll bet this is why on main stream films and TV shows you see more and more actors putting their own money into the project just so they can have some input as to the direction of the project. My question to the Oscars organizers would be how she even got an invite to the awards? They obviously didn't know or plan on her being on stage as they only had one award and that was given to the Director-Producer. This should be a sign though for the organizers that they need to be more aware of security requirements as next time it may not be just a nutty producer for a nutty fan with an ax to grind for money prices.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  461. Linda T.

    The woman showed herself to be rude, graceless and evidently clueless as she forced herself upon the moment. I predict that she'll pay dearly for it - if she even has the self-perception to recognize that future diminished opportunities are directly attributable to her own behavior before the millions who witnessed it, including folks in the industry who might have worked with her, but now will avoid her like the plague.

    Steve Jackson, stick to the point - which is NOT your shallow opinion of whichindustry categories deserve to be honored and which do not...it's not your choice to dictate what's presented as an industry seeks to award its finest achievements. What parts of it you choose to watch are certainly up to you.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  462. knew her back when

    Eli Burkett is not a particularly nice person. She wrote a very bad book about the AIDS epidemic that pissed a lot folks off.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  463. JuJu

    Yeah, (1) if she was off the project, how _did_ she get in, in the first place? (2) WHERE WAS SECURITY!?

    March 8, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  464. Senegal

    To do what she did on national television, made her look crazy and rude. Not knowing the full story and what is really true, I still feel she could have handled it all off camera. To make a statement for truth is one thing, but to make a statement that makes yourself look totally crazeeeee and idiotic is another. Now the world does not know WHAT to think of her. Sad moment for a woman of years and supposed wisdom.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  465. Dennis

    Some of the comments really are silly. If she wasn't a producer why was she given a ticket to the Oscars. If she wasn't a producer why did the Academy say she was the producer. When The film was announced they said and it was underscored on the video "Producers- Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett". She had every right to speak, was the brains behind the film and is a named Producer. Otherwise she wouldn't have been invited, given a ticket and allowed into the Awards. They don't just hand the seats out. Each nominee gets a certain number of tickets. Rest assured, with the bad blood between the two of them, she certainly wouldn't have gotten a ticket from him

    March 8, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  466. Head Diva In Charge

    I honestly wanted to slap that women! That poor guy actually handled the situation well. I mean it's the Academy Awards, not the MTV Awards, what can you really do right?
    I hope she and the old lady with the cane were asked to leave – she took the spotlight from a deserving man and an incredible women whom the story was about.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  467. Christina

    Elinor Burkett came off as selfish and ignorant and made a complete ass of herself What ever she was talking about was completely missed because her psychotic behavior was so distracting. Perhaps in the future there should be some sort of security to restrain attention hogs from hijacking the mic.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  468. MrsFizzy

    Now it makes sense – it did seem like she took over and frantically blabbed out as much as she could & probably she was doing that in case security did come & haul her off. Whatever the real story is behind it, she made herself seem rude and overbearing & Williams, all the more dignified. At least they cut away from her to show Prudence for a second, who could have got more attention. I do wish Mama would have pursued with her cane though!

    March 8, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  469. jxtr

    This woman's actions were very shameful. She should not have run on the stage and grabbed the microphone. It is a shame that this type of behavior is tolerated.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  470. Jennifer

    She may have gotten 15 seconds of camera time, but he got the Oscar.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  471. sean

    as for that producer, it was obvious to everyone that she pulled a Kanye (I wonder if she likes fishsticks?). Honestly, once she did that, the Oscar band should have butted in and the Oscar show runner should have cut to commercial. Kanye got away with it at the Grammy's because no one was prepared for such an occurrence. But here, there should have been a contingency plan. The fact that they gave that fat egotistical whale her full talk time after she stole the microphone is a shame.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  472. Pete

    OMG! Joy Behar was there?

    March 8, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  473. Kerrybiantulip

    After reading many other sources, they state that the film was her idea. Of course she deserves to be considered to be the one to speak for the award. Given she may have come off as a lunatic, how would you act if your idea for a film was taken over by someone else? I fully believe most of you would try to do the same. Maybe with a little more tact..maybe less.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  474. Miss Curry

    Are you all reading this before you make comments? SHE WAS NOT THE PRODUCER! she was totally in the wrong, and absolutely stole Mr. Williams spotlight! And even if she was the producer, so what! Do producers usually go onstage and make complete idiots of themselves, no. A movie is the directors movie, not the producers, and there was absolutely no point in her being up there, smh

    March 8, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  475. jernell

    she was horrible,please someone admit her to a PSYCH UNIT. let's see if the media will bash her like they did Kanye West, or is there different treatment for white people, it was simply unacceptable behavior

    March 8, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  476. sean

    steve jackson,

    I'll give you that stuff like that 15 minute dance session was totally unnecessary, but awards for short film, documentary, and foreign language film are ABSOLUTELY necessary. Aside from the fact that a lot of directors of these films go on to big careers in Hollywood (Guillermo Del Toro won best Foreign Language for Pan's Labyrinth and is now directing the Hobbit), these categories are important to everyone involved and their families. And if you would stop paying to see drivel like Twilight and Transformers 2: Revenge of the Crappy Film, you might realize that some of the best stories come from short and foreign films, and you might learn from documentaries that reality is more than who can dance the best or who's best at karaoke singing. You might actually learn something.
    -
    Yes the oscar telecasts run long, but they always have and it's not going to change. They already do most of the technical awards a non-televised ceremony, heck they even cut out the lifetime achievement award this time around, but some things are necessary for the telecast, whether you appreciate them or not. But if you'd give some of those movies a try, you might actually grow as a person. Watch the foreign language nominee The Prophet and you'll find a more brutal prison story than anything HBO put on Oz, and a coming up in the criminal world story that parallels Scarface. Don't let your obstinance prevent you from seeing some truly great films.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  477. Ficheye

    STEVE JACKSON... Documentary, short, foreign language... they all belong in the program. You are the one who is arrogant. A lot of hard work went into every one of those films. If you just want to see clips from Avatar rent the movie when it comes out. What a truly witless thing to say.
    i've never heard anyone say that these categories are 'boring and stupid' until now. You must be 13.

    If not, there are treatments for ADD. See a professional. Soon.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  478. Robin

    It would have been awesome if he whacked her over the head with that oscar!

    March 8, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  479. Cait39

    @JC Steve Martin made an antisemitic joke? Really?

    March 8, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  480. Pisces

    I didnt like how this woman came on stage. I felt sorry for the man who was giving his acceptance speech. The nonsense that was coming out of her mouth. She looked like a total fool. She was extremely RUDE.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  481. Bob Dog

    This is the kind of great entertainment that makes these shows so exciting. Its the same reason people watch fast cars go around and around an oval. It can be mind numbingly boring, until that moment when smoke, flames, and tires explode on the far turn.

    At the Oscars, with people's careers being made in one night, its super to see someone like Elinor Burkett completely destroy her entire career with just a few minutes of smoke and flames. Wrecks come in all shapes and sizes. She looks powerfully built – perhaps she muscled past the security people.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  482. Bob

    Classless on her part. As director/producer vs. producer you know exactly who was entitled to the honors on this film. The display was nervy at best and wholly pathetic. I am sure any future projects with this woman will be suitably scrutinized. What a collosally stupid, classless and pointless endeavor.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  483. Roger Cannon

    Ann Marie – If she seems crazy, there's a reason for that, doncha think? Go with your instincts. She is in court and couldn't leave it there. Wait til the judge sees this...

    March 8, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  484. Stephanie

    But that's just the thing, Ann Marie–she was NOT a producer! She was removed from the project a year ago. She was the one who was completely in the wrong. Roger Ross Williams didn't do a thing wrong, and handled the intrusion with as much class as was possible.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  485. Butch

    Mr Steve Jackson says:
    " documentry, short, foreign language, do not belong on the telecast...they are boring, stupid categories no one cares about."

    No One? Who is being arrogant now? There is a world out there you know.

    And this thread was about a silly woman doing something very silly which will embarrass her children and family forever. Not about what Steve Jackson finds worthwhile.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  486. John W.

    According to Daily Variety, Burkett and Williams jointly won and shared the award:
    Winner: "Music by Prudence" – An iThemba Production; Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett

    March 8, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  487. Ada

    What a crazy person!

    No wonder she was no longer part of the deal.

    It is really scary to think that anyone could just jump on stage and do bodily harm to any of the stars during their 'thank you' speeches.

    They really need more vigilant security at these types of events.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  488. nancy Miller

    Not know the indifferences we thought it was a planned set up, but then realized that the woman was blatantly rude.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  489. carol

    Not only did she come across as very rude, but hard as I tried I could make absolutely no sense of what she was even saying; she came across a very strange woman!

    March 8, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  490. Jennifer

    Security should have removed her...PERIOD...
    Who the hell is she?????????????????

    March 8, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  491. ? do u care ?

    White People's Revenge For Taylor Swift! lmao You Go Girl! haha director-producer Roger Ross Williams might have made a good film but PETER JACKSON IS THE BEST OF ALL TIME!

    March 8, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  492. Jc

    That was awesome! 3rd best moment of the Oscars. Following Tia Fey and Robert downey jr's hilarious banter and beating out Steve Martin's anti semitic jokes with a cut to a 'not impressed' look on Joel Coen's face. Priceless.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  493. Northern California Scott

    This was absolutely NOT a "Kanye Moment"! Producer Elinor Burkett gave the spark to Roger Ross Williams in working on this film. Ms. Burkett was being snipped out of recognition for her part in this production and she absolutely should not have been. As talented as Ms. Prudence is Ms. Burkett was right in trying to abide by the wishes of the Liyana group and she was right to assert herself in this affair!

    -Scott

    March 8, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  494. Ann Marie

    She definately seemed crazy but If she was the films producer she should have been up there – she was ambushed. Just because he was calm doesn't mean he was in the right.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  495. Larissa

    I was so confused when this was going on but I did think to myself "is this woman pulling a Kanye?" The man has a lot of class to not have shoved her out of the way. That was extremely rude and tasteless of her. I hope he doesn't feel like she stole his thunder.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  496. Eric

    He got and was holding the Oscar. That's it! He should be the one to speak for the achievements. Even at the time she came off as a total odd ball. People make mistakes, I have made thousands but to usurp somebody else's moment of acknowledgment was sad to see. I am sure she is totally unrepentant of the events by probably proclaiming that she had a stake in the movie after all. Still, he was the one holding and receiving the Oscar so that is that.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  497. Sudesh

    It seems the Director was headed down the road of I am the reason why this film was so great! I think this woman didn't want anyone to forget that the Film was about Prudence and the Band and not mearly about the director! I was sought of in shock myself and confused as to what was going on and who this woman was but I kinda figured out that, she was part of the film and obviously had differences with the director.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  498. eli

    He was all class. She was shameful.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  499. mike

    Gilemena, that's just it: she WASN'T the producer. She had been removed from the project. Everyone can probably guess why at this point. I know her type. She probably barged into the project unwanted to begin with.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  500. artsyamy

    I wasn't aware of what actually happened until reading this article. But, just in watching last night you could tell that she was behaving rudely. And now, wow. She really just showed her own narcissism. If she really wanted to highlight the band, the way she claimed to in her little stolen (really random) speech, then she should have found another outlet. Her stealing the limelight was all about one thing: Her. What a jerk!

    March 8, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  501. steve jackson

    Why didnt they cut away ASAP like they did with the Dolphin guy's banner. As soon as she came to the mic they should have cut away.

    Frankly, no one would have cared.

    documentry, short, foreign language, do not belong on the telecast...they are boring, stupid categories no one cares about.

    Take the Oscars to best song, best animated, best actress, actor, supporting actress, actor, director, best picture and you will see ratings climb huge. NO ONE WANTS TO SIT THROUGH 3.5 hrs of crap to get to the only award they care about. Hollywood, end the arrogance.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  502. Moonchild

    I agree with Mike...I couldn't understand what she was saying and thought it was really strange that she appeared out of nowhere. Roger Ross Williams is truly a class act since she really should not have been up there with him and I applaud his cool control.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  503. Nancy

    Seriously? What is wrong with people? Rude, rude and rude.

    It's becoming outrageously unacceptable!

    She was removed a YEAR ago and yet still acted like an idiot!

    March 8, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  504. Donna

    If she received the award, she deserved to be up there.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  505. Kansas City gal

    I didn't know the circumstances, but immediately tagged the instrusion as a Kanye moment. Burkett's actions came off as rude and inappropriate, and whatever message she hoped to convey was lost in the lack of civility. Kudos to Williams for taking the high road during the very public moment of lunacy he was subjected to. How sad that this took away from bringing attention to the film and its topic.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  506. True Kanye Moment

    I too thought that was a "Kanye" moment. She embarrassed herself and was very unprofessional. Shameful!

    March 8, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  507. Jim

    Totally classless and demeaning. His moment to shine was denied by a ignorant woman who let her ego get in the way of good manners and protocol.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  508. Gilemena Taylor

    If she was a producer of the Oscar-award-winning film, then how can she have no involvement or sense of ownership in receiving the award? Regardless, she came across as a crazy person.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  509. mike

    This woman came off like some kind of schizophrenic lunatic...I could hardly tell what she was blathering on about. I felt bad for the guy, but at least he had the class to humor her and let her make a fool of herself.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  510. F. J. Diller

    Well, she got her 15 seconds of infamy.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  511. Kelly

    This was such a strange moment that I was a bit confused as to what was happening and who this woman was.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  512. DJWhoop

    Seeing the old lady block with the cane is some video I would love to see! Ha!

    March 8, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  513. Kathryn M.

    That was shockingly sad as well as extremely rude of her to grab the mike the way she did. How in the world did she even get up on the stage and did anyone see her coming? I think she should be banned from future Oscar events.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |

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