By Bill Matthews
(HOLLYWOOD) Moments after Elinor Burkett pushed aside Oscar co-winner Roger Ross Williams so she could make her speech, an Academy Award first happened.
Williams bitch-slapped Burkett. The moment was edited out on the 7-second delay by ABC so the 41 million viewers at home didn’t get to see it.
Still, it had the star-filled audience at John J. Markowitz Community Center buzzing.
“I’d have bitch slapped her too,” George Clooney, who was seated in the front row, told The Peoples News. “I couldn’t believe she did that.”
Oscar winner Mo’Nique said she almost “got Precious on her ass.”
“Seriously, I know they both were winners, but how is she just gonna push her way in front of the brother. We only got 25 African American winners in the 82 years of this show. We need our moment honey!”
The historic moment occurred after both Burkett and Williams’ names were announced as the winners for Best Documentary for the film Music By Prudence. The pair didn’t get along however, and weren’t seated next to each other. Williams beat Burkett to the stage and began talking about his dream. But before he got a chance to thank God, Burkett interrupted him saying “Let a sistah speak, playa.”
She then launched into a speech about how much she looked like Kathy Bates in Misery and wondered why Hurley didn’t lose any weight on Lost. It was when she asked why the Coyote never caught the Roadrunner that Williams smacked her.
Burkett was momentarily stunned then looked at Williams and meekly said, “I sorry Daddy.”
Actress Zoe Saldana, who co-presented the award, later Tweeted that she initially thought Burkett was a terrorist.
“I was so frightened for my life, thinking this crazy woman was coming to kill me, as Osama bin Laden swore he would do,” Saldana wrote, cryptically.
Still, the show’s producer was thankful for the 7-second delay, which was imposed in 2006 after Meryl Streep’s profanity-laced introduction of Elizabeth Taylor.
“It was great drama, riveting, engaging—so not something we want to show on television,” said Adam Shankman.
Williams remained angry this morning.
“I was trying to be graceful by letting her talk, but I couldn’t take it anymore,” he said. “And another thing: I’m keeping her Oscar.”
© 2010 The Peoples News