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About that Awkard Turtle Moment During the Oscars

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There was a weird double-take moment at the Academy Awards on Sunday night when director Roger Ross Williams was accepting the short subject documentary Oscar for Music by Prudence. His former, but credited, producer Elinor Burkett seemingly jumped out of no where and commandeered the microphone. The story goes that they had creative differences and settled the issue out of court, but it looks like they have more settling to do.

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

"When we won, he raced up there to accept the award. And his mother took her cane and blocked me. So I couldn't get up there very fast. And you know. I felt my role in this has been denigrated again and again, and it wasn't going to happen this time," she said. Williams said his mother was getting up to hug him.

Many are calling this the "Kanye West" moment of the show, but Rob Capriccioso at True/Slant thinks that's an apples and oranges comparison. "While Burkett’s pushiness did come off as mean-spirited, especially with most of us not knowing the details of her situation, lest we forget, Kanye West interupted Taylor Swift during an MTV music awards show because he thought Beyoncé should have beaten her," he said. "He pretty much told Swift, on-stage in front of thousands, that she didn’t deserve the award. He had no connection to the award at hand. He simply interjected himself into a situation he didn’t belong."

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Nonetheless, Burkett caused a lot of attention. We hope, in the end, though, the documentary that Academy voters felt deserved the award gets the true attention it deserves.

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