reveal the “ambush” they did at the Oscars ceremony

Liza Minelli at the ceremony of a sadly historic Oscar awards / Video capture

Hollywood history will remember this year’s Oscars as an absolute disaster. It is likely that in a short time no one will remember that CODA was the winning movie of the night but everyone will have in mind the call slap gatethe violent reaction, captured by the cameras, that Will Smith had in front of the joke that comedian Chris Rock made at the expense of his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

And now a new nonsense is known, since what had been one of the few hits of the production of the gala, Lady Gaga’s appearance with Liza Minnelli to present the award for best film, it seems to have been “a sabotage” that left the legendary star nervous and bewildered seconds before appearing on stage at the Dolby Theater with the whole world watching.

This was explained a few days ago by his personal friend, singer Michael Feinstein on the radio show The Jess Cagle Showwhere he told the behind the scenes of the moment that all the chronicles of that night highlighted as one of the sequences more positive than a night to forget.

Lady Gaga and Liza Minnelli before presenting the award for best film, which went to CODA (Neilson Barnard/)

Lady Gaga and Liza Minnelli before presenting the award for best film, which went to CODA (Neilson Barnard/)

The image of Lady Gaga accompanying Minelli – an icon in her own right and daughter of Judy Garland and Vincente Minellitwo of the greatest legends of Hollywood cinema – carefully and tenderly moved many to the same extent that the artist’s apparent state of disorientation worried them.

According to Feinstein, present backstage with her, Minnelli was “forced” by the production to appear sitting in a wheelchair although initially she had made it a condition to attend to be able to make the presentation of the most anticipated category of the night sitting in a director’s chair.

“I know that talking about sabotage seems a bit strong but the truth is that Liza only agreed to go to the Oscars if she could appear sitting in that chair because she is having some back problems. She told them: ‘I don’t want them to see me limping. I want to look good and I wouldn’t want them to worry about me.’ However, literally five minutes before we go onstage with her already sitting in the director’s chair, I guess for all the commotion of the ceremony, the assistant director said he had to leave in a wheelchair”, Feinstein detailed referring to the Smith incident and how, according to him, it affected all the plans for the Oscar gala.

Liza Minelli in one of her last shows (Instagram/)

Liza Minelli in one of her last shows (Instagram/)

Although, says his friend, in principle Minnelli rejected the change and refused to appear in front of everyone sitting in a wheelchair there was no time to get the production to change its mind. The disagreement, logically, caused a lot of nerves and discomfort in the Oscar-winning artist for her role in the film. Cabaret.

“I was shocked and disoriented by all the changes and that gave the impression that something bad happened to him but it is not like that. Lisa is doing very well.”Feinstein assured that like his former press representative, Scott Gorenstein, he made reference to some of the artist’s physical ailments.

The actress in a scene from Cabaret, a film by Bob Fosse for which she wonó  the Oscar for best actress in 1972 (

The actress in a scene from Cabaret, a film by Bob Fosse for which she won the Oscar for best actress in 1972 (

As Gorenstein told the newspaper New York Post, Minnelli, who in recent years passed through four hip replacement surgeries, three knee surgeries and one spinal operation“He is enjoying life without the need to appear on camera.

“Since she was born she was pressured to perform in public and so the last couple of years she had the possibility to relax and have a good time, without pressure”explained the representative who encouraged her anyway to accept the invitation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, made at the express request of Lady Gaga, to appear at the Oscars.

“Liza is a legend and she deserves to be at the Academy Awards”had sentenced his friend, who, like the rest of the world, had no way of anticipating that this appearance would be marked by the most disastrous Oscar ceremony ever seen.


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