And the 2023 Oscar for probably the most awkward pink carpet second goes to … Hugh Grant.

The “Love Really” actor divided viewers on Sunday night time after he appeared unimpressed with mannequin and TV presenter Ashley Graham’s line of questioning throughout their pre-show chat.

The interview for ABC’s “Countdown to the Oscars” instantly obtained off to a painful begin when Graham requested the film veteran his favourite factor about attending the Academy Awards. The 62-year-old paused earlier than ultimately replying: “It’s fascinating … the entire of humanity is right here, it’s self-importance truthful.”

Making an attempt her luck with one other query, Graham requested Grant if he was excited by the prospect of any actors profitable. He responded: “Nobody specifically.”

Grant’s blunt responses continued regardless of Graham altering the main focus to vogue by asking what he was carrying. Grant, recognized for his dry wit, stated, “Simply my swimsuit.”

In a bid to show issues round, Graham requested in regards to the star’s cameo in “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Thriller,” but it surely wasn’t sufficient to save lots of the cringeworthy alternate as a result of Grant retorted, “Effectively, I’m barely in it. I’m in it for about three seconds.”

“Effectively yeah, however nonetheless you confirmed up and had enjoyable proper?” Graham implored. “Virtually,” Grant admitted, earlier than the interview was wrapped up.

The alternate divided viewers on social media. Whereas some Twitter customers claimed Grant was merely being genuine whereas being confronted with run-of-the-mill questions, others recommended Graham for being gracious and chronic by means of his apparent need to not be there.

One particular person wrote: “Hugh Grant wasn’t impolite like so many individuals have posted, I don’t suppose the interviewer or the individuals who suppose he was impolite know Hugh Grant. Ask a silly query get a silly reply.”

One other commented: “Hugh, When you don’t wish to be there go residence. Worst Oscars interviews ever.”

Talking to CNN on the Vainness Honest after-party, Graham stated: “My mom at all times informed me to kill ‘em with kindness.” She added that she felt “very supported” after her alternate with Grant began trending on Twitter.

Grant’s deadpan supply went down a bit higher on stage when he likened his face to male genitalia as he introduced the Oscar for manufacturing design alongside his “4 Weddings and a Funeral” co-star Andie MacDowell.

He began the joke by emphasizing “the important significance of utilizing moisturizer,” noting that MacDowell has been utilizing one “for the final 29 years, I’ve by no means used one in my life.”

Grant then pointed at 64-year-old MacDowell and stated: “Nonetheless beautiful,” earlier than pointing at himself and including: “Mainly, a scrotum.” The star-studded viewers at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre erupted in laughter.

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