Jimmy Kimmel who hosted the 2017 Oscars on Sunday decided to surprise a tour bus during the ceremony. He made the Oscars extra inclusive that even members of the general public were invited.
Surely, it is safe to say that viewers never know what to expect at big events like the Oscars. And it is spontaneous moments such as this that bring a bit more zest to grand gatherings.
Jimmy led the small group of tourists into the Dolby Theatre mid-ceremony. The sightseers were on the Starline bus on Hollywood Boulevard. They had no idea about what will happen next.
“On the count of three, we’ll turn the lights on and everybody yell Mahershala,’ okay?” Jimmy coached the illustrious crowd as the unsuspecting fans stepped out of the entry.
Of course, the lucky fans had their phones and selfie sticks ready. They were wearing casual clothes and carrying cameras as what tourists should be. Yet, they were oblivious of what was actually going on at first. They were ready to take pictures of what they thought would be a costume exhibit.
The exhibit turned out to be a rare opportunity to shake hands and take photos with celebrities. They met Nicole Kidman, Viggo Mortensen, Emma Stone Mahershala Ali, Ryan Gosling, Jennifer Aniston and Meryl Streep up close.
Even actor-director Denzel Washington joined in the fun by pretending to marry an engaged couple. Jennifer Aniston gamely gave the bride a pair of sunglasses from her purse. It became her wedding gift after Jimmy coaxed her to do so. The other tour-goers were led down the front of the stage to experience and touch a real Oscar statue.
At that point, Mahershala was one of only two artists who already held an Oscar statue. The best supporting actor sportingly offered his golden award for the tour bus folks to touch. Not only did he agree to let them hold his award, he even took a selfie with one enthusiastic tourist.
And “Gary from Chicago” instantly became a hit. Indeed, it’s impossible that Gary’s personality was devised by another. The leading tourist also received an invitation from his hometown team, the Chicago Bulls, for tickets to their basketball game.
“Next up is Jason Bateman’s house,” Jimmy then kidded as the fortunate tour bus group were guided to exit.
However, viewers had mixed feedback on social media about the segment. Some people criticized that it felt the Oscars host was insulting the working class. Others flinched at how some participants seemed awkward.
Ultimately, the random sightseers certainly got the surprise of their lives. They actually ended up in one of Hollywood’s biggest nights.