That was a night of heavy jokes, unexpected slaps and controversial winning titles. But in any case, the delivery of the Oscar 2022 shone when the legendary actress Liza Minnelli took the stage of the Dolby Theater, accompanied by Lady Gaga, to present the list of Best Picture. It was an endearing moment where both personalities showed mutual respect and affection, between laughter and smiles. However, recent statements indicate that what happened behind the scenes was nothing beautiful in comparison.
During his recent participation in The Jess Cagle Show, the musician Michael Feinstein – a close friend of Liza Minnelli – revealed that the veteran actor suffered disrespect from the production team at the last minute. Originally, according to the singer, Minnelli had requested a director’s chair to sit at the time of her participation as a presenter. But in the end her wishes were not respected.
“She only agreed to appear at the Oscars if she was in a director’s chair, because has been having back problemsFeinstein explained (via IndieWire). «She said: ‘I don’t want people to see me limping around. I want to look good. I don’t want people to worry about me’«.
According to the deponent’s own words, it was not until five minutes before Minnelli’s appearance on stage —when she was already positioned in the director’s chair she had requested— that the stage manager He ruled that “she must be in a wheelchair.” And despite initially refusing to use it, time on top caused the actress of Cabaret will resign However, the abrupt change in plans left her “so shocked that she was baffled.”
From Michael Feinstein’s perspective, this was a vile act of “sabotage.”
“Was nervous. And that made her look like she was beside herself,” she added. “Can you imagine being suddenly forced to be seen by millions of people the way you don’t want to be seen? That’s what happened to her.”
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Years ago, Liza Minnelli established herself as one of the great icons of cinema and stage show. Her work in the musical Cabaret, in the role of Sally Bowles, earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress. She also won the Emmy, the Grammy and the Tony. This makes her one of the few celebrities to have been honored with all four (highly coveted) awards in the entertainment industry.
The entry Liza Minnelli would have been forced to use a wheelchair at the 2022 Oscar was published first in Cine PREMIERE.