What Was The Deal With The Lady Who Pulled A “Kanye” At The Oscars?

- By Bossip Staff

We’ve done a lot of Oscar talk this week, but one story we haven’t covered was that “Kanye moment” when Music by Prudence producer Elinor Burkett interrupted Short Film winner Roger Ross Williams’ Oscar acceptance speech. Williams directed and produced the film, about a disabled Zimbabwean musician, but barely got any words out before he was interrupted by Elinor Burkett, another producer of the film. Pop the hood for the story behind what happened.

In a post-speech interview with Salon Burkett explained the pair had a disagreement over the “direction of the film” and that she was late to the podium because Williams’ mother used a cane to keep her from the stage.

BURKETT: What happened was [Williams] and I had a bad difference over the direction of the film that resulted in a lawsuit that has settled amicably out of court. But there have been all these events around the Oscars, and I wasn’t invited to any of them. And he’s not speaking to me. So we weren’t even able to discuss ahead of the time who would be the one person allowed to speak if we won. And then, as I’m sure you saw, 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.

BURKETT: The movie was my idea. I live in Zimbabwe. Roger had never even heard of Zimbabwe before I told him about this. And you know, I felt my role in this has been denigrated again and again, and it wasn’t going to happen this time.

Williams disagreed with Burkett’s version of events:

WILLIAMS: Only one person is allowed to accept the award. I was the director, and she was removed from the project nearly a year ago, but she was able to still qualify as a producer on the project, and be an official nominee. But she was very angry — she actually removed herself from the project – because she wanted more creative control.

WILLIAMS: I just expected her to stand there. I had a speech prepared.

She claims she found the movie’s story, that she brought it to you.

WILLIAMS: No, not at all. The truth is that she saw the band perform [in Zimbabwe], and told me about that, and then I opened up a dialogue with the [King George VI School & Centre for Children with Physical Disabilities] school and went on my own – which you would’ve heard about in my speech — and spent $6,000 going to Africa shooting myself. And when people expressed interest in the film, I asked her to come on board. And then I regretted that decision. Then she sued.

Did your mother try and block her with her cane?

WILLIAMS: My mother got up to hug me. And my mother is 87 years old. She was excited.

What are people saying about it?

They’re saying it looked like she pulled a Kanye.

WILLIAMS: She did! She pulled a Kanye. And it’s a shame, because this is such positive, happy film.

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So who do you believe???? Was Burkett wrong, or is Williams lying? And is there some swirl lovin’ gone wrong at the bottom of this???


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  • Miss u much MJJ

    Made drama! That’s a shame Kanye is going to be known for what he did to the unsinger Taylor Swift more than his music.

  • drenk


  • Jamaica

    It’s funny how it’s not a big deal when it’s reversed.

  • shonda

    Did his mother beat her with a big stick when she sat back down?

  • Tam Tam


  • that damn sh#$ disturber

    she said he had never even heard of zimbabwe before her??? riiiiiiiiiight!!

  • Zebra

    I was SOOO pissed she interrupted him during his special moment. But whatever HE got the award and will be getting the job offers from here on out. Not her…especially now that everyone see how childish she is.

    Someone needs to tap her on the shoulder and tell her “It’s over – you lost boo”

  • Plagueis The Wise

    I didn’t know about this. Why wasn’t it splattered all of the news? Rhetorical question.

  • no kanye beatdown 4 her


  • Silent Swagg

    i can’t beleive they turned this into such a race thing..of all the people she had to interrupt him?

  • Silent Swagg

    i mean believe

  • http://www.pornhub.com miley cyrus

    so what, she had a creative in put.

  • Gimmeabreak78

    @Crazy but she still deserved credit

    She pulled out of the project herself. Why should she still get to accept the award and give the speech?

  • Gimmeabreak78

    @no kanye beatdown 4 her


    Because n.o.b.o.d.y knew who either of these people were before the Oscars. Now, had it been Julia Roberts interrupting a Denzel speech, it would have been different.

  • p-nuts

    if he was white…………………..no more said

  • UCLAdy04

    She disagreed with the direction of the film that ultimately won an Oscar thanks to the direction Williams to the film so she has a lot of nerve getting up there to try and accept credit. She should be ashamed of herself!

  • kalifa.williams@yahoo.co.uk

    crazy ole biiitch

  • http://perryone779@yahoo,com a rose by any other name # 9304026339482056536 ™

    Dont make no difference whether she was known or not, she needs to get a stomp down just like they did my boy Kanye! She should have keep her scraggiky butt in her seat!!Ginger is right.. beat a Ginger day!!

  • http://perryone779@yahoo,com a rose by any other name # 9304026339482056536 ™

    She was still rude as he**!

  • Virginia News

    She’s not a ginger. She’s some old white hag with a bad dye job trying to take credit for crap she wasn’t feeling until it actually won an award.

  • Miss u much MJJ

    She said she lives in Zimbabwe? Does Mugabe know? She doesn’t look like she is hurting for a meal?

  • ManchesterUKer

    Never heard of Zimbabwe?? Does she think he’s retarded?

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