*In one of the more awkward moments of Oscar night, the director-producer of Documentary Short winner “Music by Prudence” was straight up Kanye’d by one of the film’s other producers in a move stemming from a personal beef between the two filmmakers.
Producer Elinor Burkett literally bumrushed the stage while director Roger Ross Williams was giving his thank yous and commanded the microphone with a comment like, “Just like a man, wanting to take over everything.”
The problem is that she was not supposed to accept the award, and because of personal animosity between the two filmmakers, she said Williams rushed to the stage while his cane-wielding mother blocked Burkett from exiting the aisle.
In an interview with Salon, Burkett said she was shut out of Oscar-related events and because the two aren’t speaking to each other (related to a lawsuit over the film), they did not discuss who would be allowed to speak if they won.
So, when their names were called, “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.”
When asked if that was true, Williams says: “My mother got up to hug me. And my mother is 87 years old. She was excited.”
“Music by Prudence” follows a Zimbabwean singer-songwriter who was born severely disabled, but Burkett tells Salon it was supposed to be about a whole band, and not just Prudence. “The movie was my idea,” she says. “I live in Zimbabwe. Roger had never even heard of Zimbabwe before I told him about this.”