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Al Pacino announces Best Picture at the Oscars in the most anti-climactic manner

He took the more unconventional route while announcing the Best Picture at the Oscars with little to no suspense.

Al Pacino announces Best Picture at the Oscars in the most anti-climactic manner
Cover Image Source: Al Pacino speaks onstage during the 96th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 10, 2024 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The 96th Annual Academy Awards were one of the most anticipated events in the entertainment industry, captivating audiences worldwide with its glamour, performances and most importantly, the winners. The ceremony was just as exciting, with film enthusiasts trying to guess which movies, actors, directors and other professionals will be honored for their exceptional contributions to the world of cinema. While most announcers like to build up the suspense before announcing an award, Al Pacino chose a rather straightforward approach when he revealed that "Oppenheimer" had won the award for Best Picture.

Image Source: Al Pacino speaks onstage during the 96th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 10, 2024 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Image Source: Al Pacino speaks onstage during the 96th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 10, 2024, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The veteran actor was granted the honor of presenting the Best Picture category, honoring the 50th anniversary of "The Godfather: Part II," winning the same award. A short clip of him announcing the award at the ceremony has been shared on X (previously Twitter) by @SpencerAlthouse, which has gone viral, garnering nearly 9 million views. He skipped the usual shout-outs to the other nominees for the award, cutting straight to the chase with, "Ten wonderful films were nominated, but only one will take the award for Best Picture." Al Pacino states how he would have to "go to the envelope for that" and proceeds to slice open the small envelope that contains the name of the winner of Best Picture very undramatically.



 

Funnily enough, the only statement he makes that pinpoints any suspense is: "Here it comes." His relaxed demeanor made the audience laugh as he looked down at the letter and read, "And my eyes see Oppenheimer?" There is a little confusion among the audience and the orchestra as they slowly realize that the actor has unveiled the winner most directly. Thankfully, Al Pacino affirms that it is indeed "Oppenheimer" that has won the award, at which point the audience begins to clap loudly and the orchestra begins to play music. People found his announcement amusing and appreciated how he delivered it without any frills or unnecessary drama, sharing their thoughts in the comment section.



 



 

@iamlosi commented, "Al Pacino had no time to waste—straight to the point." Another individual, @lauraa_eu, highlighted, "Al Pacino's announcement of Oppenheimer as Best Picture at the Oscars was chaotic and confusing, but also entertaining. His hesitation and uncertainty added a humorous element to the moment." @anonomms said, "He's 84 people. He did great. No one should be surprised." There was something about his casual approach that appealed to people and provided a kind of contrast to an event with so much hype surrounding it.



 

Image Source: Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas, and Charles Roven, winners of the Best Picture award for “Oppenheimer”, pose with Al Pacino (L) in the press room during the 96th Annual Academy Awards at Ovation Hollywood on March 10, 2024 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Image Source: Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas, and Charles Roven, winners of the Best Picture award for “Oppenheimer”, pose with Al Pacino (L) in the press room during the 96th Annual Academy Awards at Ovation Hollywood on March 10, 2024, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)

@sreekyshooter shared a post on X saying, "Al Pacino stumbled out of bed, walked onstage, opened an envelope, and said the name of the winner. This is the ideal award presenter. You may not like it, but this is what peak performance looks like." Dramatic presentation aside, Christopher Nolan's "Oppenheimer" was the night's big winner, bagging seven Oscars. The biographical film about J. Robert Oppenheimer ended up winning seven Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. Nolan won the Best Director award, while Cillian Murphy bagged the Best Actor award.

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