In a moment that added a touch of unexpected humor to the National Board of Review Awards Gala in New York City, veteran actress and comedian Amy Sedaris found herself in a rather embarrassing situation on Thursday night.
The 62-year-old entertainer, who was tasked with presenting the Best Actor award to Paul Giamatti for his remarkable performance in "The Holdovers," inadvertently became the center of attention when she took an unexpected tumble on the stage.
Sedaris, brimming with enthusiasm as she approached the podium to honor Giamatti, suddenly lost her balance and ended up flat on the floor, much to the astonishment of the star-studded audience in attendance. Despite the mishap, she managed to hand Giamatti the well-deserved accolade before retreating to the back of the stage.
Giamatti's Playful Response
Paul Giamatti, a gracious recipient of the award, rushed to assist the fallen actress. However, it quickly became apparent that Sedaris was unhurt, and her humorous fall had become a source of laughter throughout the room.
Giamatti playfully gestured toward her as he resumed the podium to deliver his acceptance speech. The National Board of Review, known for its witty social media presence, didn't miss the opportunity to share a snapshot of the comical incident.
They captioned the Instagram post with a touch of humor, stating, "NBR Best Actor winner Paul Giamatti literally floored presenter Amy Sedaris with his nuanced comic performance in Alexander Payne’s THE HOLDOVERS!"
The glamorous event, hosted at the prestigious Cipriani 42nd Street, drew a constellation of Hollywood luminaries, including Anne Hathaway, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Chastain, and Martin Scorsese, among others.
Bradley Cooper received the NBR Icon Award for his outstanding portrayal of composer Leonard Bernstein in the recently released "Maestro." This star-studded soirée, hosted by the affable Willie Geist, celebrated and honored the finest cinematic achievements of the past year.
The list of attendees read like a who's who of Hollywood, with Ethan Hawke, Mark Ruffalo, Michael J. Fox, Wendell Pierce, Elizabeth Olsen, Amy Sedaris, and Teyana Taylor gracing the occasion. Laura Linney, Lily Gladstone, Andrew Scott, and Da’Vine Joy Randolph were among the notable guests as well.
Among the evening's most esteemed honorees were "Killers of the Flower Moon" for Best Film, Martin Scorsese for Best Director, Paul Giamatti for Best Actor in "The Holdovers," and Lily Gladstone for Best Actress. Notably, esteemed actor Daniel Day-Lewis made a rare public appearance to present Martin Scorsese with the award for Best Director.
Day-Lewis, a three-time Oscar winner, had previously retired from acting following his role in the 2017 film "Phantom Thread," making his presence at the event a notable surprise.