Spielberg Shuns Reading Fake Oscars Winner in 2024 Rehearsal, Cites Bad Luck

Behind-the-scenes magic unfolds at Oscars rehearsal

by Zain ul Abedin
Spielberg Shuns Reading Fake Oscars Winner in 2024 Rehearsal, Cites Bad Luck
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As Hollywood gears up for its most illustrious evening, legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg has made it clear that he will not tempt fate. During the confidential rehearsals held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Entertainment Weekly was granted exclusive access to witness the preparations for the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony.

Among the day's noteworthy events was Spielberg's deliberate decision to avoid naming any of the current nominees as the winner while practicing his presentation speech, adhering to a personal superstition. "It's bad luck!" he declared, opting instead to reference a celebrated nominee from the past who has since passed away.

The atmosphere behind the scenes was one of camaraderie and light-hearted moments. Kate McKinnon and America Ferrera, known for their roles in "Barbie," showcased their dynamic chemistry, sharing laughs and playful gestures throughout their rehearsal.

A minor hiccup occurred when Ferrera unintentionally interrupted McKinnon's line, leading to a brief pause followed by a heartwarming exchange between the two.

Stars Shine in Rehearsal

Adding to the day's entertainment, Catherine O’Hara and Michael Keaton, reunited from their time on the set of "Beetlejuice" and its eagerly anticipated sequel, took to the stage with evident delight in each other's company.

Meanwhile, Zendaya, ever the epitome of grace, sailed through her lines with the ease of a seasoned pro, captivating those in attendance. The rehearsal also provided glimpses of other stars, including Oscar laureate Lupita Nyong'o and the exceptionally talented Cynthia Erivo, further heightening anticipation for the live presentations.

The 2024 Oscars promise an evening filled with glamour, emotion, and memorable performances, with Jimmy Kimmel at the helm. The event is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on ABC. As the anticipation builds, fans are encouraged to review the list of nominees and predictions, eagerly waiting to see who will be honored with cinema's most prestigious awards.